The Chaplaincy Team
Anna Graham is Head of Chaplaincy at Trinity. Anna has been involved in teaching children about the Christian faith in school and at church over the past 10 years. Prior to this she held a variety of managerial roles at various companies in the UK and Australia, including Marks and Spencer, Mars Confectionery and Fritolay. She has a love of sports, especially hockey. Anna relishes her new calling as Chaplain at Trinity where she loves to express God’s love and forgiveness to all the students and the whole school community.
Helen Read is responsible for managing and coordinating Trinity’s Service Programme. Helen and her family were missionaries in South Africa before returning to the UK. Helen has widespread experience of sharing God’s love and word in a variety of roles and communities. The service team is supported by a faithful team of volunteers.
The Trinity Vision
At Trinity we believe that every young person is loved and valuable to God, and that He has given each one unique gifts and talents. Our vision is that every student will fulfil their God-given potential, ready to serve others and equipped to be confident leaders in society. The Christian message of hope and forgiveness is upheld throughout all aspects of Trinity school life through the pastoral care of all students, both in class and on the playground.
At the beginning of the week the whole school assemble together in Worship – this is a time of reflection; reading the Bible: listening to a short talk and a time of collective prayer.
Later in the week Form Worship takes place. This enables the students to explore and participate in acts of worship as a class together. Each morning has a different focus:
‘Wider World Wednesday’ – Students look at wider world issues and participate in praying for our world in need.
‘Faith in Action Thursday’ – ‘Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’ (James 2:17). Students explore the big issues affecting our world and how we can be the change they wish to see in the world. From ‘caring for creation’ to helping those living in poverty. Trinity aims to provide an environment where students are encouraged and supported to put their faith into action.
‘Celebration Friday’– This is an opportunity for the students to listen to a Worship song together in class and to celebrate God and one another.
‘Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching’. (Hebrews 10:25)
The Christian Union gather together each week to pray together and to learn more about Jesus from the bible. Currently (Autumn Term 2, 2018), we are reading John’s gospel and learning how ‘Jesus is the light of the World’. ‘The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world’ (John 1:9). As a result of our readings and prayers the Christian Union have decided to have a ‘SHINE THE LIGHT’ Christmas party to share the true gift of Christmas – Jesus – with the school.
Trinity school was established and is maintained by the power of prayer. Trinity relies on the faithfulness of its prayer partners in the community: The Governors; SCET Ministers (Sevenoaks Churches Educational Trust) and church partners; the parent and staff body. On the first Thursday of the month, Trinity has a prayer meeting to thank God for his provision and to pray for the needs of the school – all are welcome to come.
At the beginning of each class, a class ambassador opens the lesson in a short prayer.
Anna also meets on a monthly basis with the SCET Ministers to pray for the needs of the school.
Jesus said ‘For the son of man did not come to be served but to serve’ (Mark 10:45). Central to the Christian ethos of Trinity is that our students reflect God’s love in our wider community. Each student participates in helping the community through a variety of partnerships. They visit and help local churches; mother and toddler groups; assist local primary schools and nursery schools as well as visit the Leonard Cheshire Disability Centre.
For more information, please go to the Service page.
‘His banner over me is love’ Student Art Work
Throughout the Prayer Space week, our students were involved in creating a banner reflecting the fact that they are unique and valued to God. They 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.
‘Christians in Sport’ Visit to Trinity on February 15th 2019
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.
Remembrance Service – 100th Anniversary of World War One.
‘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.
Gideon’s Visit Trinity
‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalm 119:105)
On 1st and 2nd October 2018, we were delighted to welcome the Gideons to Trinity. Gideon’s are an international organisation who distribute millions of bibles around the world particularly to schools, hospitals and service men and women. We were very thankful to Mr Michael Richardson and Mr Derek Baxter for coming into school to share the work of the Gideons with us. The students were each given an opportunity to receive a copy of the New Testament. Page 2 of this ‘pocket bible’ sets out a list of some of life’s challenges, with cross references to verses in the bible which deal with these. The Gideons encouraged the students to seek guidance and comfort from scripture with whatever challenge they may face.