Meet Our School Dog, Finn!
My name is Finn and I am the newest member of staff at St Teresa’s. I would like to introduce myself and inform you of my role at your child’s school. I am a five year old hypoallergenic snoodle. I have had all my injections and I have passed all my quizzes to become a fully trained therapy dog.
I have been asked me to come to St Teresa’s as their therapy dog and I will support the children in many ways. I will help with reading interventions, children’s social and emotional wellbeing, working with the SEND team, joining in with extra-curricular activities and forest schools. Most importantly, I am looking forward to being part of the loving and welcoming family of St Teresa’s.
A lot of time has been spent working with me and training me to be a school dog and all the policies and risk assessments have been updated and introduced to include me.
There are lots of benefits of having a school dog which I’m hoping you will share during your child’s time at school. Some of the benefits include:
- A greater enjoyment of being in the school environment and a greater willingness to learn and participate.
- Improved behaviour, social interaction and sense of responsibility in the classroom.
- A better understanding of how to take responsibility for another living being, with potential better recognition of one’s own responsibilities.
- Increased knowledge of dogs and how to behave safely and appropriately around them.
- Greater access to the community, with the presence of the dog giving students the opportunity to go out on short trips outside of school.
- A range of individual benefits for children who are working towards personal goals.
If you have any concerns or would not like your child to participate in any interventions with myself please contact Mrs. Scarisbrick in the school office.
There are some photographs of myself below so you will recognize me when you next visit. Please come and say hello as I am very friendly. Thankyou.