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.

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.

Rugby & Hockey Fun Day

Rugby fun day poster

This year’s Rugby & Hockey Fun Day will take place on Saturday 26th August at the Bangholm sports centre. This is an event organised by the Trinity Accies Rugby Club, Parent Council, rugby and hockey clubs and local community groups.

Boy about to hit a rugby ball with a hockey stick

There are coaching sessions for children at 10.30, 12.30 there will be live music played by Trinity pupils. There will be a barbecue, craft stalls and community group Stalls. PGL who supply the School sports kit will also be there so you can buy any kit that you need for the new school year.

At 3:00pm Accies are playing against Earlston and there are will be hockey matches too.

If you are new to the school or not sure where Bangholm is, the map below shows it in relation to the school.

Map showing Bangholm in relation to school

Taste Of Summer – Gin Tasting and BBQ

A selection of Scottish gin bottles on a bar.

The weekend’s nearly over so let’s look ahead to next weekend!

We’re holding a summer gin tasting and barbecue next Friday, 9 June at the school. Gin – it’s so popular right now; a single spirit, loads of different flavours, how do you know where to start?

Ash from Appellation wines is sure to guide us through the world of new gins in a really fun way and you get an opportunity to taste six different premium brands. For only £20 you can kick-off the weekend, relax, meet other parents and raise funds for Trinity Academy!

We need to finalise numbers by Tuesday so please email Suz Edwards if you are interested in going.

Career Conversations

Parents and students are invited to attend two events about the employability and creativity skills sought by employers. Details of the invitation are shown below and we have two posters with more details linked from their and in our downloads section.

If you are interested in attending please email Martin Hutchison directly.

You are invited to an informative and inspiring conversation event about the employability and creativity skills, sought by employers.

The Schools and Lifelong Learning Arts and Creative Learning team is hosting two events primarily for parents and young people. Creativity is not all about the arts but is a skill set which is increasingly sought by employers in today’s rapidly changing world.

This is not a traditional career information event. Rather, the format is based on the highly successful and engaging Creative Conversations where people come together to talk about an area of education, in this case employability and creativity. The events will be held in Firrhill and Craigmount High Schools, and parents and carers from right across the North West and South West localities are encouraged to attend either event. Further events in the East of the city are planned for August and September.

The event is conversational and informative. You, and your children if they would like to attend, are invited to come along to hear about what creativity skills really are and why they are highly valued in the workplace.

Please share this invitation with your local parents and carers and encourage them to come along, either by themselves or with their children. Refreshments will be served from 7pm and you are welcome on either date.

5:45 – 8:00pm with refreshments from 7:00pm

Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to martin.hutchison@edinburgh.gov.uk by the date on the invitation. We look forward to meeting you at either Career Conversation.

Calling cyclists of all abilities…

Cartoon describing the benefits of rising a bicycle. Including, it feels like flying!

A group of parents and pupils are planning to cycle the 45 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh as part of this year’s Pedal for Scotland Classic Challenge or wee jaunt on 10th September. Though that might sound daunting, it’s a really well-organised day on closed roads, with rest stops every 10 miles. Those taking part will have a great time and help raise lots of money for the school through sponsorship!

Glasgow to Edinburgh Classic Challenge Banner

If you’re interested in finding out more, taking on a personal challenge and helping the school, please get in touch. The more the merrier… Parents, students and staff all very welcome!

We will also have some weekend training rides, which you’re very welcome to join whether or not you want to take part in the event.

Of course if you are unable to take part you will be able to sponsor the riders or cheer them on. Look out for details soon.

Edinburgh Higher Education Exhibition

An UCAS exhibition is being held at the Royal Highland Centre on 5 September 2017.

Banner for the UCAS exhibition showing people looking at a sign.

UCAS exhibitions are the only opportunity students have to explore a variety of options in one setting. They’re a chance to get talking with university admissions staff and subject specialists, find out what life’s like on and off campus, and discover what else is on offer when exams are done and dusted − volunteer work, gap year adventures, and career opportunities. And they’re free to attend − for students, parents, teachers, and advisers.

Before visiting, you’ll also need to register for a ticket, ensuring you select the booking option ‘parent attending without a group’ when prompted.

Council Election Hustings

There are two hustings this week which may be of interest to local parents and carers:

Monday 24th April at  Newhaven Church : 7:00-9:00pm.

Colin MacKay (the Chief Executive at the Mental Health Commission) will chair the discussion. He will give each candidate two minutes for their introduction prior to the main Q&A session.

This first session will focus on the relocation of Victoria Primary School, plans for the new school, school community engagement with these plans and interim arrangements. After the first hour the convenor will open the discussion to more general questions on the use of the old school building and wider community issues.

There are plans to livestream the event on Facebook for parents and community members who can’t make it along on the night.

Secondly, a hustings event hosted by Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) jointly with UNISON on Thursday 27th April 7pm start – Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge.

The provision of Education Services in Edinburgh will be key topic for discussion.

This is a ticketed event (free) – contact Alison Thornton, Local Association Secretary (EIS) on 0131 225 3474 or edinburghla@eis.org.uk.

These meetings provide an opportunity to quiz prospective councillors on matters that affect our children, such as the impact of increasing school rolls and the need for continued investment in schools.