Design Ventura top ten shortlisted schools for 2015 are…..

A team from Trinity Academy have made it though to the top ten shortlist for the 2015 Design Ventura competition.

Design Ventura

Design Ventura is the Design Museum’s award winning, national, design and enterprise competition. A live brief challenges young people to design a new product for the Design Museum Shop.

This year they had had a record number of entries submitted for judging, The panel of shortlisting judges have selected the top entries from the 251 schools who registered to take part, the shortlisted schools will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of judges at the Design Museum in early December.

Congratulations to Dominika, Eleanor, Kirstin and Milly from S3 whose puzzle game (On The Other Hand), encouraging users to learn sign language, has made it to the shortlist.

Mini Trials

Court trial

The MiniTrial event is an initiative from the Faculty of Advocates which allows pupils to play the roles of lawyers, witnesses, jurors and clerks of the court in front of a sheriff in a Scottish criminal jury trial. The role of sheriff is played by a member of the Faculty of Advocates.

A school team from Trinity Academy took part in the event, which is held in October each year at the Sheriff Court and is supported by a defence lawyer and a procurator fiscal, who worked with the team. These expericiences are a great opportunity to learn more about how our courts actually function in real life.

MiniTrials provide pupils with simulated court cases based on what actually happens in the Scottish Courts.

During the trials, the students took part in a reconstruction of a criminal jury trial, where they convened the court, heard the evidence and then returned their own verdict.

Wine tasting 27th November

Wine tasting

The next fund raiser for the school is on November 27th at 7:00pm and is the Annual Wine Tasting guided by Appellation Wines of Comely Bank, Edinburgh.

“Last year, we voyaged through the Noble Grape Varietals. This year, we will be taken slightly off the beaten track to discover other great grape varietals which make other wonderful wines, some of which we will already know. Think of Malbec, Viognier, Tempranillo, Gruner Veltliner and you’ll get the idea”

The Ticket price of £15 includes all the wines you will taste. There will also be Cheese and snacks available to go along with your wine.

20% percentage of the sales of any wine bought or ordered on the night will go to the school. This is a great opportunity to get stocked up with wine before Christmas.

You can buy the tickets from Marion Cameron in the Maths department or you can email suzedwards@hotmail.com to reserve tickets.

To ensure we have enough wine for everyone we need to know numbers – so please get in touch as soon as possible.

This was a great night last year and will be a really fun evening again so please try to come along.

Wine glasses

Open Evening

Open evening

Tonight’s open evening was a great success and our Parent Council members really enjoying meeting many families visiting Trinity Academy to prepare for moving from primary to secondary school.

Open evening FCT

If you have any questions about the open evening or the school please contact us.

In the news…

You might have seen Trinity Academy mentioned in an Evening News article today regarding overspends in some Edinburgh secondary school.

We were asked on comment on this and our position on this is summarised below:

Trinity Academy has a new, dynamic Head Teacher who has introduced many great initiatives to achieve excellence in all areas, and parents would be concerned if the Council’s plans to reduce the historic overspend, which was not of the new Head Teacher’s making, impacted on these initiatives or our children’s education.

We have a good working relationship with the Council, which is fully supportive of these initiatives, and we understand the Council’s severe budget pressures. You would need to ask the Council how these overspends in a number of Edinburgh secondary schools have been allowed to build up – it may well be due to the budget cuts imposed on schools over the years.

I understand from Councillor Godzik’s reply in the full Council meeting last week that there is a plan to reduce these overspends, and am sure that the Council would not wish this plan to have any adverse impact on our children’s schools. Parents therefore want these historic overspends to be written off by the Council when schools’ budgets are so tight, just as Castlebrae Community High School’s much higher overspend was written off a couple of years ago.