Aligning with the school's primary core values and 'Upstander Pledge,' we hope the introduction of their schoolyard 'buddy bench' will help promote inclusion, start conversations about healthy relationships and hierarchy in the playground, as well as provide a place of comfort.
Robina Private CEO Kenny Craig said the addition of the buddy bench would also help students develop fundamental emotional skills they can carry throughout their educational journey and life.
“We hope the introduction of this mental health initiative improves the students’ feelings of acceptance while eliminating feelings of loneliness and bullying in the schoolyard,” said Kenny.
“The buddy bench will help foster the early intervention of potential mental illness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health in the community.”
Thank you to everyone at Mudgeeraba State School, we look forward to seeing how the introduction of this new initiative is integrated into the schoolyard to promote positive play!