Throw a Bone to Wyvern House
Authors: Freya Scowen, James Watson, Kaitlyn Chelton, Charlie Alderton & Max Ivemey
3rd July 2023.
Meet Roxy. Roxy is a therapy dog and Mayville High School's latest addition and a welcome part indeed. She was added to help those who need to de-stress. Students and Staff are very excited to welcome her to the school as the school has never had a therapy dog before. Mayville held a trial day and everyone enjoyed having a dog around the school. Roxy will have her own room at Wyvern House which is Mayville's Brand new Specialist Learning Support and Wellbeing Centre. However, Roxy will take frequent walks around school to get to know the pupils.
Mayville has a very supportive environment and therefore pupils would have no hesitation to visit Wyvern house to use Roxy’s services if needed. Roxy is overqualified with her bronze, silver and gold standard training and cuteness. Roxy’s owner, Maz explained that Roxy became a therapy dog in the hope that, “She could bring lots of joy to people as much as she brings joy to me." Maz, a Mayville staff member, says that Roxy loves being a therapy dog because, “Her tail always wags.” – who wouldn’t love attention and belly rubs?
The health of the grassroots game
Roxy is a part of Mayville High School's recently unveiled expansion that came in the form of a Specialist Learning and Education building called Wyvern House. The unit is set to open at the start of the next school year for those aged 8-16 years old. Mayville prides itself on its unique and inclusive learning and this addition further cements this core ideal in the school. Struggling students can visit whenever they need help and the final goal is to improve mental health and especially for those on various neurodivergent spectrums (such as Autism and ADHD) who do not fit well into mainstream education due to social and communication difficulties.
Headteacher Rebecca Parkyn and the trustees have been working on the unit for two years and it shows.