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Buddie Bench is a playground hit with thoughtful north-west pupils


By Niall Harkiss

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Pupil Council members Paige Mackay, Fraser Drennan, Angelo Munro, Arran Wright and Isla Bruce. Missing from the picture are Michael Wright and Nathan Solomon.
Pupil Council members Paige Mackay, Fraser Drennan, Angelo Munro, Arran Wright and Isla Bruce. Missing from the picture are Michael Wright and Nathan Solomon.

Thoughtful pupils at a north-west Sutherland primary school have been doing their bit to make sure that nobody feels left out on their playground.

Children on the pupil council for Farr Primary made a request for a “Buddie Bench” in the hope that it would help their classmates to spot anyone in the playground who might be feeling lonely.

The Buddie Bench, a concept used in several schools throughout the country, acts as a signal – if a classmate does not have someone to play with, they can sit on the bench to signal to others to ask "Would you like to play?"

Farr Primary Parent Council very kindly agreed to purchase the bench and pupil support assistant Mr Mosley and some of the high school pupils sanded it down and created a special sign.

The children were delighted to receive their new Buddie Bench.

Mrs Wilson, recovery teacher, said "It is lovely the children have thought of a way to include each other more during playtimes and make sure no one is left out."


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