We have a longstanding buddy program where Year 5 and 6 students are paired up with each new Foundation student for their first year of school. This program is one of the many ways we help Foundation students settle into school life as well as develop leadership skills in our senior students. Buddies meet regularly throughout the year to complete fun activities together.
Our Year 4 and 5 students who will be ‘buddies’ the following year, meet the new Foundation students during the last 'Stepping-Up' session so that they have a familiar face on their first day at school.
"Whenever you see them happy or playing with their friends it feels like a sense of accomplishment." – Marley, Year 6
"I love playing with my buddy and I feel happy when I see him." – Faizaan, Foundation
“When I first met my buddy, she was a little shy but now she is very talkative. Once when walking back from art, she was so proud to show me her artwork.” - Eadie Year 5
"When I get to see my buddy it’s the best! I love when my buddy comes into the classroom and I get to read a book with him." – Marty, Foundation
“If you don’t have someone to play with, you always can find your buddy to play with. My buddy loves to talk and play chess.” - Issy, Year 5
"I like having a buddy because she is very nice. I need my buddy when I hurt myself. When I see my buddy I feel happy." – Emmy, Foundation
"When you're feeling down, when you see your buddy it makes you happy." - Gus, Year 5
“It’s fun because I have the best one and she even plays with and helps me make sand cakes” – Hattie, Foundation