Key stages 3, 4 and 5 NEWSLETTER November 2015


November 2015

Key stages 3, 4 and 5 NEWSLETTER

Trinity Site


Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 8th December : Holiday
  • Friday 11th December : Reports for Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Tuesday 15th December: Carol Concert Years 7,8 and 9
  • Wednesday 16th December : Prize Giving Years 10, 11, 12 and 13
  • Thursday 17th December: Parents Consultation Years 7 and 8(1)
  • Monday 21st December: Parents Consultation Years 9 and 8(2)
  • Tuesday 22nd December: End of Term at 12.00
  • Monday 18th January : Reports for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13
  • Tuesday 26th January : Parents’ Consultation Years 10 and 11
  • Thursday 28th January : Parents’ Consultation Years 12 and 13
  • Wednesday 23rd December – Sunday 10th January: Christmas Holiday


White Party October 9th
The fund-raising event was well attended and enjoyed by all. We are delighted to announce that we raised 600 Euros!! Now we are able to sponsor not only one child, but two children at the Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan Centre for physically and mentally challenged children in New Mumbai, India. Thank you!

Election Day : Friday 9 th October

The results of the elections:
Head Boys: Josh and Dani R
Head Girl : Nika
Deputy Head Girl: Andrea
Prefects. Luca, Adrian, Rebecca, Laura, Sonja, Yaiza and Janina.


Music News from Jessica Paterson
As part of the Music lessons program, the Year 7 students attended a concert at the” Sala Teobaldo Power” on Thursday, 15 th October.This concert was organised by the “Área de Cultura “ of La Orotava town hall and had as the main act the group called Los Moussakis who provided the students with a show called "Música de Los Balcanes dentro de una Maleta."





Geography News from Rebecca Porter
On Tuesday 17th November Year 10 and 11 geographers joined all of Year 8 students on an excursion to Teide's National Park. They were taught by National Park instructors about the richness and unique flora and fauna of the area as well as its volcanic origins. Year 11 students also collected data to help them with their geographical investigation. They asked tourists visiting the Park questions which they had already designed in lessons, to help them investigate if tourists are damaging the NationalPark. It was a very enjoyable day and all students learned more about a geographically important place just on their doorstep.





Halloween at Trinity : Friday 6 th November
This event was postponed because of the adverse weather warning, but it was well worth waiting for! Organized expertly by the Drama Department, Miss Kirk produced and directed a fantastic event. AS and A level Drama students and students on the IGCSE course prepared a terrifying journey for us all along the haunted pathways and into the Haunted House. This was not for the faint –hearted!! Teachers themed their lessons, all the students dressed up and we all had a really thrilling day to remember.
Here are a few photos of the event. Unfortunately there are no photos of the Haunted House...I am not sure if it is because it was too dark to take photos or maybe it is due to other mysterious and haunting circumstances...only the ghost of Veronica knows!!!









Art Students’ Excursion : Thursday 12 th November
On 12 th November Art students from years 10, 11, 12 and 13 participated in an educational art trip to Santa Cruz to see two very different exhibitions. The first was a collection of 60 paintings from the 17 th , 18 th and 19 th centuries, which are currently on display at Caja Canarias cultural centre on loan from El Prado museum, Madrid. The title of the exhibition, “Los Objetos Hablan”
gave us a clue as to the theme of the work. We learned how wealthy patrons commissioned artists to paint them in their fine jewels and robes, we saw the fancy food they ate and what kinds of work people did. Students made sketches of some pieces and answered questions about the stunning work by artists such as Goya, Velazquez, Rubens and Sorolla to name but a few.
The second exhibition was part of the Fotonoviembre biennial at the TEA gallery which was a large selection of work by Vanessa Winship who coincidentally was an old school friend of art teacher Ms. Chapman. This work spanned a decade of her travels to countries from The Balkans to Chicago and was largely a study of photographic portraits in black andwhite of the interesting characters she met and places she had been affected by.





More Art News....
We are very proud to announce that Marta in Year 8 has had her poster selected by the Lions Club as the Best Peace Poster in the school. She now goes on to the next heat of the competition against other schools.

Poppy Appeal
On November 11 th students presented a short assembly for Remembrance Day in honour of people who lost their lives in wars. At
11.00 am , the students observed a two minute silence. A total of €73.67 was raised by selling poppies. This has been donated to the British Legion in the UK

Table Tennis Tournament (Key Stage 3)
This half term, the students from Years 7, 8 and 9 had been busy participating in a knockout tournament of table-tennis during the breaks and lunchtimes. The final was played between Mark (Year 9) and Diego (Year 7). The match was well supported by many excited students and the eventual winner was Mark. Well done, Mark! Thanks to all the competitors who participated.


Science Department News
Students from Year 11 and 12 were invited to attend a very informative talk presented by Dr Saúl Pérez Echeverri, renowned gynecologist and obstetrician from Clínicas Vida in Tenerife. The presentation was professionally presented and supplemented the topic of sex education which is an integral part of the Biology curriculum in our school.

Senior Disco at the Yeoward
In order to raise funds for the Liam Fumero Tarpey Fund, a disco was organized for the students from Years 7 – 11 on 27 th November at the Yeoward site in Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz.
The event was well attended and the students had a great time. Many thanks to all the students and staff who attended....and many thanks for all the additional donations we received. A total of 699,65€ was raised at the event. Thank you!

Interact Club

Namy, the President who is pictured at the back, is with other members of the Interact Club at the All Saints Church in Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz. All the members are students from our school who regularly have a stall at the monthly Boot sale where they raise funds for various charities in Tenerife.



Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)
In December, the students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will not take formal exams. Teachers have been assessing these students throughout the term with various end of topic/chapter tests and evaluations.

Parents of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will receive reports on effort and attainment in individual subjects on Friday 11 th December. Following the issue of reports, parents will be invited to consultations with teachers.
These will take place from 3.00 – 6.00pm on the following dates:
Thursday 17 th December : Year 7(1) Year 7(2) and Year 8(1)
Monday 21 st December : Year 8(2), Year 9(1) and Year 9(2)
Appointment sheets will be given to students during the previous week.

Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 (Key Stages 4 + 5)
In December, the Senior School students in Years 10 -13 will be taking exams. For Years 11-13 these are known as Mock Exams as they are practice before the IGCSE, AS and A Level exams that the students will take in May 2016.

Mock exams give students the chance to consolidate all of the information that they have learned on their courses so far. The first part of any course is always an introduction to the theories and ideas within the subject, and these principal theories provide them with the tools they need to develop through the rest of the course. Mock exams give them a chance to check that they understand everything they have covered so far, and see how it all fits together.
Mock exams can help students find gaps in their understanding and identify their weaknesses making them more aware of the level of knowledge that they need to have for their real exams. They also help students to develop a good technique, work within time limits and experience the feel of the exams they will be taking in May 2016.
Mock exams for Years 11 - 13 and Internal exams for Year 10 will be during the last two weeks of term from Wednesday 9th to Friday 18 th December.
Following the Christmas holidays, parents will receive reports and exam results on Monday 18 th January.
There will then be Parents’ consultations with teachers.
Years 10 + 11 (Key Stage 4) : Tuesday 26 th January
Years 12 + 13 (Key Stage 5) : Thursday 28 th January
Appointment sheets will be given to students during the previous week.

Parents are reminded about the school uniform policy which is published on the school website. Even though there may be days when the weather is quite cold, students must adhere to this and wear the correct clothing. It is strongly recommended that jackets are labelled with the student ́s name so that the items may be returned if they are mislaid


For those of you arranging holidays, please remember...

* * * Term Starts Monday 11 th January * * *


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