Paws for a Chat

Paws for a Chat

24 August 2021

Paws for a Chat

It’s not every day students are able to bring their pet dog, rabbit or hermit crab to school, but that’s exactly what happened at Bannister Creek Primary School this term.

The school hosted Paws for a Chat, an event that involved the school community bringing their pets to school for a walk and chat to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Bannister Creek Primary School student enjoying the Paws for a Chat event.

The aim of the day was to get the whole school involved in getting outside, being active and connecting with others – all with their furry pals by their side.

It was a great way to create a supportive environment that strengthens individual and community resilience, which is a key focus of the school’s Health and Wellbeing Committee.

Bannister Creek Primary School principal Travis Miller said despite wet and windy conditions, the day was enjoyed by all who attended.

“This whole-school event had already been rescheduled due to a COVID-19 lock down last term and nothing was going to stop the Bannister Creek Primary School community coming together on Tuesday morning,” he said.

Mr Miller said it was important for the school community to stay both physically and mentally healthy.

“We are an Act, Belong, Commit school and this event was organised by the Health and Wellbeing Committee to promote good mental health. Keeping mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy. Being active, having a sense of belonging, and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness, good mental health, and stronger communities,” he said.

“Students, community members and pets spent the morning moving around the school and participating in activities that included dancing, an obstacle course, art mural, a walk in Mort Boodja which is the Aboriginal seasons garden, and participating in discussions on healthy eating and what makes you happy.

“Special guests included The City of Canning Ranger with his mascot Ranger Buddy and Councillor Mark Bain, who is a school board member. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, mice, rats and hermit crabs joined in the fun and kept everyone entertained before sitting down with the whole school for crunch and sip.”