It was great to welcome CBBC TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton back to Cedar this week.
Last year pupils had the honour of speaking to Katie during the period she was gathering material for her book ‘Dear Katie’, she wanted a greater understanding of the day to day problems young people face i.e family issues, body image, exam stress, social media, bullying…in fact anything. At her last visit we presented her with a glittery box full of ‘Dear Katie’ letters (which she still has) to take away and read as part of her research.
A year on and the book is finished and focuses on real questions from real kids providing honest advice. Katie explained how she struggled with her own mental health during childhood and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression as an adult, looking back she now realises the signs were obvious hence her passion for becoming an advocate on children’s mental health. She hopes kids will read ‘Dear Katie’ and relate to the problems she discusses – the book contains anecdotes of her life as a TV presenter and discloses embarrassing stories from her youth. During a lively & frank Q & A session she told pupils her favourite singer was Beyonce, she’d give up presenting to become an author and admitted eating cream eggs for breakfast!’
At the end of Katie’s visit she signed copies of her book and posed for selfies – the queue spread from one end of the theatre to the other! Miss Molloy got in on the act and posed for a picture before purchasing ten copies of ‘Dear Katie’ for the school library. If you weren’t fortunate to buy one you’ll have to wait as all of them have been lent out.
Here’s what Katie has to say after her visit ‘You are amazing Cedar Mount, thank you SO much for today and for helping me out with the book throughout the whole journey! The staff and pupils at your school are a joy.’