Better Buddies in Schools

Better Buddies is a framework to introduce or enhance a buddy system in your school. Buddy systems are designed to support children in their first year of school through working with older students as role models.

The Better Buddies Framework has specifically designed buddy activities focusing on curriculum, social skills, values and benefits for the younger and older buddies.

Many schools use a variety of programs and resources and Better Buddies has been designed to complement these. Other programs such as Friendly Schools and Families and Bounce Back suggest schools develop strong peer relationships and buddy systems which Better Buddies fulfils.

Better Buddies is designed to fit into your particular school environment and is flexible to incorporate all that you do with buddies in your school. This flexibility has led to schools in Dubai, Singapore and Northern Ireland implementing Better Buddies with The Mary Foundation and Red Barnett, Denmark adapting the philosophy of Better Buddies to build their own program Free of Bullying for their Kindergartens and Primary Schools.

If you would like to submit your own case study, you can use the relevant template below:

Click the links below, to see how teachers themselves describe how their schools have taken the Better Buddies concept and values and expanded on these ideas throughout different areas of the school and into the community.

St Dominic's Primary School, Camberwell East, Victoria
Linking Better Buddies to school values and focusing on buddies as a key part of the prep transition processes

Better Buddies was introduced at St Dominic's in 2008 to complement their established wellbeing culture.  It is viewed as an engaging Framework that provides students positive experiences through a real life context.
The success of buddies has seen the program extended to include peer tutoring and activities at other year levels and also teacher-student buddies to provide help, guidance and mentoring for students.

Keilor Views Primary School
Embedding Better Buddies as a key relationship at all year levels as part of everyday classroom practice

Better Buddies was initially introduced at Keilor Views Primary School in 2007 as a buddy system for Prep and year 6 students.
Teachers saw the value of the program and suggested it be expanded to include all year levels.  To maintain the uniqueness of the buddy relationship, pairings at other year levels are referred to as "buds".

Aspendale Gardens Primary School
Extending Better Buddies to the whole school as the focus of the student wellbeing program

As a new school, Better Buddies was introduced at AGPS from the very beginning and has developed into an integral part of the school.
Initially implemented as a buddy system between Preps and year 6 students, Better Buddies has evolved to become the basis of the whole school well-being program.

St Charles Borromeo Primary School, Templestowe, Victoria
Taking buddies beyond the school and out into the community - Be My Buddy

Better Buddies is well-established at St Charles Borromeo Primary School.  The school has built on the values and ideals underpinning its successful classroom buddies program to extend to working with buddies within the local community.

With thanks to St Charles Borromeo Primary School, Templestowe, Victoria and NAB Schools First
In 2010, St Charles Borromeo Primary School in partnership with Roseville Retirement Village and The Alannah & Madeline Foundation successfully applied for a NAB Schools First grant.  The grant was to support the work of the school and the Foundation in taking the Better Buddies concept and values out into the community through buddying with residents at the Retirement Village.  Some of the grant money was utilised for this professional learning session in order to share the experience and expertise of the schools and support others in working within their community.



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