Thank God it's Friday

27th October 2000 at 01:00
MONDAY Dill the collie pup has entered our lives. At 10 weeks old, he is a bundle of soft fur and needle-sharp teeth. As a family, we aim to take him forward as a whole puppy so that he can achieve his full potential. We will nurture him and give him the opportunity to express himself within safe boundaries. We will equip him with basic life skills and create a comfortable environment for him so that he will have the confidence to accept the challenges ahead. His targets will be achievable and we will reward his progress with chocolate drops. We will monitor his achievements and evaluate his successes.

TUESDAY Our inclusion policy has proved inadequate. Dill has been included in the kitchen, the lounge and the hall and has left his mark in them all. He has now been excluded, and will spend the next two days in the kitchen. His behaviour will be reviewed and he will be allowed restricted access until he has proved that he can learn from his mistakes.

WEDNESDAY Dill has reached stage three of the special needs register. He has been seen by an outside agency - the vet has given him a clean bill of health and an injection. Neeless to say, his behaviour was impeccable in the surgery; as soon as he arrived back in the kitchen he became uncontrollable, ignoring the agreed rules. Sanctions followed swiftly. We must, however, remember to punish the behaviour, not the puppy. He will stay on the special needs register until his behaviour improves.

THURSDAY The anti-bullying policy has been stretched to its limits. Dill is very keen on ankle-nipping and jean-chewing. The potatoes in the vegetable rack have become silent victims and will need counselling. The word "no" has become a key word but Dill is not yet responding.

FRIDAY As the weekend approaches, we must consider the outdoor education policy. The environment must be secure and all risks analysed. Accompanying adults should be well prepared and understand the objectives of the exercise. The main aims are for Dill to appreciate the outdoor environment, ignore the sheep in the field at the bottom of the garden and not walk in any mess resulting from a satisfactory performance.

A review of the budget will be required.

Val Woollven is head of St Andrew's C of E primary, Plymouth

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