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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
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Luna Our School Dog

Introducing Luna:
Luna belongs to Mrs Nethercott and lives with her and her family on a full-time basis.  Luna is a one-year-old Cockapoo, this breed has low allergy and non-shedding qualities.  
Luna has been coming to school with Mrs Nethercott since February 2021 when she was just a little puppy.  Luna is now part of the Barley Hill family and loves nothing more than visiting classes and spending time with her friends for Meet and Greets. 
Luna can often be found chilling in the Rainbow Room with the pastoral team, her favourite place to sit is on the rainbow rug!  She loves squeaky balls, chews and her worry monster.  Luna also loves going for walks with children around the school grounds, especially when they give her a treat or two!  She has also been known to pop into classes to do some Mystery Reading.
We love having a school dog for all of the following reasons (there really are so many benefits):
· A calming effect on pupils;  

· Improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem;  

· Encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children;  

· Fostering a sense of responsibility;  

· Motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals;  

· Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers;  

· Teaching children to nurture and respect life;  

· Helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children;  

· Helping children build confidence in reading;  

· Improving attendance;  

· Further promote our ‘Well Being’ agenda for pupils (and staff!). 

We have planned carefully to have Luna in school, the following arrangements have been made: 

· A full risk assessment has been written and will be available on the website  

· When Luna begins working with children, consent will be sought for each child to have contact 

 · All contact will be carefully planned and children will not be left unsupervised with the dog 

 · When not working, the dog will be based in the Rainbow Room (SEND office) – she will have her crate in a quiet place and has a dedicated area, away from the children, for toileting.   

 We appreciate there may be parents and carers who do not wish their child to interact with Luna.  Please do email the school office, if you do not wish your child to have contact. 

You will sometimes see pictures of Luna on our Twitter page - please do follow her adventures at Barley Hill!