Bench sitting provides way for students to find a buddy

October 11, 2016 by  

A new programme that seeks to foster friendship and eliminate loneliness among children has recently been introduced at Georges Hall, near Milperra, New South Wales .

The innovative Buddy Bench Programme, which is being undertaken at the Georges Hall Public School, is aimed at children who are seeking someone they can play with or have a chat, according to School principal Poppy Cassimatis.

She said brightly coloured seating has been provided and when other students see one of their peers sitting there, they are urged to approach the child and invite them to play, draw on note pads or have a conversation.

Mrs Cassimatis described the new programme as a lovely initiative for the school to have introduced.

She said the Buddy benches are an extension of the school’s philosophy which promotes positive behaviour towards learning.

It is a great way to show support for all students, she added, and ensure they feel safe and happy when at school.

As part of the Buddy Bench Programme, the school was involved in an activity with Bunnings which resulted in the Georges Hall school receiving two buddy benches for placement in its courtyards.

Mrs Cassimatis said a contest among students was also held to determine what designs and colours the benches would feature.

The students even painted on the first coat before the benches were transported from Bunnings Bankstown Airport back to the school, she said.