The Academy recognises the value of peer support in assisting students to develop resilience and self confidence. At our school we implement the Better Buddies framework to achieve this end. The essential characteristic of a buddy system is that it supports students’ transition during their first years of school. It also involves older students participating in positive, supportive, structured and facilitated one-on-one relationships with younger students.  The buddy system enables younger students to feel safe and cared for, while the older students feel valued and respected.