New website

New website

Over the last year we’ve experienced too much ‘downtime’ on the Parent Council website. This meant that often it wasn’t available as a source of information and also that it wasn’t available for us to update as frequently as we’d like. The problem was caused by the performance of the free hosting service we were relying upon.

The new site will be much more robust and has been redesigned to ensure it works perfectly on all devices, including phone screens.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for additional content that you would find useful please contact Steve Hodgson

U13 Trinity Academy Football

The new S1 football had a great morning at Tynecastle High School, who were very welcoming, encouraging and sporting to the team and Trinity Academy parents and carers. They subbed a rolling member of their team to allow us to play 7-a-side in our first fixture.

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Well done to everyone concerned. If your child (girls and boys) is interested in joining the team please speak with Mr Edie, Sports Dept. Trinity Academy or contact Glenn Liddall, Parent Organiser – Trinity Academy S1 Football Team.

Next Saturday, they play Forrester High school.

Build a business in a day

Here’s a follow-up to the previous post about Trinity’s success in the ‘Build a business in a day’ competition…

The term ‘Budding Entrepreneurs’ was certainly appropriate when our team of eight pupils from the Business Education Department at Trinity Academy won a competition hosted by Edinburgh Napier University on Tuesday, 1st September 2015.

Our team consisted of five girls and three boys.  I was privileged to witness a team who were there to demonstrate their entrepreneurial talents.

The day started off with an inspiring talk from the young entrepreneur, James Brown giving his experiences of a startup business.  This young man started a craft beer company just after he returned during a holiday with his Dad whilst touring on a Harley Davidson!  James was fascinated by the spirits of the people he met on their journey, brewing quality bottled beers by the side of the road.  He had the young audience enthralled with his passion – not only for the product, but through working with like-minded people and having fun.

After a quick break and with James’s story still in mind, our Trinity team set about on their own entrepreneurial journey and what a journey that turned out to be. Their product was a portable ice pack/heat pack that could be used to surround drinks/food. However, even more innovative was the flexible nature of the product.  This flexibility enabled the product also to be used for sports injuries. The team expected the materials to consist of ‘gel’ for temperature control as well as an ‘insulator’ type material in order to prevent heat mixing.  The product would be of an elastic substance in order for it to – flip inside-out – be worn on the upper arm/leg as well as covering all types of portable food/drink.

Stages/sessions were located in both the Board Room and Headquarters duly provided by the University in order to make the experience as authentic as possible.  Strict timelines were issued to the young Entrepreneurs.   It was inevitable that several pressure points came with the tasks/timelines, during the day, but our young Trinity team  handled, each situation, admirably and the prototype came to fruition just in time, in order to be demonstrated to the judges at the Trade Fair.

After a  busy and exhausting day – I thought I would share the Judges comments with you:-

“Fantastic team work, everyone answered questions and were really excited about the product.  Great working prototype and excellent knowledge of how to take the product to market.  Made use of everyone’s skills and their business knowledge was impressive.  With a pitch like that – I would buy one!”

Success for Trinity in ‘Build a Business in a Day’ competition

Trinity Academy took a team of eight S2 pupils up to Napier University today to take part in their annual ‘Build a Business in a Day’ competition.  Twelve schools were competing against each other to create their very own business idea. Our budding entrepreneurs had the chance to start the foundations of their very own business and pitch their creation to a panel of expert judges.

In what was a packed day, our pupils participated in workshops, created their business idea and exhibition stands and presented their ideas to the expert judges.  We’re pleased to say that Team Trinity won the competition and will receive their prizes at an evening celebration which they are attending along with their parents tonight.

Teen Triple P

TeTTP jpeg2en Triple P is a 9-week practical parenting programme which can help parents and carers cope positively with some of the common issues associated with raising a teenager.

The City of Edinburgh Council runs Teen Triple P groups in each area of the city in venues such as community centres, schools and libraries. Programmes run during the day and in evenings. They are free for parents and carers of children who live or attend school in Edinburgh. Find details of local groups at www.joininedinburgh.org/parenting-programmes/teen-triple-p/

The programme can help parents and carers to:

  • Cope positively with some of the common issues associated with raising a teenager
  • Build a stronger relationship with their teenager
  • Resolve conflict in the family
  • Manage problem behaviour
  • Help their teen stay safe.

More achievements

Congratulations to the following Trinity former pupils for their achievements:

  • Emma Henderson, First in Fashion Management from  Robert Gordon’s.
  • Amber Reilly – 2:1 in nursing from Edinburgh
  • Lauren Baillie – First in law from Glasgow
  • Laura Ryan – 2:1 in Geography and Politics from Dundee
  • Gregor Johnstone – First in Graphic Design from Napier
  • Trystan Leng – First in maths and philosophy from Glasgow

Trinity former pupil awarded 1st in mathematics at Cambridge University

Congratulations to Peter Cameron who worked extremely hard to gain entry into Cambridge and has been awarded a first-class degree in Mathematics. ,His success is a great achievement, all credit goes to Peter who taught himself Advanced Higher Statistics and Advanced Higher Mechanics in Trinity, while passing the rigorous and gruelling Step programme for to gain entry into Cambridge university.

Oovoo video chat and privacy

The following email was sent out to all City of Edinburgh Head Teachers on Wednesday 20th May 2015 by Heather Smith Principal Officer: Child Care and Protection Training and Development.

It has been raised with me that there has been a number of referrals to social care direct involving children’s innocent use of the face time app Oovoo being exploited by predatory adults.

I would therefore ask you if you could put up on your websites, out in newsletters or discuss in assemblies the following review of this communication app, to bring it to the attention of parents and children:

OoVoo is a high quality video chat application similar to Facetime or Skype. It allows people to connect with up to 12 friends at one time and video chat or have a voice call. You can download it on an iPad, iTouch, iPhone, Android phone, etc. And you must be 13 years old to set up an account, which doesn’t slow anyone down who can subtract 13 years from 2015.

What are the concerns for your child using ooVoo? As with all social media, the main concern is who can search out your child easily. The easier it is to find the child, the faster a predator will find them, start talking to them and find a way to connect with them without the child realizing what is happening. The second concern is the way in which ooVoo is being used.  Young children (pre-teen) find this app through their peers or older siblings.  It’s Internet-based and often used at home in the YP or child’s bedroom. It has been the case that whilst talking with friends an adult has entered the group chat.

How do you manage your child’s ooVoo account?

  1. Always know your child’s password. This will allow you to ensure that they are using ooVoo safely.
  2. Make sure that the privacy settings are properly set up. Without using the privacy settings, your child can be contacted by anyone at anytime and anyone can see the profile of your child. (I have my daughter’s set to ‘Nobody’ so that only people who know her ooVoo ID can contact her).
  3. You can review the history of your child’s account. You will be able to see who they are chatting and messaging with. Ensure that you know all of these people and are comfortable with it. Note that your child can erase the history.
  4. If your child receives an unwanted friend request, ignore it AND check the box to Also block this person from contacting me again.
  5. If your child experiences a more serious encounter with an adult contact CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Command  https://www.ceop.police.uk/
  6. With young children (pre-teen) You can frequently review your child’s friends to ensure that you know them all.
  7. Remind your child to always log out when they are finished using ooVoo, especially if another person’s device is being used.
  8. Learn how to use the product! If your child knows that you are involved and understand the technology they are using, they will not feel free to do whatever they please because “Mum doesn’t have a clue how this works!”

ooVoo is not necessarily bad. Like most social media apps, there are some great uses for teens. For example, working on a group project would be a great use of ooVoo, given the ability to have multiple users on the same video chat session. However, the dangers come when children and young people use them in unproductive ways and when the privacy settings are not set tightly. This is where our job as parents is so critical. This is where if you drop the ball you could end up dealing with a lot more than an unwanted friend request.