Celebrating Achievements - Lockdown Edition

Thanks to all parents/carers, pupils and staff for the Lockdown Achievement Nominations. It has been lovely to hear and see what you have all been getting up to. You can find the Achievements Newsletter here. It is packed with positivity!

We know there will be many other things you have all achieved that are not mentioned in this Newsletter, and we would love to hear about them, so please let us know!

We hope you have a lovely Summer Holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again in August.

Rector's Blog - 24th June 2020

And now…the end is near….

The last few days before term ends has been hectic, what with working hard to deliver an optimal curriculum for August 12th, to now hearing that we may well be back to a full timetable after all! Rest assured we have every eventuality covered, and will keep you fully informed as to progress and advice in the weeks before we are due to start.

You know, when we think back at the goals we set ourselves, who would have though five years later we would be clicking at the heels of The Royal High School to become one of the top 5 high attaining schools in Edinburgh? All of this is down to sheer hard graft and building a wonderful culture and ethos which has transformed the fortunes of our school. We are most fortunate to have outstanding teachers, admin staff, support staff and professional associations and unions who all play their part  in delivering the best we possibly can, and often in the most difficult of circumstances. My colleagues know what they are doing, we do things our way, and it works. Colleagues therefore deserve the full trust and support of everyone as they consistently strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for your children. In addition there has always been and I am sure there always will be an open door to any parent who has a concern or issue or indeed a suggestion to make. By continuing to work together, I am sure that the best is yet to come.

FINALLY, and now that the end is here (ha!), I should like to thank all for your support and also your good wishes on my retirement.  Much appreciated.  Now to book a holiday……….

Plans for August

This is to advise you that following the announcement from The Depute First Minister, we have all eventualities covered. Should the virus subside we will move to a full timetable in August. Should it persist we have a contingency plan in place which would offer all students a 50% timetable. Rest assured as soon as we receive further advice from Edinburgh City Council, we will keep you fully informed as to progress. We will of course write to all parents a week before we are due to start confirming all details.

Many thanks for your understanding

Bryan Paterson

Home Learning Bulletin - Week Beginning 25th June

Our final Home Learning bulletin of the session is now available to view online.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the pupils, parents/carers and teachers for making this bulletin such a success. It has provided everyone with a clear list of tasks and activities and has allowed you all to start your new courses with considerable success. From all the staff at Trinity Academy, we would like you to complete your final week of home learning tasks so that you are up to date and ready for next session. Then we hope you all enjoy a safe, restful and fun summer break!

Guess The Teacher

How about a little bit of fun for Wellbeing Wednesday?

How well do you know the teachers and staff at Trinity Academy? Well enough to pick them out from their school photos? How many can you correctly identify? Answers will be revealed next week. Good luck!

Download the photos by clicking here

 

Celebrating S1-6 Achievements – Lockdown Edition

As most of you will know, by now we should have had our annual Sports Day, Sports Personality of the Year, Prizegiving and celebrated our S1-3 House Token Achievement Winners. Unfortunately none of this has been able to go ahead formally due to the current Pandemic. Although provisional plans are in place to celebrate these later in the year we felt it might be nice to recognise some of the achievements you have made throughout Lockdown. This can be absolutely anything you deem to be an achievement – more walks, caring for a neighbour/relative, painting, puzzles, school work, DIY/home project etc. etc. the list is endless.

 

The intention is then to put together a booklet with all the positive things you have been doing throughout Lockdown. This will then be emailed to you all and put on the school website. Please see below for the form to fill out with this information, or you can email the information to me directly – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I am asking you for:

  • Pupil Name
  • Year Group & Achievement Subject/Topic
  • Brief description of Achievement(s)
  • Picture(s) of the Achievements(s)
  • Photo consent to use the photos you send me (the Achievements book be sent to all parents and put on the school website)

Nomination Form for Parents

Nomination Form for Pupils

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Home Learning Bulletin - week beginning 18th June

This week’s bulletin is slightly different.  Over the past 7 weeks staff have provided a range of tasks and activities and from pupil and parent/carer feedback we know that not everyone has managed to complete everything for a wide range of reasons. Next week the Trinity teaching staff are supporting in the Craigroyston Hub and to help everyone manage their workload we have decided that the week ahead should be used for catchup.

 

We still encourage you to read the bulletin as some staff have provided extension tasks or projects that will run until the end of term and we are confident that there will be enough to keep everyone engaged over the coming week. Also, a reminder that this Wednesday is Wellbeing Wednesday and we are encouraging all staff and pupils to make sure they get some time away form their screen to support their own physical and mental health. Go for a walk, get out on the bike or sit back and enjoy a book. Whatever helps you to relax and wind down

 

You can find the bulletin here.

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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