Surviving Lockdown for Parents

The City of Edinburgh Council have now published the second edition of their 'Surviving Lockdown' magazine for parents. It contains lots of useful information on homeschooling and entertaining children, as well as important information about health and wellbeing.

You can find the magazine here

Home Learning Bulletin - Week Beginning 8th June

Home Learning bulletin #7 is now available to view here.

Our bulletin contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your learning for the week ahead.

We hope that as many of you as possible are engaging with the course work on offer. Over the next week we are going to monitor participation in our S4/5/6 Teams, where we are hoping to see some improvements after initial follow up calls. S1/2/3 parents/carers will be contacted over the coming week as we follow up on BGE engagement to see if there are any issues or if we can help support your home learning.

If you have any questions about the content in this bulletin, then please contact the Curriculum Leaders using the email address link in the subject title on their page.

Virtual Sports Week - 8th - 12th June

Next week sees the introduction of Trinity Academy’s Virtual Sports Week!!

What does this involve?  – This year we will be setting up a competition called Track it Trinity which will see the three houses compete against each other to earn points.

How do you earn points? – By walking, cycling or running and recording your distance using Strava. Cycling 1km = 1 point, Walking 1km = 2 points and Running 1km = 3 points

What is Strava? – This is a free app that you can download on your smart phone/watch               

How do I get involved? – Download the app, set up an account and follow “Track it Trinity – Trinity Academy Sports Week”  This will allow us to track the number of kms you travel throughout the week. Make sure you indicate what house you are competing for by adding your house to your name!

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Rector's Blog - 1st June 2020

The Scottish Government has indicated that schools should reopen from 11th August. As you will know, this is a week before we were going to start this year! Whilst we await further guidance and advice from Edinburgh City Council, we have been considering risk assessment and management in our school before we decide on the best and safest way to return. Ms Barrett, our Business Manager, has been taking forward these discussions and will inform the timetabling model and supports we will propose before the end of Term.

I have to say, all of the above is more complex than it sounds, but when you consider that teachers were expected to upend lesson plans and convert to online delivery in just a few days, and just did it, we will just do this too and with the support of a whole raft of non teaching and admin staff who go beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.

This of course has been the strangest of terms, and it will end 3 weeks on Friday! By that time, my successor will have been appointed. The successful candidate will have won a watch, as they say. Over the last five years we set ourselves the task of being one of the highest attaining, most inclusive and most creative schools in the city. It is no boast to say that we have achieved this and much more. When you consider where we were, and where we now are, it has been an incredible journey - and to think The Times has even placed us in the top 50 highest attaining schools on the country, and 6th in Edinburgh.

All of the above has been achieved by the sheer dedication and commitment of the best group of colleagues I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and a real desire to be a school which not only takes great pride in the past, but also has a keen eye to the future. I do believe with every bone in my body that the best is yet to come. Trinity Academy is seriously going places, and being Head Teacher of this wonderful school over the last five years has undoubtedly been the highlight of my career... which isn’t over yet!

Bryan Paterson

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Home Learning Bulletin - week beginning 1st June

Home Learning bulletin #6 is now available to view here.

Our bulletin contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your learning for the week ahead.

We hope that as many of you as possible are engaging with the course work on offer. Over the next week we are monitoring participation in our S1/2/3 Teams and we will be contacting parents and carers to see if there are any issues or if we can help support your home learning. S4/5/6 parents/carers will be contacted over the coming week. If you have any questions about the content in this bulletin, then please contact the Curriculum Leaders using the email address link in the subject title on their page.

Senior Transition Information

To support those who are leaving or considering leaving we have uploaded a number of documents containing advice and information from various partner. You can view them by clicking on the links below.

 

Advice and information for school leavers - Summer 2020

Skills Development Scotland Senior Leavers Advice

Letter for S4-S6 Parents & Carers

Home Learning Bulletin - Week Beginning 25th May

Home Learning bulletin #5 is now available to view here.

Our bulletin contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your learning for the week ahead.

While both the school website and Teams is full of resources and information we hope that this will help provide greater clarity to both pupils and parents/carers.

We are releasing this before work begins next week to give parents/carers, who may be working themselves, the time to check and discuss their child's home learning plans. We hope this helps makes things easier for everyone. 

As always if you need greater clarity please do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum Leaders via the email links at the top of each faculty page.

Home Learning - Week Beginning 19th May

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday weekend and are ready to resume your home learning activities for the week ahead.

You can find our latest Home Learning Bulletin here

While both the school website and Teams is full of resources and information we hope that this will help to give greater clarity to pupils and parents/carers.

This section on the School Closures page contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your learning for the week ahead.

EMA/S1 Places/Free School Meals & Clothing grants

Education Maintenance Allowance - Young people who are in receipt of EMA and who are unable to meet their agreed attendance requirements due to Coronavirus / Covid-19 will continue to receive their EMA payment as per the existing payment schedule. Young people awarded an EMA after 01/03/20 will be eligible for payments without a signed learning agreement, backdated to the start of lockdown. Any payments prior to this will be subject to the normal approval from schools. For further information please see our website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ema

 

School allocations for P1 and S1 places in August 2020 - We aim to deal with all late placing requests received up to 03/05/20, including second choice applications, and write to you in the last week of May 2020. Applications received after 03/05/20 will not be dealt with until the end of June 2020. For further information please see our website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces2020

 

Free School Meals / Clothing Grants – applications for 2020/21 for the term starting in August 2020 have not yet opened. We will update our website and put a message on social media as soon as applications open.

Edinburgh College Update

Edinburgh College Update

1. College Partnership (SCP) Courses and Foundation Apprenticeships (FA)

SCP available to new S4, 5 & 6 Pupils :

All FA courses available to new S5 only, some FA available to new S6

All courses will remain open until maximum recruitment levels have been reached and offers will continue to be made.

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Video Conferencing Teaching

I need to inform you that in order to safeguard students and teachers, Edinburgh City Council has disabled video conferencing in the Office 365 platform which all schools in Edinburgh use to manage digital learning.

Guidance on safe and acceptable use of video in Teams is currently being reviewed by the Council and if there are further updates we will make parents, carers and pupils aware via our usual methods which are email / App post / Website. We will also post an inclusion in the weekly bulletin.

In the meantime, can I please encourage your child to access and engage in the variety of resources already provided via Teams and to continue to communicate with staff/peers for further support as required.

Many thanks for your understanding on this.

Bryan Paterson

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Home Learning - Week Beginning 11th May

We are moving into a new phase of Home Learning to give pupils a chance to start their new courses. This would normally happen in June after the SQA exams are finished but to help keep people motivated and engaged in their learning and in line with all other Edinburgh schools we are starting this today.

You can find our latest Home Learning Bulletin here

While both the school website and Teams is full of resources and information we hope that this will help to give greater clarity to pupils and parents/carers.

This new section on the School Closures page contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your child in their learning for the week ahead.

 

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Home Learning - Week Beginning 4th May

You can find our latest Home Learning Bulletin here

While both the school website and Teams is full of resources and information we hope that this will help to give greater clarity to pupils and parents/carers.

This new section on the School Closures page contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your child in their learning for the week ahead.

 

Home Learning Suggestions - week beginning 27th April

In order to help everyone stay engaged with their learning we will be issuing a weekly update each Monday morning to help provide a steer on what your child should be focusing on for the week ahead.

While both the school website and Teams is full of resources and information we hope that this will help to give greater clarity to pupils and parents/carers.

This new section on the School Closures page contains an update from Curricular Leaders for every subject, split into BGE and Senior Phase information. This should help to direct your child in their learning for the week ahead.

This week's bulletin can be found here

Home Learning Suggestions for Friday 24th April

There are lots of ideas and suggestions on our website and we would recommend that this is where you look first www.trinity.edin.sch.uk/covid-19.html

You can access your office 365 account (including Teams) at https://office365.edin.org

 

Scholar – http://scholar.hw.ac.uk

All S4/S5/S6 students currently registered with SCHOLAR can access any of the 37 complete SQA NQ courses on the scholar website, with support materials available for a further four qualifications. This is extremely useful for pupils aiming to continue their studies next session as you will be able to access materials at the new level.

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IT Audit to support learners at home.

Dear Pupils and Parents/Carers,

In preparation for the change of timetable and to help support all our learners during lockdown we are looking to identify what internet enabled devices you have available to you.

The information you provide will help us to enable you to access course materials. If you do not have IT or internet we will let your teachers know and coordinate work in another format.

Please complete this Form: https://tinyurl.com/TA-IT-Audit before 22:00 on Sunday 26th April. An SMS has also been sent to all primary contacts.

We are looking for as many responses as possible to help us in our planning. Please share and encourage your friends and classmates to make a return too.

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Rector's Update - 23rd April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

As we return to what would have been the summer term, I do hope you and yours are well. During the holidays we, like many public servants, continued to work on a wide range of areas. I thought it would be useful to share this with you.

Hub Provision

80 children from 20 schools were being supported over the holidays. Our school Senior Leadership Team and a number of volunteers gave up their time to deliver learning and care to the children of key workers.

Pupil Support

Our transition process is well underway. We are making direct contact with a number of identified pupils and their families. Similarly those students with Individual Education Plans have been / will be contacted by Support for Learning. Ryan McKay, our Community Worker, has also engaged with targeted students.

Learning from Home

A huge effort has gone into ensuring students have access to learning materials whilst the school is closed. We are finalising advice and improving structure of what we offer, in particular for those students in the Senior Phase who will be starting study for SQA courses. This will be in line with CEC advice and timetable change and will be published in advance of 11th May following full consultation with teaching staff and professional associations.

SQA Update

Advice from SQA has now been published. We await guidelines from CEC. In the meantime, as you will have seen on the news, the process will involve teachers ranking students based on evidence and estimated grades. This will not be shared in advance. We are currently working with Curriculum Leaders and will publish parental information as soon as possible.

Coursing

It will not be possible to email each student regarding their course choice. However, once completed, Curriculum Leaders will create teams on Office 365 from class lists. From this, students will know into which courses they have been placed. Again, further advice on this will follow as soon as we have it.

Budget / School Roll

Some positive news. It looks as if the school may well have cleared historic debt! In addition, our roll has increased to 874 which means additional budget and staffing for the new Head Teacher on appointment.

Appointments

As you know I retire at the end of term. My post has been advertised. It is anticipated that a new Head Teacher will be in place for August. We are also in the process of appointing PE and RMPS teachers via online interviews. We will then be fully staffed. A very positive position to be in!

Finally, a huge thank you to all for all your efforts and support to date and to come. Rest assured my colleagues and I are doing our utmost to support some sense of normality in these difficult times!

Bryan Paterson
Head Teacher

Home Learning Suggestions for Wed 22nd and Thurs 23rd April

Learning Ideas for Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April

There are lots of ideas and suggestions on our website and we would recommend that this is where you look first www.trinity.edin.sch.uk/covid-19.html

You can access your office 365 account (including Teams) at https://office365.edin.org

 

Scholar – http://scholar.hw.ac.uk

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Home Learning Suggestions for Tuesday 21st April

We are, as from today, re-commencing Home Learning after the Easter holiday. We hope you managed to enjoy the break in the best way you could.

We will have more details up for the term ahead once staff have had a chance to discuss plans but in the meantime there are lots of ideas and suggestions on our website and we would recommend that this is where you look first www.trinity.edin.sch.uk/covid-19.html

You can access your office 365 account (including Teams) at https://office365.edin.org

We would also like to draw your attention to BBC Bitesize Daily which started yesterday and continues today and every weekday at 9.00am on Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online for S1 pupils, S2 pupils, S3 pupils and S4 pupils.

Rector's Update - 3rd April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Please find below definitive position regarding National Qualifications from both SQA and Edinburgh City Council. You will note that our position regarding second prelims and the like has been confirmed. Please also note SQA advice regarding parental request for further information on estimated grades etc.

Can I also take the opportunity to thank parents for their messages of support. We managed to pull together a wide range of learning activities and advice within 3 days of the school closing. This was an incredible feat and I congratulate my colleagues for all their efforts on this.

As we reach the end of the second week of school closure we are now working on further refining our advice and materials whilst also finalising coursing and timetabling for next session. This update will be forwarded to you after the holidays.

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