Learning life skills in lockdown
Morrison’s Academy has an excellent reputation for providing pupils with an outstanding academic education, bolstered with varied co-curricular activities and many opportunities for personal growth. Research shows that pupils’ career progression depends just as much on character as exam results – the ability to operate in a team, possess good communication skills, use initiative and be willing to persevere and work hard.
In lockdown, while campuses are closed, and pupils are at home, how do schools continue teaching pupils these vital life skills?
At Morrison’s Academy, pupils in lockdown have continued their one to one musical instrument lessons, pipe band sessions and competed in MA Family Challenges that include bake offs, crufts obstacle courses, Tik Tok dances and Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Flash Challenges.
As well as this, the School’s Sport department have arranged fantastic weekly Q&A sessions with some of the biggest names in Scottish sport including hockey, rugby and athletics to name a few.
So far, the pupils have met; Alisha Rees, British Indoor Champion and Sctotish Women's Indoor 60m Record holder, Charlotte Watson, Scottish and Team GB hockey player, Kenny Murray, Glasgow Warriors Defence Coach, Scott Meenagh, Paralympic Skier and three time gold medalist static rowing at the Invictus Games, Molly Hughes, professional adventurer who has summited Everest twice, Chemmy Alcott, four time Olympian and Great Britain’s most successful ever female skier ,Lynsey Sharp and Andy Butchart, Team GB track and field athletes,Nick Grigg, Scottish Rugby and Glasgow Warriors player, Greig Laidla, former Scottish rugby captain, Susannah Townsend, Team GB hockey gold olympic champion and Kaz Cuthbert, the Scotland Women’s Hockey Team captain
Each athlete has spoken to the Morrison’s Academy pupils about their sport, the work that it takes to become truly great and the motivational mindset of a sportsperson. The pupils have had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about challenging yourself, learning from failure or mistakes, achieving goals, persevering, resilience, time management, working in a team and so much more.
As well as providing inspiration for the Morrisonians, each pupil has had the weekly opportunity to connect with other year groups online,stay connected with their friends and remain engaged with their school studies.
When Morrison’s Academy grounds reopen in August, and each pupil is welcomed back to their classrooms and sports facilities, they will be ready to seize the opportunity and continue their studies.