Newest member of the class gave pupils paws for thought

A members of the Eco-Warriors group at St Marks CE primary school, Wigan, meets Dogtastic dog trainer Mark Calvert and Nell the dog, as part of their project about the dog fouling problem
A members of the Eco-Warriors group at St Marks CE primary school, Wigan, meets Dogtastic dog trainer Mark Calvert and Nell the dog, as part of their project about the dog fouling problem

A WIGAN school has added a new pupil to its class, aiming to give pupils a Dogtastic time.

Youngsters at St Marks C of E Primary School, in Newtown, were greeted by Dogtastic trainer Mark Calvert and with his canine, Nell.

The two visitors were joined by Wigan Council environmental officer Louisa Bibby to lead a talk on dog fouling.

Karen Long, teacher at the school said: “Dog poo has become a problem on the way to school so we have been working to solve this problem, with various activities.

“The School Council has been working with Eco Schools to help us solve this issue.

“We invited Dogtastic dog training expert Mark Calvert to come in to give advice on how to look after a dog and Eco School member Ellen Belshaw also spoke to parents in coffee morning, giving out doggie poo bags.

“These are available at the office for anyone to collect, free.

“Ellen also led an assembly with special guests Waste Warrior and Scoop, encouraging owners to pick up their dog’s mess.

“Year four pupils also designed posters and created a letter to send to our councillor.

“Signs will go up around the area, with visits from environment wardens.”