High School Buddy Programme
In 2015 we started speaking with local high schools about the introduction of a Buddy Programme, following our success with our primary school buddies from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. This is a great opportunity for building partnerships and strengthening links within our community, in line with the Early Years Learning Framework Practice 1 - Holistic approaches: (Educators) recognise the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning. They see learning as a social activity and value collaborative learning and community participation and National Quality Area 6.3.4: The service builds relationships and engages with the local community.
Any high school buddies at Platinum Pre School are trained in interacting with our students and in helping them work towards individual goals. This enables our buddies to have a sense of purpose and gain new skills, while at the same time benefiting our students as they are guided in their learning. (Learning Outcome 2 -Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation).
We match our students to buddies depending on their individual needs and we hope to continue bringing more volunteers on board as the programme progresses.
For more information about this programme please call our Randwick campus on (02)9398 2000.