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10 April 2017

Students take ‘paws’ for wellbeing

There are two popular newcomers at Woodvale Secondary College who are working wonders for students and staff.

Staff and students with their beloved Boots. 

Boots and Rush – two rescue greyhounds – have the important ‘job sharing’ role of helping to calm and motivate.

Speaking with The Sunday Times recently, learning resource centre teacher in charge Julie Robinson said having the dogs at the school had exceeded expectations.

“A lot of the kids come and pat the dogs when they’re feeling anxious. The Year 12s certainly do before they’ve got tests,” she said.

“The dogs teach us all quite a bit actually – that sometimes it’s OK to just sit, pat them and take five minutes for yourself.

“It has reminded everybody that you need to be happy at school. Everyone has a big smile around these dogs…it’s added that feel-good factor.”

Boots has been at the school since September last year and has been such a hit that staff introduced a second greyhound, Rush, to students this year.

Watch the video to see just how important the cuddly canines are to staff and students.

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