Welcome to our Friendship Ambassador page!

Written by our Friendship Ambassadors 2022- 2023

 

Our role in school is to help children have positive relationships and happy playtimes.

If someone is feeling upset, we have several ways to help them. We do not solve the problem for them, but help them help themselves. We might talk to children separately or encourage them to talk face to face with whoever they have had a fallout. First, we always listen to what they have to say and what makes them feel uncomfortable. If anyone spots someone who is upset, anyone can come and tell us.

Sometimes, the Friendship Ambassadors will talk to people in the hub, privately. Occasionally, students will request particular ambassadors to help them. Some people ask us to join in with their games at breaktime to help them have a happy playtime and avoid any fallouts.

Communication:

On duty

Every day, there are two Friendship Ambassadors on duty at morning playtime and lunchtime break. If any child is involved in, or witnesses, a fallout out or someone feeling upset,  they tell whoever is on duty or someone with a Friendship Ambassador badge.

Reporting

This year, we have introduced incident logs. Friendship Ambassadors fill out a report log after they have talked about  any incident. Miss Richards will take a look at the logs regularly to see if specific children need more help.

Message Box

As part of the Wellbeing Badge completed by last year’s ambassadors, we have a message box in the hub. To use it, there are pieces of paper and pencils for children to write down their worries and / or details of any friendship problems. Whoever is on duty that day will check the box . The message box can also be used to say sorry to somebody if you are too shy. A Friendship Ambassador can pass on the apology or help children to say sorry in person.

The Diana Award

We have had training from the Diana Award (virtually and through their resources) to help us learn more about bullying. The Diana Award supports schools to run projects and earn badges relating to their anti-bulllying work.

Last year’s ambassadors earnt their Wellbeing badge and we are currently working towards our Online Safety badge – watch this space!

The Wellbeing Badge is a badge Rufforth Primary School has already acquired. To earn any badge, you need to apply to The Diana Award with evidence of different tasks you have completed. For this badge, we did the following:

  • Launched Friendship Ambassadors with an assembly and video
  • A whole school ‘wellbeing windmill’ path along the school entrance
  • Every class made a Helping Hands poster
  • A whole school pupil survey
  • Created a Child Friendly Anti-Bullying Policy

We are currently working towards our Online Safety Badge. At Rufforth Primary School, we are very passionate about staying safe online, like all badges, to get this one, we will need to complete a number of activities.  So far, we have…

  • Devised an E-Safety pledge (our TRUST pledge). This has been shared with children and parents in school planners. The pledge is on every Chromebook in school to remind children how to stay safe.
  • Led a whole school assembly
  • Written this webpage!

The Respect Badge  about embracing everybody’s differences; accepting that not everybody is the same and that everybody should be treated fairly no matter what. School should be a safe space and nobody should think they need to change who they are just because somebody has a different view.

We look forward to working towards this badge later in the school year.

The Community Badge is for anti-bullying activities that involve the wider community.

This includes activities such as fundraising for a mental health charity, meeting with school governors about the school and seeing what we can do to make it a better place.

We look forward to working towards this badge later in the school year.

Resources, support and more information

The Diana Award

NSPCC

The National Bullying Helpline

Young Minds

Don’t forget to use your Helping Hand!