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The Chaplaincy Team
Head of Chaplaincy
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 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 Collective Worship – this is a time of reflection; reading the Bible: listening to a short talk and a time of intercessory prayer for the World.
Each day begins with 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:
'Digging Deeper' - Students dig deeper into the theme of Collective Worship for the week, exploring the Bible passage in greater depth within their form class.
‘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’.
The Christian Union
At Trinity School we have two Christian Unions which meet weekly. Students from Years 10 - 13 meet every Tuesday and students in Years 7 - 9 meet every Thursday.
These meetings encourage fellowship and friendship but above all we meet to learn more about Jesus from the Bible and to pray for one another and the wider world. We are also committed to put our faith into action and are supporting Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child this year.
The Christian Union also benefit from having 'special guests' - where we invite a Missionary to come along and to share how God has been at work in their lives and to understand how He is at work in and through them, through their mission work. We hope these visitors inspire and encourage our students to lives of faith.
Apolgetics at Trinity
The Christian Union also has an 'Apologetics' branch which meets weekly and discusses big issues relating to the defence of the Christian faith. The Apologetics Team host lunchtime talks for the school including talks based upon 'How can a loving God allow suffering?' and 'Does God stop me from having fun?'. A mixed panel of guest speakers and students host these talks.
Our last Christian Union lunchtime event took place on Wednesday 4th December - where we invited Jeremy Marshall to come and talk to us about his latest book 'Beyond the Big C' which chronicles Jeremy’s extraordinary relationship with cancer and, more than anything, his extraordinary relationship with the person who promises life beyond the prognosis. The essence of Jeremy’s story was that despite the sickness and disease present in the world, a life lived in light of Christ’s death on the cross, means there is hope for the future no matter what.
Talk by Janet Phythian
Our two Christian Union groups had the privilege of hearing from Janet Phythian in December 2019, who does an amazing work with Growing Hope, Mozambique which seeks to train and equip Pastors, churches and communities in the Farming God’s Way Programme in Mozambique. It was really inspiring hearing how Christian communities are responding to the challenges of living in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai with the hope of the gospel, as well as providing food for the local community and orphans.
Our CU members presented Janet with a Book of Love made by our students for the 60 or so children at The Mountain of Praise Church Orphanage in Dondo, Mozambique.
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 Monthly Prayer Meeting to thank God for his provision and to pray for the needs of the school – all are welcome to come. The dates for the remainder of the Academic Year 2019/20:
- 13th February
- 5th March
- 2nd April
- 7th May
- 4th June
- 2nd July
The Staff Prayer Meeting takes place each Thursday and the Chaplain also meets on a termly basis with the SCET Ministers over breakfast to pray for the needs of the school.
Student involvement in prayer is reflected within Collective Worship, Form Worship and at the beginning of each class, a class ambassador opens the lesson with a short prayer.
Each year Trinity creates a 'Prayer Space' week which enables every student to participate, explore and experience the power of prayer in creative and innovative ways.
Parent and Teacher feedback following the Trinity Prayer Space (4-8 February 2019)
"I am sure it needs no mentioning, but I just want to say that the Prayer Space was incredible. I have seen many of them over the years, but that was by far the most well executed and thoughtful.”
"......they (the students) were totally immersed in it. I found the same with my Year 9 students when I took them down to the space as well.”
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 and Lavender Fields care home.
For more information, please visit our Service page:
Faith in School News
Trinity's Christmas Foodbank Update, January 2020
Trinity's Remembrance Service 11 November 2019
'Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends'
Rev. James Oakley, vicar of Kemsing and Chair of SCET, and the Year 12 History students led our Remembrance Service on Monday 11th November. The service commemorated all those who have fought in wars past and present for the liberty and freedom which we enjoy today. Trinity students demonstrated maturity, respect and reverence throughout the service. We will remember them.
Please view our picture gallery at the end of the 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. The 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 15th February 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 astroturf pitches. 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’.
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’
In September, 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.
Reggie Dabbs visits Trinity
'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth'
On Tuesday 2nd July we were delighted that Reggie Dabbs was able to visit Trinity to speak to all our students.