BENNETT Road Public School's captains made an impact on their school before they were even inducted to the role.
During the school holidays, year 6 pupils Emilee Beecham and Zachary Marshall planned the construction of a buddy bench for the Colyton school, where pupils in kindergarten to year 2 who are feeling alone or bullied can sit and strike up new friendships.
The materials were donated by Bunnings Minchinbury after they wrote a letter to the store and the seat was built by the school's groundskeeper.
"I thought it was just going to be a little bench but it's excellent," Zachary said.
"In years 3 to 6, kids can make friends because they're a bit older. They have the initiative to walk up and say 'Can I play handball?', whereas in K to 2 they might be a bit scared, so they can come and sit on the bench.
"My sister thought it was a good idea and she's in year 2."
While researching the project, Emilee found schools in Germany and Pennsylvania in the United States had also introduced buddy benches.
"It's a thing that the school can keep forever," she said.
"The bench is in a nice spot because everyone can see it to use."