Ben's 100 Days

Mr Beard joined Ben Liddall on his challenge to run 1042 miles in 100 days and reports back that Ben is running strongly and very positive about his challenge. Ben is raising money for MND Scotland and The My Name'5 Doddie Foundation - read more at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/bens100days or on Twitter @Bens100days 

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is 27 January 2021. The theme this year is Be the light in the darkness.

This theme encourages us to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to be the light before, during and after genocide.

S6 Trinity and George Watson's pupils together conducted virtual interviews with the Director of the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum and Auschwitz Educational Trust as part of HMD commemorations.

To find out more we invite you watch our videos.

https://youtu.be/0dne7j69mVI (Trinity)

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Climate Action Trinity

Climate Action Trinity has been set up this year to build upon the work done by staff last year at Trinity and to build upon the wave of youth led protests that swept across the world last year. 

It is led by a determined group of students with support from members of staff. We have one simple goal, reduce our school and communities climate and ecological impact.

We are getting started this Christmas by asking you to take at least one of these 5 actions over the holidays. 

1. Think about what you eat! 

There are two things to think about when it comes to food, how much meat am i eating and how much of this will go to waste. Reducing your meat consumption at Christmas is difficult, if you want to make it enjoyable then think outside the box, you don’t have to stick with sad Brussels sprouts at the end of the table. 

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Term Two House Token Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce that Orkney House has won this Term’s House Token Achievement count!

Congratulations to all pupils in Orkney House! Also, a HUGE well done to each and every pupil (whether you are in Arran, Orkney or Skye) for the Achievement Tokens you have individually earned!

Certificates will be handed out to individuals who have met our token benchmarks:

  • Bronze = 5 tokens
  • Silver = 10 tokens
  • Gold = 15 tokens
  • Platinum = 25 tokens

A massive well done to our learners who have met these milestones this Term and we look forward to handing out even more certificates next Term.

You can read about these achievements and much more in our Winter Newsletter here.

Trinity Advent Calendar

S2 students have all been involved in a competition to design the image behind the doors of our school advent calendar located at the front doors to the school.

 Each day we will open a door to reveal one of the winning designs.  Each of the 24 winners will receive a token for their ‘house’ as well as a sweet.

 We will open Saturday and Sunday doors on a Monday and at the end of term we will open the last 3 doors on the 22nd

 Each day we will publish the name of the that day’s winner together with a photograph of their design.  Look out for news on this! 


Children in Need Tennis Sessions

Congratulations to S1 pupil, Scarlett Hunter, who recently participated in tennis sessions in The Meadows in aid of Children In Need. As well as helping raise money for charity, Scarlett was lucky enough to meet and play some tennis with none other than Judy Murray!

Annual Food Collection

For well over 30 years Trinity Academy has collected food parcels around Christmas time to be distributed to people in the local community. In recent years we have collected food and other items for the North East Edinburgh Food Bank, and, despite the current pandemic, we would like to continue this tradition.

This year, however, because of the pandemic  we are going to do things differently. Rather than dropping items off in registration, you'll find two big boxes in the school foyer and you can drop off your items there.

The Food Bank is particularly in need of the following items:

  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned veg
  • Biscuits
  • Tea/coffee
  • Toiletries

We will, of course, be happy to accept other non-perishable items too.

Our collection will run from Monday 23rd November until Friday 11th December.

Shell Bright Ideas Scottish Winners

Wow! 

We have done it again, Shell Bright Ideas Scottish Winners for the second year in a row! What a phenomenal achievement!

In what has been an undoubtedly challenging time for all our students, five S3 girls worked tirelessly with their teacher Miss Donaldson throughout Lockdown to put together their outstanding proposal for Café Earth. A huge congratulations to our fantastic S3 Design Team: 

Ada Hayden-Joiner 

Ava McKie 

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Headteacher's Update - Friday 4 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Please see some updates below.

Face coverings in school 

As we come to the end of the first week of wearing face coverings in social areas and when moving around the building, I must report this has gone very well. Overall our learners have excelled in managing this through the day. Could I please ask for your support on two important points:  

  1. Please ensure your child remembers their mask each day. We have issued over 500 masks and coverings this week alone. Over 300 of these were reusable face coverings.  
  2. At interval and lunch time, face coverings should be put on once learners have finished eating and drinking.
  3. Outdoor spaces should be used when ever possible.

Consultation and changes 

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Changes to Period Times

We are making some changes to the school's period times in order to cutdown on congestion at break times. We are also removing registration to reduce unnecessary movement between classes.

You can read about these changes by clicking on the document below:

Change-of-Period-Times.pdf

Letter for parents, carers and pupils - 26th August 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils

Important Information
Thank you for the support you have shown your school communities so far this session. You’ve helped us make a strong start after the challenge of lockdown.
I realise that the past few weeks have tested our resilience, patience and adaptability, and no doubt this will continue to be the case. I am writing to ask for you continued support and to set out some of the biggest challenges which we’ve still to overcome. I’ll also let you know how you can give us feedback so that we know if we are getting it right on an ongoing basis.


Health and safety
The main aim in every institution right now is to keep it COVID-19 free. This has required significant planning and preparation before schools returned. Youth voice in our schools has strengthened the health and safety approaches that were in place. Following the Scottish Government’s announcement yesterday 25 August, everyone must now use face coverings in crowded spaces and in transit in our school communities from next Monday 31 August.


We expect young people will want to wear their own face covering but we will have free supplies in school for anyone who forgets or who wishes us to provide one. Headteachers will work with their communities to set out local arrangements, making sure we adapt for people who can’t wear face coverings, including young people who have a health condition or a disability which might affect their ability to wear a mask safely and hygienically. This includes hidden disabilities, for example, autism, dementia or a learning disability.


Breaks and lunches
Our schools are not designed for physically distanced gatherings. This makes managing lunch and break times safely one of the biggest issues to solve for many of our schools. It’s almost impossible to find a perfect solution, so we ask that you work closely with the school to support with the difficult decisions staff are making to keep young people safe, nourished and dry. This will probably include spells outdoors, staggered breaks and now the use of face coverings.

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Welcome Back to Trinity Academy

Dear Student

Following the release of additional guidance and further decisions we have made in school, we have updated the Back to School Arrangements. You can read the updated information here.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to school next week. We are sure you will be feeling very excited and maybe a bit nervous. To ease the return to school, and to support you, we will be operating a staggered start for this week, please arrive at school for your allocated time. Details as follows:

Wednesday 12 August

S1

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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.