The Footnotes conducted a study revealing that week six in term one, more often than not, marks five weeks since the average year 12 student has spoken to their year 7 buddy.
Keen to investigate the disheartening relationship between year 7 buddies and their year 12 peers The Footnotes spoke to Sarah Parker (17) on the issue, “Yeah I have a buddy. I spoke to her on the first day. She was shy and cute then. But here’s the thing… In Australia, year 7’s are the most annoying little turds on the face of this nation. They are like 12 or 13 years old, and these little shits still think they hold the authority they had in year 6 when they were the top at elementary school, but must realise that once they enter high they might as well be kindergartners.
“They have this attitude about them. One minute they are all excited about having a locker and carrying books around from class to class; the next thing you know they are back from camp and think they own the school,” she continued.
The pastoral care officer at the school commented on the buddy system, “It’s such a valued program in the school. There are so many benefits. We believe that the program can teach, and give children the opportunity to practise, the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and including others.
“Through looking after and caring for smaller, vulnerable children who are just starting school, older children learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and in the playground. “
When asked whether she will be attending the buddy morning tea, as catered by the school, Sarah laughed – “Of course, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”