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Guide Dog with Year 11 Students.2016

Students and staff have finally raised enough money for the Guide Dog charity to name their very own puppy!

On Friday 28th October, Saint Aidan’s had a very special visit from some Guide Dogs. The lunchtime visit saw Tillie with her owner, Nicky Askew; Dennis, puppy in training, with his puppy walker, Barbara Mead-Mason and Hector, another puppy, with Viv and Jeff Hopcroft meet and greet the pupils and teachers at Saint Aidan’s to raise the final few pounds to reach and then celebrate achieving their target of £1,500.

The school launched their ‘Name A Puppy’ project almost two years ago and invited a working guide dog and two guide dog puppies to go to school to meet the pupils before they left for the half term break. The idea, developed by Year 11 student Jodie Gravner saw students and staff having to raise the money through non-uniform days, ‘Name a Puppy’ games, a treasure hunt and staff and student donations when the dogs have come to visit.

Mr Anthony Lord, Deputy Head Teacher, said “We are delighted to have reached our target within the timescale and our students and staff should be proud of their achievement. We can now move towards deciding upon a name for our very own Saint Aidan’s puppy.”

The next step is to agree a name for the puppy. The plan is for each of the four houses in school to suggest a name from which the winner will be selected from a whole school vote.



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