IGS students and staff will be having two therapy dogs visiting us this term.
Liz and her dog Luna (a Labrador) have started visiting on Thursdays and Dahlia and her dog Charlie (a Labradoodle) are visiting on Wednesdays.
“It has been amazing to see the effect the therapy dogs have on students, and also staff and parents as they walk around the school,” said Deputy Principal Wellbeing Mary Duma.
Increasingly, dogs have provided therapeutic support in early education settings, primary and secondary schools, as well as university settings to support students’ well-being, promote a sense of belonging in school, reduce stress and anxiety, and even facilitate learning.
The therapy dogs are available for activities such as class visits with students, meetings with individual students, and meetings with smaller groups of students.
We can’t wait to see all the ways our new furry friends can bring joy and promote wellbeing around the school!