The mornings of 7th, 8th and 11th of November saw Global Acts of Unity travelling to Kirkcaldy in Fife. We were off to the delights of Balwearie High School. We were booked to give four presentations over the three days. I must say the weather had been atrocious and the journey to Kirkcaldy was not the easiest.
The school itself is a sprawling complex of buildings and blocks, which to my eye seemed confusing, however I made it to reception.
Balwearie High has some quite wonderful facilities and staff. The School also has some quite notable former students as well as, David Torrance MSP and Murray Douglas (professional rugby player). The school has some of the best sporting facilities I have ever seen. There is also a very well equipped auditorium and lecture theatre. It was these two areas that I was going to give all the presentations.
At all four of the presentations the students behaved excellently and were so engaged. My assistant was unable to travel with me so one of the teachers Mrs C Williams did a sterling job for me. At all of the presentations the students were so friendly and polite, there were many questions and some quite wonderful discussions were had with them. I saw such powerful determination in these students to reject hate and stand for unity. That is my ultimate reward, seeing students understand and accept the message of GAU is better than gold.
This Kirkcaldy school’s motto is taken from the first line of Tennyson’s Ulysses “To strive, to seek,”. You can see that effort in the school, staff and students. My visit to this school was both notable and memorable.
My sincere thanks goes to Mrs C Williams for all the help and assistance. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and staff of Balwearie High.