Every new Kindergarten student is allocated a Grade 5 buddy for the duration of their first year at school. This begins during Kindergarten Orientation in the year prior to beginning school. A buddy is someone who students can quickly recognise and befriend and who can offer peer support on the playground. The Buddy system works on building a relationship between an older student and the Kindergarten child based on trust, affirmation and acceptance.
The Buddy system encourages prep students:
to feel welcome
to feel part of the community
to become familiar with school rules, buildings and daily routines.
to have channels to act through when experiencing difficulties.
to develop skills through cross-age tutoring.
Older students in return:
develop sensitivity and tolerance
develop academic skills through cross-age tutoring.