Winners of colleges writing competitors unveiled

The winners of a faculties writing competitors have been unveiled.

The competitors was organised by Lichfield Reside and open to younger individuals from throughout Lichfield and Burntwood and challenged them to present their views on set matters.

Kat Horner with Finlay Barton and Grace Williams

The successful entry got here from The Friary College Yr 13 pupil Grace Williams – and it was double success for the varsity who additionally noticed Finlay Barton end second.

The third place entry got here from King Edward VI College’s Tabitha Teague.

Their entries are beneath:

Grace Williams – Do you see social media as a pressure for good in studying extra about your native space or are there different methods to collect data regionally?

In a world that’s social media oriented these days, it solely appears match to make use of it to our benefit as a technique to share data on the group and present occasions, and so on. Maybe my household stand alone on the matter however different types of gathering data reminiscent of leaflets by the door discover themselves within the bin with out even a look on the data it might present us with. Social media can current individuals with the identical data seen on the leaflet, however we get to really feel as whether it is our personal option to take an curiosity in it. You would name me biased since I’ve grown up in a world the place 80% of data given to me – whether or not that be at school or by my very own accord – has come from the web or social media, nevertheless why ought to that be perceived as one thing unfavorable? When used appropriately, social media is ideal for selling occasions happening within the native space, or to share a message; individuals have the chance to love and share with associates which permits the knowledge to achieve many individuals. After all, if individuals see posters round Lichfield and have an interest, they nonetheless may point out it to a buddy or two, however social media permits us to do that in a matter of seconds, while reaching between 20-100 additional individuals. In addition to sharing, members of the group can provide their opinions on sure issues, by commenting on the submit as they share it. Generally, seeing another person’s opinion on a chunk of data may also help you to kind your individual, which creates extra curiosity in a topic. It could be naïve of me to assume, nevertheless, that each one feedback upon posts referring to data of the group can be optimistic; this is among the downfalls we face with social media. There’ll all the time be somebody who can have a unfavorable opinion to share on social media, however it shouldn’t encourage us to draw back from utilizing it; there are methods unfavorable feedback could be handled which permit us to hold on selling data throughout the group. After some unbiased analysis, I discovered that the Lichfield District Council already has some social media pages arrange, in addition to different help teams arrange by members of the group. While I believe it’s nice to see social media being put to good use inside Lichfield, as a teen I observed that the websites on which these pages have been discovered have been prominently utilized by adults. If we wish to get younger individuals extra concerned in the neighborhood, we needs to be utilizing social media in the way in which they do. As a teen myself, Fb is a web site I take advantage of to see what my Nan is as much as and ensure my mum hasn’t posted any embarrassing photos of me. It’s Instagram and Snapchat which I take advantage of to speak with associates but in addition take curiosity in sure teams and study concerning the world round me. I’m certain many younger individuals would take rather more of an curiosity in the area people if the knowledge was offered to them in a manner that pursuits them but in addition by a social media web site they really use. As avid social media customers, the group might maybe embrace us by having us assist with the promotion of data on social media or organising accounts on websites that may attain this demographic. So sure, I see social media as a pressure for good in studying extra about my local people, and I imagine there are nonetheless methods during which it may be used to achieve extra members of the group and create curiosity. Grace Williams

Finlay Barton – How do you view native services particularly geared toward youngsters and younger individuals in your native space and do you are feeling you’ve a voice?

Youngsters in Lichfield are restricted in alternative; there are few fascinating services which can be aimed particularly on the necessities of youngsters. The native services in Lichfield are perceived to be aimed extra in the direction of the youthful technology with an unlimited variety of playgrounds and children’ parks, however there are little to no services for youngsters to make use of in Lichfield. A cinema was as soon as was rumoured to happen however has been a distant thought for a few years however is now set to return to town as accredited by the Lichfield district Council in October 2022. Nonetheless, regardless of the constraints in Lichfield there’s a multi-use video games space containing a half pipe, soccer objectives, basketball nets and a set of outside train gear. This facility appeals to youngsters, permitting them to have enjoyable with their associates, permitting them to play the sports activities that they take pleasure in and offering the choice to casually play between sports activities whereas supporting their psychological well being releasing serotonin by bodily actions. This facility permits youngsters to collect and make new associates and construct optimistic relationships with adults, widening the social expertise they uphold. This has a optimistic affect on youngsters constructing shallowness and self-worth inside society, taking away from the stress and actuality of the strenuous years confronted in teenage years. Lichfield additionally offers a Skatepark facility which is an efficient place for youngsters to fulfill up from throughout completely different faculties and backgrounds with the identical hobbies and pursuits growing the social lives of youngsters. Particularly after Covid, the skatepark affords an opportunity to be outdoor and lively enhancing the psychological well being and wellbeing of youngsters whereas having enjoyable. As youngsters, we’re bombarded with strain and new tasks; the skatepark permits us to relive a way of childlike recollections and enjoyable away from stress, enhancing our happiness. Regardless of the optimistic results these few services have, we as youngsters have by no means been provided an opinion or actual say within the choices of the services being constructed within the space. These services solely present for a restricted variety of individuals, not tailoring to the entire inhabitants of youth in Lichfield. There is no such thing as a seen line of communication between youngsters and resolution making of what we’re deemed to need based mostly on expectations and stereotypes. There needs to be a continuing dialog with faculties and youngsters conserning what we wish and what we wish in Lichfield, particularly as these making these choices aren’t the truth is youngsters or have skilled teenage life at the present time and the choice is made by adults in isolation at board conferences. I really feel as if youngsters don’t obtain a voice in society and are advised what we do and are not looking for reminiscent of youth golf equipment, that are related to a unfavorable stigma and are run by adults nonetheless controlling what’s going on and monitoring the occasions that happen similar to at school the place in precise truth youngsters want an escape from the education surroundings not an alternate establishment of the identical function. These services are nonetheless not leaving the choice all the way down to youngsters to make that alternative; due to this fact regardless of being particularly geared toward youngsters they don’t meet their wants and necessities. Total, there aren’t sufficient services throughout the Lichfield space for youngsters to really feel the urge to go and spend time in these areas to have the ability to quiet down and chill out from their stresses and workload from the varsity surroundings. The services which can be in Lichfield don’t absolutely cater for and meet the necessities of youngsters because of being designed and constructed soley by adults; due to this fact, Lichfield is in determined want for extra particularly aimed services chosen and voted on by youngsters for us to have a voice within the society we stay in and really feel as if we’re entitled to a voice inside it. Finlay Barton

Tabitha Teague and Kat Horner

Tabitha Teague – The way forward for Lichfield