Our Buddies are scheduled to meet every week with Mrs Jackson to discuss any issues regarding friendship and bullying in school. But sometimes this couldn’t happen because Mrs Jackson had meetings so Miss James, TA, has joined our team to ensure weekly meetings always take place.
A lot of the work they do centres around school but they also take part in Community activities that promote friendship, kindness and respect.
Due to continuing Covid-19 Restrictions the set up for the Buddies is different again this year. In Spring 2022, the Buddies have a discussion with Miss James each week.
Meet our Buddies 2021 – 2022:
Buddies 2020 – 2021
Our Buddies have been working very hard this year and have forged a strong team with very high expectations. They have taken their role extremely seriously and are working hard to ensure our school provides children with a safe, non- threatening environment in which to work and play.
Buddies 2019 – 2020
This year we have been looking at and discussing young peoples’ mental health (at an age appropriate level) using some short-animated film clips from the BBC. They are aimed at developing emotional resilience and encouraging young people to talk about their worries/feelings.
Last term, we focused on ‘Jake’s Story’, a boy who was being bullied and looking at how he coped. Next, we looked at ‘Being a bully’ which looked at what drove a young girl to become a bully.
More recently in our meetings there was a lot of discussion about the impact of the Coronavirus and the anxiety the children felt in relation to grandparents or as they put it ‘the oldies’. The Buddies are very insightful and the discussions we have are extremely mature.
We have introduced mindful activities into our sessions and intend to carry these on once we return to school. We are very proud of our Buddies.