Cloverdale Education Support Centre gets buddy benches from Belmont Forum


Education assistant Shane Higgs, Belmont Forum centre manager Alexandra McAuliffe and principal Debi Taylor with Cloverdale
Education Support Centre students.  Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d483525
Education assistant Shane Higgs, Belmont Forum centre manager Alexandra McAuliffe and principal Debi Taylor with Cloverdale Education Support Centre students. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d483525

CLOVERDALE Education Support Centre is among 17 schools to receive Buddy Benches as part of Belmont Forum’s Say No to Bullying initiative.

Buddy Benches are recognised as ‘safe places’ for children to go if they are experiencing loneliness, feeling bullied or just don’t have anyone to play with.

The benches also foster a culture of caring, with children encouraged to approach others using the Buddy Bench to offer friendship and support.

Cloverdale Education Support Centre received five benches.

Principal Debi Taylor said the benches sparked much discussion in classrooms about bullying and inclusion.

“The benches have been placed in high-profile locations around the grounds and play area,” Ms Taylor said.

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