Captains' plan has little ones talking

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."

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