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.

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.

Trinity Cricket Club

Cricket season is in full swing, we have played George Watson’s and attended the beach games in the last week – a trip to Stewart Melville’s is next up after some more practice at Bangholm (Mondays after school). Remarkably we are yet to lose time to poor weather (fingers crossed this continues).

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

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

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 FavoritaJac'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!

 

 

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:

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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  1. Go to Easy Fundraising
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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 2018
By the end of S4:      
Students achieving 5 or more N3866070708882
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Students 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 2018
By the end of S5:      
Students achieving 1 or more Higher524661545560
Students achieving 3 or more Highers362938333841
Students 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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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.