Buddying up for bullying

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On 15 June, hundreds of Australian schools participated in National
Buddy Day, celebrating friendship while highlighting the issue of
bullying in primary schools.

The initiative – developed by NAB and the Foundation – promotes the
Better Buddies program, which pairs children in their first and last years
of primary school to learn important values. This enables younger
children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and
respected.

Almost 2,000 schools currently participate in Better Buddies, which
complements existing school welfare programs and is easy to
implement due to clear links with national curriculum initiatives.

Sue Cahill, Student Wellbeing Leader at St Charles Borromeo
Primary School, believes Better Buddies continues to be the
foundation of all relationships at her school because it is an embedded
part of the culture.
“It is values based and allows all our students to be in a trusting, respectful relationship with another.
Sue Cahill

“Student voice has taken it above and beyond the buddy relationship
between preps and seniors, and it is a strategy written in our School
Improvement Framework to support student wellbeing,” she said.

For more on Better Buddies and National Buddy Day, visit betterbuddies.org.au.

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