Our buddies help all our pupils to feel valued and supported. Buddies help to promote friendship and fun outside on the playground and across the school. They help to foster the caring and nurturing ethos that is so important and valued at our school.
Buddies are beneficial for both younger and older students. It helps children recognise their own self worth and importance, giving them the opportunity to take on leadership jobs and responsibilities to support their peers. They learn to understand the importance of community spirit and team work and how to be effective role models. Becoming a buddy enables children to be involved in the life of the school and encourages active citizenship.
Every year, we run a Buddy Scheme election, where children can choose to enrol as a buddy. They are required to fill in an application form for the job, stating why they think they would be suitable. The aim of the scheme is to encourage children to be good role models and it plays an important part in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for children across the school. They proudly wear special buddy bibs and are designated specific areas for their duty.
The main focus for the Buddy Scheme this term is for the Year 5 and 6 children to support the youngest members of our school community. The buddies from Year 6 helping our new Reception children to settle into their new lunchtime routines in the dining room and on the playground. The Year 5 buddies are helping to support the Year 1 children.
Buddies aim to: