Buddies picnic

Prep buddies picnic –Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

On the 9th of December all the preps and the 5/6’s went to the Royal Botanic Garden Victoria for our buddies picnic, during the day we played games, walked around the gardens, and the main goal was learning to communicate with your younger peers.

At M.P.P.S we do a thing called ‘the buddies program’ and it is run with the year 5/6’s and the preps. It is mainly a program to help communication skills with younger and older peers. 1 week we eat with them at lunch and the next week we have a lesson with them. Everyone was allocated their younger or older buddies at the start of the year and since then it has all been the same. Some of the buddy partnering was done with 2 older buddies depending on the preps co-operation skills or on the 5/6 buddies experience with younger peers.

Our 1st destination was ‘the lake’ where we ate recess, wrote about what we could hear, see, smell and feel, after we finished that we looked at how many Ducks, Swans, Eels, Eurasian Coots and Dusky Moorhens. Not everyone finished all that but if you did you were allowed to sit down, relax and play with our prep buddies.

Our next destination was ‘the herb garden’. In the herb garden we had to try and find the herbs that were on the sheet then describe what they look like, and smell like. My buddy and I particularly liked the Pineapple-scented Sage, and the 1 we liked the least I unfortunately cannot remember the name.

Next we went to the ‘fern gully’ we walked through on a trail and talked to our buddies we also described what we saw, heard, smelt and felt.

Overall, it was a good day.