We're sponsoring a puppy!Mrs J McKee

The year 10 tutor reps have been working hard this year to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. They pitched their ideas for a non-uniform day to the student council, and were immediately accepted as a charity for the year . Their presentation was  particularly impressive as, the target of £1500 raised, would ensure we could sponsor our own puppy!!photo1

The whole school was challenged in assemblies to pull out all the stops and raise the money. Year 10 had 2 cake sales which were sold out in minutes, they made chocolate lollies in the shape of dogs and they raised more funds with blind football and netball challenges. The day was one of the most successful ever held, and the grand total of money raised, £1626.64p means that we can now name and sponsor a brand new puppy for a year.

We have to say a huge thank you to Terry and Tracey who brought their guide dogs into each of their assemblies last week. Emmet, Angus and Carriad were a great success with the students, and the stories told by our visitors enabled students to understand more clearly the essential work that the puppy walkers and the guide dogs do.

Terry spoke movingly about how his dog, Emmet, transformed his life after an accident that left him almost totally blind. He explained to the students how Emmet looks after him and makes sure that he is safe. He talked about the commands that Emmet understands, and how he enables Terry to lead a rich and fulfilled life after a devastating injury. The students and adults in the assemblies were visibly moved by the stories he told, and of the special bond he has with his dog. He said to the students, “This week, you have an opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life, by raising money to sponsor your own dog. The training costs £50,000, so that is a wonderful thing to do”

We are now asking the students in year 10 to suggest names for our puppy, these will be forwarded to the Guide Dogs Association for approval, we will then begin our sponsorship and receive regular ‘pupdates’ on its training! Hopefully we will be able to meet the puppy in school when it is a little older

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Well done to the year 10 team, the staff and students, a fantastic achievement by all concerned.

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