Rosary Catholic Primary School

Rosary Catholic Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School

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- Laurance

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- Abraham

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- Hannah

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Hello Dolly!

We will soon be adding a new member to our school community. As of January 2020, we will be welcoming a school dog who will be within the school most days and will work with some of our pupils.


After careful consideration, we have chosen a cockapoo named Dolly. She is 16 weeks old and will be ready to join our school community after Christmas. We have chosen this breed for the following reasons:

Cockapoos typically do not malt – dolly’s coat is hypo-allergenic, meaning there is a reduced risk of allergic reactions.

The breed is known to be child-friendly, lively, gentle mannered and affectionate, yet sensitive - Dolly seems to be all of these!

Cockapoos are known to be highly intelligent and respond excellently to training. Dolly is undergoing training to ensure she is well-trained for being around children.

I wish to reassure parents that I have undertaken a significant amount of research into introducing a school dog and believe the positive effects outweigh any negatives. Some of the many benefits of having a school dog include the following:

 Cognitive development – building a companionship with a dog helps children stimulate their memory, problem-solving and game-playing skills. Having a school dog is known to increase enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of animals, which motivates children to think and learn.

Social skills – dogs provide a mutual topic for conversation with others, and encourage responsibility, wellbeing and focussed interaction with others.

Emotional well-being – dogs improve self-esteem, acceptance from others and are known for improving moods. Dogs can also help children develop compassion and respect for other living things and can reduce children’s anxiety. Building respect can improve children’s relationships with each other, parents and teachers and shows them how to nurture and care for another living thing. If any children are suffering from bereavement or are particularly sad, dogs can provide children with comfort and friendship.

Physical development – interaction with dogs is known to reduce blood pressure, provide tactile stimulation, assist with pain management and give motivation for children to move and walk.

Reading – school dogs are known to help children with their reading and literacy skills, through their calming presence and ability to listen to children read without being judgemental or critical. Children can build their confidence to read aloud to others through having a school dog.

School community – having a school dog builds the sense of a family environment and togetherness.

Dolly has come in to school already for socialisation and most children will have seen her. However, parents may not wish their children to be around Dolly for various reasons, so it is important that you return the reply slip on the letter about Dolly, that your child will bring home at half term. During the day, Dolly will be kept in my office – returning home once the school day is over. A suitable bed, food and water will be available for her. She will be sufficiently toilet-trained, but cleaning supplies will be ready in case of any little accidents! I must stress that pupils will not be expected to clean up any dog mess, and we will ensure that the school grounds are kept clean at all times.

Whenever Dolly is being walked around the school, she will have a short lead to ensure she is under control. Children will be able to visit Dolly during break and lunch times in my office. Once her training is complete, Dolly can visit pupils in their classrooms, particularly for children to read to her.