Since September 2018, a group of students have been participating in SESTBA, meeting fortnightly to discuss a range of books which they have read based on the theme “Take a Stand”. They voted for their favourite book and wrote book reviews.
On Wednesday 27th March they attended a Gala Evening at Kent College, Pembury along with other local schools participating in SESTBA. The evening was great fun and well attended. Students also listened to guest authors Sita Brahmachari and Matt Killen, shared pizza and interacted with other local schools. The evening ended with the announcement of the Award winners, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi was voted favourite book in the Young Adult Category and Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killen was voted favourite in the Teen Fiction category.
The Library Managers would like to thank those students that took part for their exemplary behaviour and enthusiasm over the last few months.
Trinity’s first Mental Health Awareness Week took place between18th – 22nd March 2019. Jenny Langley, from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT), has been holding coaching sessions with small groups of students throughout the school. At the end of the week each student will have benefited from one of her sessions.
CWMT’s programme for schools and young people provides evidence-based presentations and training to schools that motivate, inform and provide practical ideas and tools that can be easily implemented.
Jenny came to Trinity in February to train the staff and so during her time here during Mental Health Awareness Week, she spoke at our Parents Information evening as part of our whole school approach to raising awareness of mental health among young people. The presentation was Managing Teenage Anxieties. Jenny hosted a very successful evening and gave practical tips to help with the emotional wellbeing of our children. View her presentation below:
Presentation: Managing Teenage Anxieties
Jenny has also provided the school with the following useful resources:
CWMT – Jenny’s Favourite Resources for Schools and Families 2019
CWMT – 50 Ways to Take a Break Poster
Finally, the sixth form were busy fundraising all week. Waffle making, car washing, film watching with hot chocolate, pancakes and penalty shoot outs. The library has stocked up on relevant books and held some fun and positive activities for the students to take part in.
On Thursday 14th March William Prescott, Zac Marshall, Thomas Humberstone, Theo Kerr and Sam Gough from the Trinity Anti-Bullying Ambassador team went to Cobham Hall, Gravesend to complete their initial training in Anti-Bullying.
The role of an Anti-Bullying Ambassador is a key leadership role at Trinity and offers students the opportunity to develop skills and enact positive social change within the school. To be selected, students from each tutor group initially put themselves forward as candidates. The student cohort then democratically votes to decide on a small number of representatives from these candidates.
The Diana Award is a charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign works to change the attitude surrounding bullying both across the UK and beyond. The programme has a strong peer-to-peer focus, with trainers giving young people the skills and confidence to become Ambassadors to tackle bullying in their schools long after the training has finished. The Diana Award anti-bullying work is recognised as world-class thanks to this sustainable approach.
The students had a fantastic time on the trip and are looking forward to being a host school for Upskill Anti-Bullying training later this month.
Trinity School celebrated World Book Day on Tuesday 5th March. Activities took place throughout the day in the library including a reading breakfast, a lunchtime book quiz and a second hand book sale in aid of Book Aid International.
“Button Button” a short story by Richard Matheson was split into 5 parts and read by staff at the beginning of each lesson. Students were given a £1 world book voucher to be used in participating book shops.
Years 7, 8 and 12 were invited to come dressed in fancy dress based on a particular book-related theme with prizes being awarded for the most creative or imaginative costume. Staff also joined in the fancy dress fun with some fantastic costumes.
The Potato Character Challenge was a huge success with some fantastic entries showing originality and artistic flare.
Thank you to everyone who took part and making the day a great success. A special thank you to the Friends of Trinity School for kindly arranging and funding the supply of Sevenoaks Bookshop vouchers for the prizes for this year’s event.
Throughout the Prayer Space week, our students were involved in creating a banner reflecting the fact that they are unique and valued to God. The background to the banner reminds them of what God’s love is like as described in 1 Corinthians 13: ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails’.
This banner has been placed above the doors into the main assembly hall – so that every time the students go into Worship; sit their exams; perform drama productions or are seated at lunchtime they would be reminded of God’s love. We are very thankful to Sue Salter, a parent and artist who volunteered her time and gifting in creating this piece painted by the students.
We were thrilled and delighted to have a team from ‘Christians in Sport’ who visited Trinity on the last day of term 3.
They gave an assembly to all our students; hosted a sports quiz for our 6th Form and led inventive and creative sports lessons all day on the astro. They also spent time in our RE lessons talking about what the bible says about sport.
Our 6th formers were a credit to the school as they helped lead the games sessions alongside the ‘Christians in Sport’ team for the other classes. The 6th formers showed true ‘servant heartedness’ and upheld the true ethos of Trinity school by their example on and off the pitch.
This week the year 12 Art students visited the Terra Nostra 2 Earth in Flux exhibition at The Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks. This was a great opportunity to see a range of contemporary artworks created by local artists from Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum, including the work of Mrs Casillas.
The students gained a deeper understanding of the artworks with a guided tour and had the opportunity to participate in a Q & A session with two of the artists. It was a valuable experience and gave an insight into the different methods, ideas and materials used to create the artworks.
Each year Trinity create a Prayer Space for every student to participate in. The theme of the Prayer Space this year was ‘His banner over me is love’ (Song of songs 2:4) and the students created a beautiful artwork banner reflecting this verse.
The Prayer Space is a time of quiet, interactive reflection where students are encouraged to think about God and to ask Him a ‘Big Question’. Thereafter, they have the opportunity to think about prayer by saying ‘Thank you’ as reflected on a PRAISE board, ‘Sorry’ through the creation of a forgiveness cross and ‘Please’ by presenting their requests to God around a bubbles tube. They also considered prayers surrounding their identity by reflecting upon what the world and social media present to them in contrast to how they are loved and created by God in Psalm 139.
The prayers for the World concentrated upon the A21 campaign for the abolition of modern day slavery and the students created ‘paper chain prayers’ of justice.
At the ‘Emoji prayers’ station the students explored the unchanging character of God compared to their feelings.
Trinity are exceptionally grateful to the team of volunteers who came in and helped within the Prayer Space throughout the week.
Rachel Hann visited Trinity School on Friday 25th January. Rachel works at the University of Surrey as a Senior Lecturer in Scenography & Deputy Associate Dean, Doctoral College.
Her research is focused on the material cultures of costume, performance design, and architecture.
Rachel spoke about costumes, creating performance spaces, computer 3D visualization for her theatre research as well as many art inspired experiments and their social effects.
Having studied or worked at The University of Hull, Kent, Leeds, Edge Hill and now Surrey, and having visited a huge number of others, Rachel had an incredible knowledge of universities and their offerings.
On Tuesday 8th January, 84 Year 10 students went to The Old Vic Theatre in London to see a production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Students and staff had a wonderful time watching the show and even enjoyed some mince pies before the performance!
Students have been studying this text as part of their English Literature GCSE and the trip provided an opportunity to enjoy a professional adaptation for the stage. A huge thank you to staff for their help and participation and to students for their exemplary behaviour throughout the day.