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The Wisdom of Pets

This week I was excited and energized by three boys from Year 5 Nolan, William C Reid, Jackson McGarvey and Alex Rollston who held a fund-raising initiative, “Pat a Pup” with funds going to the Guide Dogs Association. These boys are to be commended for their preparation in planning this event. In talking with the three boys it is most evident that they love their pups very much.

Having recently taken the step at the start of the year to add a dog to our family, (Smudgee the Pug), I have witnessed first-hand how animals, and pets in particular, play an important part in the wellbeing of many people. Research has shown that pets help boost vitality, mood and health. Pets also make pretty good life coaches and there are many things we can learn from pets to help us humans in everyday life.

Did you know that dogs cannot multitask?
Have you ever watched a dog trying to chase two balls at once? It goes back and forth but does not achieve anything until it places its focus entirely on one thing. Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that the attention and memory suffer in people who try to juggle more than one task at a time.

Have you noticed that cats & dogs regularly have a nap?
A study involving about 24000 people indicates regular nappers are 37% less likely to suffer from heart disease that those who only nap occasionally. Short breaks at school in between lesson such as munch and crunch and brain breaks are a terrific way for the boys to enhance their alertness and school performance.

Wondered why dogs get really excited when it is time for a walk?
Maybe we will not show the same excitement but we cannot escape the fact that walking is a safe and easy way to keep our minds sharp, our bones strong, control weight and feel good.

Why do pets play and be silly?
It is really important for our students and ourselves to enjoy life by not taking everything too seriously. Play and laughter are an essential human need. Some of the emotional benefits include diminishing anxiety and fear. The social benefits of play include strengthening relationships, improving teamwork and reducing conflicts.

How do dogs let you know they love you?
Dogs are great relationship builders. You might not be able to wag your tail with excitement but it is always a great feeling to be greeted by a dog who is so happy to see you.

There is a lot we can continue to learn from our pets. As James Heriot stated, “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

Service Program Week 9
Jack and Hudson participated in the Rotary Fun Run. This Fun Run/Walk is an annual event organised to raise funds for the Wesley Hospital Choices Program. Choices Cancer Care Centre offers a caring and safe place for people with all types of cancers offering support following a diagnosis. This free community service for women and men is backed by the Wesley Hospital.

Students in 7 Bodkin conducted a car wash as part of their service learning project for Religious Education.

There were a number of students who have participated in the Sailability program this year helping to provide a safe and fun environment where children with a disability can enjoy being out on the water.

Junior School Cu Chullain Awards Week 9
Congratulations to the following Junior school students:
Year 4: Archie Mann, Andrew Whittle, Dominic Shiro-Cook, Karl Fuchs
Year 5: Hamish McMeniman, Marcus Rerrie, Thomas Feeney, Peter Ullman
Year 6: Oscar Lukin, Charlie Gardiner, Patty Morton, Joe Newell

Mr Michael Stewart, Head of Junior School
stewartm@atc.qld.edu.au

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