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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Ruby’s story

Our next story comes from Ruby, who is not quite 12 – although her tender age does not stop her having strong opinions, as you will see! She lives at home with her mother and younger brother and shows signs of being an assertive teenager with all the usual distractions and desires. Here are her thoughts about choices she has made in the school environment.

A big decision for me was choosing how to participate in lessons when I first went to high school. It felt like a huge step because I wasn’t used to being in such a big school. I worried about what the teachers would be like and whether I would cope with the work.

My first choice was whether to put my hand up in class on the first day. It was very scary because I didn’t know anybody, ...

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