Excitement is building for the annual PTA Christmas Fayre on Friday 30th November at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre following the arrival of the Christmas tree kindly sponsored by local business, Bill White Nurseries in Far Forest.

PTA chair, Mrs Michelle Howles, said: “We are once again indebted to Bill White for his generosity in sponsoring our Christmas tree and for his continued support of the school and the PTA Christmas Fayre”

Organised by the school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA) the Christmas Fayre extravaganza is open to all and is a must-visit event with ‘pocket money presents’ face painting, cake-buying, external traders, tombolas and so much more!

Popular with local people due to the extensive range of seasonal handicrafts, toys, jewellery and Christmas goods available for purchase, and of course there is always the big PTA fundraiser raffle, with all monies raised ploughed back into the school for the benefit of its pupils.

Mrs Howles added: “It’s wonderful that our tree has been grown locally in the Far Forest and our sincere thanks to local tree surgeon, John Russell of Happy Banana Tree Services for helping fell this year’s tree, and as in previous years, the PTA will donate the tree to a local care home or charity in the area. Our sincere thanks also to Steven Brooke from Collision Repair Specialists who very generously transported it to the school for us.”

The Christmas Fayre is on Friday 30th November from 2pm to 4pm. More information is available from the PTA by emailing: [email protected]

As a new school year begins, Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster, which became a free school four years ago, is continuing to see student numbers grow across all sections of this popular through-school.

Each phase of the school has doubled in size from Reception Class to Year 4, Year 5 to Year 8 and Year 9 to Year 13 in Sixth Form.

Headteacher Mrs Leek-Wright commented: “Four years on from becoming a free school, although a busier school, the positive atmosphere and traditional attitudes of our learners is as it has always been, and something that we work exceptionally hard to maintain. The very nature of the fact that the school is an all-through school where children can undertake 14 years of education on one site, creates a difference that, in part, accounts for the positive atmosphere within the school.

“Having all ages on one site helps to teach responsibility and an awareness beyond age boundaries, which forms a key part to the personal development of our pupils and provides opportunities unique to the setting. As a school, our ambition is to inspire and challenge and nurture lifelong learners, young people who will continue to grow, adapt and contribute within and towards society, so despite changes to the school, we remain focused in delivering the same high-quality education in line with the tradition of the school.”

Major investment in school facilities has delivered a dining room extension, an updated ICT infrastructure and the implementation of touch screens in teaching rooms to help create diversity in learning delivery and access, and the further development of the Sixth Form area, as well as the introduction of two new libraries within Prep and Senior schools which has helped to promote literacy skills and a love of reading.

The school enjoyed an outstanding set of GCSE and A level results this year with A Level students achieving a pass rate of 97% and above the national average, 27% of students gaining A / A* grades and 41% A*- B grades

and over. 69% of GCSE students attained a grade 6 or above (B or above) and placed the school joint first in the county for 9-5 passes in English and maths combined with Physics and Maths being the best performing core subjects, and Art, History, PE and RE out performing as foundation subjects.

The next phase of redevelopment will be to the school’s outdoor areas, which will include a new netball facility and football surface, and the installation of electronic gates and a painting programme throughout the school’s interior.

Added Mrs Leek-Wright: “As a school, we feel that we the have excelled our free school goals which were to extend provision to the wider community, maintain a breadth and depth of curriculum and to provide an all-round education throughout the 14-year journey our pupils undertake at Holy Trinity.

“In 2018 little has changed from our ethos of 2014 and we continue to be, not just a school, but a community where we all take a sense of pride from belonging, giving freely of our support in subscribing to a set of values that we all agree makes for the best education.”

 

Students at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster are celebrating another 100% pass rate, with a quarter of all Holy Trinity students attaining A and A* or 9 – 7 grades (24%), whilst 85% of all students achieved A*to C or 9 – 4 grades.

Top performers were Amelia Bangay, Nicole Sherwood and Sophie Green.

The Fine Arts/Textiles, Business Studies, Creative Media, French, History, Physics and Statistics departments all achieved a 100% pass rate at grades 9 – 4.

Holy Trinity’s Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, stated: “As ever, we are extremely pleased for our students who have achieved so much, and most importantly they now have the skills they need to move through to the next stage of learning. A huge well done to all.”

 

Delighted with her results, top performer with 4 grade 9 GCSE passes, Amelia Bangay.

 

Once again all Year 13 Sixth Form students from Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre secured University places or chosen work placements following this year’s A level results.

Holy Trinity’s pass rate was 97%, with 27% – A* and A grades and 41% – A*, A & B (top grades).

Amongst this year’s highest achievers were twin sisters Eleanor and Rhianna Hinton who secured top grades across the board:

Eleanor will now go on to study Biomedical Science at Worcester University achieved top grades in Biology, Psychology and PE and sister Rhianna, who will take Fashion Design at Falmouth University, also achieved top grades in Textiles, English Literature and Geography.

Head of Sixth Form, Dr Melanie Hinton, commented: “With many more A level subjects undergoing reform and the amount of coursework much reduced compared to the older style, more modular A and AS levels, these new qualifications have provided a much more rigorous set of assessment criteria. It is all down to the hard work, dedication and support shown by our staff and our small, tutorial-style teaching groups that has enabled our students to achieve such a pleasing set of A level grades.

“In a competitive, ever-changing playing field, they should be proud of their achievements and we wish them every success for their future.”

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “I am extremely proud of all of our students who have achieved such excellent results, especially in the ever-changing landscape of exam reform. I would like to wish them the very best of luck as they move into the world beyond school.”

Holy Trinity School pupils have been crowned champions in the Wyre Forest Primary Schools Choir Competition at Kidderminster Town Hall.

The event was organised by Fred Holland in honour of his wife who died in 2014 following a battle with dementia and Type 2 diabetes, six local primary schools battled it out, with Holy Trinity School named the eventual winner of the Shirley Holland Memorial Shield.

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre teacher, Mrs Sarah Roberts commented: “I am so incredibly proud of the children, who worked extremely hard practising their two competition songs, in between their many other commitments in school. The choir were complimented on their harmony singing, soloists and disciplined and professional approach.”

Compered by Rosemary Hutton the proceeds from the event will be shared between charities Diabetes UK, Dementia UK and the Fred Holland Centre for Diabetes at Kidderminster Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students at a Kidderminster school who have been fundraising in support of a fellow pupil recently diagnosed with leukaemia have raised an amazing £2544.96 which will be split between her three chosen children’s charities.

Eight-year-old Hunnie Morris, a Year 3 pupil at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre, was diagnosed with leukaemia, which is cancer of the blood, in December, and since January Holy Trinity School staff, students and parents, together with Little Trinity Nursery staff, children and parents who raised £500 – have been holding a range of fundraising events in support of Hunnie and children with leukaemia.

Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “Supporting Hunnie and her family is close to our hearts with pupils, staff, parents and the Little Trinity Nursery community rallying together to offer help, friendship and support. I am delighted on behalf of the whole school to present three cheques each for £850 to Hunnie’s chosen charities. Despite her absence, Hunnie is still very much part of the Holy Trinity family and I know that there is tremendous support for the family through this difficult time.”

The School held a special school assembly on Monday 23rd April attended by representatives from the Day Clinic (Oncology) at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, The Little Princess Trust and Hunnie’s parents on behalf of Birmingham Children’s Hospital – Ward 15 to officially receive a cheque donation.

Dawn Forbes, Children and Young People Oncology Nurse Specialist, from the Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital stated: “It has been a pleasure to look after Hunnie and get to know her family. Hunnie has demonstrated tremendous strength so far throughout her journey and always with such a lovely smile! The amount of money that has been raised is a testament to what a special young girl she is. We will use this money wisely to benefit our patients further and are appreciative of all the efforts that the school has gone to raising this money.”

Liz Cox, Hair and Wig Specialist from The Little Princess Trust added: “We are very grateful to receive such a kind and generous donation from the school. The huge amount of £850 will go towards the purchase of two real hair wigs for sick children. This will help make them feel so much better at such a very difficult time in their lives. Thank you to everyone for this wonderful support.”

From organising a ‘Wear Something Orange’ day to selling cakes and orange baseball caps and ribbons, to school and parent business fundraising events and discos, and even the generous donation of a laptop, Hunnie’s family has been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received.

Hunnie’s parents, Paul and Lucy Morris said: “We would like to say Holy Trinity School, pupils, teachers and parents have been a fantastic support to Hunnie and our whole family and they stay in regular contact and visit Hunnie too.

“Both hospitals Hunnie attends are so supportive and always make Hunnie feel relaxed when she is going through these harsh treatments, we have grown close to such individuals as Dawn Forbes and Liz Cox as we spend a lot of time with them on good and bad days. We are very proud to give the money to such amazing charities and hospitals as the work and care they show for Hunnie and all the children with cancer is so much appreciated and this is one way we can show it.”

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster has a philosophy of promoting reading as important to lifelong learning, so this year’s World Book Day celebrations were extended to cover a two-week period and included literature inspired activities and a recipe competition.

Holy Trinity’s Teacher-Librarian, Katherine Slack, explained: “At Holy Trinity our philosophy is to embrace reading as a key to lifelong learning, essential not just in the quest for knowledge but also in the development of life skills. A good story will nurture empathy and compassion in its engaged reader, and it will teach resilience and cause the reader to question and open their minds.”

Each year Holy Trinity seeks to make World Book Day celebrations a little different and a memorable experience for their students, and so this year to reinforce the message that the joy of reading should extend beyond a single day the school organised a programme of student activities to take place over ‘World Book Fortnight’ with a baking competition theme inspired by a special World Book Day edition of ‘Bake Me a Story’ by Nadiya Hussain and the school’s catering team, MiQuill Catering, hosting a ‘Great Literature Bake Off’, challenging pupils and parents to work together to create an original recipe inspired by a fictional story.

Students from across both Prep and Senior Schools instead of dressing up as book characters were encouraged to continue with the recipe theme and invited to decorate and personalise an apron to wear on World Book Day, with the competition judged by the school’s Senior Art Department, and Illustration inspiration continued in the Prep School with pupils benefiting from the extraordinary talents of Holy Trinity parent and the founder of ‘Craft Make Play’, Mrs Claire Paveley, who worked with the children to develop and inspire their creative illustration skills.

Miss Slack added: “Our thanks to Mike Williams of MiQuill Catering and Mrs Cynthia Joyce, a HTS parent and skilled baker whose cupcakes are famous within the HTS school community, for judging and selecting our final twelve winning recipes, with the overall winning dessert replicated for our World Book Day themed lunch on World Book Day.

“In the style of ‘Bake Me a Story’, pupils from our Prep and Senior schools will now incorporate the winning recipes into their own stories and poems, which will then be compiled to form a Holy Trinity School book, courtesy of the Scholastic ‘We Are Writers’ initiative, which offers children the opportunity to see their own writing in print and published in a real book.”

Holy Trinity promotes the value of reading to children as it helps to ignite a desire to learn to read and supports children struggling to grasp their early reading tools, a reading culture embraced in both Prep and Senior schools throughout the year. Additionally, during ‘World Book Fortnight’, members of the school’s Leadership Team, Administration and Senior English Department join in and take part in reading to Prep School classes.

Miss Slack continued: “We would also like to express our gratitude to Tesco of Kidderminster who provided cooking ingredients and Morrisons of Kidderminster who have invited our Year 3 pupils to their store for a marketplace tour to support their instructional writing.

“Opportunities for celebrating reading and books will continue throughout the year, including our Holy Trinity Book Club for staff and pupils in Years 5 to 8, which serves to support pupil transition from Prep into Senior school.”

Pupils at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School enjoyed sampling a range of Indian foods and sweets and dressing up as part of their Geography studies, comparing English school life with other non-European schools across the world.

As part of the children’s cultural engagement day and virtual trip around the world, they studied cultural traditions, festivals and landmarks, and they had the opportunity to taste several Indian foods including samosas and Indian sweets in a variety of colours, textures and shapes.

Year 2 Class Teacher, Miss Megan Read said: “The class looked at India and the religions practiced by the people living there and across the world. The children also considered their different cultures and looked at artworks, listened to Indian music, took part in Indian dancing and dressed up.”

Year 2 Class Teacher Miss Sarah Barraclough added: “Our India day wouldn’t have been the success it was without all the wonderful costumes and of course the lovely Indian foods the children tasted. What a fabulous first-hand educational and sensory experience, brought to life in our Kidderminster classroom.”

Georgia Lees from Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster has been awarded the Presidents Special Achievement Award at a ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at Birchfield Harriers Running Club.

Georgia who trains twice a week at the Birchfield Harriers Club, which is based at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham also competes with Holy Trinity at local and national events, received the award for qualifying and competing at 3 different disciplines of cross country, road relays and the 800 metres in the 2017 season at National level.

Although Georgia had a very strong season in 2017, last October she contracted glandular fever and doctor’s orders meant she was not able to compete for the rest of the season.
Having only recently returned to training and to the track, Georgia is now fully fit.

Said Georgia: “I am extremely honoured to receive the Presidents Special Achievement Award and thrilled to have won the Norma Blaine Award for cross country. I’m now focusing and enjoying the resumption of my training and the 2018 season ahead.”

Holy Trinity Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “’Since Georgia joined the school in Year 5, she has shown a great aptitude for sports and her commitment has grown year on year. I have always been impressed by Georgia’s determination and the endless hours that she spends training. There is truly no more deserving candidate for these awards, we are all extremely proud of this remarkable young lady.”

Harry Chandler, from Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster, competing in the British Modern Biathlon Championships at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull on the 25th November, has been crowned British Champion.

Holy Trinity PE Teacher, Miss Dani-elle Gunn commented: “Harry has worked so hard training and competing, which showed in his outstanding performance on Saturday and earning him the crown of British Champion!”

The British Modern Biathlon Championships for Under 10, Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 athletes offer a great opportunity to gain valuable competition experience for school age athletes to improve run and swim times, which then are calculated for the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships rankings list announced in October, with those successful in qualifying invited to enter for the Championships.

Miss Gunn added: “Many congratulations to all our students who took part and did extremely well, including Flora Middleton and Amelie Forsyth Ball who both attained new Personal Best times.
“Harry raced against top ranking swimmers from across the UK and our whole school community at Holy Trinity are so very proud of him.”

Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “As a Head I would like to commend Harry for his dedication and determination, qualities that enable him to excel and achieve to such a high standard – incredible.”

Harry commented: “I feel really happy that I did so well and I still can’t quite believe that I’ve now become British Champion, especially when at first I didn’t really think I could do it when I was against other swimmers that hold a title for GB. I would have been grateful to be in the top 5. When I realised I was not only top for swimming but the run too I was ecstatic. My next challenge is to go back next year and defend my title.”