We are so lucky to have our beautiful mentor dog Elma in school!
Elma is a French Bulldog crossed with a Boston Terrier and is 1 and a half years old. She has recently been assessed and trained by The Dog Mentor and is ready to start working in school! The professional who trained her said she was one of the best and dogs she had worked with!
The Dog Mentor programme has built upon the benefits of the human-animal bond by providing children positive experiences with dogs that can help them educationally, developmentally, emotionally and socially. Over the last nine years, The Dog Mentor programme has been proven to have a positive impact on children in all areas including self-esteem, behaviour, peer relationships and better engagement skills. These improvements then result in improved academic achievement.
We will do everything we can to reassure children who may be fearful and that under no circumstances will they be forced to meet with Elma. Children with allergies will not interact with her. Please see our risk assessment on this page.
We hope the children will gain a great deal of enjoyment from having Elma in school. She is going to help our whole school family in so many ways!
Elma is fully vaccinated and has flea and worm treatment in line with current guidelines. She will be in school three times a week and will be handled by Miss Meese and Mrs Brandrick who have recieved The Dog Mentor training. Elma lives with Miss Meese who will always ensure her health and well being is top priority. Elma will be in a number of different classrooms and groups as well as having some much needed nap time in Mrs Finnegan's office!
Children will be selected to work with Elma for a variety of reasons. The number of sessions they have will also vary. If you would not like your child to work with Elma, please email info to opt out.
Rules and expectations about having Elma in school will be discussed with all children and we will highlight the many benefits and rewards.
Stay up to date with all of Elma's hard work on this page!