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Maggie the School Dog

This is Maggie our school dog who joined St Michael’s on Monday, 6th June 2022.   Maggie has been a wonderful addition to our school and is loved by all who meet her.

The photo on the left is Maggie on her first day at School and on the right is a photo of Maggie preparing to celebrate her 1st Birthday in April 2023.

This is Maggie welcoming the children and staff back to school after the summer break just 12 weeks later:

She is a Cavapoo which is a cross between a King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. This breed was carefully selected because of its ideal temperament and for the fact that they are frequently used as therapy dogs due to their calm and friendly nature.

Maggie is slowly being introduced to the school as she is still very young, spending time getting used to the environment and resting securely in the School office.  After a few weeks, Maggie will be attending puppy training classes and subsequently specialist school training classes.  She will only undertake specialist interaction with the children on an individual or small group basis once this has been completed over several months.

It is hoped that once fully trained, Maggie will spend her days visiting classrooms to listen to readers in addition to being with children who may need her support.  

There are many benefits to having a school dog, these include:

  • Calming effect on pupils
  • Improved concentration and behaviour
  • Supporting children to reduce stress and improved self-esteem
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility by enabling children to nurture and respect life
  • Encouraging respect to endorse positive relationships
  • Supporting children who may be vulnerable
  • Endorsing confidence to read


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