Thursday 10 September, R U OK? Day, marks the national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, ‘Are you OK?’. The theme for 2020 is ‘There’s more to say after R U OK’.
R U OK? Day encourages everyone to check in on each other and to support those who may be struggling. It highlights the importance of having these conversations throughout the year, not just on the one day.

This year at Albany Rise Primary School. Each year level did an activity based around ‘there is more to say after R U OK.’ All the teachers shared their comfort pets that they have at home to help them through this hard time. Morning cuddles with a pooch is one tool I use to give me a boost and a nice walk in the beautiful sunshine.

Meet Koda – Our counsellor and Student Wellbeing Officer (Katrina Karlson’s) comfort dog.

Koda is a Leonberger. He enjoys camping, hanging out with his family and despite his enormous size thinks he is a lap dog and doesn’t hesitate to indulge in a good cuddle. He is friendly and loves to go for walks. He was born in New Zealand so has dual citizenship. He’s part kiwi and part Aussie and has flown on an aeroplane. Weighs 65 kilos but its all fur weight and love. Mind you he is a bit on the smelly side at the moment not being able to get into his hairdresser either! Koda is OK but his hairdo is not! He wishes all of the ARPS community a wonderful day.