Aim:

  • To help promote a smooth transition from Preschool to Prep.
  • To give year five students leadership experiences and further responsibility upon commencing senior school.

Our buddy program establishes a social interaction between a Year 5 student and a Prep student. Students are matched according to social needs and there is important dialogue discussed between the Year 5 teachers and the Prep teachers, to make sure the students are well matched.
The Prep children meet their buddy frequently

 

The Buddy program:

  • Promotes a sense of community
  • Builds self esteem
  • Provides each student with an older friend or someone to look after
  • Promotes cross gender and cross age friendships
  • Promotes an acceptance of others
  • Provides an opportunity for leadership
  • Provides mentoring opportunities
  • Builds resilience
  • Provides social and academic benefits for students
  • Fosters a sense of fun and enjoyment in learning
  • Provides an opportunity to attend weekly Masses together
  • The children are supported by their buddy through into year 1
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