Year 9 Battlefields Trip

Year 9 Battlefields Trip to Ypres and The Somme

Written by Matthew Treloar, Henry Loughnane, Alice Hockey, Claudia Smith and Isabella Doherty.

Our first day was based in Belgium where we found out how the First World War affected people living and fighting on the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. The first stop was the Essex Farm Cemetery where the name of John McCrae can be found. He wrote the famous poem “IN FLANDERS FIELDS”. We visited the grave of Valentine Strudwick, a 14-year-old boy who ran away from home and lied about his age to fight in the First World War. We also visited the Advanced Dressing Station where injured soldiers would be treated before being sent back to the front or on to a military hospital. From there we moved on to Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is the largest cemetery in Belgium. There are 11,954 burials including 8,367 unidentified British and Commonwealth soldiers here and around 30,000 names on the wall to commemorate soldiers whose bodies were never recovered. We settled into our hotel and visited the all-important chocolate shop where we spent lots of Euros, and then we went to a nice restaurant for dinner.

After dinner, we went to the Menin Gate, which bears the names of 54,398 soldiers who died on the Western Front whose bodies were sadly never found. Three students were chosen to represent Trinity school and they laid a wreath in memory of the soldiers of Sevenoaks who are remembered on the Menin Gate. Proceedings commenced at 20:00 with the sound of the LAST POST being followed by a two-minute silence. After this visitors and military personnel paid their respects by laying down wreaths. The Menin Gate was very moving and we felt honoured to lay the wreath in memory of the soldiers around us who had died.

On the second day we visited the Somme. Newfoundland Memorial Park was our first stop where we were able to picture the events on July 1st 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Due to our tight schedule, we didn’t have long as we were off to Ulster Memorial Tower. This commemorates the heavy losses suffered by 36th Division on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We were fortunate enough to be able to venture into the woods where the allied troops would have been located. In the woods we were given private access to some trenches, which had been painstakingly uncovered by archaeologists. The talk there was very interesting and they even had actual possessions that soldiers had lost during the war, including a spoon with a bullet hole. After lunch we visited Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates 72,000 soldiers that gave their lives during the Battle of the Somme. Their bodies were, once again, never recovered from the mud. Inside the visitor centre we could search our surnames to find out if any of our ancestors had fought and died in the war. Further up the road we visited Lochnagar Crater, which was the site of a massive mine explosion, detonated by the British under the German front lines. The strength of the explosives was so huge that it had left an enormous crater and was the biggest noise ever recorded – the explosion could even be heard from London!

At the end of our long day, we stopped off at Warlencourt British Cemetery to commemorate one particular soldier. Matthew Treloar of 9G had discovered that one of his relatives had died in the Battle of the Somme on 1st October 1916. George Salisbury Hill died in France aged just 16 as he had actually lied about his age when enlisting. Thus, at the time of his death, George was still too young to have even taken part in the war at all. Matthew said: “He was my Great Great Uncle on my Dad’s side of the family. It was a strange feeling knowing that somebody from my family had taken part in the most brutal conflict known to man. On reflection it was an honour to lay a wreath on his grave and for all of us to pay our respects with a two-minute silence for him. I feel quite proud to have shared this experience with my friends.”

On our last day in Ypres we had some free time to explore the market and buy souvenirs for our friends and families. First stop of the day Lijssenthoek Cemetery and visitors centre. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is the resting place of 10,755 casualties of the First World War, among them Nellie Spindler who was one of only two British female casualties of the First World War to be buried in Belgium. It is the second largest British and Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. Outside of the cemetery there is a timeline with lines carved into it, each one represents a life lost on that day in the military hospital on this site. The scale of this timeline was very moving for us all. Paying our respects, we departed for St Nicolas Church. This was used as a hospital during the war and treated one of the most well-known men to have fought here: CPL ADOLF HITLER. Today he has one of his paintings hanging up in the town museum. Messines is also known for the famous football match that took place on Christmas Day, 1914. Overall, the trip was fascinating and we really enjoyed our time away.

A note from Miss Collis

 

 

Spanish Play at Trinity

Spanish Play Comes To Trinity For All Students Studying Spanish

There was much laughter in the Trinity theatre on Wednesday when Onatti Productions toured our school with their Spanish production: ‘¿Cuántos me gusta tienes’?

It was evident that the students not only enjoyed themselves but were able to understand the play and put their listening skills into practice. It was a great opportunity to hear Spanish being spoken and put into context and gave the students much confidence in their Spanish skills.

Mrs Hussey

Watoto Choir

Thursday was a very special day as we spent it in the company of some truly amazing people. The 17 children from Watoto and the adults who care for them were a joy to be around and put on two amazing performances for us.

During the school day, all our staff and students were treated to a show that even had the teachers dancing! It was wonderful to hear their story and to hear the children sing.

 

In the evening, we had a longer concert in which we heard all about how Watoto works and the amazing things they are doing for communities and individuals in Uganda. There was an opportunity to donate and just over £1500 was raised (before gift aid) by the generous people who came to watch.

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There was also an opportunity to sponsor a child or mother and opportunities to buy merchandise

It was a fantastic day, and one none of us will forget for a long time. We wish the Choir the very best as they continue their tour and pray that the work of Watoto will go from strength to strength.

 

PGL Windmill Hill

Last weekend Mr Birks-Agnew and Miss Chant took a group of Year 10 students to PGL Windmill Hill near Battle. The aim of the trip was to build confidence, resilience and teamwork and relationships by pushing the students in unfamiliar settings and by taking part in activities that took them out of their comfort zone. On the Friday, students took part in abseiling, which included some competitive games while suspended halfway down the wall, and the zip wire.

On Saturday morning, the students worked with Mr Birks-Agnew and Miss Chant on overcoming exam challenges. Following on from the theme of worship they thought about their own goals and why they wanted to get good GCSE results. They also collated as a group the challenges they have with exams and revision, and worked on supporting each other by providing solutions.

The study skills finished with some exercises on speed reading and summarising, and also looking at what command words in exams actually mean. There were some excellent ideas that came from this morning session which Mr Taylor will share with KS4 parents, and we also identified some things we need to do in form time to support Year 10 as they approach their next set of PPEs in June. On the Saturday afternoon students took part in more activities, this time the zip wire and some air rifle shooting.

The students were a credit to themselves and the school.

Matthew: “Patience is a virtue”
Ellie: ” You need to have a growth mind-set”
Daniella: ” I have had such a lovely weekend”

Le Café – French Play

Our school hall was turned into a French theatre last week when visiting actors took to the stage in a production of ‘Le Café’.  All students who study French in Years 8, 9 and 10 were able to watch French actors in a French farce. There were many costume changes and students enjoyed watching the play which was conducted totally in French. Well done to all our participants who were chosen from the audience to converse in French, order drinks, and assemble a mannequin dummy!

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We look forward to our Spanish play later this month.

GCSE Music Trip

On Wednesday 10th May, thirty Trinity Music students experienced an open day at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where they watched performances, took tours of the campuses and had a Q & A session with some of the current students.

We then went on to watch a matinee performance of ‘Wicked’ – The Musical. The Year 10s are currently studying ‘Defying Gravity’ for their Area of Study Exam.

All students behaved exceptionally and where excellent ambassadors for the school.

 

 

Music trip

Annual Prayer and Reflection

 

Our annual prayer and reflection space was held at Trinity School from Wednesday 3rd May to Monday 8th May this year.

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We transformed one room in the school into a quiet and inspiring prayer space for students and staff to spend time praying and reflecting in.  Each class had an hour in the prayer space during one of their lessons during the set dates.  Last years’ prayer space was a great success and we hope for an even more eye-opening and exciting time for the students.

Year 7 Football Success

Congratulations to our Year 7 Boys football team for reaching the finals in the West Kent District and for winning the West Kent District Cup.

This is an outstanding achievement and reflects the hard work and commitment that they have as a team.

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NSPCC CEO Visits Trinity

Trinity recently welcomed Mr. Peter Wanless, the CEO of the NSPCC who came to talk to our Year 10 as part of our Gifted and Talented programme. Peter gave an insightful and honest account of his career, which spanned the Civil Service, HM Treasury and the Big Lottery Fund before he became the CEO of the NSPCC.

Peter linked his career and the path it has taken into his love for cricket and his passion for music and rock bands. Peter described how these two main interests shaped his life and set his career, in particular his post with Sir John Major, in motion.

A main part of the talk was about leadership and Peter set out his five main points:

  1. A leader is on display all the time
  2. Listen and learn from others
  3. It can be tough
  4. It costs nothing to be nice to others
  5. Surround yourself with people you trust and respect

Above all, Peter impressed upon our Year 10 the need to be authentic, work hard, build relationships and to have a strong moral purpose.

After the talk, there was a Question & Answer session where students asked pre-prepared questions; Peter did not disappoint in his full and lively answers.

Mr. Wanless thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the school and commented on the engagement of and the warm welcome he received by our students.

Mrs A Hussey

Gifted & Talented Coordinator

 

Year 10 Higher Project

Since September a number of our ambitious Year 10s have been working towards their Higher Project qualification. This award is equivalent to half of a GCSE and allows students to focus on their own area of interest to produce an essay or artefact of their own design.

Last week, as part of their qualification, our students presented their projects to staff, family and friends. The students have worked exceptionally hard to complete this difficult task and have produced some fascinating results. Projects on show last night ranged from an analysis into the effects of dogs on social care to the motivations of a terrorist in today’s world!

The projects will be moderated over the coming weeks and students will receive their results in August. Both Miss Chant and Miss Collis are incredibly proud of the dedication and effort that the students have put into these projects and said they are sure the students will be rewarded for this on results day.

Congratulations all – a fantastic achievement!