STEM Family Challenge

STEM Challenge Poster

The school is holding their first family STEM Challenge event! Tuesday 25th April. Invitation letters will be handed out to S1-S3 pupils.

The event is designed to raise awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with families working together practical activities.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter thumbnails

The second edition of our ‘new look’ Parent Council newsletter is now available. This issue features news from the Parent Council, updates on our fundraising and you can learn more about what’s been happening in school.

In This Issue:

  • S1 trip to Dalguise
  • Teacher Spotlight: Miss Rea
  • Trinity Firefighters
  • Young Ambassadors of Sport

It’s available to download from our documents section and, as always, we welcome your feedback and contributions

We hope you enjoy it.

Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel at Trinity Academy with Mike Nicholson

Last night, author Daniel Rachel was at the school talking about his book of interviews and conversations with with great British songwriters. It was fascinating to hear about the artists he met while researching his book, Isle of Noises — Ray Davies, Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher, Laura Marling, Billy Bragg, Sting and many more.

For anyone interested in music this was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the craft and skill that goes into writing music and song lyrics. Funds raised last night will go towards an improved lighting and sound system for the school and benefit the musical life of the school.

Thank you Daniel for coming to Trinity and to parent Mike Nicholson for arranging the evening and interviewing Daniel.

Victoria Consultation Response

The Parent Council has now submitted its formal response to the consultation on the proposed catchment area changes and relocation of Victoria Primary School to a new site on the Western Harbour. You can read it in full in our downloads area.

The Parent Council accepts the proposed change of catchment area for our school. However, we also urge the Council to ensure that the need for necessary investment at Trinity Academy is addressed in the near future.

These changes are driven by the rising rolls in the primary schools in this area. It is also clear that the ‘bow wave’ of those rising rolls is currently in P5 and likely to further increase the pressure on Trinity Academy’s roll. City of Edinburgh Council papers have identified Trinity Academy as already having issues with its core facilities to meet its existing capacity and forecast roll increases will increase these pressures, with no solution currently identified.

We want to ensure that when we welcome increasing number of students to the school, they have the best possible environment and resources for learning.

The consultation process ends on Friday March 17th. Please add your own feedback to these proposals through the Council’s website or by email.

February 2017 Meeting

At our at tonight’s PC meeting we welcomed Councillor Cammy Day, Convenor of Education, and discussed future options for investment in Trinity Academy.

We discussed the Council’s consultation on changing the Trinity Academy catchment and moving Victoria Primary School and agreed that the Parent Council submission to the consultation will raise two points:

  1. We support the proposed change of catchment area for Trinity Academy as it formalises the established arrangement under which Trinity Academy is already
    the appropriate non-denominational secondary school for the Western Harbour.
  2. However, the proposals do not recognise that, because of the rising rolls driving this proposal, Trinity Academy already faces an impending capacity issue and this proposal does not define how these will be resolved. We urge the Council to ensure that the proposals are aligned with, and inform, necessary investment at Trinity Academy in the near future.

We will be writing to the Council with this response before the March 17 deadline.

Career Conversations

Having career conversations with your kids can be tricky. That’s why Skills Development Scotland and the National Parent Forum of Scotland have teamed-up on two new career conversation ‘nutshell’ guides. Published online, the nutshells will also be sent out via schools to parents and carers across Scotland in the coming weeks.

Career Conversations in a Nutshell gives advice about how to have constructive career conversations with young people and where to go for more information.

Careers in Digital Technology explains why young people should consider a career in digital technology in Scotland. It looks at what skills are needed and the wealth of opportunity the industry offers.

20mph Zones

20mph banner

Phase 2 of the rollout of the  20miles per hour speed limit went live on 28 February 2017. The second phase is the largest construction phase in the scheme stretching from Granton to Portobello, Duddingston to Morningside, Gorgie to Murrayfield.

You can find out if your street is changing to 20mph by checking the interactive map.

20mph map

Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland to roll out 20mph limits in this way.

Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions

The Children and Families department of Edinburgh Council are organising a series of support sessions for parents and carers who wish more information or are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Support sessions poster

Each monthly session has a different topic focus. There is also an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment.

Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from in and around Edinburgh are welcome to attend any of the sessions that will take place on:

Tuesday 28th February 2017, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Eh8 9ER, 6.30-8.30pm (There is on street parking available at the venue)
Caring for a Young Person with Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Issues. This session, facilitated by VOCAL, will explore the impact of caring for a young person with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues on family relationships. We will also cover stress management and available supports.

Thursday 30th March 2017, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, EH8 9ER, 6.30-8.30pm (There is on street parking available at the venue)
Anxiety – Exploring the symptoms and effects of anxiety on young people.

If you would like to attend please email Jillian Hart at the Parent & Carer Support, Children and Families.