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Introducing Max


We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Dogs Connect Program and have introduced a wellbeing dog to our school.  This is a whole school wellbeing program and our school wellbeing dog, Max, will become a much loved and important member of our community.

About the Program

Dogs Connect are supporting us with the implementation of the program very gradually, thoroughly and considerately. We encourage anyone who would like to know more about this program to look through their website link:

We are thrilled to introduce Max, our Wellbeing Dog, and have a team of staff leading this program. 

We would also like to assure the community that this program will not involve anyone who does not wish to be involved. We know that this work will have a really positive impact on many people in our community, and we acknowledge and respect that connection with our wellbeing dog offered on a great variety of levels.

Student Wellbeing

Max's Blog 19th May   

I spent two days this week at Pakenham Secondary College. 

I was able to help many students - in group sessions and individually - it is fantastic that I can be a comforting presence to help them with their wellbeing.

I'll be back next Thursday!

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Policies & Documents

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7 Proven Impacts a Wellbeing Dog has on a school

  1. Increase connectedness for staff and students in our school community.

  2. Decrease anxiety for the majority of staff and students within our school.

  3. Help students feel ready to learn when in class with our wellbeing dog.

  4. Be an extraordinarily powerful teaching tool for teachers.

  5. Help build empathy, awareness and emotional literacy in our school.

  6. Teach the entire community how to regulate emotions and reactivity.

  7. Help staff and students recognise cues of safety when engaged in social and emotional interactions.