St John's

Catholic Primary School

At St John's we grow and learn in the footsteps of Jesus.

Monty—St. John’s Therapy Dog

Monty—St. John’s Therapy Dog


Monty is the newest addition to the St John’s family. Mrs. Sessions has had Monty since he was a puppy and now at age 10 he has spent the summer completing his therapy dog training to enable him to come into school and take part in a wide range of activities with the children.


Mrs. Sessions says – having a therapy dog in school has a number of benefits to both the children and staff at St Johns. I am very excited that Monty will get to spend time with the children and help with their literacy and communication skills as well as increase the feelings of well-being throughout the school.


The therapeutic effects of a child reading to a dog appears to produce a less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident child. A therapy dog can provide comfort, encourage positive behaviour, motivate speech and inspire children to have fun.


Monty has 4 agents in school —Weronika, Tatiana, Weronika and Maja.