The Buddy System
In Woodmill high school we have a large number of senior pupils who have taken on the responsibility of being a Buddy to junior pupils. The junior pupils are helped to settle into High School, given advice on what activities to do at breaks and how not to get lost. They can also ask any general questions about the life of the school.
The Buddy system is of benefit to all pupils involved as it build positive atmosphere between all pupils and allows the junior pupils to settle into life at Woodmill quickly. The senior buddies are expected to spend time during daily registration getting to know their buddies and also offering advice about any issues that they may have. This relationship is also reinforced during lunchtimes in the drop in room in E10.
The drop in is organised and run by the House Captains and the senior buddies to offer activities and games to any pupil who wishes to attend. It also creates a positive atmosphere for pupils if they need to seek advice from a trustworthy senior pupil without having to be seen to approach someone.
To become a Buddy senior pupils have to apply and then go through a selection process to determine that they have the necessary attributes need to fulfil this important roll. Once selected the buddies are provided with an afternoon of training, and given advice on how to make the best out of the role for both themselves and the junior pupil. The skills that are developed and enhanced during the training is of great benefit to the senior pupils as they leave school, and although ultimately they are helping others, it also allows them to help create quick solutions to problems, as well as developing their communication skills.