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Angela Wilson of CASNG with Michelle Herbert and kids from Forbes North Public School with the bench buddy
Angela Wilson of CASNG with Michelle Herbert and kids from Forbes North Public School with the bench buddy

The Buddy Bench initiative was designed to ensure that any child any time would have a buddy whenever they sat on the bench. The initiative was not only designed for kids who were bullied but also children who were new to school and didn’t know anyone. It is a popular paradigm that has taken off in one way or another across the globe.

Recently, CDS board member and CASNG facilitator Angela Wilson, was invited to Forbes North Public School by school staff and Forbes Shire Council member Michelle Herbert to have official photos with their new ‘buddy bench’ which was donated by Millcon Engineering Group, John Holland and the Currajong Autism & Special Needs Group.

To cap a great day, Mrs. Wilson was then asked to stay and speak at their assembly as well.

“Forbes North was a lovely welcoming school who were very grateful for the donation of the buddy bench,” said Angela Wilson.

“The students said that they used it all the time.

“It was fabulous to see a school embracing this concept,” she said.

For more information on the Buddy Bench initiative click on this link


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Over the last two years we have been providing buddy seats to schools across the country for the benefit of children and the school communities.

Primary Schools and High Schools have celebrated the installation of the BAB Buddy Bench seats with their great design and a positive welcome addition to the school playground.

The whole school has embraced the buddy bench seating system as it provides fantastic positive reinforcement of the anti bullying messages to children in schools and the community in general.

An important aspect of anti bullying is the introduction of the physical presence of the buddy seat to provide a real and tangible solution for children in school and to reassure parents that their kids will find a solution to any anti social behaviour in the schoolyard. Moreover, this anti bullying message in the school community is reflected in the broader community with the buddy bench seats programs.

Teachers have discussed the purpose of the Buddy Bench Australia Seat with students to develop a total understanding that it is a place students can sit when they don’t have anyone to play with.The Buddy seat has played an important role in students feeling of belonging and being connected in their school environment.

Students know that they have an important role to play in assisting the buddy bench program