Leeds playground ‘superheroes’ help pupils

HEROES: From left, Rosine Ngabonziza, Mason Bancroft and Shayeena Brown.
HEROES: From left, Rosine Ngabonziza, Mason Bancroft and Shayeena Brown.
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A new breed of hero is making playtime super-powered at a Leeds primary school.

Every time the bell rings for break, a select group of youngsters at Shakespeare Primary School in Burmantofts don a special cape and transform into Superbuddies.

The young heroes and their sidekicks then patrol the playground, making sure no child is left without someone to play with and that everybody gets along.

Assistant headteacher Lyndsey Carter said excited pupils at the school had really thrown themselves into the idea and can’t wait to take their turn making playtime even more fun for their classmates.

She said: “We wanted it to be something exciting for the children to do and superheroes have always been a big thing for them.

“Their job is to be a friend to everyone. If they see a child who doesn’t have anyone to play with, they go and play with them and if they see any children not getting along, they go and help them make friends.

“We have a different group every week and the children can’t wait to be the Superbuddy.

“It’s fun but it also teaches them all about being a good friend and to take care of each other.”

Proud dad James O’Carroll, 30, from Harehills, saw his five-year-old daughter Kendra take her turn as a Superbuddy last week. He said: “Kendra was really excited to put the cape on and couldn’t wait to get to school every day. I think it’s a fantastic initiative to ensure no children are lonely at break times and Kendra loved the responsibility of being a Superbuddy.”

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