Sparking joy in the Year of the Dog


 L-R: Abbotsleigh Headmistress, Megan Krimmer; Year 11 Boarders Lucinda Bray,  Sophie Forsythe and Rosie Meares; and Deputy Head of Boarding, Allysia Heness-Pugh. 

 By Alyssia Heness-Pugh, Deputy Head of Boarding


The boarding community is delighted to be part of the upcoming installation for the Chinese New Year Festival in partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Sixty coin donation model dogs have been transformed into an art exhibition to help celebrate 60 years of Guide Dogs and the Year of the Dog. 

'Sparkie', as our model has been called, celebrates the joy that the puppies spark in the boarding community as the boarding school students engage in a year-long service project. The boarders of Abbotsleigh have helped raise 11 Guide Dog puppies since 2006. The pups come at 10 weeks old and live in the boarding houses with the students until they go at 14 months to Glossodia for their official training. The puppies love unconditionally, and bring an important part of home to the boarders. In turn, the boarders spark a lot of confidence in the pups!




The design of fireworks and 'boarder blue' was created by the Year 10 Abbotsleigh Boarder Council who wanted to reference the great tradition of fireworks that occur at the new year. The installation is running from Friday 16 February to Sunday 25 February at Scout Place, Alfred Street and Level 1 Custom House at Circular Quay in the city. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite artwork by making a donation, so use a gold coin to vote Sparkie as the best model dog of the collection!

It's a great privilege for the boarders to be involved in this project. Abbotsleigh looks forward to supporting Guide Dogs NSW/ACT for many years to come.



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