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Foundation buddies program

During the first few weeks of school, each of our Foundation students is matched with a Grade 5 buddy. The buddy program is a valuable and rewarding program for all involved. It helps our Foundation students make a smooth transition to school, and provides them with confidence and support in the yard by creating a caring and supportive environment.

The program provides an opportunity for the younger children to develop a positive friendship and relationship with an older student. It also plays a role in helping to develop confidence and independence in our Foundation students, as well as in our Grade 5s.

Grade 5 buddies are involved with Foundation students in a variety of ways, including:

  • Literacy/numeracy /integrated studies group work
  • Eating lunch/snack together
  • Reading stories
  • Playing safely in the yard
  • Developing positive friendships
  • School walks and visiting classrooms