Buddy Seat and Buddy Bear

Buddy Bear Kindness Awards June 2021

Our Sincerest thanks to Jean and Joan from Nina for supplying us with wonderful Buddy Bears and certificates for our annual kindness awards. One child was selected from each class for being kind to the other children in their class. As Buddy Bear could not present the awards in person this year, the children  were presented with a bear and a kindness certificate by Ms. Sweeney.

The overall winner was Toby Broderick in room 6 who was presented with the large bear. Well done Toby.

The class winners were

Room 1: James Byrne

Room 2: Ellie Farrell

Room 3: Josh O’Byrne

Room 5: Roan Lagan and Callie Mae Chaytor Rankin

Room 6: Senan Quinn and Jack Rafferty

Room 9: Sophie Cam

Room 10: Jonah Dunne and Alex Brady

Room 11: Ava Mai Lyons

Room 15: Liam O’Connor and Joshua Hayes

Room 16: Saoirse Flynn

see photos below:



Our Buddy Seat

Saint Kilian’s JNS introduced a buddy seat in the school yard in 2017. The Buddy Seat was initiated by NINA, our local mental health charity and made for us by the Tallaght Men’s Shed.

The buddy seat was launched with a special ceremony in our school yard with children, parents, the local community and several guests. The ribbon was cut by Charlie O’Connor. The children sang and released a sea of  yellow balloons.


The buddy seat is a very useful tool to promote positive playtime in the school yard. Every month at assembly, one child from each year group, who is consistently kind to others at playtime, is selected for the Buddy Seat award. Buddy Bear visits our school at the end of every school year to present the kindest children in each class with their own small buddy bear. See photos below of the last Buddy Bear visit in June 2019. Sincere thanks to Jean Haas and all the members of Nina for facilitating the buddy bear initiative.