Constitution

Trinity Academy Parent Council’s constitution has been in place for a number of years, since the Parent Council was first set up around 2006. The Parent Council has reviewed the constitution and is suggesting that a few changes be made. These are explained here.

The proposed changes will be considered at the AGM on 9 October and, if they are agreed at that meeting, the constitution will be amended.

  1. The original constitution used the terms “Parent Forum” and “Parent Council” so we are proposing adding definitions of these terms to the constitution to make it more easy to understand.
  2. We are proposing some changes about membership of the Parent Council. These will clarify that members of the Parent Council would be selected at the annual meeting of parents and would be selected for one year only. Co-opted members would also be invited to join the Parent Council for 1 year only. To be selected for membership of the Parent Council, we are proposing that parents/carers need only “inform” the Parent Council Chair rather than have to send a letter. This means that nominations for membership can be made ahead of an annual meeting and also on the night. We are also proposing that if a member does not attend 3 consecutive meetings without reason/apologies they will be deemed to have retired from the Parent Council.
  3. We are proposing removing some of the original references to nominations being made to the headteacher which were only required for the first Parent Council when there was no Chair to receive nominations.
  4. We are proposing clarifying the voting arrangements at Parent Council meetings. Only members would have a vote and decisions will be passed by a simple majority of Parent Council members present at the meeting. The Chair would have a casting vote which would be used in the event of a tie.
  5. We propose clarifying that the Secretary must take minutes of meetings.

If you have any questions about these proposed changes, you can let us know before the annual meeting on 9 October by emailing us at trinityparentcouncil@googlemail.com. Or come along on 9 October to take part in the discussion.

Inspire Courses

Inspire courses provide an opportunity for secondary school students to be introduced to engineering and science through project work to get a flavour of what to expect at University first year undergraduate level.

Photos from an Inspire event showing Lego mindstorms and code

During three days at a leading UK university students learn how to manage a project, develop research techniques, carry out problem solving and write reports. They also hear about university life from lecturers, admissions tutors and post-grad students.

The photographs above were taken by one of our S6 students who took part in an Inspire course in summer 2018 at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Minutes from our meeting on the 13th December 2016 where we discussed the HMIE Inspection, Attainment, School Values, Buildings and Health and Safety and the creation of a Community Relations Database

Deputation from Trinity Academy Parent Council to the Education, Children and Families Committee

This week we issued a written delegation to the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the ‘Wave 4’ programme for refurbishment of Edinburgh schools and lobbying for additional investment in the school.

As a result, the meeting of the Education Children and Families Committee on Tuesday this week passed the amendment summarised below:

“To further agree to offer to establish a working group at … Trinity Academy … and that improvement options be reported back to Committee in March 2017”

We felt this was necessary because there are a few specific areas where the school is already unable to accommodate its existing roll and these accommodation pressures are going to increase in the near future as larger numbers are expected from feeder primaries. Our further concern is that during the long process of preparing Wave 4 plans, investment in the school has been significantly reduced.

We are very pleased to have the chance to work directly with the Council officials on this and look forward to seeing what improvement options they propose to the committee in March next year.

A copy of the letter is available for download in our documents archive.

Calendar of university and college open days

opendays.com logoWe have added a permanent link to the opendays.com calendar of university and college open days.

The site also has a practical advice page covering a number of topics such as how to choose a university and what questions to ask at open days.

Once the new school year starts we will link to some of the more local univerities though Twitter, Facebook and the weekly email bulletins.

Through nature to eternity

Today is being celebrated as the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare — the playwright loved by all school students forced to read out parts from his plays in english classes in front of their friends!

Despite that reputation as being boring, he did manage to invent more imaginative deaths that George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones

shakespeare deaths in a pie chart

…and, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, he created around one-tenth of all the most quotable phrases English. In Hamlet he even managed two in a single sentence…

Though I am native here and to the manner born, it is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance.”

Phreases created by Shakespeare