Students at Moonee Ponds Central School in Victoria received a special visit from The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and NAB representatives during Book Week on Thursday, 23 August.

Moonee Ponds Central School hosted a Better Buddies morning tea for senior members of the NAB Sponsorship team and The Alannah & Madeline Foundation. Guests heard from the school’s principal and teachers about how Better Buddies has helped students form special relationships with their buddies.

Seven students from grade six also explained to guests why they loved being a senior buddy and told stories about their experiences as a role model for the prep students.

“Moonee Ponds Central School is one of our most active and engaged Better Buddies schools. It teaches children the important values of respect, caring for others, friendliness, valuing difference, including others and responsibility,” said The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies Manager, Maree Stanley.

“Better Buddies is in more than 1,000 schools across Australia, which is a wonderful achievement for The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and NAB. It’s fantastic to be able to visit our schools and see first-hand the positive impact the Framework has on helping students build strong relationships with each other. It was especially great to hear how much the students love being buddies,” Maree added.

Following the information session, the year six buddies took the Foundation and NAB staff members to their classroom, where they teamed up with all the buddies to work on their activities. The students told their special guests the Better Buddies session each Thursday was one of their favourite times of the week.

“It was brilliant to see how much the students love working with their buddies,” NAB Buddy, Briana Crotty, said. “It’s clear from 2 - Moonee Ponds Central School muralour visit to Moonee Ponds Central School that Better Buddies is having a significant impact in making sure all students feel happy, safe and respected at school. NAB is committed to implementing Better Buddies into as many schools as possible to help to create caring and supportive school environments,” Briana added.

Students and teachers also received a ‘We are a Better Buddies School’ sign, which will help promote their involvement in the Framework to the wider community.

Picture: an Aboriginal mural the buddies painted to signify friendship.

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