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Intermediate. Years 7/8/9

Friend or Foe?

By Archie Douglas, year 7, Elizabeth College

It’s my first day at St James’ High School, and I’m scared. I’m scared if people judge me for my big birth mark, covering the side of my face, or for all of my learning disabilities. My name is Jack Longman by the way.

“Class 6C”, I remember my mum telling me as I got out the car. I soon found the class but I noticed that as I was walking, people were staring at me. I decided just to keep my head down and keep walking on though. As I went into the class I noticed that I was late and tried to find a seat at the back of the class to hide away from everyone but it seemed that a lot of people had the same idea as me. I ended up sitting next to a boy called Tom. He had shiny black hair which had had way too much gel put in it and had a face overcrowded by freckles. He didn’t notice me sit down. I got out my mini Darth Vader bobble head, which I took with me wherever I went.

“Looks like freak show over here wants to be your friend, Tom.” a girl said, chuckling to her friends after.

“Shut up, Selina! Don’t listen to her, she makes everyone feel stupid.” Tom said.
At recess I sat next to Tom in the cafeteria, as I didn’t know anyone else.

“Do you want to come to my party at the weekend, if you’re free?” he asked me.

“Yeah, sure! Although I may not know many people.”

And that was how my first day of high school went. I may not have made friends with everyone, but at least the friends I did make were nice.

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