This week we had the great pleasure of welcoming some four-legged friends to our school. Mrs M Costello, who masterminded the event, tells us more:
On Wednesday afternoon, this week, Wick High School pupils were very privileged, as four furry creatures invaded and took over the school!
Our Class 1 pupils had arranged for two, Miniature Shetland, therapy ponies to come up to our school from the Central Belt. The ponies are specially trained to be gentle with people. They visit nursing homes and schools to allow people, young and old, to hug and pat them. The ponies wear special ‘whoops-a-daisy’ bags in case of any accidents and they are washed in strawberry shampoo, before their visit.
The event was meant to be for a class of 20 pupils, in the Pupil Support department, but the ponies and their two giant Newfoundland dog pals really caught the imagination of the school. As a result, Flicker, the pony, climbed the school stairs and had fun visiting classrooms in the social subjects corridor, much to the delight of the lucky pupils (and teachers!). Arthur, the Newfoundland dog, took the lift up to the second floor with Mrs Shearer and Mrs Costello and Winston leapt up the steps together. Winston and Arthur (who weighs 14 stone) made sure that they visited almost every classroom in the school!
It was a magical afternoon in Wick High School and one that we will remember for a very long time. I believe that the four of them will be back next year for another invasion!
Many thanks to the staff and pupils (and dogs and ponies!) who made this superb event possible.