State school buddies up
From bigger things, little things grow
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.
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.