The Junior Infants are having great fun decorating our school Friendship Bench. Ms. O’Mahony kindly gifted the bench to the children of Milford. Many thanks to Joe, our caretaker, and Ms. Mitchell for co-ordinating the painting activities.
A friendship bench is a special place in a school playground where a child can go when they want someone to talk to.
When a child feels the need for a friend to talk to, he or she can show this by using the friendship bench. Other children and staff will recognise this as a sign that some help, support or comfort is needed and will come to talk with the child.
Because the bench is in the day-to-day environment of the school it can be used at any time and for any reason, from seemingly trivial matters to more serious concerns, and encourages children to ask for help when they are troubled.