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.
On Friday 4th January, Tony Clayton, former Chief Economist of the UK Intellectual Property Office and Sevenoaks town councillor for the Liberal Democrats, visited Trinity School and gave the 6th Form Friday Talk. He spoke about economics and his experience with the topics detailing the economy and how it has changed since he worked in that area. It was a very engaging talk for the students and gave them a broad sense of what it is like in that field of expertise.
On Friday 14th December, the Sixth Form welcomed Colin Ullmann-Jones to give the Friday talk.
He gave a fascinating talk to our year 12’s about his 40 year career in policing. Mr Ullmann-Jones served in the military police in both Germany and Northern Ireland before joining the Kent Police Force and making his way up the ranks to Chief Superintendent.
The students were entertained with stories from army and policing days before entering a debate on whether or not all police should carry firearms. Many very valid points were raised and discussed during the talk and then these lively discussions carried on in the 6th Form centre over break time.
Mr Ullmann-Jones ended his talk by instilling into the students that whatever career they enter they have a huge potential to positively affect others’ lives.
As part of our Enrichment programme the Year 12’s decided on a team building exercise, ‘curling’ at Fentons in Tunbridge Wells, the only dedicated curling rink in England. The students were put into teams of four and spent the next few hours getting to grips with the broom, the stone and the ICE!!!
Working together and communication is key in this sport and it bought all of the students together well. They all thoroughly enjoyed it and I am sure we will be organising another afternoon again here soon.
On Thursday 22 November 2018 the 6th form Film Studies students attended a special educational screening of the award winning Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman”.
Trinity School is a member of the “Into Film” initiative which seeks to promote the educational and instructional benefits of movie making and watching.
The students enjoyed watching this prestigious movie in the company of students and film departments from other local schools and have been discussing the issues raised (racism and the dangers of unchecked power) in their classrooms/further studies.
Mr O’Shea of the Trinity Film Studies Department also runs a Thursday Lunchtime short film club at which all students and staff are welcome to attend and participate.
Trinity held a Sixth Form Coaching day on Wednesday 14th November. Charlie Sampson, founder of The Business Coaching Academy came for a day of coaching a group of Sixth Form Students. An expert in the field of executive development, Charlie honed his skills as the Head of Executive Development for Orange in the UK and then Head of Talent at HSBC. His prime responsibility in both roles was enabling these organisations to identify and develop key, internal talent; those employees with the drive and skills to perform as senior leaders.
“Coaching challenged me to think about problems differently and encourage others to do the same. I learnt to prompt people to come up with answers and solutions they have rather than simply give them my ideas. It also helped me to better understand what blocks me from achieving my goals.” (Samantha Drinkwater, Yr 12)
Students in the sixth form are undergoing some public speaking training, overseen by the Head. During these short training sessions, all who attend, speak for up to two minutes about an important lesson they have learnt in life so far. The quality and content of the presentations are incredibly impressive, particularly as many students are not using notes. The audience provide positive and developmental feedback at the end of each session.