Global communications, citizenship across the continents, plus ambition and self-discovery, were the themes of a Waid Academy visit to India.
Head teacher Iain Hughes and music teacher Jacqui Mackay – who is involved with the Health Promoting Schools project – were joined by S4 pupil Morgan Morris, who has bagged a number of accolades for social activity and awareness in helping others in the community.
The Anstruther secondary school has links, through the British Council, with the KIIT World School in New Delhi, and a number of projects are under way between the two.
The Waid contingent’s welcome for their four-day stay included a large banner reading ‘Welcome Waid Academy’, presentation of colourful flower garlands and an assembly featuring performances of Indian and Scottish dances, as well as presentations about KIIT World School and how it runs.
The group interacted with a business studies group about its assignments and met the school parliament, interact club and cuisine club.
Morgan, from Colinsburgh, scored a major success last year in the Inspire>Aspire awards, a major Commonwealth Games-influenced educational project, which helped secure his passage to India.
Other East Neuk pupils achieved success too, but Morgan (16) won second proze gold, the second highest award at the ceremony.
Candidates had been asked to promote a personal action plan, self-reflection and self-discovery, helping to transform their inspiration into an aspiration.
Included was the creation of a poster marking the centenary of the First World War, which featured heavily in Morgan’s presentation to the Indian students.
Morgan, Mr Hughes and Mrs Mackay also visited the KIIT College, meeting students on courses in engineering or education, as well as younger children at the KIIT Happy Hours primary school.
he pupils I worked with are so inspirational, as they are so ambitious to get where they want to be in life. Just by talking to them, we knew they are going to achieve these ambitions.
Morgan presented an Inspire>Aspire workshop to a group of 55 pupils and explained: “It was all about learning the values of war and looking into inspirational figures, poems and stories from World War I.
“I went through the different poster sections with them while asking them to share their views. At the end, they started to write their posters and I went round to speak with the different groups and find out more about them as individuals.
“The pupils I worked with are so inspirational, as they are so ambitious to get where they want to be in life. Just by talking to them, we knew they are going to achieve these ambitions.”
Morgan concluded: “I think I can speak on behalf of all three of us – we have had the most amazing experience in India.
“We have had a proper insight into our partner school and Indian culture. I have made so many new friends which I hope are going to last a lifetime.
“This trip has definitely strengthened the partnership between both schools in Scotland and India.”