New ‘Buddy Benches’ installed at The Willows Primary School!

 A colourful collection of five inspiring ‘Buddy Benches’ is the newest addition to The Willows Primary School.

The ‘Buddy Bench’ is a simple idea which encourages children to sit and chat to each other at break times and play times, therefore promoting inclusion, easing anxiety and allowing friendships to develop. The Buddy Bench offers somewhere to go if you can’t find your closest friends and don’t know who to play with. We are extremely grateful to all our amazing sponsors who’ve enabled this concept to become reality, and the children are confident the benches will be a huge hit.

All the benches have been sponsored by local companies, PBA Accountants, Wessex Coin, Smarter Interactive and Greenham Parish Council. Each bench has a unique and colourful design which the children have created and they are a fantastic, welcoming addition to our new playgrounds. The children’s own words are even painted on the benches and these include examples such as ‘When you’re down, we will help you back up’ which captures the heart and spirit of not only the Buddy Bench project, but the children themselves.

This has been a true community project. The children designed the benches and the five wining designs were chosen by a whole school vote.  The designs have been painted by staff and families and now we are all very excited to begin using them.