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The Year 12 and 13 Politics students recently went on a tour around the Palace of Westminster to aid their understanding of Britain’s political process.

We started the day by visiting the Supreme Court, before touring Trafalgar Square and walking the Mall, visiting Horse Guards, the National police memorial and going to see Buckingham Palace. We then headed to the Palaces of Westminster. After an engaging tour of the Commons and Lords we then undertook a workshop on how Bills are turned into laws. We then went to see the national covid memorial, Parliament square and the memorial to the end of slavery and the burghers of Calais.

Mr Howell would like to thank all the pupils for their enthusiasm during the day. 

On the last week of term, the staff performed an after-school play for charity. It was a tale of an evil Baron attempting to seize the Castle from the good Baron. The Princess was soon imprisoned in a tower by the witch and the Dragon Hotpoint before she was rescued by a dishonest knight. A resistance formed in the forests and Baron Bruno was defeated by Edmund, and all lived happily ever after. The staff would like to thank Mrs Cope for directing the play and leading the cast, and to all those who helped or came along to support the evening. All who took part in it enjoyed it immensely, and many of them said how much they enjoyed the opportunity to do something different all together. We hope the audience enjoyed it, because we did. Certainly, many a star was born as many staff took to the stage for the first time. The pupil’s behaviour and support were wonderful and much appreciated by all who took part and we are already looking forward to returning with a different play next year!

The evening was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause that is very dear to a large number of us, as we have either lost family members to Cancer, or had family members whose lives have been impacted by the disease. The staff would like to thank all who came along to support and watch them and are proud to announce that the evening raised £334 for charity.

Students have entered the Masterchef International cooking competition in celebration of the school’s annual Cultural Week.  There have been some delicious dishes prepared, cooked and presented by our fantastic students!

Masterchef International Comp

On Wednesday 16th June 13 dance students participated in a dance workshop in the Drama studio led by Graeme Pickering. Graeme is a former Trinity student and now works as a freelance Choreographer and International Casting Consultant.

The students took part in a technique Jazz dance lesson and were taught some professional repertoire from a musical theatre routine.

All the students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Their behaviour was impeccable and they whole heartedly threw themselves into the experience.

All the staff and students would like to thank Graeme Pickering.

The Trinity Wargaming club were delighted to head to Warhammer World to play against other schools from across the country. They were a credit to their school, competing fiercely but fairly against a wide range of schools and emerging with a series of victories and defeats as tanks crawled through ruined buildings and infantry tried to rush objectives. The trip also included a visit to the museum. Mr Howell would like to thank all who went for a splendid day!

A group of 47 students and 6 teachers have just returned from visiting Belgium and France to see the battlefields and war graves of the First World War.

The trip left early on Thursday morning and took the best part of the day to get to Belgium.

En-route to the hotel, the group visited the ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial that commemorates the first gas attack by the Germans in April 1915. After settling in at the hotel and having an evening meal, the group walked up to the German Cemetery at Langemark. After looking around the cemetery in the rain, the group returned to the hotel before retiring to bed.

Friday was the day to visit the Somme Battlefield sights in France. After a very early start, the day began at the ‘sunken lane’. The students were read some eyewitness accounts from the 1st of July 1916 before doing a battlefield walk. The group walked up the infamous sunken lane and visited several sights nearby, including the British area behind the lines, gun emplacements, and finally the Hawthorne Crater. In addition to the sights, several interesting items from the ‘Iron Harvest’ were seen. These included several dud shells and a No5 Mills Bomb hand grenade. The staff made sure that everyone saw these items from a distance and that nothing was touched! We also saw a ‘British War Graves’ team carrying out their work in a field, possibly recovering the remains of a soldier from the Great War. A short memorial service was then held in the Hawthorn Ridge cemetery. After a few prayers and readings, a few students planted a cross that they had been given, on a grave of a soldier of their choice.

After lunch, the group visited the huge memorial to the missing at Thiepval. After looking around the memorial and being able to locate the names of some relatives, the group headed to Newfoundland Memorial Park and saw the remains of the preserved battlefield including the ‘Danger Tree’. The next stop was at the Ulster Tower where the group had some refreshments. The final visit of the day was to visit the Lochnagar Crater in the pouring rain. The pupils could walk all the way around the massive crater and experience just how big it was. The coach then set off for the hotel and evening meal.

Saturday was the day to visit the signs of Flanders in Belgium. The first visit was to the huge Tyne Cot cemetery where they saw the graves of 50,000 British troops. It was a very moving experience for all. The next stop was to visit Hill 60 where mine craters, blown-up pill boxes, blockhouses and machine gun posts are still visible. There was also the huge Caterpillar Crater to walk around. We then visited the museum and excavated trenches at Hooge Crater. The group had their lunch on the coach, before seeing the WW1 medical display in the museum (which is part of the History curriculum). The excavated trenches were very interesting as they showed the differences between British and German trenches. After this, we visited Hill 62. Here, the students could see a vast array of war relics and could then explore the reconstructed trench system and tunnels. Most of the pupils thought that this was the highlight of the trip. The final visit of the day was to the Passendale Museum. Mr Howell and Mr Stevens guided the group around the various exhibits which included replica dugouts and trench lines. The group then returned to the hotel for the evening meal before heading off to Ypres for the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate. Before the very crowded remembrance service, the group visited a typical Belgium chocolate shop and bought loads of goodies. After a walk around the center of Ypres, we returned to the hotel.

Sunday was the last day of the trip. After breakfast, the pupils finished packing and boarded the coach. The final stop was in Poeperinge. They visited ‘Talbot House’, a safe place behind the British front lines where soldiers could relax (in a moral way) and forget the horrors of the war. The final visit of the trip was to the death cells in the town hall. A sad place where British soldiers spent their last night before facing death by firing squad. After this, the group boarded the coach and headed back to Nottingham. Despite numerous problems with the Eurotunnel train breaking down, we still arrived back at school for 9.30pm.

A huge thank you goes to Mr Howell for being the group leader and organizing the whole trip. He also did a lot of guiding around the various sights, passing on his wealth of historical knowledge in his own unique style.

A big thank you also goes to Mr Stevens who helped with the trip logistics and helped plan some extra visits into the whole trip. He also did some guiding, as well as bringing along some artefacts to show during the trip, to help complete the all-round experience for the students of the Great War.

A big thank you also goes to Dr Wilson, Mrs Bolton, Mr Brennan and Mr Wilson for giving up their weekend to go on the trip.

Year 7 have recently been studying Medieval castles and were set the challenge of making their own castles based upon historical designs. The competition was fierce, with some excellent motte and Bailey castles made in particular.

The results were as follows:

1st Alphonso
2nd Kolbe
3rd Teresa
4th Lorenzo

Mr Howell would like to congratulate to all who took part, the standard of castle making was especially impressive this year.

7 teams took part, and it was fiercely competed with the lead changing hands after every round. Mr Howell would like to thank everyone who took part, and Mrs Musson in particular for her help in organising this event. Eventually, the Howell Shield was retained by the Nerdles (Maths department) on 105 pts, with the Women Auxiliary Balloon Corps and the Outnumbered (IT, Science and Geography department) in joint 2nd place on 94 pts.

Thank you to all that came and took part and helped our fundraising event.

On Tuesday 22nd February, Year 13 Applied Science students became Crime Scene Investigators for the day.

At 13:30 GMT, Trinity’s CSI Team was called in to collect evidence from a murder scene at a Nottingham Trent University’s student residence. The victim, Mr D.Mise, was found murdered on his dining room floor.

Trinity CSI produced crime scene sketches and took photographs of the evidence they found. They then collected the evidence, which included blood samples, finger prints, hair and fibres, bullet cartridges and potential murder weapons such as a gun, crowbar and a baseball bat. Trinity CSI bagged up all evidence appropriately ensuring not to contaminate it.

Mrs Buxton, The Crime Scene Manager of Trinity CSI, was pleased with the due care taken by her team to ensure the continuity of evidence.

Mrs Buxton and her Year 13 Applied Science group would like to thank Jon Wright and his colleagues at Nottingham Trent University for setting up the crime scenes at the university’s Crime Scene Training Facility for our students to complete their coursework. The students fully enjoyed the very unique experience!