These days, all young people are seen as trouble-makers who cause havoc wherever they go. However, this is not the case, as many young people are not given the chance to prove themselves and show the world what they are really like. To prove this point, we interviewed the inspirational year 11 pupil, Caitlin. Caitlin is currently the head girl at Cwmtawe Community School and also a Gold Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Games. Even though she is only sixteen, she has done many amazing things in her life to help a lot of people. Far from being a trouble-maker, she is described by her Head of Year as incredible, brave, kind and hard-working.
During her time at Cwmtawe Community School she has organised many fund-raising events such as the recent school fashion show which raised over a thousand pounds for the Gleision Miners Appeal. In addition to this, she has raised hundreds of pounds for numerous charities, during other fund-raising events held at the school. Recently, when visitors came to the school, they saw Caitlin teaching aerobics to year six pupils, and could not believe that she was a pupil because of the way she was interacting with the children. They were convinced that she was a young teacher, this goes to show how responsible and mature she is, clearly worthy of being Head Girl. With all these achievements to her name, she is still as modest as they come, proving that she is a lovely person and a pleasure to be around.
Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed as she was nominated, by a number of teachers, to become a Silver Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics. Later recognised for her talents, the County offered her the role of Gold Ambassador which she embraced whole heartedly. Caitlin told us more about her duties as Gold Ambassador:
“I organise and run lunchtime and after school sports clubs, and travel to conferences all over Wales. I have also interviewed Olympic stars, as well as attending County meetings to give ideas on increasing participation of young people in sport.”
Her advice for other young people is to work hard, be determined and never give up. Always take opinions and criticism constructively. You should believe in yourself and your own abilities.
Being Head Girl and a Gold Ambassador for the Olympics is hard work, so Caitlin spends a lot of her time in school, making sure that she is always organised and prioritising everything she does. She says the best thing to do is not to leave things until the last minute but do it as soon as possible. Caitlin doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but when she does she enjoys playing sport and spending time with her friends. As she enjoys sport and is very committed, Caitlin is the captain of both the hockey and netball team within the school.
As Head Girl, Caitlin represents the school for parent’s evening and other such events. She is there to welcome visitors and gives speeches and interviews at meetings and conferences, as she is a member of the governing body of the school. Another part of her job is to organise the prefects and help out wherever needed.
We asked Caitlin about her opinion on politics, and whether she would ever consider this as a career.
“I do enjoy mock elections and debating as I am very opinionated and I like getting my point across. However, I hope to become a doctor so I don’t think I would go into politics.”
She told us that she was more scientifically minded and preferred things like maths and science to politics.
Caitlin has a strong opinion on how young people are judged:
“Many young people work so hard and do not go around causing havoc. They should be given a chance to prove themselves and not be brought down by others. However, the ones that are bad should take the responsibility for their actions instead of putting the blame on others.”
People cannot expect all young people to be good if they are not prepared to listen to them and be open to their opinions and views.
Even though Caitlin has not got a ticket for the 2012 Olympic Games, she is still a nominee to carry the Olympic torch. This is an extraordinary accomplishment for someone so young. Caitlin says that she is influenced by everyone, such as her mother, her teachers, her friends and her peers. She is even influenced by the bad things they do because she is able to then learn from their mistakes.
When asked about how she prepares for her GCSEs and what marks she hopes to gain, Caitlin said working hard is the main thing, she spends 6 days a week in school and revises whenever she can.
“You can only give your best and no-one should expect any more.”
Caitlin hopes this interview will be a success and will provide good information and advice for young people.
Perhaps some teenagers are trouble but Caitlin is making us proud. She is definitely on our list of inspirational people.
By Grace & Eben