To end the year on a high note, school leaders from around Australia were invited to join Junior School parents for an online webinar Introducing Peachy: The Junior School Therapy Dog. Yvonne Howard (Deputy Head of Junior School), and Kate Davis (Junior School Counsellor/Psychologist) spoke about the program and the research that they were conducting to ensure its efficacy. Special guests included Martin Lubrano (Head of Junior School), Brad Rundle (Therapy Dogs Australia) who spoke about the training process, Taylor Graham (Barker Year 4 Teacher) who spoke about the student experience in the classroom, and of course Peachy herself also made an appearance.
In consultation with the Barker Institute and Therapy Dogs Australia, Junior School staff will continue to research the impact of Peachy on campus. We look forward to sharing these results with you at a future event.