MSJ Welcomes Special Four-Legged Visitors
We were delighted to welcome a special group of visitors on Tuesday, 11 October. A team from Guide Dogs came to talk to the girls to raise awareness about the charity’s work. Everyone was thrilled to meet guide dogs Taylor and Quaver and puppy in training, 6 month old Nellie.
After a special assembly, the dogs and their human friends from Guide Dogs spent time with girls from the Prep Department.
The girls took part in a number of activities aimed at showing them what it is like to be blind or partially sighted. These included pouring water blindfolded and attempting to read Braille.
Ms Marina Stentiford, Head of Preparatory Department, commented, “The Guide Dogs not only showed their owners a clear path, they also made it easier for our girls to see what hard work, training and a willingness to help others can achieve. The training and dedication shown by both dogs and handlers proved to be inspirational for those listening. More than one of our girls was later reflecting on how they could excel when helping others and themselves. An enjoyable and entertainingly engaging morning; I am extremely grateful to the volunteers who took time out of their day to visit us.”
Our Pre-Prep girls particularly enjoyed this experience. “The dogs made me happy and excited.” Said Sophie Powell, Year 1.
“I liked the guide dogs because I liked playing with them and stroking them.” agreed Beth Mico, Year 1.
“They were beautiful and I learnt that they slipped on wooden floors.” said Alice Bond, Year 2.