“Each of you should look, not just to their own interests, but to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4)
Understand and meet the needs of others, both in school and beyond.
This means that, for example:
• Students are outward looking
• Students serve within school, in our local community and in the wider world.
• Students learn to respect people in situations different to their own
Service is a really important part of our ethos at Trinity. Over the last four years Trinity have held service placements for the students in a range of settings in the local community. Students have found this an enormously rewarding experience as they learn to look after the needs of others. We have had also had really positive feedback from our placements concerning how Trinity pupils have conducted themselves during their service.
Trinity Supports – Samaritans Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’
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. Well done!
Trinity students in Service
What the Community Say
Here is a taste of some of the feedback we have had:
“It has been a help to have them do things around the garden that the gardeners do not have time to do. The residents appreciate this and look forward to seeing the flowers in bloom” Care Home
“Talking with the residents has gone down well. Pupils have reminded residents of their earlier life, which they have been happy to share” Care Home
“Your students have been inspirational! I am learning a lot!” Primary School
“Your students have been organised, good role models and well prepared. Thank you!” Primary School
“Their hard work and diligence was particularly welcome.” Environmental project.
We aim for each child in year 7 & 8 to complete four hours of service over the academic year. Each placement typically last two hours and pupils attend their placement for two weeks. This year we will be starting with Year 8. Pupils will be transported to, and supervised on their placements by either staff or volunteers, who will have had all the relevant checks.
Pupils are expected to catch up with any lessons and complete any homework missed during their service placements, and parents are involved in encouraging them with this.
EDUCATION FOR LIFE IN ALL ITS FULLNESS