Edinburgh Competition Festival Association

The Edinburgh Competition Festival Association runs an annual festival that provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly workshop environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator.

Sketch of piano player

Newcomers are very welcome and they are keen to have more participants from state schools. If this is an opportunity you would like to pursue you can download their 2017 Syllabus, or contact them through their website or Facebook page.

South African Tour – Kariega Foundation Video

The students who travelled to South Africa in the summer for the hockey and rugby tour worked tirelessly to fundraise and raise money for a small rural school called Farmerfield located in the Eastern Cape. Before they departed for the tour, they sent £2,500 which helped install electricity into the school for the first time since it was established. Every pupil also packed a TA bag full of books and goodies to take across to the school to give to each of their pupils as a gift when they visited.

That visit proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences of the trip.

Review of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

Adult assisting student

It has been 10 years since the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 introduced Parent Councils to ensure parents can be fully involved in their children’s schooling. The National Parent Forum of Scotland is carrying out a review into the impact, successes and failings of the act the associated framework on involving and engaging parents.

There are separate online surveys for:

The surveys close on 31 October and provides an opportunity to give feedback to the Scottish Government on what we think of parental involvement, our experiences  and issues, and suggest ways of dealing with them.

BBC School Report Blog

BBC school report is a BBC run initiative in which they give schools, like Trinity Academy, the chance to allow their pupils to act and behave like journalists. In the project pupils are given the opportunity to plan,write and deliver their own reports on events which are happening around the world and in their communities.

A group of S2 pupils supported by the school have created a blog where they are reporting on world events, including the Great British Bake Off moving to Channel 4. You can read more on their website.

Pedal for Scotland

Crossing the line

Congratulations to our team who took part in this year’s Pedal for Scotland event, cycling 46 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise funds for the school. Thanks to their efforts and the fantastic generosity of our donors we raised over £2000 for the school.

The photo below shows team members (from left to right) Perry Joiner, Fiona Coleman, Nuria de Miguel, Liz Blair and Malcolm Wright. Missing from this photo are Susan, Jonathan, Sam (S2) and Ruth (P7!) Adler who are shown below.

Team medals

Adler family

 

 

 

Athletics Success

Congratulations to Esther Watson in S2 for recent sporting achievements with her club Edinburgh Athletics Club.

At the Scottish National Age Group Championships Esther won a silver medal in the long jump with a PB of 4:45m and also bronze as a member of the 4x100m relay team.

At the Young Athletes League in Bedford she won a bronze in the high jump with a PB of 1.40m, a silver in the 75m sprint with a PB of 10:58s and a silver in the long jump contributing many points to her team. Edinburgh Athletics Club finished in second place overall, only 3.5 points behind the winners Southampton.