Waid group in passage to India

Morgan Morris, centre, with adventurer Mark Beaumont, right, and Lachlan McWilliam of Band4Hope.
Morgan Morris, centre, with adventurer Mark Beaumont, right, and Lachlan McWilliam of Band4Hope.

Being an asset to his community and recognised as a responsible citizen is yielding more opportunities for East Neuk teenager Morgan Morris.

The Waid Academy pupil is bound for India next month, with two members of staff, to help strengthen an already deep bond with a partner school in the Asian nation.

Through the British Council, the Anstruther secondary is linked with the KIIT World School in New Delhi.

Morgan is heading out on February 7 for a week with headteacher Iain Hughes and music teacher Jacqui Mackay, who is also involved in the Health Promoting Schools project.

They will be reciprocating a recent visit to Anstruther by Indian colleagues, as well as aiming to boost projects already under way between the two schools .

In addition, they hope to develop further links to strengthen understanding of global citizenship.

Morgan, who has been involved with the partnership right from its beginnings three years ago, also has his own ideas about how to enhance communication between the two sets of pupils.

“I decided I would quite like to set up a pen pal system with Waid,” he said.

“We have always had teacher contact with them, but never really had pupil contact.”

The fourth-year pupil, who turns 16 next month, is studying maths, English, French, geography, chemistry, biology and hospitality, working towards the new national qualifications.

With a strong interest in the social side of some of these subjects, he is hoping for a career in teaching geography or perhaps religious and moral education.

Late last year, Morgan, of Colinsburgh, became one of just three young people in Scotland to be named as an ambassador by #iwill, the national campaign which promotes social action.

The judges felt he deserved the accolade for the time he gives up to help others in his school and his community.

However, the Indian trip is more closely tied to his success last summer in the Inspire>Aspire awards, a major Commonwealth Games-influenced educational project.

Amid success for a handful of East Neuk school pupils who entered, Morgan won second prize gold, the second highest award at the ceremony.

Candidates were asked to promote a personal action plan, self-reflection and self-discovery – helping to transform their inspiration in to an aspiration.

Included was the creation of a poster marking the centenary of the First World War and Morgan will be displaying it to the Indian pupils and encouraging them to think about the historical values of that event, and how they could inspire themselves.

Morgan added that strong links had been created already during previous visits by the Indian groups and he was sure the friendships would last a lifetime.

He expected to gain a lot from working with the pupils in New Delhi “because it’s so different from here”.