Sri Lanka Charity Donation

Despite the hockey and rugby tour to Sri Lanka being cancelled, the teams continued their support of a Sri Lankan charity called the Foundation of Goodness who have worked in rural Sri Lanka for the last 20 years. Through a series of fundraising events held over the last three years, a total of £8000 was raised and we are delighted to announce that the charity has now received a cheque from the school.

Pre-Loved Room

Did you know that the average UK family throws away 30kg of clothing a year? Or that only 15% is recycled or donated and the rest goes to landfill. Did you know that synthetic fibres such as polyester take up to 200 years to decompose and that the clothing industry accounts for 10% of the global carbon emissions? Re-using and recycling unwanted clothing not only helps to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing industry but it also saves money.

At Trinity we are proud to introduce our Pre-Loved Room. Located in Pupil Support this room is open to all pupils, parents and carers. We have lots of good quality uniform, winter coats, sports kit and even some revision guides. Everything is completely free so it’s good for the environment and the wallet. Please come and visit us at the S1 parents night, just follow the signs up from the dining hall.

 

Climate Change Letter

Andy Gray, Head of Schools & Lifelong Learning has issued a letter in relation to the Climate Change protest on 20th September 2019. You can download a copy by clicking on the link below.

Climate-Letter.pdf

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NCH Essay Competition

Congratulations to Anna Davidson(S6), who won a £500 second place prize in the English essay category at the 2019 New College of the Humanities London Essay Competition Awards Ceremony. 

There were over 3,600 entries into this year's competition, so it's an incredible achievement for Anna to have picked up a prize.

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SQA Results

Congratulations to all students on your examination results. You will be pleased to know that the school’s results have increased significantly for the fourth year in a row. We are ahead of the Edinburgh average on most indicators and indeed have achieved some of the best results in the city. We are not complacent however, and will continue to strive for year on year improvement and to be the best that we can be in all that we do.

S4 results

This year 47% of our students achieved five National Five awards or more in S4; an increase of 1% on last year and higher than the Edinburgh average by 4%.

On the downside, there has been a slight but not significant decline in results at National 3 and National 4. For those who are disappointed in your results, please don’t hesitate to speak to your Head of House on return.

Excellent Higher results in S5 and buck the National position

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Trinity Academy Wave 4 Update from CEC

We are creating a masterplan for replacement and refurbishment of Trinity Academy. This is being done in two phases.
 
Phase 1:
£10M has been allocated to create a new sports facility at Bangholm Outdoor Centre.
 
Phase 2:
We will engage with stakeholders to plan the rest of the improvements and once funding is allocated we can progress to implementation.
 
We have been speaking to the school staff and learners, the outdoor learning team and Parent Councils from cluster schools to understand what the requirements and benefits are for education. 
 
We have also been speaking to local residents, clubs and community groups to understand their requirements and consider the benefits the new facility can bring to the community.
 
We are preparing a final plan for Phase 1 to ensure it meets requirements for education and can also be used by the wider community.
 
Key Dates:
June/July 2019 : Phase 1 Strategic Brief and accommodation schedule complete. Design Team appointed for detailed design stage.
 
August – October 2019: Phase2 Stakeholder workshops.
 
Nov 2019 : Estimate for Phase 1 Planning application.
 
10 December 2019 : Phase 2 preferred option to committee for consideration.
 
July 2020 Dec 2021: Estimated timescale for Phase 1 Construction.
 
Feb 2020: Budget process for Phase 2.
 
The detailed plans for Phase 1 will be finalised over the summer and we are beginning the process for Phase 2 later this year.
 
For Phase 2 we will be arranging a series of engagement sessions with school staff, learners, parents and the community during August, September and October this year.
 
We will arrange a meeting with Head Teachers and Parent Council chairs at the beginning of the next school year in August to finalise thedetails for these events.
 
Further details of how to get involved will then be circulated by your Parent Council.
 
We will be creating a Wave 4 page with links to more project information on the Council’s website over the summer and will send details once this is available. 
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Shell Bright Ideas Bright Sparks Win £2,500 To Enhance Stem at Trinity Academy

Following on from our trip to London last week, our Shell Bright Ideas team has been recognised as one of the top five National Finalists (out of almost 400 entries from across the UK) in Shell’s new schools competition.  

Students were tasked with using their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills to come up with creative solutions to the energy challenges that cities will face in 2050. 

We received £2,500 that will go towards STEM The students also received cash vouchers, plus a funded VIP winners’ experience in London, which included a prototyping workshop at Imperial College London. This took place in a state-of-the-art makerspace, led by experts, the workshop is a hands-on opportunity for our students to take their winning idea to the next level.As regional winners, the pupils presented their ideas to the judges,got practical tips from a science communications workshop and had the opportunity to meet maths expert and TV celebrity Rachel Riley! 

We are incredibly proud of the whole tram. They have gone from strength to strength this year competing in an array of competitions together and having huge successes. Well done to you all, we look forward to seeing what designs you come up with next year! 

You can find out more about the Challenge at shell.co.ukk

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French Trip Blog - End of Week Thoughts

Parc Asterix Group

This June, my peers and I, along with some of Trinity’s teachers, went on an exciting trip to France, which was both educational and recreational. We stayed just twenty miles outside of Paris at “Château de Grande Romaine”, a large building with amazing facilities including: a tennis court, two basketball courts, a football pitch and swimming pool which we were able to use often. We all enjoyed cooling down and playing in the pool after going out on a day trip. We also had a disco and fashion show on Thursday which was great fun.

The food that the Château served was tasty and available to everyone despite there being specific dietary needs and preferences. We were able to experience lots of different French cuisine including pastries for breakfast, cheeses and snacks for lunches and one of my personal favourites for dinner, escargot (snails). The French are known for their love of food and this displayed in what we ate over the duration of the week.

We went on three interesting and enjoyable day trips: into Paris to explore an area with art at it’s heart, followed by a boat trip along the River Seine through the city, where we could listen to an audio guide and learn about famous landmarks. We also visited a market where we bought our own lunches and ate them at Château de Fontainebleau, a palace where many French rulers lived, including Napoleon. We learned about their lives by viewing art and personal belongings from the renaissance period. On the Thursday, we went to Parc Astérix, a theme park devoted to the popular French cartoon: “Astérix et Obélix”. We all had a really good time, my personal favourite ride being “Tonnerre De Zeus” (Thunder of Zeus) which is a huge wooden roller coaster. When I was on it, I moved so fast it felt like I was a dive bombing falcon.

In conclusion, this trip to France has been a huge success and I would definitely recommend it to younger pupils thinking of coming when they are in S2. I really enjoyed the experience and will remember it in years to come.

By Luke Norman

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French Trip Blog - Day 2

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Today was very eventful. We started off our day at 8:10 am, 40 minutes after everyone else had been woken up. Even though a teacher knocked on our door, we slept through everything. It’s safe to say we were kind of LATE for breakfast. 

Our first stop was at the market in the sunny, beautiful town of Melun. We were given the task of buying fillings for our baguettes and any other food we wanted. The twist was EVERYTHING had to be ordered in French. It was…interesting. On offer there was ham, cheese, chicken with the head still attached, many clothes and spray water guns (these were a big hit with the Trinity pupils). Half of our team managed to buy a full head of lettuce and 12 cans of Orangina. Many of us successfully completed the task. I repeat MANY of us, not all though. 

We then jumped back on the bus and made our way to Chateau de Fontainebleau. We had our homemade lunch outside in the now 38 degrees weather. We all sat in the shade, but it didn’t stop us from running through the sprinklers. After we ate, we had a bit of free time. The time was used taking photos of a massive beetle and looking at the French pigeons. We then entered the house of Napoleon Bonaparte…

It was huge, posh and very well decorated. Our audio guides were very interested in talking about the plates, fabrics and the paintings. The fabrics were definitely a common subject…

We walked through the rooms, looking at the artefacts and the paintings, getting split from our group and turning our audio guides into German and Chinese. All in all it was a great day with lots of memories and once in a life time experiences.

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French Trip Blog - Day 1

After a much needed night of sleep, and a nutritious French breakfast (pain au chocolats and croissants), we set off for the long coach journey to the Sacre Coeur. With temperatures over 30°C it made the whole day sweltering. We spent the time fanning ourselves and enjoying the sunshine. The Sacre Coeur was absolutely beautiful, with noticeable white domes, showing off the incredible architecture.

Having admired the church, we then explored the surrounding streets, filled with tourist shops and ice cream parlours (yum!). 

For lunch we visited the Eiffel Tower, sitting next to the immense structure, while munching our sandwiches. Nothing could have prepared us for its stature and aura, especially not the little Eiffel Tower keychains that were sold all over Paris.

Afterwards we walked along one of the many bridges that line the Seine, and went onto a boat tour along the banks. The audio guide described the building of Paris and its history, dating back to where the foundations of Paris were placed, through to the French Revolution, ending in the city we know in the modern world. 

That finished our day in the capital of France.

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Paolozzi Competition Winner

Congratulations to Dan Hildersley who won 1st prize in the category of Overcoming Barriers in the recent Paolozzi competition organised by Art and Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council aimed at S5/6 pupils from all Edinburgh Secondary Schools.

Dan was nominated because the work entitled ‘Myself and A Reflection” is symbolic of his own experience of how poor mental health can particularly effect the perception of the self. 

Dan used his S6 Advanced Higher Art portfolio as a reflective exercise on mental health in order to move forward from this longstanding issue. This self-portrait triptych shows the denial and isolation often partnered with such an experience, meaning that the person concerned cannot see the damage that is being done, symbolised by the shielded faces of the figures refusing to see their own reflections in the mirrors.

Dan fought this battle with his health on a daily basis but continued to work at an exceptional pace and level, showing determination to succeed in life, producing work of an outstanding quality. This clearly demonstrates how he has turned such a debilitating illness into an experience to learn from, creating work of such strength that will inspire others.

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Prize Giving

On Thursday 6th of June, Trinity Academy celebrated the academic and wider achievement of many pupils from across the school at our annual prize giving ceremony. A copy of the programme from the evening is attached. In addition, on Friday 7th of June, there were further assemblies recognising the achievements of many more pupils in Arran, Orkney and Skye Houses. Congratulations to all who received an award a this years events.

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Trinity Cricket Club

Cricket season is in full swing, we have played George Watson’s and attended the beach games in the last week – a trip to Stewart Melville’s is next up after some more practice at Bangholm (Mondays after school). Remarkably we are yet to lose time to poor weather (fingers crossed this continues).

Shell's Bright Idea Challenge

Following on from the Team’s #DigiInventor success (for those of you who followed us on Twitter), the pupils pulled their array of skills and attributes together to enter Shell’s Bright Idea Challenge. With this competition they are asked to come up with a creative solution that will sustainably provide energy for the world’s growing population; more specifically imagining how cities will look in 2050 when it is estimated that the population will have grown by over 2 Billion people, two thirds of whom will reside in cities.

For any Eco warriors out there the pupils took a real environmental/Eco-friendly stance with this and have put together a stunning proposal for a new Housing system and lifestyle change, I would definitely be keen to invest! If you get a minute please have a look over their proposal in the file found below. The S3 pupils involved were:

Hannah Boldy

Jenny MacDonald

Katarina Kancir

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Rector's Blog 6/6/19

Bursting With Pride

Just heard a comment from my parent council that they thought I was going to burst with pride at our awards ceremony last night, and they are so correct, albeit I got so carried away with sharing the successes of all our faculties that my speech over ran, and I swear I saw someone nod off!

As a community we have so much to be proud of. This really is such a wonderful school. I can say without hesitation that Trinity is without doubt the best school I have worked in. And this is not is not just my “west coast patter” either – what we have achieved together in recent years is really quite remarkable. By working together, our fantastic staff, parents and students have transformed the fortunes of our school. In doing so, we deliberately set the bar high in stating we aspire to be the most improved, the most inclusive school and one of the highest achieving schools in the city – an aspiration we are well on the way of achieving.

As I reflected on  last year’s achievements at prize giving last night, it really was with some pride that I could say not only that it has been a hugely successful year, but that I am utterly convinced the best is yet to come. I say yet again, we are indeed a school that is seriously going places!

  • S4 results second best in a long, long time. We now outperform the Edinburgh average at national 3, national 4 and national 5 levels
  • Our Higher results are equally pleasing with 55% of all our students achieving at least one higher…38% achieve at least three Highers and an astonishing 28% achieve 5 Highers or more
  • Of particular note were our results in Mathematics where despite being two staff down, the dedication of our maths colleagues, and teachers from across the school led to the best set of results in many, many years. It is true to say that our results last session were some of the best in the City.

In fact our results across the board beat our comparator schools, Edinburgh and National averages in all but one indicator. The impact of this on morale across our community has been huge. One indicator of this is that our roll has been capped, and there is a significant waiting list for a place in our school!

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Battlefields Blog - Day 3

Day 3, our last day. Weirdly by today we’re all pretty used to the constant information getting thrown at us and the rows of graves and memorials. After being woken yet again by bagpipes, having breakfast and getting on the bus we set off to Essex Farm. Essex Farm was the advanced dressing station in which the first gas attack victims were treated by John McCrae, the author of ‘In Flanders Fields’, who wrote the poem after 3 days and 3 nights of constant treatment of patients. Essex farm also has a cemetery in which one of the youngest soldiers to fight was laid to rest at the age of 15, this was quite unsettling due to the fact as he was the same age as many of us. After Essex Farm we went to Poelcapelle, another British cemetery in which 84% of the gravestones are for unidentified soldiers. 

Next we got to stretch our legs, walking from the village of Passchendaele to Tyne Cot cemetery. This walk took us 23 minutes – however, it took the British army 45 day, this probably due to the fact we weren’t getting shot at and we had concrete to walk on rather than mud. We’ve seen so many British and French cemeteries and everyone’s been asking ‘where are all the Germans?’ to which our tour guide, ponytailed Andy, mysteriously replied, ‘soon all will be revealed’. Langemark is one of 4 German cemeteries in Belgium, 44,000 Germans were buried on a small plot of land and no German soldier has an individual grave. The graveyard was extremely different to British cemeteries due to the less celebratory graves that were slabs on the ground rather than upright graves. The Germans use an oak leaf as a symbol of remembrance rather than the poppy. Our tour guide thought we wouldn’t like the graveyard as much as the British ones. However, overall, we loved the German cemetery as it was more open and peaceful. 

Our final destination of the day was Ypres. We’ve learnt so much about the sacrifices made for Ypres so it was interest to finally go into the city that so many lives were lost for. As typical tourists in Belgian we bought some chocolate (so much chocolate) and our teachers treated us to some waffles after a couple of hours looking around. Today was pretty great and extremely interesting.

By Rachel Hamilton and Jenny MacDonald

Battlefields Blog - Day 2

Highland Division Memorial

Day two of our battlefields experience was spent looking at the Somme. An early start was needed for the long drive into and through France where we arrived at Newfoundland Park. This Canadian owned land is a devastating reminder of the Battle of the Somme where many of the pals battalions lost their lives during their first fight. The fight wasn’t supposed to be much of a ‘fight’, after all “not even a rat was supposed to survive” after the bombardment on the eighteen mile stretch of trenches. However, the Germans got into their dugouts and waited it out, they knew that after the bombing stopped an attack would be imminent. When the whiz-bangs stopped they got the machine guns ready and fired straight at the Welsh, English and Canadians. Following the footsteps and hearing the stories of the first, second and third wave of soldiers showed me and the rest of group how these petrified soldiers must have felt going over the top and walking over no man’s land. 

Our tour guide visualised the dramatic fatality rate by removing members from the group at different stages of no man’s land. When we reached the German front-line we were left with three left ‘alive’ out of the 40 of us. Shortly after we entered one of the cemeteries at Newfoundland Park, everyone noticed Scottish regiments and also the young age of many soldiers who are only a few years older than us. Seeing the 51stScottish Highlander’s statue in the battlefield, with the bagpipes playing ‘flowers of the forest’ we took a moment to think about the soldiers who lost their lives in such a short amount of time. After a visit to one of our relative’s grave, we visited Thiepval where we learned about the stories of Victoria cross recipient and some of our relatives. Even learning about two former Trinity Academy pupils; J. A. Dunn and A. McG. Chapman whose names are engraved at the very impressive monument reminded us how young and how similar these boys are to us, one of them lived at 127 Trinity Road which many of us walk past on a daily basis. 

We visited Dartmoor Cemetery where we were intrigued by all the stories, one being of the oldest soldier on the Western Front, Henry Webber who was aged 67. Another about the only father and son (George and Robert Lee) who are buried next to each other on the Western front, and most shockingly about an Australian soldier who suffered what we would call a ‘panic attack’ but what the army thought was cowardice and who was shot at dawn - his story doesn’t end there though, a news article was released about his experience in the war which lead to his father committing suicide shortly after its release as he knew about his son’s death and didn’t want his family knowing that his son allegedly died a coward. I took a moment and thought about all the families broken by war and about my family and how much you need to appreciate them. We then stopped at Lochnagarwhere we saw the site of the huge explosion which could be heard from places in the UK. The explosion killed no one but the fighting afterwards did, many of which were Scottish. Our last stop of the day was to the Canadian National Memorial – Vimy Ridge which could only be described as monumental and impressive. Today’s visits have made me appreciate how lucky all of us are not to have to go through what these young men had to go through a hundred years ago. It also showed us how to remember the dead, injured and missing from WW1. These days have gone further than a classroom could ever go, and we’re all intrigued to find out what happens in Passendale tomorrow. 

By Archie Powell and Matthew Haddow

Battlefields Blog - Day 1

This morning we were woken by a familiar sound… bagpipes. After a quick breakfast we begin our first expedition as the ‘Trinity Pal’s battalion’. Our day had a tranquil beginning as we visited an old military outpost. Unrecognisable from one-hundred years ago, it is now surrounded by prosperous fields and tall trees, which makes it hard to imagine the brutality that engulfed this area. Where we stood amongst the trees, looking across the pool at the new life blossoming it is easy to overlook the reason for this habitat existing now. Just over a century ago, 5,000 German soldiers were killed instantly when a huge mine detonated on 7thJune 1917. The crater, the symbol of this devastation, now is filled with a new meaning. 

The next place we visited was also new, however, it stood upon much older foundations. The church at Messines was built upon three lessons we learnt today: nothing is impossible; stay positive; and communicate. Rebuilt after the war and paid for by the parish the church stands proud as the physical representation of a community’s shared struggle, hard work and togetherness. Not so visible from the outside is the secret in its belly. During the war, the crypt, used for storing bodies, had a different purpose. Here the British, French and Germans (not at the same time) set up a frontline dressing station. Despite, the differences of nationality one thing was common amongst the cries from this space… all of the soldiers wanted one person - their mother. For something that is now empty there is still a powerful sense of emotion felt when standing in this empty space. Now, it holds one body yet this does not represent the death felt there. The powerful sense of life and death and why it happens to some and not others is a question which frequently passes over our minds when we see the incomprehensible levels of death here. Treated in this crypt was Adolf Hitler and it is easy to stand there now and wonder how the world would be now if someone had the answer to what would have happened if his injuries been fatal… the church never built… the nurses never there. We then moved on another sanctuary…

…this one filled with even more suffering. We took a leap back into time as we visited Sanctuary Woods where we explored original World War One trenches. This experience was eye opening as the group realised the true realities of trench life. Unsheltered, muddy and saddening it began to become easier to understand why it was so mentally and physically devastating for individuals. We immersed ourselves in the experience by plunging into some WW1 tunnels. The long passage was dark, cramped and unnerving now… let alone what it would have felt like when there was the constant threat of collapse or a German attack. Here the war seemed more tangible and it makes the high casualty rates so much more than just numbers. 

This made our next stop at Hill 60 even more harrowing. On this sight 5,000 lay 

missing in action. This mass grave held all nationalities… in death which army and regiment they fought for no longer has any significance. Now they all lie together, victims of a war fought which did so much more damage than can now be seen there. On this site, we also saw the place where there was the least distance between the German and Allies trenches. Here we heard about how the British officers moved back their front line because they were worried that their troops would not kill the Germans because they were humanised by the proximity of their same struggle for survival. Further up the hill we saw a German machine gun ‘pill box’ and the braver of the group, again, submerged themselves in the experience by crawling into the small space of the concrete box and climbing into a bunker. This, again, helped us understand the day to day life of these civilians at the front. 

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S2 French Trip

French Trip

In previous years, we've used a wordpress blog to keep parents and friends updated on all the news about the French trip. This year we've decided to make posts on the school website instead.

We're departing for France on Sunday 23rd June (departure time TBC) and making our journey through the night to Dover where we will make the short crossing to France at 10am on Monday 24th June. We arrive back between 4am and 6am on Saturday 29th June.

When we're in France, we'll be staying at Le Château de Grande Romaine, 20 miles from the centre of Paris. The Château was actually the base for the Brazilian men's national football team during the 1998 World Cup but has subsequently been converted into accomodation for school parties. Sitting in 70 acres of grounds and with football pitches, tennis courts, games rooms and a heated swimming pool, we'll not be short of things to do. We'll be visiting Montmarte, taking a boat ride down the Seine, using our French language skills to buy lunch in the market town of Melun and taking trips to the Château de Fontainebleau and Parc Astérix and we'll keep you up to date right here on our school website. 

We are now at the stage where we are collecting in passports, pocket money and any any outstanding forms that have not yet been handed in. It is vital that we receive passports, along with your European Health Insurance Cards by Friday 31st May and your pocket money by Friday 14th June. These should be handed in to your designated teacher. Groups and staff are on display next to D20 in Modern Languages now.

Primary Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Trinity Primary School for winning this year's E=mcMaths challenge competition and thanks to Wardie and Victoria primary schools for participating and contributing to a great event.