We would like to introduce you to one of our most popular members of our school community ……… Henry the Huntaway.
Henry is our school dog and joined the school in the autumn term. He has settled in well and loves to spend time with the pupils.
Henry is a New Zealand Huntaway. He was born in this country and both of his parents were Huntaways also. Henry is now 9 months old and although quite big now he still hasn’t finished growing! Just like the rest of the community at Olsen Henry has been attending lessons (puppy training lessons) up at West Lancs Canine Centre and is working towards his Bronze Good Citizen Award. He attends on a weekly basis with one of our year 11 pupils Liam, who is working and training as his handler. Both of them are making great progress!
When he is not training Henry works as part of the Pastoral Support Team providing a supportive, calming and patient presence for pupils. He spends time in classrooms and in the Pastoral support room. Much research has been conducted into the positive effect animals can have on pupils with Autism and children and adults with Communication difficulties. It has been proven that therapy dogs can help pupils through periods of stress and anxiety. After a hard day of training, working and playing Henry goes home with Miss Ford to catch up with his much needed sleep.