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Kindy buddy program

Buddies program

Every new Kindergarten student is allocated a Grade 4 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 responsibility
  • develop sensitivity and tolerance
  • develop academic skills through cross-age tutoring.