PAWS UP FOR LEARNING!Supporting the development of the whole child one PAW at a time.
ALL ABOUT THE PROGRAM!
The PAWS program focuses on developing the whole child and aims to support students socially, emotionally, physically and academically. The PAWS program features one very special component – a very affectionate dog called ‘Scruffy’. Scruffy’s breed took some careful consideration and a lot of research. Firstly, he needed to have a loving, friendly and kind nature and needed to be happy to work with a large number of children. Secondly, he needed to have the intelligence to be able to learn very quickly how to act and behave within the school environment. Thirdly, he needed to have a hyper allergenic coat for those students in the school who have allergies. The result, a labradoodle!
Currently Scruffy does not attend school everyday, however does come in on special occasions for visits and quality time with the students.
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Scruffy was 13 weeks old when he first started at WASPS.
Students enjoy some quiet time to reflect with Scruffy!
Scruffy enjoying stories from the students!
Dogs have been proven to lower stress and anxiety levels in students and adults. Thus, the PAWS Club was set up to support the well-being of students who would benefit from some quality time with Scruffy. The group comprises of students who are chosen by the current staff at WaSPS. The PAWS club operates on an as needs basis. Activities engaged by the PAWS Club include playing soccer, going for walks, walking to Knox City, teaching Scruff to play fetch and many different board/card games.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE
EXTENDING THE PROGRAM INTO THE COMMUNITY
It is the aim to extend the PAWS program into the Knox community by visiting hospitals, kindergartens and nursing homes. A small group of students will be offered the opportunity to accompany Scruffy and Mrs Paton into the community to improve the well-being of others.
“PAWS Drawing” is offered in Term 2 and 3 when the weather is colder and some students prefer to explore their creative skills. This supervised activity enables students to quietly reflect as they listen to calm music and draw, while Scruff wanders around getting lots of pats.