Canine capers at school open evening

Tweedmouth Community Middle School opened its doors to parents of Year 4 children looking to join middle school next September.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 19 October, 2018, 10:10
Tweedmouth Community Middle School pupil Rebecca Isgate has bulldogs Bertie, Archie and Ruby under her spell.

It was an incredibly busy evening with more than 150 parents and children having a tour of school and experiencing some of the activities, including science experiments, maths hunts, French cuisine and more tasty treats from the cookery room.

Haley Garland took in her bulldogs Bertie, Archie and Ruby. Haley has a foundation degree in canine behaviour and has been running Dog Club for a number of years. Children experience what is involved in owning dogs, training them and their welfare.

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The dogs also help in many other ways in lessons. Reluctant readers have fun reading to the dogs and they have a dramatic effect on pupil wellbeing.

Pictured is Rebecca Isgate, one of the school’s trained handlers from Year 7 who helped out at the open evening, teaching the Year 4 pupils how to get the dogs to sit and give a paw.