Active Schools Volunteers of the Month - January

Carla Hogarth, Amaara Sarwar and Qaila Sarwar

Carla Hogarth, Amaara Sarwar and Qaila Sarwar – Dance Captains Bo'ness Academy

The three Dance Captains were appointed in Bo’ness Academy in August 2016 – all three Captains have been involved in volunteering in the school since completing their Dance Leaders course during their third year. The girls are valuable volunteers in the school – hence their appointment as Dance Captains, their role includes:

  • Take the lead on projects such as Active Girls Day and the Forth Valley Dance Competition
  • This alleviates a lot of admin work for teaching staff
  • The girls deliver regular extra-curricular activities with pupils S1-4, providing excellent opportunities for pupils
  • Keeping the Dance Information board up to date in the PE Department

Carla, Qaila and Amaara have such passion for dance and volunteering that they make the work they do look easy. They are always happy to volunteer their time and make sure Academy pupils get the best opportunities. A s this is the first year of having Dance Captains the girls are working to make the role their own and leave a strong legacy for pupils to follow – they are excellent role models and an inspiration to others.

Kirsty Love, Active Schools Coordinator

Age (optional): Carla 16, Amaara 17, Qaila 17

Occupation: Bo’ness Academy Pupils

Favourite sport / activity: Dance

How long have you been a volunteer with Active Schools? 3 years

How did you get involved with Active Schools? We did the Dance Leaders course in school with Kirsty Love

What do you enjoy most about Volunteering?

Carla – I enjoy giving people opportunities that they never would have usually, and seeing people progress from a week to week basis.
Amaara - It has allowed me to gain experience with teaching and learning from pupils, volunteering has given me lots of acquired skills which will most definitely benefit me in the future. Some of these skills are; leadership, teamwork and communication.
Qaila - I like working with different people of different ages and abilities

How has being a volunteer with Active Schools benefited you?

Carla – it has made me grow in confidence and made me believe in myself more
Qaila - This has also helped me become more confident when talking in front of people and also helped me become more creative when choreographing dances

Describe your most memorable moment from your time as a volunteer with Active Schools?

Carla – helping the primary transition group through the recent competition and watching them grow as dancers
Amaara - At the beginning when teaching extracurricular dance when I was getting to know everyone. It can be scary to try new things but everyone gave 100% and it settled nicely into a routine which now runs every week.
Qaila - When I was in S4 and it was the first year that Bo’ness had ever entered Forth Valley Dance Competition and we came 3rd with our bullying theme.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years time?

Carla – I would like to be in a professional dance company or in a professional dance job
Amaara - I hope to be finished my training with the Scottish Ambulance Service and be a full time paramedic.
Qaila - In 5 years time I hope to be finishing my university degree and be halfway through my placement training to become a lawyer

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer?

Carla – To go for it, it is a rewarding experience and a good opportunity
Amaara - I would say please take whatever opportunities you are given, throw yourself into it and you will get as much out of it as you put in.
Qaila - Being a volunteer with active schools is an amazing opportunity to develop so many kills, meet new people and have a lot of fun! It is definitely something I would recommend.

If you could try one sport that you’ve never done before what would it be?

Carla – rugby!
Amaara – Judo
Qaila - I would try squash because it sounds different and interesting.

If you were left on a desert island and could take with you a luxury item, a book, and a piece of music. What would they be and why?

Carla – The book would be "How to Build a Raft for Dummies" and any Ed Sheeran
Amaara - My phone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire, Ed Sheeran album. This would allow me to phone for help, read while I’m waiting for help and listen to Ed Sheeran because I love his music.
Qaila - I would take with me 'Bits and Pieces’ music, my phone to play it on and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as my book

Published on Friday, 3rd February 2017

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