At the Ballarat, Noble Park and Morwell campuses, therapy dogs come to school each day under the care of their owners, who are staff members at the Berry Street School. Therapy dogs at the Berry Street School support students with their social-emotional learning needs. Students might gently pat or have a chat with the dog to help them be calm.
Research indicates that students who work with therapy dogs experience increased motivation for learning. Therapy dogs can also:
- increase school attendance
- help students gain confidence
- decrease learner anxiety behaviours
- help students learn how to build trusting relationships.
Horses for Hope
The Shepparton campus partners with Horses for Hope to build a connection between horses and our young people. Together, students and the horses work together in a safe and therapeutic environment to build empathy, self-efficacy, resilience and social-emotional skills.
The program helps build:
- team work
- positive relationships