Safe haven for students
STUDENTS being subjected to bullying behaviour by their peers in the eastern suburbs will have a safe haven at a handful of schools.
An initiative at the Noranda Church of Christ this year has raised funds for a buddy bench for Noranda, West Morley and Maylands Peninsula primary schools.
Noranda Primary was the first to receive its bench this month, with West Morley to receive it on Friday in a presentation to be attended by Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland.
Roger Stride, from the church, said the purpose of the bench was for bully victims to make friends.
“If someone is being bullied, they can sit on the bench and other students or teachers can go with them,” he said.
Mr Stride said the church raised about $3000 at an Italian dinner in March, which was attended by 130 people.
“We raised enough for a few benches. We were very pleased with the result,” he said.
West Morley Primary School chaplain Glynis Best said there were plans to eventually cement their bench in under the trees on the oval.
“The student leaders would monitor it and they will go to each class to make sure the other students understand the purpose of it,” she said.
“I think it is a great idea that has taken off in WA.
“Kids have social issues these days that older people did not have and this is a fabulous way to encourage them to interact positively.”