Milgate Mix-Ups is a whole school multi-age buddies program in which groups of students from Foundation to Year 6 meet on a fortnightly basis to complete wellbeing activities. These multi-age activities support the idea that students will feel safer and more comfortable in the playground when they see familiar faces and develop relationships with students from different year levels.
While the activities are initially led by the group’s teacher, we use the slow release model leading to the Year 6 students creating and running the sessions. This provides those students with the opportunity to share the knowledge they have gained through their time at Milgate, while enjoying a sense of responsibility.
The highly supportive Milgate PS Learning Community, which has developed at a whole school level and within each classroom environment, is enhanced through the nurturing of positive relationships in the playground and in all wider school activities.