For many years now, we have run a scheme here at school where our Year Four pupils act as Buddies for all of the other pupils throughout the school. To become a Buddy, the Year Three pupils have to formally apply to become one. There is an interview process and they have to pass to be able to begin the training process. The application process is taken seriously and it is not a foregone conclusion that everyone who applies is accepted as pupils do need to have the appropriate qualities and skills to be a successful Buddy. Applications are opened just before Half-term in May, with interviews being held in June. The new Buddies then work alongside the Year Fours for the rest of the Half-term.
Their main duty is to organise a Buddy Playtime every week. This is now on a Friday morning and lasts from 10.30 am to 11.00 am. The Year Fours split into three groups to organise traditional games and invent new ones. The pupils are split into three groups, Reception, Year One and Two together and Year Three. The Buddies organise and manage the play session.
Other duties involve acting as a special friend to each new Nursery/Reception pupil to help at every playtime and generally help them settle in to the school. They also help to organise special events such as Fun Runs, Sports Day and other sporting events.