Duke of Edinburgh trips

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze. On 21st and 22nd March a group of Year 10 students took part in their assessed Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, hiking through the Kent countryside in the glorious sunshine and camping overnight. They put into practice their navigation and camp craft skills as well as working as a team. We would like to thank all the students that took part. We were extremely impressed by their determination, commitment and exemplary behaviour. A huge well done to everyone that took part.
Mr Holvey, Ms Loveridge and Mrs Sullivan.

Here some of the students share their experience:

“It was a good trip with friends and nice weather. I feel like I have improved my map skills over the weekend” Leon.

“I found the D of E expedition a bit tiring but great fun also. It was great for building independence (we navigated, cooked and put up our own tents), whilst also teamwork – we had to agree on a route, organise food together, encourage each other” Josh.

“Our D of E team worked really well together and everyone contributed towards the day. We checked the map every time we thought we were going wrong which prevented us from getting seriously lost. The weather was really good and we all had fun. It was a good chance to socialise with people we don’t usually talk to” Izzy.

“D of E was quite fun, we were very organised and we always knew where we were, even if we took a wrong turn. It was quite challenging to carry so much for that distance but it felt very rewarding to complete” Ross.

“During the weekend of D of E, even though it was tiring, you did learn new skills such as teamwork, making the weekend more fun” Gabriella.

“I learnt how to keep going no matter how much my brain was telling me to stop. I also put lots of effort into each step I took to avoid being at the back. Our group was very good at keeping our spirits high. At one point we were even singing!” Ruby.

 


Duke of Edinburgh Award – Silver.

During the weekend of 13th-15th April, this group of Year 11 students successfully completed their qualifying expedition for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the Ashdown Forest. They walked over 50kms over 3 days through very muddy conditions, I was particularly impressed with the groups teamwork and positive attitude throughout.
Miss Howard

A most wonderful World Book Day

Trinity’s first World Book Day was a huge success. We had lots of students in the Library throughout the day participating in the reading breakfast, lunch time book quiz or just to read.

The Library Notice Board displayed World Book Day information and Trinity’s activities.

Library Challenge—Design a Poster for World Book Day
Thank you to the students that entered last term’s Library Challenge. Their posters are displayed in the Library.

 

KS3 Assembly
Year 7 and 8 students in fancy dress to celebrate World Book Day.

Reading Breakfast
The day began with a reading breakfast. Students enjoyed a short story read by the English Department.

Lunchtime in the Library Students took part in a book quiz in the Library at lunchtime and received a prize for participating

Favourite Book Character Fancy Dress Competition
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded for their best fancy dress costume. Year 7 – Luke and Annatalulla, Year 8 – Zac, Sophia and Daisy.

The Trinity Teachers got into the spirit of World Book Day with an array of excellent costumes including the characters from Alice In Wonderland!

SESTBA— South East Schools Themed Book Award
Since September 2017 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 “Secrets and Lies”. They voted for their favourite book, designed a book cover for the competition and wrote book reviews. On Tuesday 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. The evening commenced with the announcement of the book cover and fancy dress competition winners and the favourite book vote results. Students also listened to guest authors Patrice Lawrence and Juno Dawson, shared pizza and interacted with other local schools.

Year 9 English Students Meet Local Author Tim Dickinson
A group of Year 9 English students at Trinity had the rare opportunity of meeting local author Tim Dickinson. Mr Dickinson is in the process of writing a fiction book about a group of secondary school students who embark on a worldwide adventure. The visit, which enabled Mr Dickinson to gain valuable feedback on his writing, included an exploration of the plot and a short reading by the author. Students were also given the chance to offer their input on characters and storyline.

And Finally…..
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Library Team welcomed students to tell us why they love their library!

Trinity Rugby Fixture Results

March has been a busy month for our Rugby teams, with one match still to be played and two unfortunately cancelled. Here is an update of the results and news on those other fixtures:

Year 8 Trinity Vs. Bennett Rugby 20 – 15 (Trinity Win)

Rugby 8’s Tournament
Year 8 Trinity Vs. Farringtons 10 – 0 win
Year 8 Trinity Vs. Bennett Rugby 10 – 17 loss
Year 8 Trinity Vs. Dover 30 – 0 win
Year 8 Trinity Vs. John Roan 24- 0 win

Year 9’s Rugby Tournament
Year 9 Trinity Vs. Beths School 14 – 28 loss
Year 9 Trinity Vs. Bennett 0 – 19 loss
Year 9 Trinity Vs. Norton Knatchbull 0 – 47 loss
Year 9 Trinity Vs. Harvey GS 0 – 19 loss

All our teams worked so hard across all of the above fixtures and should be very proud of what they achieved.

Still to play:
Year 7 Trinity Vs. Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys
Postponed to 26th March. This match is away at TWGSB and will be played on an ASTRO pitch so NO RUGBY BOOTS ALLOWED.

Unfortunately cancelled:
Year 9 Trinity Vs. Bennett Rugby (cancelled due to Trinity not being able to field a team)
Year 10 Trinity Vs. Hugh Christie Rugby (cancelled due to HC being on work experience)

World Cup Challenge Regional Round

Trinity’s Year 10 Gifted and Talented students were invited to compete in the Regional round of the World Challenge Scholar’s Cup held on Friday 9th March at Radnor House School. Schools from as far afield as Birmingham and Dorset competed in a number of rounds in their teams.

The Scholar’s Challenge followed which involved a quiz with a clicker and various academic categories to test knowledge. Joshua D came first in the history category, with Eloise M taking second place in the literature challenge.

Trinity’s team comprising of Paddy W, Lawrence F and Sam P came second overall.

Debating various motions in their teams against the other schools took place in the late afternoon. The students were awarded marks on their team work, cohesive arguments, persuasive language and presence. Max, Eloise and David came fourth in this field arguing effectively against ‘Schools issuing a student/teacher contract’.

 Toby debating the motion of ‘school/student contracts’.

A number of our students have been invited to compete in the next round of the World Challenge, which will take place in the summer. There is a choice of venue – Barcelona, Melbourne or Kuala Lumpur!

Mrs Abigail Hussey – Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Ski Trip 2018!

What a trip! The Trinity School Ski Trip was absolutely fantastic and will be forever in our memories. From the coach journey there, to the coach journey home, the students seemed to love every moment.

There was a considerable improvement on skiing ability throughout the whole week, especially when half of the students had no skiing experience. The top group took on leadership roles during the week to take small groups down a slope. Apart from Mr Sherwood who acquired a minor injury on the second day everyone had a brilliant time. The students were great, particularly Year 10.

A huge thank you to the teachers who gave up their half term to accompany the students – Mr Sherwood, Miss Chant, Mrs Rayfield, Mr Roylance, Mr Hurst and Mr Birks-Agnew who also organized such a fantastic trip.

Geography Fieldtrips

Year 9 and Year 10 Geography Fieldtrips to Brick Lane and Stratford Olympic Park

Year 9 and 10 Geography students took part in an essential and enjoyable trip to London where students looked at three case studies – regeneration of the Olympic park, sustainable living in East village and urban change in the Brick Lane and Spitalfields areas.

Not only did students gain valuable insights into these case studies and experience theories they have studied in the classroom in real life, but it also gave them the opportunity to carry out several human fieldwork techniques and later present and analyse them in the classroom.

My thanks go to all staff who enabled the trip to happen and to the students for their excellent behaviour as they represented their school.

Miss Jordan, Head of Geography

 

World Book Day

World Book Day is on Thursday 1st March.  Please encourage your son/daughter to visit the library.  We have activities taking place throughout the day and the Library Managers are happy to assist students with finding a suitable book to borrow.

Reading Breakfast. Students and staff are invited to a reading breakfast in the library between 8.15-8.45.  All they need to bring is a book!  Croissants, tea, coffee and juice will be provided.  Spaces are limited so if your son/daughter is interested please ask them to sign up with one of the Library Managers by Monday 26th February.

Short Story Readings. The Library Team will circulate a short story split into 5 parts and ask teachers to read aloud the relevant part (i.e. part 2 in period 2 etc)  at the beginning of their lesson to all year groups.

World Book Day vouchers.  Your child will receive a £1 WBD voucher which can be used in participating book shops.

There will be a second hand fiction book sale, all day in the library, 50p per book, all proceeds will go to Book Aid International.  Book donations from parents and students would be greatly appreciated.  Please bear in mind any books donated should be appropriate for Trinity Students.

Lunchtime Book Quiz – organised by the Library Ambassadors.  Students are encouraged to participate and will need to collect a library lunchtime pass at break as normal.  Winners will receive a prize.  Students are advised that it will be a computer free lunch in the Library on World Book Day.

Years 7 & 8 Fancy Dress.  Students may come to school dressed as their favourite book character.  If students would like some guidance with this please ask them to speak to their English teacher or one of the Library Managers.  Prizes will be given for the most creative or imaginative costume.

Years 8 and Above.  On World Book Day, borrow a book from the library and receive a sweet treat!

To view a printable list of all these activities please click here.

Trinity celebrates Robert Burns

Mr Fisher’s Year 7 form gave a very informative and lively Faraday House Assembly on the life of Robert Burns and Burns Night on 26 January. Luckily, we were able to share the occasion with Wilberforce.  

Our guest to the Assembly was Pipe Major James Moffat, who only hours earlier had been playing at a Burns Night function in London. Pipe Major, dressed in the piper’s ceremonial uniform played for the students. After a slide show on the life of Robert Burns by 4 students Mattie Thomson, Luke McWilliams, Luke Hackshall, and Freya Unsworth there was a re-enactment of the traditions of the meal on Burns Night. Pipe Major led the procession of the haggis, carried by the chef Korban Mullick, and followed closely by 4 students from 7SFI. The whole audience clapped. Pipe Major addressed the haggis in Gaelic with students and staff in awe of the spectacle before them. 

The Selkirk Grace was said by Ava Withey in a flawless accent, and the students were played out to the sound of ‘Scotland the Brave’ following a presentation of thanks by Ethan Ditchfield and Faraday ‘Star’ Eloise Mugilston. Pipe Major commented the following, “I enjoyed visiting your school. I thought the children made a very good job of their presentation and everything seemed to go smoothly. The atmosphere around the school seemed very calm”. 

Mrs Hussey would like to thank all of 7SFI, Mr Fisher and Pipe Major James Moffat for allowing us to celebrate Robbie Burns in style.

Sporting Success

We are pleased to be kicking off 2018 with some great sporting news in football, netball and rugby.

Football:

We are delighted to announce that the Year 8 and Year 10 boys football teams have won their leagues, both unbeaten!

The year 7 boys football team also enjoyed some success finishing second in their league and securing their place in the Final which will take place in May.

Netball:

Our Year 9 and Year 10 Netball teams have won the Netball league. This is the Year 10’s second year in a row of being unbeaten. There will not be a Final, however, we will present medals to them during their HOK assembly once they have arrived.

Rugby:

We have nominated three Year 8 students to be entered into the Kent Trials for Rugby; Juan Barnard, Toby Goodman and Harry Fulcher.