At Southwold School, we have a pupil leadership team that supports the senior leadership team in the running of the school. The team is made up of:
- Head Girl - Macie
- Head Boy - Bradley
- Deputy Head Girl - Darcie
- Deputy Head Boy - Finley
- Values Lead - Amelia & Max
- Maths Lead - Megan
- Computing Leads - Guangzhao, Finley & Thomas
- Art Lead - Layla
- History Lead - Benji
- Pupil Governor - Megan & Max
- English Lead - Izzy
- Science/ Eco Lead - Maisie & Charlie
- Sports Leads - Charlie, Kyle & Masie
- Positive Playtimes Lead - Evie , Bradley, Darcie, Finley & Maisie
- Early Years Lead - Sienna & Alecia
- New Pupils Lead - Layla & Benji
Our PLT Positive Playtime leads created whole school 'Golden Playtime Rules' and 'Dining hall rules' to support positive behaviour (see attached). They collected ideas from the whole school then made posters which are displayed up around school.
They have also recruited some keen Playtime buddies:
Southwold School Playground Buddies
Southwold School operates a Playground Buddy Scheme which aims to help children have positive experiences at playtime. If children have a positive playtime, they will be happy and ready to learn.
Who are they?
Playground Buddies consist of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils who have been trained in school to offer support and guidance to pupils at lunchtime. Buddies will work in pairs following a weekly rota.
There are zoned areas around the playground, and these are where any children can join in with selected games on offer.? The buddies really enjoy their responsibilities, and not only do they make the playground a happy place for all the children, but also offer a great help to the MDSAs at lunchtime.?All members of the Playground Buddies meet regularly with the teacher responsible for playtimes for training and ongoing support.
How can I identify a Playground Buddy?
hey can be identified by their 'Playground Buddy' caps when on duty.
What is the role of a Playground Buddy?
They will be on hand to help pupils:
- being a friendly person that other children can go to for help if they need it,
- support sorting out minor playground disagreements fairly to find solutions to a problem
- instigate and teach suitable age-appropriate games
- encourage shy children to join I, help children find or make new friends or simply keep them company
- informing staff when there are problems, or someone has fallen over
- setting a good example by caring for others.
- taking out and putting away games equipment,
- being helpful to staff.
- helping children to find something if they've lost it in the playground
- asking the lunchtime supervisors if they are unsure of what to do in a situation
The benefits of the Playground Buddy Scheme are:
- to encourage children to take responsibility
- to encourage positive, happy and safe playtime experiences
- to actively care for and look out for others
- to try to ensure that all children are free from loneliness or isolation
- to encourage children to form a variety of friendships with both older and younger pupils
- to encourage participation in a variety of traditional and modern playtime games and activities
- to encourage high levels of self-esteem and confidence in all our pupils as valued members of our school community
Playground Buddies receive recognition and awards in assemblies and a certificate at the end of their time in the job.
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