The school playground can be a daunting place at times when you are new or a little sad, shy or lonely.
Blockhouse Bay Primary has adopted the “Cool Schools” Programme and trained playground mediators are on duty every lunchtime. The Year Five and Six pupils go through a series of workshops to develop the skills of mediation and then when they are fully trained, they are able to patrol the playground at lunchtime to look out for conflicts, praise good playground behaviour and to help children who are in any way unhappy.
In the picture you can see what good use the school has made of the Friendship Seat which was donated to the school by New World Supermarkets and is made from recycled plastic bags.
If a child needs a friend they sit on the seat and the mediators or other children can see them and offer to find them a friend - leading to happy children and a positive playground experience for all.