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Malvern St James Welcomes Special Four-Legged Visitors

This article was published by Malvern St James Girls' School on Mon 5th December 2016

Malvern St James Girls’ School welcomed a special group of visitors on Tuesday, 11 October. A team from Guide Dogs came to talk to the girls to raise awareness about the charity’s work. Everyone was thrilled to meet guide dogs Taylor and Quaver and puppy in training, 6 month old Nellie.

After a special assembly, the dogs and their human friends from Guide Dogs spent time with girls from the Prep Department. The girls took part in a number of activities aimed at showing them what it is like to be blind or partially sighted. These included pouring water blindfolded and attempting to read Braille.

Ms Marina Stentiford, Head of MSJ’s Preparatory Department, commented, “The Guide Dogs not only showed their owners a clear path, they also made it easier for our girls to see what hard work, training and a willingness to help others can achieve. The training and dedication shown by both dogs and handlers proved to be inspirational for those listening. More than one of our girls was later reflecting on how they could excel when helping others and themselves. An enjoyable and entertainingly engaging morning; I am extremely grateful to the volunteers who took time out of their day to visit us.”

Quotes from Pre-Prep girls about their experience:
“They made me know we can help people.” (Sophie Earp, Year 2)
“The dogs made me happy and excited.” (Sophie Powell, Year 1)
“I liked the guide dogs because I liked playing with them and stroking them.” (Beth Mico, Year 1)
“It was lovely and fantastic.” (Nancy Sefton. Year 2)
“They were beautiful and I learnt that they slipped on wooden floors.” (Alice Bond, Year 2)