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.
This year, Trinity students put their ‘faith into action’ by supporting Operation Christmas Child. Each shoe box is filled with Christmas gift items and basic necessities and delivered to children around the world who would not otherwise receive anything.
The Year 7 students created a ‘human chain’ as they passed their shoe boxes along the chain to the collection van!
Last year, 41,000 boxes were sent from the West Kent Centre to a total of 9 countries including Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia , Albania & Latvia. If any students used the bar codes with their boxes they will be able to track their boxes to where they have been delivered.
Mr Smith’s Class -7PSM – won the ‘Trinity Faith in Action Cup’ this year for creating the largest number of shoeboxes.
‘Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends’ (John 15:13)
To mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One every student was involved in writing prayers of thanks and remembrance to those that sacrificed their lives for our freedom today. Each form created a special poppy prayer wreath. Each Form Ambassador laid their wreaths at our special 100th Anniversary Remembrance service in November. Trinity will remember them.
Last term we ran a Physical Geography Photography competition. Students were asked to
think about how physical geography features in their life, and choose an interesting example linking physical geography to their world.
We had some fantastic entries and it was very difficult to pick the winners. Year 8 in particular provided some excellent admissions.
The judges looked for an interesting, well-composed photograph alongside an accurate description that showed solid geographical knowledge and clearly outlines the personal association with the subject of the photo.
Many congratulations to the winners who took superb photos but also provided some outstanding geographic knowledge.
Year 11 – Amy Harris
Year 10 – Ruby Jarrett
Year 9 – Kenya Dishman
Year 8 – Vivienne Pearson
Anne Jordan, Head of Geography
Trinity School underwent an Ofsted Short Visit Inspection on October 2nd 2018.
We are pleased to share with you their initial letter and report outlining their findings.
Trinity School Ofsted Short Visit Inspection Letter November 2018
Katherine Hill from Care for the Family came to speak to the Sixth Form on Friday 12th October, as part of the Friday Lecture Programme.
She gave us an insightful lesson on what ‘real relationships’ are and how powerful it is to show vulnerability. We were taught about the 5 languages of love and learning to know those around you. It was also very interesting to learn how playing second best to technology could feel.
A very enjoyable talk that created lots of discussion afterwards amongst the students and teachers.
It was still pitch black when we left the school at 6 in the morning. All the children were excited to visit a French town named Boulogne but surely even more the Nausicaa’s aquarium. Our journey began on a misty and chilly night, but soon the dark was taken over by the daylight.
When we arrived at Dover, the sunrise gave us a warm welcome. As the sky turned blue, the Channel we crossed through. This huge beast called “ferry” stopped at Calais, and for the first time for some kids, we made a step onto the land of Beaujolais.
Boulogne was now near, very near, and songs began to rise in the coach rear, the pupils were not asleep at all!
Once we had visited the picturesque streets of the old city, it was time for us to have lunch under a shady tree.
Heading to the Nausicaa’s, we went into the depths of the big blue, an absolute maze but a magnificent view. Then we left the aquarium for a French traditional bakery, where we learnt how to make bread and croissants with bravery. Courage was needed, as the baker was a bit scary, playing a strange shouting character with big eyes which were rather eerie. Children will remember him for sure.
Then it was finally time to come back to the country, as the sunset was lighting up the ferry. We arrived at the school after 10pm and I am sure the kids would like to go back again.
Jérôme Le Berrigot