Spring 2017 Newsletter

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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.

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.

Consultation on new Victoria Primary School

Victoria Primary School extension building

The Council is holding a statutory consultation on a proposal to relocate Victoria Primary School to a new building in the Western Harbour area and undertake catchment changes in the Western Harbour and North Leith areas of the city. The public consultation period will run until 5pm on Friday 17 March.

The Council has a legal obligation to carry out a statutory consultation under the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 as amended by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The proposal put forward will have implications for families at Trinity Academy and they want to hear the views of anyone affected.

Parents at Trinity Academy have been advised of the consultation because of the proposed changes that will add Western Harbour to the school’s catchment area. Traditionally Victoria Primary’s roll has been drawn from housing to the south and west of the school and sections of the Western Harbour area are currently not contained within any catchment area. The primary pupil population in the Western Harbour has increased by 500% between 2009 and 2015; some of those students are now in P6 and many will soon be welcomed to Trinity Academy as their neighbourhood secondary school.

Two public meetings on this proposal are planned:

  • Trinity Primary School – Tuesday, 21 February 2017
  • Victoria Primary School – Monday, 27 February 2017

The Parent Council will be discussing this consultation at our next meeting and and we welcome your views on the changes.

What are the implications for Trinity Academy?

The Council report highlights that all of our cluster primary schools (Trinity, Wardie and Victoria) have faced “accommodation pressures” in the last few years, exacerbated by the closure of Fort Primary in 2010. Each of our feeder primaries has had extensions added to cope with this growth in school rolls and some of these children will soon be moving to secondary school — many of them to Trinity Academy. in the last 6 years the cluster primaries have seen their rolls rise by by as much as 70%. The new Victoria Primary School is proposed to allow that school to cope with increasing numbers. Trinity Primary has had four classrooms added and plans are in place to add a further extension in August 2018.

As a Parent Council we wish to ensure that the Council has a strategy in place to cope with increasing intakes to Trinity Academy given the majority of children at Trinity, Wardie and Victoria primaries will move to the Academy.

Trinity Academy currently faces pressures coping with it’s current roll with regard to general purpose space and PE provision. We want to ensure that when we welcome increasing numbers of students to the school they are provided with the appropriate environment.

This consultation provides parents at Trinity Academy with an opportunity to comment on the proposed change to the Trinity Academy catchment and to highlight any concerns about the impact of rising school rolls in the area and request that the Council consider a strategy for the secondary school estate in addition to primary schools.

To give the council your views visit the consultation website or email new.victoriaschool@edinburgh.gov.uk. If you wish to share those views with the Parent Council send an email to trinityparentcouncil@googlemail.com.

Erasmus students visit Standard Life

Erasmus students at Standard Life with Edinburgh Castle in background

This week, young employees from the Young Persons’ Development Network (or YPDN) at Standard Life welcomed eight Erasmus pupils from Trinity Academy, delivering a half-day session on who Standard Life are, what they do, and what it’s like to be a young person working there.

The students came from Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Scotland, and were visiting various multinational companies to obtain material they could use in mock job fairs in their home countries.

The day involved presentations that focused on Standard Life’s commitment to young people in the work force and they had the chance to undertake an assessment day team challenge, Boardroom Chaos!

January Meeting

Our next Parent Council meeting is this Thursday 26th January, 7:00-9:00pm. We will be discussing Parent Council priorities for next year (including investment in school, community database etc) and the head teacher’s report.

You don’t have to be a member of the parent council to come to our meetings. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the work of the school and help your child.