Year six children buddy up with kindergarten children to assist their settling into school. New families are also allocated a buddy family. New students in older years have peers as buddies.
Kindergarten are allocated a special Year 5 or 6 buddy. The buddy takes special care of the younger child as they settle into school life. New students entering OLPS are allocated a buddy.The buddy can check up on the child during break times and can be a friendly face to go to in times of need. The buddies sometimes come to help their Kindergarten friends in their classrooms.
New children in any grade are also allocated a buddy.
New families are also allocated a buddy family. The buddy family support the new family in a whole range of ways by welcoming the new family in a very personal way, answering questions and generally orientating the new family into life at OLPS. Communication between the families is informal and flexible depending on needs and interests.