30 January 2018
Girls at The Kingsley School have enjoyed the company of some very welcome canine visitors (and their handlers) from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, who were on hand to help relieve stress for those taking mock exams.
The Guide Dogs are one of the Head Girls’ chosen charities for the year alongside Myton Hospices. The visit was one of many activities the Sixth Form Leadership Team have arranged over the past year, with cake sales, fancy dress days and a charity ball all helping to raise funds for the Leamington based charity. The Kingsley School have had a long running connection with Guide Dogs, with one alumna commenting that she remembered supporting the charity back in the 70s.
Mrs Dawn Morgan, Head of Sixth Form, said, “Knowing the positive effects that dogs can have on our own wellbeing, our proactive Sixth Form Leadership Team came up with the suggestion that we should invite the organisation into school to help raise funds and allow students and staff to benefit from interaction with the beautiful dogs. If you are unsure about the logistics or benefits of dogs in school then let me reassure you: it was without doubt one of the most uplifting and therapeutic hours I have ever spent, and I know that I speak for everybody involved!”
The Head Girls, who will be soon finishing their headship to focus on A-level exams, aimed to raise enough for the school to name a puppy. This amount has now been raised, with suggestions for the puppy name currently being considered by students and staff.