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What to do at school if your best friend is absent

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What to do at school if your best friend is absent


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If your best friend is absent from school, it can feel lonely and different, but there are many ways to make the most of your day. Here are some suggestions: 

You could try and join another group, or reach out to other friends: Spend time with other friends or classmates. It can be a good opportunity to strengthen other friendships. Use this as a chance to get to know other people in your class. You might find that you have more in common with them than you realise. 

You could also use the time to catch up on assignments, do some extra studying, or get ahead on your homework. 

Participating actively in class discussions and activities can help distract you from missing your friend and keep you engaged. Don’t be afraid to explore interests: You could take the opportunity to join a club or activity that interests you. This can be a great way to meet new people and develop new skills. You will have lots of friends then.  

Check on Your Friend: Send your friend a message to see how they’re doing. It can make them feel better and keep your connection strong. You could offer to share notes of homework from the classes they missed. This shows you care and helps them stay on track. 

Stay Positive: Try to stay positive and make the best of the day. Your friend being absent is a temporary situation. 

Reach Out for Support: Try to talk to someone you trust about what you’re going through, whether it’s a teacher or another family member. They may be able to offer support and guidance. 

You can always reach out to Childline if you feel you would like to talk through things a little more. Chat with us through our webchat service, by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at  Or our free phone service is 1800 66 66 66. 

We hope that some of the above information is of use to. Please keep reaching out and know that there are supports out there that can help you.  

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