Most private schools in South Africa are Catholic and I am in one called St. Catherines. My parents put me in private school because they want the best for my education. I really like my school and I am very happy there.
Because of the fact that I am in a Catholic School I am forced to do Religious Education 3 times a week. I dont particulary enjoy it because I do not believe in anything they teach me. I do try and study hard for it because I don't want to fail any of my subjects. This is very difficult because it is confusing to me.
We are taught by a nun called Sister Bernadett. She is a very kind lady and I have always liked her for that. Earlier this week however she asked a question that made me feel extremely uncomfortable.
"Who thinks they need God in their life" she asked the class. All of the children put their hands up except me. The whole class - except my best friends - turned and looked at me like I was a freak. I wanted to cry and was in fact crying on the inside because I did not want them to see that I felt hurt.
Afterwards my best friends could see that I wanted to cry and they came and hugged me and said that I musn't worry about it. When I went home I told my mom about it and she said I must not let anyone make me feel that way. Let them believe what they believe.
Even though my friends and my mom tried to make me feel better I can't help the way I feel. I still feel like the odd one out and that the other kids think badly of me.
Hopefully if it happens again I will have the strength to say to them that I am an Atheist and I believe what I believe no matter how they feel about it.