The newest addition to teaching staff at Matthew Flinders Anglican College is settling into term three and bringing a smile to many.
Cooper the groodle has been trained to be integrated into school life for the 1300 students.
“Wellbeing is an important focus at Flinders and a school dog like Cooper who enjoys a pat and makes a great reading buddy is sure to spark smiles for students and staff,” principal Stuart Meade says.
“There is also a great deal of anecdotal and evidence-based research to suggest that dogs have a positive effect in a school environment.”
He says dogs trained for school campus environments are often called ‘miracle workers’ because of their calming and joyful effect on students and teachers.
Flinders’ college counsellor Dr Alec Hamilton and his family own Cooper and are responsible for his training and care.
“So far students in the primary school have been wonderfully gentle with Cooper and respectful of his training protocol, as it’s a hands-off approach while he gets used to the noise and excitement that happens in the school environment.”