Lest we forget

The Third Battle of Ypres (31 July – 10 November 1917) concluded 100 years ago today and has come to symbolise the horrors associated with the war on the Western Front. It is frequently known by the name of the village where it culminated – Passchendaele.

Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917

Outside the school’s main hall is a memorial to the pupils and staff of Trinity Academy who lost their lives while engaged on active service during the First World War. After we’ve been around the school a while it’s easy to walk past without even noticing it.

Among the names listed from Trinity Academy is Sergeant George Eckford, aged 26, who died at Ypres on the 4th October 1917.

Trinity Academy WW1 Roll of Honour

Philip K Lawrence wrote about the horrors of the First World War in the book Modernity and War: The Creed of Absolute Violence:

“I go forward with them … up and down across ground like a huge ruined honeycomb, and my wave melts away, and the second wave comes up, and also melts away, and then the third wave merges into the ruins of the first and second, and after a while the fourth blunders into the remnants of the others.

We come to wire that is uncut, and beyond we see the grey coalscuttle helmets bobbing about … and the loud cracking of machine gun fire changes to screeching as of steam being blown off by a hundred engines, and soon no one is left standing.”

2017 AGM

Hands raised to vote with the words ,be involved'

Our AGM will take place on the 15th of November, this year starting a little earlier at 6:00pm. It’s a very relaxed evening where we will be serving refreshments and getting to know any new parents who come along.

This is the meeting where we appoint Parent Council office bearers and set our priorities for the coming year. It’s also the meeting where parents can join the parent Council, either by attending the meeting or by letting us know in advance by email. To be a member, you only need to be the parent or carer of a pupil at Trinity Academy.

  • Would you like to be more involved in the life of the school?
  • Would you like to help to support the school in its work with pupils?
  • Would you like to help to promote contact between the school and parents, pupils and the wider community?
  • Would you like to help to represent the views of parents at Trinity Academy?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then you may find it worthwhile to become a member of the Parent Council. You can note your interest by emailing us or by sending a note to us via the school office or you can just come along on the night.

If being a member of the Parent Council isn’t for you, you can still be involved. All parents and carers are very welcome at any of our meetings and can still take part in most of our activities.

Please consider whether you could help and please do get in touch.

Future school session dates for 2019-2020

The City of Edinburgh Council is looking to gather the views of parents and carers, pupils and staff on future school session dates for 2019-2020 and beyond. The survey is being carried out via an online questionnaire about the timing of school holidays and how the school year should look in future.

The survey will be open from Wednesday 4 October until Friday 10 November 2017.

LGBTQ Training

The school is running LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) training for staff on the 23rd October to focus on inclusion and also as a step towards attaining our Rights Respecting School award. There are a small number of spaces available to parents who would be interested in taking part in the training.

The training will last for the morning. If you are interested in taking part please contact the Deputy Head, Miss Cook, directly.

Volunteers Needed: Fundraising

One of the things we do as a Parent Council is to raise funds which are then given to the school. We raise money through events (such as wine tastings, quiz, race and music nights), Easy Fundraising, our 50:50 draw, sponsorship and working with Trinity Accies and the rugby and hockey tour, fundraising group to hold joint events.

It is the beginning of the new school year and we would like new members to join the fundraising group. The group will meet to work out a programme of events and the specific tasks that need to be done throughout the year. It will then meet on an ad-hoc basis.

You can do as little or as much as you like and if you cannot be at events you can still help as there are certain admin tasks that need to be done too.

Examples of tasks you could volunteer to do are as follows;

  • Complete the Form for the hire of the school for events
  • Request the alcohol licence for events
  • Promote the use of Easy Fundraising
  • Promote the 50/50 draw
  • Serve on the bar at events
  • Organise or sell raffle tickets
  • Shop for supplies such as beer, wine and food etc
  • Make posters/tickets for events
  • Encourage others to come to the events
  • Set up and clear up at events

The fundraising group is good fun and a great way to get to know other parents at the school.

If you are interested in joining the Fundraising Group please contact us by 6th September and we will arrange the 1st meeting.

First Meeting

Our first Parent Council meeting of 2016/2017 is next week — September 5th at 7:00pm.

We have a great group of committed parents who each give a few hours every term to help in a variety of ways. Some attend meetings, some help with fundraising, some help run events, and some help with campaigns or communications.

What could you do? What time could you give? Every little bit helps, and all talents are welcome!

We would particularly welcome new members from those who have just started in S1 this year but everyone is welcome and there is no pressure to speak. Please come along next Tuesday and learn more about the parent council and the life of the school.