Mansfield Courier

School’s out for Buddy Day


IF you had dropped into Mansfield Primary School (MPS) on the last Friday in February, you would have noticed something was very different.

No children in the yard at playtime, no noise from the classrooms, in fact no one there at all.

On Friday, February 27 the whole school went out on their term one Buddy Days as part of the School to Summit program.

In the past few years these days have been spread over the term, but this year all the students were out at once.

The preps, with their grade 4 buddies, spent the day exploring Mirimbah Park and the Delatite River.

The grade 1 and 5 buddies went out to Jamieson River Park, with activities including a guided tour of Jamieson Primary School and exploring the Jamieson River.

Grade 2 and 6 buddies spent their day at Lake Nillahcoot­ie with some of their activities run by Kerstie Lee and Jill Breadon from Landcare and Waterwatch.

These buddy days build connection­s across the school and help students to feel safe and supported, while helping to reinforce the message about Respect for Self, others, and the environmen­t.

That left the grade 3 students whose big buddies are now at the secondary college.

These students spend time this year training to be a big buddy when they move into grade 4.

They drove out to Sheepyard Flat for their art and music day where they built bark shelters, l earnt some new songs and built rock towers in the Howqua River.

School to Summit is a whole school program that involves activities and challenges for all grades, helping t o build respect, resilience, and a sense of achievemen­t for all students.

The program culminates in grade 6 when that year group completes a three day cycle and walk from the gates of MPS all the way to the summit of Mt Buller in term four.

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