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.
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