At Tintern we love animals! It is not hard to recognise that, as we have a farm on site which provides an incredible opportunity for our students and community.  However, the teachers also see the benefit of animals in the classroom.  The children in the Pre-Prep A class have the pleasure of the resident pet Charlie the bird.  Charlie is very friendly and loves to sit on the shoulders of the children. Milla and Matilda look very relaxed as they know Charlie well; they feel at ease when he is out of cage and close to them.

What we do know is that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that positively influences the health and well-being of both. While many of us intuitively understand the benefits of positive interactions with animals in our lives, an emerging body of research is recognizing the impact the human-animal bond can have on individual and community health. There is no doubt that Charlie’s presence in the classroom has an incredibly positive effect on the classroom which supports our compass values of compassion, responsibility and respect for the world around us.



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