Chosen Charity Visitor
The children welcomed a visitor from Guidedogs for the Blind
Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome Mark, together with his guidedog, Archer, to BHPS.
Last year, the children voted for Guidedogs for the Blind to be one of our chosen charities for the year. We have already donated over £100 to the charity but to help the children understand more about it, we invited Mark, who is blind, to come and lead an assembly. The children were fascinated to learn how Archer helps Mark to be independent and how guidedogs have to be trained for 18 months. We were all impressed to find out that if Mark tells Archer he wants to go to Tesco, Archer knows which bus stop to go to and can lead the way to the store. The children listened very well and asked some excellent questions. As you can imagine, they were delighted to have a dog in school and Archer, who was perfectly calm and unfazed by 400 children, was definitely the star of the show. The children also discovered that it costs approximately £50,000 to support a guidedog for its working life and so they could see how their donations are so valuable. This fits perfectly with the school motto of Make the Future Better for All.