We have two school dogs – Maggie and Mollie and they are both very much loved by our school community. Maggie was born on 19th June 2017 and Mollie was born on 31st January 2020. They are both black Labradors and even though they have different parents; they do share a grandfather.
Maggie and Mollie spend part of the day in Miss Maher’s office but they also love being with the children of St Mary’s. You will regularly see them with the children in the garden and the mushroom area at break and lunch, hanging out with them while they are learning in class (they both especially love the cushions in the book corners) and joining in with cricket lessons and netball club each week.
Their favourite thing to do however is to say hello and goodbye to our families each day as they wander near the Faroe Road gate at the beginning and end of each school day.
Our dogs are used to help calm children when they are upset; they have been used to help the younger children develop language; they are great attendance and punctuality rewards and we notice that our children develop loving values of care and empathy through their relationship with each of them.
First day at school for Maggie (2017) and then Mollie (2020)
Mollie’s first day with Maggie
Mollie looks up to Maggie and learns from her
Mollie’s first harness – she’s park ready!
Rapid growth! 8 weeks to 6 months!
Mollie’s first school photo
Maggie’s first school photo
Pyjama day at school!
The children love saying hello to Maggie when they arrive at school each morning!
Maggie loves playing fetch in the mushroom area!
Playing fetch with Mollie – she is so fast!
Maggie and Mollie playing fetch – who will get the ball first?
Maggie loved our visiting book hut! So many books to choose from
Maggie enjoys welcoming our families into school each day
Maggie is getting to grips with Microsoft Teams!
Maggie is ready to learn!
Mollie is super keen and ready for learning!
Mollie and Maggie’s first school photo together!
Merry Christmas from Mollie and Maggie!
Rafael took Maggie for a walk
Maggie loves listening to Blake read!