Parents Survey Report

Thumbnails of pages from the report

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the survey of parents’ views we carried out in October and November. We received over 200 responses and that’s fantastic rate for a survey of this type.

We have prepared a report looking at what parents have to say about the parent council and the school. The responses have been overwhelmingly positive and supportive of the school and the parent council. We will follow-up on potential areas for improvement in two ways:

  • For areas related to the Parent Council, we will look at how we can change the way we work to address any issues raised.
  • For areas related to the school, we will identify the themes that have emerged and provide supporting to the senior leadership team.

The report is available in our documents area.

University Open Days

We have updated our events listings to include all the university open days at Scottish universities up to June 2018.

Opendays logo

The opendays.com website is also a useful reference to *all* the university open days and has lots of advice on what to do at open days, how to apply to university and college, revision tips, what to do on gap years (and whether they are worth it!), and university subject/course advice.

Sporting successes

Congratulations to the Under-18 rugby team who made it though to the semi final of the Scottish Plate this week. Although the boys lost 5:7, to Marr College from Troon, it was a great achievement to make it so far through the tournament.

In hockey, the first XI team also competed in the semi final of the Aspire Cup on Monday against Dunfermline and won 1:0. They are now through to the final at Glasgow green for the second consecutive year.

Well done to all concerned — players, staff and coaches.

Universal Children’s Day

Today, 20th November, is Universal Children’s Day established in 1954 and celebrated on this day each year. It is also the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and in 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To mark this day on which children’s rights are advocated and promoted, we share a part of a wonderful poem written by George The Poet, aka George Mpanga.

A child is not a portion of an adult.
It’s not a partial being.
A child is an absolute person,
An entire life.

The fact that the child is developing,
Doesn’t mean it’s incomplete.
This just makes it especially important for the Child to drink and eat,
and get a decent wink of sleep.

Lest we forget

The Third Battle of Ypres (31 July – 10 November 1917) concluded 100 years ago today and has come to symbolise the horrors associated with the war on the Western Front. It is frequently known by the name of the village where it culminated – Passchendaele.

Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917

Outside the school’s main hall is a memorial to the pupils and staff of Trinity Academy who lost their lives while engaged on active service during the First World War. After we’ve been around the school a while it’s easy to walk past without even noticing it.

Among the names listed from Trinity Academy is Sergeant George Eckford, aged 26, who died at Ypres on the 4th October 1917.

Trinity Academy WW1 Roll of Honour

Philip K Lawrence wrote about the horrors of the First World War in the book Modernity and War: The Creed of Absolute Violence:

“I go forward with them … up and down across ground like a huge ruined honeycomb, and my wave melts away, and the second wave comes up, and also melts away, and then the third wave merges into the ruins of the first and second, and after a while the fourth blunders into the remnants of the others.

We come to wire that is uncut, and beyond we see the grey coalscuttle helmets bobbing about … and the loud cracking of machine gun fire changes to screeching as of steam being blown off by a hundred engines, and soon no one is left standing.”

2017 AGM

Hands raised to vote with the words ,be involved'

Our AGM will take place on the 15th of November, this year starting a little earlier at 6:00pm. It’s a very relaxed evening where we will be serving refreshments and getting to know any new parents who come along.

This is the meeting where we appoint Parent Council office bearers and set our priorities for the coming year. It’s also the meeting where parents can join the parent Council, either by attending the meeting or by letting us know in advance by email. To be a member, you only need to be the parent or carer of a pupil at Trinity Academy.

  • Would you like to be more involved in the life of the school?
  • Would you like to help to support the school in its work with pupils?
  • Would you like to help to promote contact between the school and parents, pupils and the wider community?
  • Would you like to help to represent the views of parents at Trinity Academy?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then you may find it worthwhile to become a member of the Parent Council. You can note your interest by emailing us or by sending a note to us via the school office or you can just come along on the night.

If being a member of the Parent Council isn’t for you, you can still be involved. All parents and carers are very welcome at any of our meetings and can still take part in most of our activities.

Please consider whether you could help and please do get in touch.