Some of the students at Tooborac Primary School smiling alongside their newest classmate Duke, a Seeing Eye Dog in training.

TOOBORAC Primary School has welcomed the arrival of its newest member, Duke, a seeing eye dog in training.

Teacher Cheryl Ward has been a volunteer with Vision Australia since 2019, and in that time has successfully trained two pups already, Laura and Deuce, who have graduated to become a guide dog for a client in Queensland and a breeder.

“There have been many benefits of having a SEDA dog in our classroom, not only for the valuable lessons learnt for the pups in a sometimes noisy, playful and ‘distracting’ environment, but also for the students and school community,” Mrs Ward said.

“While the pup is at school, we all have an important role in raising and training the pup in a safe and nurturing environment.

“Children understand the importance of how to behave with the dog when it has and hasn’t got its jacket on and are pivotal in providing excellent social environments for the pup.”

Duke was officially named by the Governor General with reference to the recent passing of Prince Philip.

“We look forward to our next adventure with our new pup,” Mrs Ward said.