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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

 

 

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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:

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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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Sri Lanka Tour - EasyFund

Please help us raise funds for our charities on our trip to Sri Lanka

We are raising donations for the Sports Tour Sri Lanka 2019 when we shop online through easyfundraising.org.uk and invite you to join us.

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Go to Easy FundraisingSign up for free!Get shopping and get raising!

If you download the easyfundraising app, you can use it to open your usual shopping apps and donations will be automatically applied.

There are no catches and no hidden charges and our Sports Tour Sri Lanka 2019 charities will be grateful for your donations.

Rector's Blog - 15th August 2018

As we see students returning to school, smartly dressed and keen to start, it is always a pleasure to begin another school year.

When I arrived in August 2015, I made a commitment to working closely with colleagues, parents and the wider community to build a culture whereby we could be the most improved, the most inclusive and the highest attaining school in the City. This year, I emailed all parents to update you on our Higher and National Results in S4 and S5. I’d like to take this opportunity to analyse the raw data a bit further.

As you will see from the table of results in S4 and S5 below, our National and Higher results are the best in many years. This is undoubtedly a fantastic set of results for our school, but most importantly for our students as well as parents/carers and teachers who supported students achieve to such a level. I am clear that we are now well on the road to delivering excellent results for all!

 20142015201620172018Edinburgh 2018By the end of S4:      Students achieving 5 or more N3866070708882Students achieving 5 or more N4796065577775Students achieving 5 or more N5293339394641

The results in S4 are exceptional. For the first time in some years, our school beats the Edinburgh City Council average in all indicators. These results bode very well for our students’ continued success in S5 this session.

 20142015201620172018Edinburgh 2018By the end of S5:      Students achieving 1 or more Higher524661545560Students achieving 3 or more Highers362938333841Students achieving 5 or more Highers171316182822

Although we haven’t quite managed to beat the Edinburgh average in S5, these results are nonetheless very positive indeed. Do remember that this was the year group who told me on my arrival, that they were the worst year group in the school! As you can see, these results, barring one exception, are the best in years. Given these great results in S5, our S6 results are looking very good for next year! I will, however, urge a word of caution. In my experience, students may well take their foot off the pedal as they receive unconditional offers for university or college, and thereby not achieve to their true potential. I have already discussed this with our students and alerted them to the dangers of this.

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TA 125 Logo Competiton

Congratulations to Zak Lang in S3 who was the winner of our competiton to design a logo for the school's 125th anniversary.  Zak's winning entry will be used throughout this session to promote events celebrating the opening of the school in 1893.  Congratulations Zak!  #TA125

Young Ambassadors for 2018/19

We are delighted to announce the two new Young Ambassadors for Trinity Academy for the upcoming year as Ben Liddall and Felix Hale (both S4).

Both pupils went through a long process and stood out amongst the 8 pupils interviewed for the role.

The role of a YA is to promote sport to all within the school and the community. They will be working with this year’s Sport Council in the school to encourage their peers to participate in sport and to educate on the importance of both physical and mental health & wellbeing.  They will also be representing Trinity Academy in workshops, fundraising activities and more across the city.

They will join Jennifer Vietch, Isabella Shepard and Mhairi Harper in the programme who have been doing the same role during the past year.

Trinity 125 Celebrations

Trinity Academy is 125 years old!  The doors of Craighall Road School, as it was first known, were opened for the first time on September 4th 1893. The school had cost £18,850 and five shillings to construct, (excluding the purchase of the land from the Laird of Bonnington, James Clerk-Rattray) and had all modern conveniences - electric bells and voice tubes connecting the Rector's room to the classes and Cowan's patent gas lamps throughout.  Times have changed in the 125 years since opening but it's with great pride that we are marking the 125th anniversary with a series of events organised by our brilliant Parent Council.

The first of these events occurs on Friday 7th September.   We are showing an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman (singalong version, in case you want to join in).  There's also going to be a silent disco and food and drink available for purchase.  The doors will open at 6:00pm and the film will start at 7.30pm, so there’s plenty of time to have some food before the show starts. Book through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Rector's Blog - 14th May 2018

Staffing News

Susan Cook - Following on from successful long and short leet interviews last week I have been nominated as the preferred candidate for a Head Teacher’s post in East Lothian. Although no start date has been agreed as yet, my new post will not commence until August at the earliest. As most parents will be aware, I was seconded to Trinity Academy as Depute Head Teacher in January 2017, swapping positions with Lewis Paterson, who went to Leith Academy at this time. We were both due to return to our respective schools in December of this year, however Lewis has now been seconded to the Scottish Government until December 2019. This means that we will shortly be advertising for an Acting Depute Head Teacher to take up post from August 2018 - December 2019. The good news is that Bryan Paterson will return on Monday 4th June 2018 as Head Teacher here.

I would like to take this opportunity to say that Trinity Academy is a truly fantastic school to work at and I have learned so much in my short time here from all with whom I have worked. Trinity has passionate and committed teachers who aim to achieve the best outcomes for all of our young people. The parents are extremely supportive and the pupils hard working and enthusiastic in their learning. Our extensive partnership links are also very strong and help drive the school forwards. As a former pupil of the school it has been a dream to be Acting Head Teacher of the school I attended. I would like to thank everyone for their support during my time here and I will continue to give my full commitment to the school until I leave.

Science Trip 9th/10th May

The Science department took three busloads of S1 pupils on their annual visit to the Glasgow Science Centre. This popular trip gives pupils the chance to engage with hands-on demonstrations and experiments in the science mall. Here, pupils discovered how quantum physics is helping engineers develop cameras that can see round corners, how genetic screening can prevent diseases and how chemists can invent new materials to make our lives better. The planetarium gave pupils an insight into our solar system and beyond and graphically brought to life the impact of light pollution on our view of the night sky. For some pupils the highlight of the trip was watching their teacher being targeted by the presenter of the science show using a super soaker. I am delighted to say the pupils behaved well and were polite and respectful ambassadors for the school.

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ASN Coffee Mornings 2017

This programme has been put together by Support for Learning Teachers at Victoria, Trinity, and Wardie Primary Schools and Trinity Academy. The series of coffee mornings is for parents and carers whose children have additional support needs at local schools and in our community. The format of each meeting will be: A short presentation from expert i...
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Battle of the Bands

  Please come along and support Trinity Academy's Battle of the Bands competition on Wednesday 1st November at 7pm in the Assembly Hall. Tickets are £3 from the Music Department! Hope to see you all there.