The Friends' School

Groups to promote belonging

All children need to feel that their world is a safe place where people will care about them, where their needs for support, respect and friendship will be met, and where they will be able to get help to work out any problems. When these needs are met children develop a sense of belonging. KidsMatter

IMG_0316In addition to the nurturing classroom environments, supportive behaviour management practices and respectful relationships over 60 co-curricular programs are offered in the school in the four areas of sport, music, service, and enrichment and extension. Giving, service and teamwork enrich wellbeing and build resilience.

In Year 7 sister classes for each class provide another group to which students belong, and are another way in which students are supported to develop relationships within a manageable framework as they enter high school.

In the High School and Clemes, there is a significant cohort of boarders and international students. In addition to the buddy system, an effective, mutually beneficial structure has developed in the form of conversation groups in which students become buddies to support reciprocal language acquisition.


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