Classroom canines

Classroom Canines is a program run by the Delta Society to engage students in reading. Aimed at improving students’ literacy, and social and emotional skills, volunteers and their canine companions visit classrooms to sit with students and listen to them read.

This year, John Paul II Catholic School Clarendon Vale and Holy Rosary Catholic School are running the Classroom Canines program for their students. Each week, John Paul II students will be visited by Aslan and his carer Betty, with Holy Rosary students working with Ruby and her carer Tracey. John Paul II Acting Principal Mrs Fran Bearman says "We are very lucky to have Aslan and Betty visiting every week. The students in Grade 3/4 Blackwood are loving getting to know Aslan."

Aslan and Ruby will rotate through the classrooms over the coming weeks and students will have the opportunity to read to them. "We are extremely grateful to have been provided with the opportunity to be part of this wonderful program," said Mrs Bernadette Brooks, Principal of Holy Rosary Catholic School. "All of the students are very excited to welcome Ruby and Tracey to our community."

Students also participated in the Delta Dog Safe course beforehand which teaches students positive ways to behave around dogs.