The students and staff at St Kieran's is delighted to have Nala the school dog as a member of the school staff.
Due to their calming and joyful effect on students and teachers welfare when integrated into school life, dogs trained for the school environment are often referred to as miracle workers.
Principal Mr Ben Gray said he was keen to invite a dog into St Kieran's for the students from Prep to Year 6.
"There is a great deal of research to suggest that dogs have a positive effect in a school environment", he said.
"At St Kieran's, wellbeing is a priority, and a school dog like Nala, who adores a pat, has the ability to completely shift and energy and bring smiles to our students and staff".
St Kieran's Primary School continues to go above and beyond to create a supportive learning environment for its students, and a caring work environment for its staff. The impact of a dog within the school environment can be seen in a range of research-based benefits for its students such as increased confidence, a decrease in anxiety behaviours, improved motivation and enhanced relationships with peers and teachers.
© Brisbane Catholic Education, St Kieran’s (2023)