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