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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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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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.

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

 

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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 Leader
  • Mr Adrian Moir – permanent Support for Learning teacher
  • Ms Aileen Swalwell – permanent part time Support for Learning
  • Ms Erin Cunningham – permanent History teacher
  • Mr Jamie Horne – temporary PE teacher
  • Ms Kirsty Haldane – permanent Biology teacher
  • Mr Norman Zhu – temporary Chemistry teacher
  • Ms 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 cereals
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tinned beans
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Biscuits
  • Snacks
  • Fruit juice (long life)

Toiletries such as soap and toothpaste are also welcomed.

Please donate your items during registration.

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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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