‘World Book Day’ Celebrations in the English Department

There was a focus on the pleasure of reading in school last week, as Trinity pupils celebrated ‘World Book Day’ while in the English Department.

S1 pupils enjoyed a ‘speed dating’ novel challenge, hosted by our Librarian John Clarkson. This gave pupils the opportunity to promote a much–loved book to their peers, who then voted on whether they were convinced to read the text (or not!)

Furthermore, the English Department and Library were delighted to receive 200 novels specially produced for ‘World Book Day’ by a host of successful authors. Pupils were invited to take copies home and there was a huge uptake, with Mr Clarkson reporting that all 200 books were gone by the end of the day!

This year’s selection of texts to choose from were:

·       Jeff Kinney, ‘Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend’

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S1 Drama Visit – Big Data Show – Thursday April 25th


We are offering two free performances of The Big Data Show as part of Cyber Scotland Week on the

25th April 2019 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. The Big Data Show toured schools in

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth with enormous success in the Autumn of 2018.

Pupils “became much more aware of the amount of data gathering going on in the background

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Deputy First Minister visits TA


'A wonderfully positive afternoon yesterday. Our students were a real credit to themselves and our school. John Swinney was hugely engaging and in listening mode; fulsome in his praise for all we have achieved in terms of being an inclusive, high attaining school. Very positive feedback from students and colleagues alike. Mathematics Department already identified and approached by Education Scotland as an example of best practice; the Deputy First Minister glowing in his praise for a faculty that achieved such wonderful results in difficult circumstances.  Similarly, the excellent practice of our Pupil Support team has also been identified, and has been contacted by Education Scotland as an example of best practice. The commitment and leadership of all staff across the school in building a positive culture for success was also recognised. I was certainly clear that this is the best group of professionals I have ever worked for. The drive and support of our Parent Council noted and Ben Macpherson MSP, as ever a wonderful and energetic supporter of our school and all that we do.' - Bryan Paterson, Head Teacher




S1 Water Bottles from LNER

Everyone knows that learning is thirsty work, especially when you are in S1 and have every subject in the school on your timetable! So it was great that we were able to give every pupil in S1 a water bottle to help them stay hydrated while at school. The water bottles that were issued to pupils in December and were provided by LNER who we have been working with us in a strategic business partnership for the last few years. All our S1 were extremely grateful for this gift as it ensure that everyone in S1 has access to the school water fountains. When the water bottles were issued at an assembly, Mr Todd was able to discuss the work and opportunities that LNER provide our pupils through the partnership and it was great to be able to raises awareness of LNER in the junior school.

S1 Residential - Departure Information

Please find departure information for the S1 Residential next week attached below.

1A1, 1S1, 1S2, 1S2 Departure Information

1A2, 1O1, 1O2, 1O3 Departure Information



S1 Residential - Info from Parents Evening

Lockerbie Manor Parents Evening Information

Rector's Blog 15th January 2019

Happy New Year to all!

As we go into the new year and reflect on the difference in our school since School Inspection in 2015 and now, and the sheer hard work and commitment of all in our school community to build a culture of ‘Only the best will do in all we do’, it is clear that this hard work is paying significant dividends. The future looks very promising indeed as we continue to raise attainment and achievement across our school. As I said in my last blog, this is more to do with attracting and nurturing the best possible teachers to our school than anything else. As colleagues leave to promoted posts I can assure you that our continued success as a school means we attract very high quality professionals to replace those who move on. I am in no doubt that the fantastic results in recent years (and in particular last year) had an impact on the quality of applicants. I am also in no doubt we have some of the very best teachers in the city and beyond, and thereby our continued success for our school is assured!

Recent staff changes include:

• Maths – Mr Dave McKay promoted to Curriculum Leader at Firrhill High• Maths – Ms Catriona Keating appointed. Takes up post in 4 weeks.• Support for Learning - Mr Adrian Moir appointed and in post.• Support for Learning - Ms Aileen Swalwell appointed and in post.• Biology – Ms Kirsty Haldane appointed (already in post).• Chemistry – Dr Norman Zhu appointed and in post.• English – Ms Gill McKay returns from maternity leave 21st January.• Computing – Mr Caldwell on sabbatical until August. Mr Rikki Breach has been promoted as Acting CL until his return.• FCT - Ms Cairns and Ms Calder in place. Ms Mackie (Classroom Support Assistant) has also been invaluable. Revised coursed rec HWB framework in place.

Health and Wellbeing

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Staff Christmas Video 2018

Rector's Blog 10/12/18

First blog in a long time, but now that our new website is finally up and running, these will be more regular again in the coming months.

This has been a very busy term indeed, as we look to build on the success of our fantastic SQA results of last session. We now have a much improved whole school tracking and monitoring system in place which enables us to keep a close eye on student progress and to intervene and support as necessary. We have had a number of parents’ nights, and I have been overwhelmed by the positivity of comments from parents and carers as to how our school manages to be so successful and yet so warm and welcoming.

 You will hear a lot on the News about schools being “data driven,” with schools encouraged to “dive deep,” and “interrogate the data.” I have to say however that all the data in the world will not make one iota of a difference to a school if we don’t appoint the best staff and nurture an enabling culture which supports the wellbeing and success of all adults and young people. So, in this school whilst we do recognise the importance of data, I would say our success comes from not being data driven per se, but rather being person driven in all we do, in using data to support us all in exceeding our expectations, and thereby enabling us to continue being as successful as we have been year on year.

And talking of appointing the best staff, I chair all appointments panels in school. In recent weeks a number of colleagues have taken up post;

Mr Nelson – Acting Support for Learning LeaderMr Adrian Moir – permanent Support for Learning teacherMs Aileen Swalwell – permanent part time Support for LearningMs Erin Cunningham – permanent History teacherMr Jamie Horne – temporary PE teacherMs Kirsty Haldane – permanent Biology teacherMr Norman Zhu – temporary Chemistry teacherMs Maxine Burchall – temporary Music teacher

All of the above are wonderful professionals and excellent new members of our team. The future looks very bright indeed for our school with colleagues of this calibre joining us!

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Higher and Advanced Higher Prelim Timetable

The timetable for the Higher and Advanced Higher prelims in January can be downloaded here:

Prelim Timetable


Green Plan It Competition

A group of very talented S3 pupils have spent 10 weeks planning and designing a new school garden for the Royal Horticultural Society Green Plan It Competition as part of Miss Jenkins’ Eco school Elective class.

Archie Powell, Jennifer Macdonald, Adele Doris, Zoe Zucchi and Isabella Byrne took their design to the final at the Royal Botanic Gardens on the 27th of November. The focus of their design was to create a space where pupils could relax and alleviate exam stress. They even decided on planting lots of rosemary – the reason? – it’s a herb proven to help with memory!

Despite impressing the judges with their beautiful model, display board, and a very informative speech, the team unfortunately didn’t manage to scoop a trophy.

Excitingly however, the team are now eligible to apply for funding from the RHS to be in with the chance of making their design a reality!

A huge thanks to Sarah Adamson and Cameron Tasker at the Botanic gardens for all of their advice and support over the 10 weeks.


Annual Food Parcel Collection

We are collecting non-perishable food items for the North East Edinburgh Foodbank between Monday 3rd December and Monday 17th December inclusive. We’re particularly looking for the following items:

Breakfast cerealsSoupPastaRicePasta SauceTinned beansTinned meatTinned vegetablesTinned fruitTeaCoffeeSugarBiscuitsSnacksFruit juice (long life)

Toiletries such as soap and toothpaste are also welcomed.

Please donate your items during registration.


National 5 Prelim Timetable

Nat5 prelim Timetable

Nat5 Prelim Timetable December 2018:

Enterprising Maths

Congratulations to our Enterprising Maths team, who competed at the National finals in Glasgow and finished in a position that puts them in the top ten percent of schools in Scotland. A fantastic achievement for our pupils! Special thanks to Miss Flanagan for all her work behind the scenes with the team.


sportscotland Gold Award

The sportscotland School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and school sport opportunities. We were delighted to received our Gold award from sportscotland recently. Thanks to everyone who helps support our fantastic sports programme here at Trinity Academy.

Fright Night

On the 30th October screams echoed through the hallways of Trinity Academy, as the first S1 Fright Night was underway. The evening featured a disco, halloween-themed games and challenges, a photo booth and the grand attraction - a haunted tour taking you through the corridors and classrooms of the school. The event was organised and hosted by a group of S5/6 students along with the help of teachers from many different departments. The evening was a massive success and throughly enjoyed by staff, senior students and first years! The very scary evening can be seen in the photos below:


125th Celebrations

Friday 7th September saw an evening of celebration at Trinity Academy, in honour of the school's 125th anniversary. The event, hosted by the Parent Council, featured a spectacular outdoor screening of box-office hit 'The Greatest Showman' as well as an evening-long silent disco that was enjoyed by all ages. Over 600 people from the school and the wider community came down for the evening, with many ex-pupils returning to join in the celebrations. Wonderful catering was provided by La Favorita, Jac's Coffee, Barney's Beers and the Parent Council. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended and thanks goes out to the Parent Council for all their efforts in putting on such a successful community event!




CERN Trip 2018

For three days in June, 29 physics students from S3 - S5 embarked on an amazing trip to Geneva. The trip was centred around the fascinating work done at the Large Hadron Collider and various other particle accelerators at CERN, the biggest international particle physics laboratory in the world. Along with a captivating tour and talk from one of the lead particle physicists Aiden Robson, the group were able to see many of the amazing sights in Geneva such as the Jet d'Eau Fountain, Science Museum, Botanical Gardens and of course, Lake Geneva. It was an amazing three days and the glorious weather and sights can be seen from the short video below made by one of the senior pupils on the trip:


Pre-loved Uniform/Sports Kit

Are you tired of constantly replacing uniform for your growing children? Are you wondering what to do with uniforms that no longer fit? Are you fed up of having old sports kit cluttering up cupboards but don’t know what to do with it? Then look no further than the Trinity pre-loved rail. In an effort to becoming more environmentally friendly, reduce waste and recycle more we have set up a pre-loved rail. The rail will be available at Parent’s Evenings and will be operated on a take what you want, give what you can basis - the PE department in particular are looking for donations of pre-loved hockey and rugby kit as well as trainers. All items on the rail are free of charge and you can either swap your used uniforms for something from the rail or just take something from the rail. Please drop off any dontations at the office, Ms Liggat in Pupils Support or the PE department.


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