Happy to help . . . Seth Hanning (9) reads to Bailey, a Collie-cross, as part of the St John's Pet Therapy programme on offer at The Terrace School. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Furry classmates Odin and Bailey might not know their ABCs and 123s, but they are good listeners just ask the pupils at The Terrace School.

Odin, a rough-coated Collie, owned by Crystal Currie, and Bailey, a Collie-cross, owned by Sian Waite have visited the school over the past two terms as part of the St John’s Therapy Pets programme.

The News‘ brief visit to the classroom suggested the friendly canines were a hit with the children.

The dogs listened contentedly as the pupils read stories aloud.

Deputy principal Andrea Hamilton said the aim was to get as many pupils involved in the programme as possible.

Twelve children took part, and were divided into two groups for fortnightly sessions.

“It’s just an extra opportunity to be reading with someone else, and a pretty special opportunity to get to read to one of our furry friends.”

The pupils had their final session with the dogs for the year last week, which they marked with a morning tea.

Class mates . . . Dogs Odin and Bailey have been helping children at The Terrace School with their reading over the past couple of terms as part of a programme offered through St John Therapy Pets. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON


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