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Friend or foe?

Can you have a friend you don't like?

190 of you submitted a response to this Thunk, resulting in a dead heat; - 95 of you saying ‘yes’ and 95 going for ‘no’.

Notable explanations of how it is possible to have a friend you don’t like included:

“It could be that the person you don't like knows a lot about you and knows when something is wrong so they can be your friend about it.”  Emma Norton, Year 7, Alexandria.

“Well, whilst I always *love* my parents (for instance), I sometimes don't *like* them much. It's the same with friends! If there is someone you have fallen out with temporarily, they can still be your friend - you'd still help them if they were upset/in trouble.”  Victoria Guz, Year 10, Avalon.

'The term 'friend' is somewhat subjective, though. Facebook, in my opinion, has made the term 'friend' seem less meaningful. More often than not, people have hundreds, if not thousands, of Facebook 'friends', but they may just be people they decided to add after one social encounter. Does this make every person on that list a friend? Probably not.'  Ian Chan, Year 12, Avalon.

Among explanations of how you can’t have a friend that you don’t like were:

“A friend is someone who you can trust, someone who you can have a laugh with, someone who you like to spend time with, someone who you enjoy being around, someone who you go out of your way for and they would do the same for you and someone who overall you like. Therefore, you cannot have a friend you do not like.”  Cameron Tindall, Year 9, Sempringham.

“I guess some would call a person a friend if they didn’t like them but you were 'forced' to talk to them (for reasons such as friend groups etc.). However, I wouldn’t call this a friend. Another point is that friends fall out. We all know that in a fall-out you can feel rather bitterly towards an individual, and I would say that at that point in time you aren’t really friends. But at a later date your opinion is changed and you become friends again. So no, I would say that you need to like somebody to call them a friend, but there is no reason not to try to be friendly with somebody if they have done nothing wrong to you. Spread the love.”  Benjamin Skinner, Year 10, Castille.

Great responses, as ever.  Thank you.

House results:
1st – Sempringham (68 responses)
2nd – Avalon (50 responses)
3rd – Alexandria (49 responses)
4th – Castille (23 responses)

Miss Nicholson

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln