PARENTAL BULLETIN – 4 NOVEMBER 2022
MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope all of our Trinity family had a fantastic half term break and enjoyed lots of rest, relaxation and fun together. This week we started the second half of Autumn Term with a magnificent turn out to our Sixth Form Information Evening. We were delighted to see so many existing students and parents and many more prospective students and parents from other local schools. We are simply thrilled that so many of our current Year 11 students are electing to stay with us and we hope that you will be joined by many more students from elsewhere during Years 12 and 13.
This week I have also delivered two assemblies; the first assembly reminded students about our expectations of them whilst in school. We covered reminders of our systems, attendance, mobile phones and accessing first aid. We are also so grateful to parents/carers for supporting our behaviour and rewards policies. The second assembly focused on developing a brand new, whole school anti bullying strategy; a strategy that no school should be without. The timing of this is deliberate as it is a fortnight until National Anti-Bullying Week, and it is something that I feel strongly about delivering now that our other systems and routines are embedded. We will be asking parents/carers their opinions and views on our new strategy and welcome your support with our approach to ensuring that our students are happy every day at Trinity.
Next week is a big week; Year 11 and 13 students embark on their first mock exam series, and we wish them well in their preparations. We are also planning to hold a whole school remembrance service on Friday to commemorate the sacrifices made by our ancestors during the two World Wars.
I look forward to communicating with you regularly during the term and thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.
THE BRILLIANT CLUB Y12 STUDENTS
In January, Mrs Stocks and Miss Daniels are running The Scholar’s Programme with the Brilliant Club in school for 14 conscientious, hardworking Y12 students with an excellent attitude for learning. The Scholar’s Programme is an opportunity for students to work with a PhD tutor on a six week-long course. This will include two trips to attend a high tier university for a tour and activities – the final trip includes a graduation ceremony for completing the Scholar’s Programme! In the six weeks of sessions with the PhD tutor, students will be prepared for a university style assessment which can be included on UCAS statements, and some universities are offering adjusted offers for students who have completed the Scholar’s Programme. This is a highly competitive opportunity, and we would like all students who wish to apply to complete a personal statement. This needs to be handed to Mrs Stocks or Miss Daniels by the Tuesday 15th of November. Please see attached.
Bordesley MAT Proposed Admission Policies 2024/25 Consultation
Two schools from Bordesley MAT have amended their admissions policies for 2024/25 and as such need to go out to consultation to the community;
- Holyoakes Field First School, Redditch – proposed change to admission criteria
- Woodfield Academy (middle), Redditch – a new policy to fall in line with the other MAT schools since joining the MAT in 2022.The policies are available on the schools’ websites and Bordesley MAT website. The consultation period will run from Tuesday 1 November – Monday 12 December 2022. Should you wish to make comment to either of these policies, please contact Ms J Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 12 December 2022.
WEST MIDLANDS RAILWAYS INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Industrial Action 4-9 November – The National Union of Rail Maritime & Transport (RMT) have announced industrial action impacting Network Rail staff on Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November 2022. Additionally, RMT members at West Midlands Railway will take industrial action on Saturday 5 and Wednesday 9 November 2022. TSSA members have also announced industrial action impacting West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway on Friday 4 November 2022. As a result, a limited timetable will be in operation on these dates, please visit the website to check the impact on your journey and allow you to plan your travel.
NHS WORK EXPERIENCE
This is a reminder about the upcoming NHS Virtual Work Experience Programme commencing on Sunday 6th November. Students in years 10/S3/NI11 – 13/S6/NI14. Registration Link: https://alliedhealthmentor.org/product/live-virtual-work-experience-programme/
Students considering a career in the Allied Health Professions (AHP) are encouraged to secure their place on the programme as soon as possible. This will allow them to complete several sessions of work experience before the UCAS deadline for NHS Health Careers in January. We’ve also created a brochure to distribute among your students, they just need to scan the QR code to register: https://medicmentor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/AHP-6th-nov.pdf The NHS Allied Healthcare Work Experience successfully invited 12,000 students to participate in its programme last academic year, making it the largest programme for students who are interested in the following careers:
– Occupational Therapy
– Prosthetics and Orthotics
– Speech and Language Therapy
Registration Link: https://alliedhealthmentor.org/product/live-virtual-work-experience-programme/ Once they’ve registered, students will be emailed links to their virtual work experience portals. Students are awarded a Work Experience Certificate for every session they complete. Those who complete the full 5-month programme will be awarded a Highly Commended Reference from the Presidents of Allied Healthcare Mentor. These are fantastic additions to their CVs and UCAS applications! During the work experience day, students will follow 2 patients from their initial presentation to recovery. They will gain a unique insight into how patients interact with a variety of healthcare professionals and what it’s like to work in an NHS multidisciplinary team. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals throughout each day. This will empower students to make informed career decisions and demonstrate their commitment to healthcare in their UCAS applications.
Students can register individually at any time throughout the 5-month programme using the link below. We recommend booking early to gain as much out of this programme as possible. Places are £10 a session to cover administrative and technological costs. https://alliedhealthmentor.org/nhs-healthcare-careers-virtual-work-experience/ We would be very grateful if you could forward these details to your interested students so they can participate in the next work experience day on Sunday 6th November.
Enquiry Form: https://airtable.com/shrM6UPT8Z2uxx7OL
Allied Healthcare Mentor Helpline: 01530 417299 (Open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday)
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Thursday 10th November – all boys’ basketball and girls’ football after school.
INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS REMINDER – Letters for instrumental lessons are no longer sent out to parents and payment for each half term is available on MCAS. It is essential that payment is made before the school holiday to secure your child’s place for next half term. Any issues with payments please contact the school finance office.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Students have until Monday 14th November to ensure all their forms are returned to Miss Lyons/Mrs Loader and the first instalment payment is made on MCAS. A reminder that the training walk is on Saturday 26th November, a letter will follow shortly.
Auditions will be held Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November at lunchtime. Students should sign up on the sheet on the Music Room door and specify which day they would like to audition. All year groups and all acts welcome.
NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
To commemorate National Poetry Day, Greenpeace have teamed up with the charity to launch a poetry competition. All of the details, including how to submit your poem, are on the attached slides. There’s even an example poem to give you some inspiration. The deadline is December 1st, so plenty of time to get creating.
If you have any questions about entering, or would like some advice about your poem, please see Miss Staley in Room 26.
EXTRA CURRICULUM TIMETABLE
Please see attached.
COULD YOU FOSTER?
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CAREERS OPEN DAYS AND OPEN EVENINGS IN THE VICINITY:
Trinity High School – Tuesday 1st November 6.00pm
HOW (Heart of Worcestershire) College – Saturday 15th October 11.00am -2.00pm
WCG (Worcester & Warwickshire College Group):
Moreton Morrell – Saturday 12th November 10am – 1.00pm
Evesham – Thursday 17th November 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Pershore – Saturday 19th November 10.00am -1.00pm
SSCB Bournville College – Thursday 20th October 4.30pm – 7.00pm
This week several students have presented at our First Aid base with symptoms potentially caused by not eating before or during school. It would be useful if parents/carers either topped up student catering accounts or provided them with adequate food/drink for the day. If there are any issues caused by the cost of living, then please give us a call and we will be delighted to discreetly support you. There is a free breakfast club that runs each day in the Dining Hall from 8.10am for those students in need of breakfast. Please feel free to come and join us.
In our drive to broaden our vocabulary, please find our new T2 Workable Word of the week – ‘NORMAL’ – The word ‘normal’ is used to describe how something is doing or acting in a way you would expect it to. It is not strange, at least not to you. One person’s normal holiday would be a real treat or a real horror for someone different. It can be used as an adjective and a verb.
Here are some ways you could use the word:
“It is quite normal for cats to sleep a lot in the day” (adjective).
“Her temperature was way above normal” (noun).
“Until the accident he was a normal, everyday young man” (adjective).
Where does it come from?
Mid–17th century (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis, from norma ‘carpenter’s square’ (see norm). Current senses date from the early 19th century.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
|1 Dec||Y12 Parents’ Evening|
|2 Dec||Careers Fayre|
|7 – 8 Dec||Christmas Concert|