Therapy Dog Joins Cobham Hall’s Wellbeing Programme

It’s not unusual to see dogs at Cobham Hall, with staff often walking their pets within the School's grounds. But on World Mental Health Day, we welcomed Ted, English Teacher Mrs Katherine Bonner’s greyhound: a trained therapy dog.

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14th October 2019 — Cobham Hall regularly marks World Mental Health Day with a yellow-themed non-uniform day. Supporting the Young Mind’s #HelloYellow campaign, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Ms Caro Fenice encourages the school community to don their brightest yellows and join her in the Wellbeing Centre at lunchtime for hot chocolate.

This year, there was an extra special guest waiting to greet the girls: Ted the greyhound. Dogs at Cobham Hall are not an unusual sight - resident pups include Bella and Jess, the Headmistress’s Golden Retriever and Black Labrador; Ariel, Ms Fenice’s Lurcher; and Freddie, Housemistress Mrs Jackson’s German Shepherd. We also often have teachers’ dogs coming to visit; Umber and Pascal our Art Teacher's Labradors, or Bella and Cassie, Working Cocker Spaniels owned by our Physics teacher, amongst others. But what makes Ted special is that he is an official ‘Pets as Therapy (PAT)’ dog.

Having undergone an assessment by a PAT vet, Ted is now becoming part of the School’s Wellbeing programme and will be in school regularly for the girls. His owner, Mrs Bonner said, “Ted makes a great therapy dog. He never tells your secrets, never tells you you're being silly and always cares!”

Ted was a big hit with the girls, and certainly enjoyed lots of pats and cuddles!

About Cobham Hall School

Cobham Hall School is the only Round Square Independent Boarding and Day School for girls aged 11 - 18 in the UK.  We believe that education should extend beyond the classroom to personal development and global responsibility.  The Curriculum is interwoven with girls encouraged to apply learning from one subject to another, and challenged both inside and outside the classroom.  Through this integrated approach, Cobham Hall aspires to produce young women capable of more than just passing exams; young women who can step into the world with confidence in their abilities, ready to embrace opportunities, and embody Cobham Hall’s motto: ‘There is more in you than you think.’

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