Beloved pup’s special day

George with some of the pupils. (Supplied) 249636_02

Tara Murray

One of St Albans Meadows Primary School’s most popular figures has celebrated his first birthday.

George the wellbeing dog, who has been a welcome addition to the school, marked the milestone without his beloved friends- the pupils.

Assistant principal Allison Kim said all the children, particularly these with special needs, had embraced what George has to offer.

“One of the components of our pet program is teaching students about empathy and how it impacts their behaviour and learning outcomes,” she said.

“Teaching students empathy in the classroom helps build a positive culture, improves connections, and develops lifelong social and emotional skills.

“George provides emotional support (often joining Zooms), the opportunity for connection and can help with stress and anxiety this has been detrimental in the current climate.

“The children are missing George terribly and will not be at school to celebrate his first birthday. George has captured so many hearts.”