The transition into ‘Big School’ is enormous. New environments, new routines and big people everywhere. Each of our new Kindergarten students are buddied up with a couple of Year 6 students to ensure that their Kindergarten experience is a memorable one.
Year 6 are instructed on the significance of this role and responsibility and they are afforded the opportunity to shape the initial learning experience of a young life.
Participation in buddy programmes enhances children’s cooperative learning behaviours, such as taking turns, listening, sharing knowledge, praising another’s effort, helping one another, and completing a task. Due to the extra attention and assistance, the younger children’s work often improves; with praise comes the motivation to do their best. They also experience pride in their ability to be helpful. The younger children bond with the older buddy and friendships flourish as the year progresses.
Being a K-12 school, it also presents the opportunity for our students to forge long term connections and friendships.
I have been mightily impressed with the work our Year 6 students have done so far with their Kindergarten buddies. It can be tiresome, but they are making sure their little Kindergarten friends are having the time of their life.
by Mr Damien Saunders, Head of Primary