Trinity School took on a decidedly red, white and blue theme on Friday, June 1st for our celebration of the Diamond Jubilee!
Students, teachers and parents set-up and ran stalls for an afternoon fete, listened to Trinity’s Jubilee choir and released balloons carrying messages from the children to the Queen. All the proceeds will go toward the Jubilee Play Park to be built within the school grounds. This exciting new project aims to incorporate OT-based equipment and involves the students in helping design their dream play area aimed at all age groups. We would like to say an especially big ‘thank you’ to all of those who helped make the event so special – it was a tremendous success, and everyone involved enjoyed it immensely. Well done
As part of a communication project, students from all age groups took part in fund-raising activities for Sports Relief, raising an amazing £808.70. Congratulations!
Dover Class visited the 'Pirate Cove' Golf Activity at Bluewater as part of our on-going life skills programme and linked to our KS 3 maths topic 'Spending to a Budget'.
Students paid their own return bus fare and admission fee before calculating how much they had left for lunch, and the fabulous weather made a good day all the more enjoyable!
The Headteacher of the only independent specialist school in Sweden for students with Dyslexia and related needs, and two of her staff, recently visited us for a day of swapping ideas and experiences.
They were very impressed by our pupils' work, positive attitudes, and excellent behaviour, and made copious notes on our programmes of intervention, which are considered to be progressive and ahead of the game. Thanks to Carin - Rektor at Ängkärrskolan - Mia, and Britta for a fascinating exchange of ideas and the forging of new links for both schools.
A team of four intrepid students from Trinity took part in the annual Bridge Building contest at the Royal Engineers Museum and Library, Brompton on 9th March. Led by Mrs Kearns and Mr Magee, our pupils spent a wonderful day discovering the history of bridge building, meeting the Sappers, and exploring ways of designing and building a model bridge of their own.
For the second year running, pupils enjoyed a whole day of Arts and Music at Rochester Cathedral.
Despite the bitter weather everyone kept warm and busy on various projects, culminating in a short performance for family and friends.
Students recently went to see the film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book Warhorse as part of their English Literature course with KS4 English teacher, Mrs Saunders.
This term all KS4 pupils have been studying War Poetry from the First World War . We have read a selection of poems by Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope. To help the pupils to understand the context of World War 1 we have watched ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and visited the cinema at Bluewater to watch ‘War Horse’ by Steven Spielberg. The reviews by the students of ‘War Horse’ are mixed; I had to hurry to wipe my tearful eyes before the lights went on at the end of the film!
Here are some of the students’ reactions:
‘We went to go and see War Horse at Bluewater. I thought it was amazing, tearful and a wonderful film. It had lots of good action and I think it is one of the best films Steven Spielberg has made.’ James Tweddell Year 10
‘We went to see ‘War Horse’ at Bluewater. We watched one of the first showings of the film. The film was good, I would watch it again! The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is about the life of a horse and his human friend set in WW1. The film is quite sad, but has a happy ending.’ Ben Clift Year 10
‘I thought War Horse was really good, it was very sad and a bit long.’ Rachel Stockwell Year 11
‘I thought it was a good movie, but could have been a bit shorter.’ Jordan Shaw Year 11
As part of the ongoing life skills/social communication programme, and despite the bad weather and threat of snow, Dover class braved the elements to visit our local cafe for lunch.
Students were required to read the menu, order and pay for their own food. As always we were complimented on our good behaviour and free lollipops were gratefully received.
Students relished their visit to the beautiful Christmas market in the historic city of Bruges, allowing them to experience a different culture, take part in social activities, and stock up on presents for their friends and families.
Despite the weather, the whole school took part in the annual Remembrance Day service at Victoria Gardens on 11th November.
Attended by the Mayor and service personnel, this is an important event in the year, when our students take part in this national commemoration. Not only are they able to share the moment with the wider community, but they also have the opportunity to talk with veterans, who equally relish the children's interest.
The visit provided much food for thought for childen and staff alike and, once again, our pupils' exemplary behaviour drew many positive comments.
The Sixth Form attended a workshop at the Turner Contemporary as part of their National Art, Media and Design course. The visit stimulated great interest and numerous questions, and all our students learned new skills which they can apply to their course.
At the University of Creative Arts (UCA), the students produced a short animation as part of their course. This involved learning about and deciding on the techniques they could use, such as staged drawings or cut outs. This detailed work was enthusiastically enjoyed by all - with one student declaring that this was what he wanted to do all his life!
As part of Life Skills and the ASDAN course, students visited Bodiam Castle - a fascinating day with the added bonus of this fabulous setting!