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Rector's Blog - 14th May 2018

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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.

 

Athletics

Congratulations to Esther Watson (S3) who won gold in the U15's long jump with 5.10m, and silver in high jump 1.49m at the East District Championships at the weekend.

 

STEAM Week for S1/2/3 Pupils – 30th and 31st May

STEAM stands for Science, Technologies, Engineering, Art and Maths. An exciting array of activities have been offered to our S1/2/3 pupils for two days at the end of this month.

S1 pupils were given a choice of Robotics, Predators of the Deep (Deep Sea World), Food Felt, Building a Computer, Bridge Building, Animating the Arts, Disaster Relief and Fantastic Plastic.

S2 pupils were able to select from Nae Limits (white water rafting near Pitlochry), a trip to Edinburgh Zoo or leading and developing our Rights Respecting School initiative as we move towards gaining our Silver Award.

For S3 pupils, Nae Limits, Music and a visit to Foxlake Adventures (near Dunbar) were all options.

All of these activities have a STEAM focus and provide excitement and, in some cases, a physical challenge for our young people. They also develop many of the skills required for careers, such as problem solving and team work.

 

Uniform

Trinity Academy is very proud of its school uniform and how it identifies us as a community. Please can I ask all parents to support their child wearing our uniform to school. Uniform consists of a white shirt, school tie, trousers/skirt and black shoes. Hoodies and jackets may be worn to school but should be removed in class. Thank you

Dates for your diary:

Monday 21st May - Victoria Day holiday

June 4th - new timetable starts for new S2/3/4.   Parent Council Meeting - GP Room - 6.30pm-8pm (all parents invited)

June 4th-8th - Work Experience for new S5/6

June 5th - P7 Information Evening

June 11th - S5/6 Induction Day

June 12th - Awards Ceremony

June 20th- 22nd – We Will Rock You

June 29th - End of term

Trinity 125 Celebrations
ASN Coffee Mornings 2017

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