From first entering the school, every Kindergarten boy is assigned an older boy from Year 3 to be his 'buddy'. Our buddy system ensures our younger children feel welcomed into the school and that they feel valued and supported from the outset.
The buddy system contributes to the nurturing and caring ethos of the school and develops positive cross-age relationships. Through looking after the younger children, the older boys have the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, friendship and responsibility, as well as building self-confidence and developing empathy and compassion.
The Kindergarten boys and their Year 3 buddies spend time together during the school day. The older boys will accompany the younger boys to lunch, where they will sit with them, talk to them and assist them in collecting their food and clearing away. Buddies attend house meetings together and in the first few weeks play together at break times. A wonderful friendship is formed and these friendships often continue for the rest of the time in the Pre-Prep and into the Prep School.