Why join the Parent Council?

It’s the start of another school year and Trinity Academy is welcoming new families to the school as they join S1. Parent Councils play an important role in bringing home and school together — enabling schools to gather parents’ and carers’ views and for parents to share their ideas and get more involved in school life.

We would like to ask you to think about joining the Parent Council because Parent Councils are most successful when they represent all members of the school community.

What does the Parent Council do?

  • Help the school take the needs of parents into account when making their decisions.
  • Give the school leadership an opportunity to communicate directly with parents.
  • Help parents to understand decisions from the point of view of the school.
  • Help the school to access parental skills which may benefit the students.
  • Increase parental involvement in the school.
  • Improve communication between school and home.
  • Raise funds and give a little of our time to support and promote the work of the school.

Why join us?

Here are a few ideas.

  1. Knowing more about how the school works, helps you to help your child.
  2. There’s something for everyone. You don’t have to be part of a committee if that’s not your thing. You can help run events, look after our website or social media, campaign, help our school uniform and sport equipment exchanges. You can do as little or as much as you want.
  3. To make friends. After primary school it’s easy to lose touch with other parents, and our meetings and events bring parents together.

Please contact us if you would like to come to our first meeting on the 2nd of September.

Here’s a short video with more reasons…

Bangholm Community Fun Day

Trinity Academicals and Trinity Academy are holding their annual Fun Day on Saturday 31st August. There will be rugby and hockey coaching sessions in the morning and surprise sporting stars will be attending to coach, meet and greet. There will also be football, netball and tennis fitness coaching to try out plus live music and BBQ food.

This is always a great local event. Come along and support the school, the rugby club and local community groups.

Poster showing players running with hockey sticks, rackets and rugby ball. Start time 10:30am.

Investment Update

In June 2018 the Council agreed to invest £10m into building a new Bangholm sports facility and to develop detailed plans for refurbishment at Trinity Academy. We think this is a good time to update you on what’s happened in the past year and the status of the Council’s plans as we understand them.

The Council plans to invest in the school in what they are calling two phases:

Phase 1 – Redeveloping the Bangholm sports facilities. The budget for this already exists (thanks to our campaign) and it may follow the schedule below.

Timeline from 2019 to 2021

Phase 2 – Refurbish or replace the remaining school buildings. At the present time there is no budget for this and no forecast for when this may be available.

Feasibility studies into Phase 2 have been carried out and, while no decisions have been taken, the Council is considering where to site the buildings for Phase 2. One option is for the school to be built entirely at Bangholm. Another option would involve the Phase 2 buildings being built on the existing school site, by refurbishment of the existing school or with new buildings being built on the site.

What do we know?

  • Development of the new Bangholm facilities is continuing and the aspiration is to complete this in December 2021. That date means it may benefit next years S1-S4 students.
  • We know that operating a split site across Bangholm and the existing site presents a significant challenge to running the school curriculum.
  • We are told that the design of Bangholm will allow it to be used by community groups including the facilities required by Trinity Academicals, WIT and Outdoor Learning.
  • There are currently no plans for the new Bangholm facilities to include a swimming pool.
  • We are told that the design of Bangholm will allow it to be used with any of the three options for redeveloping or replacing the easy of the school facilities under Phase 2.

Our local Councillors, including the Depute Leader, have committed to making the decision between moving to Bangholm or redeveloping the existing site during this calendar year.

Next steps

  1. Push the Council to publish a ‘masterplan’ for the plans covering all the options.
  2. Campaign to prioritise a budget for Phase 2.
  3. Campaign to ensure that the school receives the investment it needs in the interim to ensure existing students are not disadvantaged.
  4. Continue working with the school and Council to try to ensure the design of Phase 1 and Phase 2 meet the needs of the students, their families, staff and the community.

Amazon Smile

There’s now a new (and free) way to raise money for Trinity Academy if you are an Amazon user. Once you’ve signed-up to Amazon Smile, Amazon will give 0.5% of the purchase price to our Charitable Trust and then we will pass on those donations to the school.

Neglect Campaign – Parents Survey

Edinburgh Child Protection Committee and NSPCC Scotland are working together to design a city wide campaign on neglect.  They are keen to develop a better understanding of what parents in Edinburgh understand by the term neglect, what they would do if they suspected a child was being neglected and where families access support with parenting.  They would welcome input into a short survey to do this and it should take between five and ten minutes to complete.

Working Futures Event

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Edinburgh College, Skills Development Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce are co-hosting an information evening for parents of pupils from Schools in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian.  This event will provide all the information you need to know about the new types of Apprenticeships and career pathways.

Working Futures’ gives you the chance to find out more about these new career pathways and the opportunities they present.   Hear from young people about the advantages of work based learning and their own experiences. Meet and chat with employers and university partners. There will also be the chance to get hands on with some of the practical aspects of the Foundation Apprenticeships.

Visit their eventbrite page to learn more.

Proposed Cuts to Nursery Provision

While this is not directly related to Trinity Academy the campaign below may be of interest to some of our members.

The EIS is trying to draw attention to the proposals from the City of Edinburgh Council to remove all nursery teachers from nursery classes, and nursery headteachers from nursery schools.  This proposal has been made as part of a wider programme of budget cuts. The believe many Edinburgh residents are unaware of the proposal and its implications, and aiming to draw people attention to it. Their concern is that…

we recognise the huge budget pressures being faced by the Council, we feel that the immediate salary savings that would be made by removing these teachers and replacing them with staff who are paid on a lower grade and are qualified to a lower level, will be more than lost by the long term costs due to children receiving a poorer experience in the early years.  In particular, we think the lack of specialist educational input will result in poorer transitions into P1, a loss of expertise around identifying additional support needs, less successful links between home and nursery, and will undermine attempts to close the attainment gap.

You can find more information about this issue on the EIS campaign website. If you share their concerns about this proposal, they are asking for people to sign a petition and contact their local councillors to let them know your views.

Massaoke Night

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The school needs to raise money to put on the school show ‘Grease’ in June so there is a fundraising Massaoke. Ms Milne’s band will be playing, and the whole audience takes part, singing along. The Parent Council is running a bar for the event and it’s sure to be a fun night. Tickets are available from Ms Milne. Please support this event.

Course Choice Parent Information Evening

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On Wednesday 27th February at 18:00 the school will be holding a Course Choice Information evening where Mr Todd will deliver a presentation on the curriculum structure, course options and qualification types along with lots more. After the presentation, both Mr Paterson and Mr Todd will be available to answer any questions. Any S2/S3/S4/S5 parents looking for coursing information can attend this event. Please register for a free ticket through Eventbrite to give the school an idea of numbers.