State school bud­dies up

From big­ger things, lit­tle things grow

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Big and lit­tle bud­dies

EV­ERY Friday af­ter­noon, the el­dest and the youngest stu­dents at Emer­ald State School can be found learn­ing to­gether.

Buddy classes are an in­trin­sic part of school life at Emer­ald State School.

Classes team up to sup­port and build re­la­tion­ships be­tween stu­dents and across the school community.

The tran­si­tion to pri­mary school is a big step for the lit­tle feet of prep­pies.

Hav­ing a big buddy helps our Prep stu­dents feel like they are a part of a fam­ily; they have a fa­mil­iar face among the many at school – some­one spe­cial just for them.

For their Year 6 coun­ter­parts, the buddy pro­gram builds con­fi­dence, re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­pas­sion.

Rave re­views

WE ASKED our Prep and Year 6 stu­dents why they liked Buddy classes…

“Be­cause we work to­gether.” – Olivia, Prep

“We get to do fun stuff be­cause every­thing is fun when we play with them.” – Ja­cob, Prep

“Bud­dies is a fun way for the preps to in­ter­act with the grade six and also gives the grade six a chance to show lead­er­ship and teach the preps to make the right choices. With the preps we do; read­ing, free time, danc­ing, cut­ting and glu­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and ob­sta­cle cour­ses. We are al­ways very ex­cited to see our bud­dies and they are al­ways ex­cited to see us as well.” – Jessie, Year 6

“Bud­dies can be a fun ac­tiv­ity where we meet new peo­ple and so­cialise but it is hon­estly more than that. As part of the se­nior school, we are ex­pected to be ex­cep­tional role mod­els and

teach the preps the es­sen­tials in later learn­ing.” – Car­lene, Year 6

“It’s like look­ing at us when we were prep­pies and re­mem­ber­ing the fun things we did.” – Raith, Year 6

“The thing I like most about bud­dies is that it gives the bud­dies con­fi­dence to speak up.” – Holly, Year 6

“Our Bud­dies help us do lots of things that could be tricky.” – Nate, Prep

“They make us feel happy and spe­cial when we see them around, not just at school, and they say hello.” – Pais­ley, Prep

New bud­dies meet

YEAR 5 stu­dents are mak­ing an early start to meet­ing some of their bud­dies for 2018.

Along with our prin­ci­pal, Rhonda Jones, the Year 5 stu­dents are vis­it­ing Emer­ald Community Kindy each week to learn and play.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween kindy and pri­mary schools is an im­por­tant link to en­sur­ing the tran­si­tion to school is as smooth as pos­si­ble.

Year 5 stu­dents Ri­ley, Kur­tis, Nikita, Sarah, David and Do­minic vis­ited the kindy last Friday.

They found out that kindy kids are fan­tas­tic dancers, they like read­ing with you, are sen­si­ble and like play­ing.

The Year 5s can’t wait to be their bud­dies next year.


BUD­DIES: The bud­dies brush up on their colour­ing tech­niques.

Van­der tries on his uni­form for 2018.

Skip­ping un­der the new Prep/1 ex­ten­sion.

Emer­ald State School bud­dies up with Emer­ald Community Kindy.

No ob­sta­cle too big or too small in an ex­er­cise to de­velop gross mo­tor ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sort­ing things out.

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