Better Buddies 2019
Each year our school runs Better Buddies. This program involves all Reception students being paired up with a Year 6 buddy at the very beginning of the school year. The aim of the program is to help younger students feel safe and cared for in their transition to school and gives our Year 6 students a valuable role as leaders. This year Better Buddies will run on Mondays and Wednesdays. Already this term, the buddies have been working hard and having lots of fun.
Year 6 Leadership Training
Our Year 6 leaders have been working very hard in preparing for their role as buddies. During the first week at school all Year 6 students attended a leadership afternoon, where they undertook training in the Better Buddies program. It was a great afternoon and the students showed much maturity and commitment towards their responsibilities as leaders within our school.
In Week 1, the Reception and Year 6 buddies spent some time getting to know each other. They enjoyed conducting mini interviews with questions that were generated by the Year 6 students at the leadership afternoon. They also had a photo with their buddy on the buddy bench which has been displayed on a buddy poster outside each Cycle 1 and Cycle 3 classroom. We invite you to have a look at them, if you haven’t already.
Buddy Welcome at Assembly
As part of the interview process the Year 6 buddies also introduced their Reception buddy to the rest of the school at our Week 1 Assembly. The Year 6 buddies did a great job of guiding their younger buddies onto the stage, and shared one thing about them, while the Receptions buddies did a fantastic job of standing up in front of an audience – something that can be quite daunting for a little person!
Buddy Reading Program
In Week 3, we started our buddy reading program, where our buddies read books together. This will take place every Monday after lunch. It is a lovely opportunity for the older buddies to model important reading skills to their younger buddies, while fostering a love of reading. Buddy reading will continue for the duration of the year.
As well as reading with our buddies, we also aim to do one or two other activities each term. These activities will generally run on a Wednesday morning from 9:00-9:40am. This term the buddies will be making pancakes together for Shrove Tuesday (on Wednesday 6 March – the day after Shrove Tuesday). We also will be having a teddy bear picnic at the end of Term 1 to celebrate their first term of school and as buddies. More details will come out closer to these times.
Supporting your child in their role as a buddy
We invite you to chat to your children about their buddies regularly and use the buddy program to support their problem solving and social skills at school. If your child is a Reception student, you can remind them to seek out their older buddies in the school yard if they need help solving little problems. You might like to also discuss when it’s okay to go to their buddies for help and when they need to go to a teacher for help.
If your child is a Year 6 leader, they might occasionally need guidance in how to help their younger buddies solve problems effectively. Problem solving with Reception students can have it’s challenges, but our Year 6 students generally do a pretty amazing job. While we work to support the children in these areas, any extra help you can provide is appreciated.
If at any time you would like to chat to us about Better Buddies, please come and see Lea (Cycle 3 teacher) or Rachel (Cycle 1 teacher), who are the Better Buddies coordinators, or your child’s teacher.
The Better Buddies program is such a valuable program for building a safe and caring school community and nurturing strong relationships between our students. We trust that you will see all the wonderful ways it supports your child throughout the year.
The Cycle 3 and Cycle 1 teachersbuddy photo poster 2019 #2.pub