A highlight of entering Year 5 at St Bernard’s is becoming a buddy to a Kindergarten student. The job of a buddy is to welcome the new Kinders to the school, help them settle in and help them feel safe and happy at school, especially on the playground. The process actually begins towards the end of Year 4 during the new Kindergarten orientation period. The Year 4 students introduce themselves to their buddies via a written letter with a photo, which is delivered through the post. Then, when the new students arrive for orientation and the first day of school, the older students are familiar faces ready to take care of them each day.