Every student at Blackburn Lake Primary School has a Buddy that they interact with on a
timetabled fortnightly basis. The purpose of our whole school Buddy program is to develop a supportive, friendly and caring school culture.
By working with their Buddy, students learn about caring for others, consideration, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, inclusiveness and responsibility. Supporting the school’s values, our Buddy programs aim to build school connectedness, increase positive social behaviour, strengthen student optimism and resilience and support students to develop pro-social strategies. These values support Blackburn Lake Primary School’s TRRAC program.
Formal fortnightly Buddy programs promote a relationship between older and younger peers. We offer:
- Better Buddies (Foundation & Year 4 Students),
- Beyond Buddies (Year 1, 2 and Year 5 Students) and
- Peer Support Program (Year 3 and Year 6 Students).
Our Buddy program and initiatives in student wellbeing are recognized by the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation. With BLPS presenting at the 2016 National Conference Against Bullying.
The Peer Support Program involving Year three and Year six students aims to educate students on the value of peer-to-peer support and is demonstrated by peers giving emotional and moral encouragement and support to each other. It provides senior students with leadership skills and opportunities for self-development. The program also provides younger students with a supportive environment in which to develop self-confidence, individuality and resilience.