School life as seen by Poppy our school dog.
I had a lovely Easter break and even had my very own doggy Easter egg! Hope you had fun too.
Happy holidays everybody! I’m having a lovely relaxing time after lots of running round the park and splashing in streams.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely Mums at school. I went shopping and got this super mug for my Mum. She loved it!
It was so busy in my office this week (the one I share with my Mum). There had been a big vote – nothing to do with Brexit – to get some new governors and I was on paw to help count the votes.
Oh, I really am Top Dog these days – at a conference about schools, an important man in education Sir Anthony Seldon said that every school should have a dog or another pet to reduce stress. He said schools should think about the emotional well-being of pupils and that dogs could help reduce anxiety because children relate to animals when they are hurt and anxious and sad in a way that they can’t always with human beings
Education Secretary Damian Hinds also said that more schools seem to have “well-being dogs” and “the pets can really help.” He said it wasn’t around when he was at school and that first he was a bit surprised, but actually it’s a great thing. He commented that for the kids it can be really uplifting, particularly those that have different ways of expressing themselves and coming out of themselves – and the dogs can really help.
Also an article in The Times newspaper featured dogs in school and commented that well-being animals in school can really make for happier more focused pupils. It pointed out that research has shown that having a dog in school has profound and measurable outcomes.
I got a picture from Amelia in Y4 this week because she had met another dog called Poppy who looks just like me! This other Poppy goes to Amelia’s dance class. Isn’t that amazing? I don’t know if the dog dances!
So another busy week. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Enabling Enterprise day today – a day in politics
I didn’t notice anybody making a party for dogs to join though – I might need to set up my own group -The Barking Hounds??
I decided to go and check out the first aid room today – I’ve seen that it gets a lot of visitors and everyone who goes in there gets a lot of attention. The bed is very comfy – and yes I did get a lot of fussing. Might visit there again!
What a great start to the weekend – a sleepover! It was the most fun spending all night at school with Y4. We played so many games and I got to visit them in their sleeping bags. I was a bit cross I didn’t get any pizza and I didn’t get much sleep but it was great fun.
We had a great time for World Book Day. All the children (and teachers) came dressed as an interesting word. Guess what mine was?
Yum yum yum I enjoyed my pancake day. I had ham in mine, very tasty. What did you have?
Oh it is nice to be back at school, I do miss those children when I’m away. We did have an interesting time last week – lots of people came in to talk about food all day! They seemed to be having a tasting session but I didn’t get any crumbs.
I am enjoying a very relaxing half term having a bit of me time!
I have to admit I had never heard of Valentine’s Day before but I was super pleased to get these yummy treats. I hope you had a lovely day too xx
Last week was busy. I went into the hall to watch the final rehearsals of the infant show. I enjoyed the singing and dancing very much.
It was also the school discos – I didn’t go inside because the music was quite loud but I had a little dance in the office. The children all looked very happy and were wearing some colourful glow bands – I could do with one on my collar so I can be seen running in the park at night!
It was a very exciting end to the week – more snow! The children were very excited to see it. The adults were not!
The school was open but all of the children had to stay inside at playtime in case of accidents
I was allowed to play outside in the snow with some groups of children. I went out several times – I had a great time. The children threw snowballs for me to catch and chase. I loved running in it and digging. I didn’t want to go inside.
I LOVE the snow! It’s so much fun digging and rolling in it and then I like shaking my fur all over my Mum! The children at school were very excited to see the snowflakes coming down too. Funnily enough the adults didn’t quite share our joy.
I’m sad it’s gone now and it’s a bit muddy in the park but I heard it may be coming back.
There were lots of meetings in my Mum’s office this week. Some nice governors came and I tried to join in. I always get lots of pats and cuddles from them.
The week started well but on Wednesday evening I was not very well. I was sick and I didn’t eat anything. I was not my usual bouncy self and I just wanted lots of cuddles with my mum.
On Thursday morning I was not much better so my mum took me to the vets. He was very nice until he started to examine me. He took my temperature (not a very nice experience) weighed me, looked at my gums and felt my stomach. He thought I had a tummy bug. He gave me an injection – which was very itchy and some powder to go on my food. Everyone at school was very worried about me – and I had lots of people come to see me.
I am feeling much better now and have had some walks around the school. My tail is wagging again and I am starting to eat some of my food.
Hello everyone and a very waggy new year. I hope you had as much sleep as me over the holidays. I got some really lovely presents all of which have been eaten. But isn’t it nice to be back at school? I missed you all!
Well what a week!
I’ve had lots of cuddles this week – which has been lovely.
I enjoyed Christmas lunch – I had sausages, bacon and turkey – delicious!!!!
The electricity went off which caused a great stir – no heating or lighting in many parts of the school – but I was fine in my warm cosy blanket.
It was Christmas jumper day – I had several to choose from. I might wear another next week to keep the festive cheer
I went to visit the grotto – which is very pretty – unfortunately Santa wasn’t there so I couldn’t give him my wish list.
So we had an Ofsted inspection this week. Everyone was working very hard but to be honest, I think I was the star of the show. I helped everyone feel very calm and relaxed and I got lots of attention. I’ve never stayed at school so late in the evenings! The inspectors really liked me and I only barked at them once! I think it was the first time that a dog has been present at the feedback meeting. I wagged my tail sooo hard.
I was a bit confused on Thursday when everyone came in dressed in green when I thought the uniform was red but then it was explained to me that children were giving donations for a greenhouse for our allotment. What a great idea, then we can grow lots of plants from seed.
My Mum and I had such fun watching Children in Need and I got new ears!
I was very tail-waggy when I got my own scarf with poppies on to match everyone else.
I have to admit that I get a bit nervous at this time of year. So many fireworks banging and flashing. Sometimes I just hide it my bed or cuddle up to my Mum. Please remember that pets don’t understand the fun of fireworks, it makes us nervous, so don’t let them off too near houses or late at night!
The PTA sold lovely tasty Halloween treats after school on Halloween. I decided that I should join in with the Halloween fun and wore my tasteful Halloween pumpkin bandanna.
I have enjoyed Poppy Club this half term – I get lots of fuss and a nice walk round and round the playground. Here is a picture of me with some Poppy club members.
Today was Be Bright Be Seen Day. Lots of children were very brightly dressed. Well I didn’t have anything bright to wear today – however as it is getting darker earlier, I think that my mum should buy me one of these glow in the dark collars don’t you?
Year 1 went on an Autumn walk today. I am also enjoying my Autumn walks. I love chasing the squirrels and rolling in the leaves. Look at me in the Autumn leaves at Friary Park
Isn’t the weather marvellous. I love running in the park in the all the crunchy leaves. And have you seen all those children on their bikes doing Bikeability? They are really good at it.
There have been lots of people coming in for coffees, teas, biscuits and fish and chips this month. Some yummy smells but not a crumb for me!
I thought you’d like this picture of me with my teddy – I love carrying it round and greeting people with it.
So it’s not only the staff and the children who are exhausted after the first few days back. I’m dog tired!
My tail is wagging so hard the floor is shaking! I can’t wait to see all my friends back at school this week and hear all about their holidays.
It has been a very hot week this week. I have been a hot dog!
I have a special cool blanket that is designed for pets in hot weather. It stays cool and I love lying on it – it is nice and cold.
It was sports days last week – I noticed that there was no dog race – a four-legged race. Maybe next year!
Well – I am actually rather upset – can you believe it? I didn’t get picked to play the part of Toto in the Y6 show The Wizard of Oz! I waited and wagged and wagged some more but the invitation never came my way, what a disappointment. Hmmmm the cheek – they certainly couldn’t bark as well as me – the office staff will tell you – I have a VERY loud bark. Maybe Reception will let me be in their assembly next week.
School reports went out this week – I didn’t get one of those either. Oh well – I am sure it would have said – TOP DOG. Full marks for tail wagging! My attendance has been superb and I am very friendly and kind to others – well with the exception of Marble!!
I’m panting, it’s soooo hot. I have to drink lots of water like you and stay in the shade as much as I can. I can’t even have an ice lolly. I hope it cools down a bit for sports day!
I really am top dog this week because it’s my 4th birthday – that’s 28 in human years and, boy, did I celebrate! I had a spa experience (shampoo and trim really). Then the whole school sang Happy Birthday to me. Mrs Puzey and some children had made me special biscuits and I got a doggy birthday cake and lots of presents.
I’m also going to have a pooch party with my canine chums.
I have been absolutely shattered this week!
Most of the children in Y6 have been away on school journey in Norfolk but those who didn’t go have also had a fun week and I have joined them for lots of their activities. I have been to Friary Park with them and have done lots of exciting things in the playground.
On Friday they watched ‘Ice Age’ the movie and ate popcorn. I sat right through the movie. It was very enjoyable but I wasn’t keen on the Poppy-corn!
Half term was pretty quiet for me and I was looking forward to getting back to school to see all my friends but I have to say it’s quiet here too. No Year 6 and no Miss Michael! I heard they are all having an amazing time in Norfolk. I’m sure they could have taken me too. Whine.
Just look at this dog, Maisie, who has been in The Times newspaper. She’s a school dog too.
So….. this week has been a VERY exciting week
I went to visit the chicks in reception they were quite interesting – I enjoyed sniffing them and watching them in their incubator
It is official – the Y6 show is The Wizard Of Oz. Well who do you think is going to be Toto? I hope that it is me. However, I haven’t been called to audition yet. I even went to the park one lunchtime and rolled in all of the dust and dirt so that my fur would be the right colour.
It was crazy hair day today. My mum put some silly bows in my hair – well I soon sorted that out. One quick shake of my head and they were out!
Half term now – I think I deserve a rest after such a busy week.
So this week has been Y6 test week so I have spent a bit more time in the office.
I have enjoyed the special Y6 breakfast before the tests – toast and butter is quite a treat I could get used to!!
I am getting very brave now I have been here almost a year – when the buzzer goes I like to go out and greet our visitors.
I wouldn’t be much good as a guard dog though as I just wiggle and wag my tail and enjoy all of the fuss everybody gives me.
My mum think that I could be trained as a carrier dog – and take messages around the school.
I have heard that there are some new chicks in the school – so I am not the only pet at the moment. I think I might need to go and visit them very soon.
It was so quiet last week without year 5 but I heard they had a fantastic time at Gilwell Park. I really wish I could have been there running around the fields having fun. Although I did hear there was a very loud goose and I wouldn’t have liked that. Maybe they will take me next year?
Everyone is working really hard at the moment. Something about tests I heard.
We had the most fun today – it was Project Britain Day and everyone dressed up in red, white and blue – even the teachers. And me! I had my own Union Jack neckerchief and got to meet a Pearly King and Queen.
I’m so happy to be back at school and see all my friends. I saved my Easter egg to open with the children.
I bet you’re impressed by my ball skills while I played cricket on holiday!
Look at the yummy egg I got for Easter – specially made for dogs.
It’s the Easter holidays and it’s going to be very quiet without all those children to play with me but I’m going on a spa holiday – to my dog sitter for a pamper and to play with the other dogs.
Then I’m going away with Mum and my friend Dyllen to a dog-friendly cottage.
Have you read the books about Hairy Maclary? He’s such a fun-loving dog and has lots of friends with great names. Here is a poem about them:
Schnitzel von Krumm – with a very low tum,
Bitzer Maloney – all skinny and bony,
Muffin McClay – like a bundle of hay,
Bottomley Potts – covered in spots,
Hercules Morse – as big as a horse
and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy”
It has been very serious in the office this week with lots of talk about budgets and finance and Mrs Hassan has been in a lot to talk about money.
There have been pupil progress meetings and the teachers have been talking to my mum about all the children.
In assembly this week, the children sang happy birthday to my mum. She celebrated a special birthday – it was a multiple of 10!
I had a tour around the school on Enabling Enterprise day – the children were all very busy talking about a new sport that they wanted to create – I like any game with a ball in it!!
It was the Spring fair. There was lots of excitement about chocolate. I helped my mum judge the Easter nest competition. I would have liked to have a quick nibble of some of them BUT chocolate is poisonous to dogs!
Lots of children have brought their bikes into school this week and seem to be having lots of fun cycling in the playground.
The answers for my World Book Day competition about dogs in books can be found on the Competitions page? How did you get on?
What a funny weekend I had – my Mum said she was sleeping at school overnight with lots of children and teachers. I really couldn’t understand why I couldn’t go too. She did say it was hard to sleep in her office because the light kept coming on.
This week has been a very dull one for me – my mum has been on several courses and she has been setting the school budget so I only came into school on Thursday.
Everyone was delighted to see me though and I got lots of fuss.
Unfortunately I wasn’t invited to the Y4 sleepover – I think again I will miss out on all the fun!!
What a week!!
The Instrumental concert on Tuesday evening was fantastic – I had to listen to it from the office as I wasn’t allowed in – what a shame. I could have howled along to accompany some of the tunes!
The snow on Wednesday caused quite a fuss and commotion. I don’t know why because I thought it was great. We did get to go home early though.
I have to be careful walking across the gritted playground – grit and salt is very bad for a dogs paws.
On Thursday it was World Book Day – what a great effort the children made. Sadly I didn’t have a costume – but my mum has a great idea for me for next year though.
I hope all the children have had a go at my World Book Day competition all about dogs in books.
A snow day on Friday – I spent the day either playing in the garden or curled up warm in bed!
It’s chilly outside so my Mum got me this yummy warm outfit.
I can’t wait to see everyone dressed up for World Book Day, the costumes are always so fun. I love books – as you can see below – so I’ve asked for a special quiz about dogs in books for you to do.
I had a look through my dog-eared books and came up with a great list of questions. You can take the quiz here and make no bones about it!
My goodness isn’t it cold? I thought it would be a good idea to curl up in my basket with a good book. Do you know there are so many great dogs in books? I thought I would tell you about some each month. The first one is Timmy!
Timmy is in more than 20 books written by Enid Blyton – they are the adventures of the Famous Five and they are brilliant. The books are about four children and a dog – Timmy belongs to George and he is a very friendly, brave and loyal dog who protects George when she gets into lots of adventures. I’d love to meet Timmy!
My friend was reading The Times today and thought they saw me with a member of the government, Mr Gove. It wasn’t me but it could have been one of my cousins.
I went to the seaside in half term. Here’s a video of me finding a star fish!
I’m delighted to find out that 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Happy Chinese New Year to all my friends. I found this quote on a Chinese website and think it is very true:
“A Dog’s most defining characteristic is their loyalty. They will never abandon their friends, family or work.
Honest and just, they are popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. They are also good at helping others find and fix their bad habits.
Despite how they act, they are worried and anxious inside. However, they will not let this stop them. Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it.”
Did someone say it was Valentine’s?
Half term, what fun! Look at me after a good run in the park.But wasn’t it chilly?
We had some more governor meetings this week and I joined in. Someone had a tummy gurgle and blamed it on me!
It has been a busy week this week I have been at home when my mum has been at several meetings this week.
The infant show is coming on well I think – the scenery looks great – it is a real art gallery. The songs and music are wonderful. I particularly enjoyed watching Mrs Casey and Mrs Fitzpatrick boogeying away. My mum gave them a headteacher award for their dancing!
I have had lots of walks around the playground with Mrs Puzey and some children. A new dog walking club began for children in Y4 – it was nice to meet them, they are so kind to me.
This week I have only been at school in the afternoons as my mum has been at lots of meetings and courses in the mornings.
The costumes on International Lunch Day looked amazing – such a variety!
There have been early morning meetings and evening meetings in the office this week and I have been very good – listening in my basket. The school is very busy and there are lots of important things being discussed. There is lots of talk about the school improvement plan and the work the school is doing to improve maths and writing. One of the meetings was a very early governor meeting – I liked meeting them.
This week Mrs Puzey had a VERY special birthday. I bought her present and even signed it myself.
I have had a quiet week this week. There have been lots of people still fussing me and I have been out chasing balls in the infant playground most afternoons – it’s great fun.
I made a visit to Reception this week. They have a vet role play area – the children were keen to look at me and we talked about what a vet does. Mrs Walton took my picture to go on the wall of the vets
There have been quite a few meetings in the office this week and I have been very good.
I had a bit of scare when we left school one night at 6.30pm and a huge fox ran across the playground in front of me and jumped over the fence into a garden – I did bark to tell it not to come back!
The Spring term has started but it feels like I am coming to school in the middle of the night it is so dark at 8am! Everyone is rather tired and still full of Christmas turkey and pudding I think. My new year’s resolution is more walking and more sleeping.
Everyone was really pleased to see me and I have had lots of fuss and attention.
I have discovered that the infant playground is fabulous for running and chasing after balls. When it is empty, some children have been taking me in there and throwing tennis balls for me to chase – it’s great!
I haven’t seen Marble to wish her happy new year – I think she is hiding from me!
They say it’s a dog’s life but just take a look at all the goodies I got for Christmas! I need to get back to dog walking club to get rid of my tummy! But maybe a nice snooze first zzzzzzzzzzz
So having spent two very dull days at home this week while my mum was ill, I was very pleased to be back at school today and getting lots of fuss
The Christingle assembly was beautiful and Y6 carried their candles very sensibly. The Christmas sing song was very noisy – too noisy for me – I went back to my bed for a snooze but the children and Mr Hogan were certainly getting in the festive spirit.
The staff panto was hilarious as always – I think next year I should definitely be in that too! Perhaps they can do the Wizard of Oz and I can be Toto!!
I got several Christmas presents which I look forward to opening and telling you about – and another stocking!!
I came out to the gate at the end of the day to say goodbye to everyone and wish them a Happy Christmas. It was very cheery. Y5 and Y6 were singing carols under the canopy and so many people stroked me on their way out.
This week everyone had Christmas lunch – including me! I had two helpings of turkey and sausages. Today was the nativity rehearsal – it was beautiful and the children sang and spoke really well. I’m sure I could have been in the stable scene. Look I got my own Christmas stocking!
Such a treat – a day off school and I was allowed to play in the snow. I just loved jumping up and down in it and wearing my special jumper. I saw lots of school children playing in the park. I’d have loved to have been the first one to run across the school playground with all that fresh snow!
How lucky am I – I went to see Santa Claws!
I received my first Christmas card this week – very exciting. I am still getting lots of visitors in the office. It amused me that when the bell went – one child said ‘goodbye Mrs Poppy!’ to my mum.
On Wednesday the decorations went up – the school looks lovely. I like the Christmas tree in the office. On Thursday I went for a run at Friary Park during lunchtime – it poured and I got soaked – as did my mum. I went over to the Orchard room with Mrs Puzey and I sat by the heater in there so I was soon dry!
Friday was Christmas jumper day. Mrs Puzey bought me a jumper – I quite like it!
All of the children are visiting Santa today in his grotto before the Christmas fair. I had to have a turn too and tell him what my Christmas wishes are (snuggly bed, juicy bone, chasing Marble!)
I am the top dog now! I’ve just come back from the beauty parlour for my Christmas shampoo and trim and don’t I look dapper?
I also had my ears cleaned so I’ll be able to hear the choir practising and my nails clipped. Here are my before and after pictures. It is a bit chilly though.
BOW WOW I’m so popular I get lots of letters and presents! You can see some in my pictures. I hope I get lots of Christmas cards in the special post. Mum is very strict about treats though and I’m not allowed any chocolate because it is very bad for dogs!
I think I’ll get a stocking though from Santa Claws!
Another busy week for me. On Tuesday I went to Friary Park at lunchtime and got back to school quite muddy. The next day it was dog walking club with Y3 – I get to go round the tree in the story garden lots of times!
The same day Marble the school cat came to visit me in the office – I wasn’t at all keen – in fact I was shaking with fear – I’m not so sure about that cat!
I am learning lots of Christmas carols which sound lovely as the choirs are rehearsing for the candlelight concert – it’s rather nice to snooze to! Hope I don’t snore.
This morning there was a flurry of snow – me and the children thought it was great – not so sure the adults did though! I do hope we get some more.
The nativity scenery in the hall is looking very sparkly and the children are trying on the costumes. Did they have dogs in the stable? Maybe I could be in that scene? Although I’d quite like to be an angel or star dancer.
All the children have been making Christmas decorations – I am looking forward to seeing them hanging in the dining hall next week. I hope I haven’t got too much glitter in my fur!
More dog walking club this time with Y5 and 6. I got lots of treats at the end.
Can’t wait for Christmas, what do you think I’ll get in my stocking? I’ve already started my advent calendar.
Another busy week draws to a close. Tonight there have been so many Mums and Dads in the school talking to the teachers, I would have loved to meet them all and show them my wagging tail but they all seemed very busy.
The children have also been busy this week – as usual. They were talking about bullying which we all know is very nasty. Do you know some animals get bullied too? Usually by humans so that doesn’t include chasing Marble. I wonder if we will have a Kind to Animals week soon?
It’s getting really chilly outside, I hope the children are all wearing hats and scarves and that Mum buys me a snuggly coat to wear on the way to school.
On Tuesday I went to the vet for my annual check up – I am in fine form and have even lost weight since I’ve been at school – it must be all the dog walking I’m getting!!! I also had two injections to make sure I stay well.
Friday was an inset day – the school was very quiet and I didn’t get so much attention as usual. Still I can had a nice sleep in my basket. The teachers were getting the scenery ready for Christmas, having a safeguarding quiz and doing online anti bullying training. I had a play date at Friary park during lunchtime – chased a few squirrels!!
Stretch out in my basket at home, another cosy night. I paws for thought, it must be breakfast time.
Down the stairs comes Mum and before I know it we are in the car and off to school. I love it there, so many people to sniff and everyone is nice to me. I have my own cosy basket in the head’s office – I must be the top dog!
So, what’s on the agenda today? It’s Road Safety Week – so important, the children are going to learn about crossing the road and looking left and right. I don’t know my left from my right so I sit on the kerb and wait to be told when it’s safe. The children are going to learn about it all in assembly.
Oh, it’s time for my walk, who will it be today? Mum has set up a dog walking club which is terribly popular so I get to meet lots of different children, they are so nice to me! They walk me around the playground and sometimes I get to chase that cat Marble for a bit but I never catch it. Then it’s time for a snooze in my basket.
In the afternoon that nice Mrs Puzey takes me over to her room to meet some more lovely children and we talk about reading. I can’t read but they are getting really good at it.