The latest recruit at a Kidderminster school may be a little shorter than most pupils, and certainly more-hairy, but has already made a big impact on both pupils and staff.

School dog ‘Fern’ joined Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre at the start of this academic year at the tender age of 3-months. Over the last 4-months she has been acclimatising to her new environment and getting to know her new friends, and although still only a puppy her natural ability to interact with children from 5-years to sixth formers has meant that she has very quickly adapted to being in school and loving the attention she receives.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright stated: “There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from all members of the school community and already the impact of having Fern in school is tangible. Regardless of age, there seems to be a need that can be fulfilled by interacting with Fern, who seems to be having a powerful impact on the emotional well-being within school.”

Although a school dog, Fern is very much part of a family and belongs to Mrs Leek-Wright, who had the idea of introducing a dog into school in the light of increasing concerns over mental health and the levels of stress that young people encounter in the modern-day education system. It has taken two years of planning, research and seeking advice to get to the reality of having a dog in school.

Added Mrs Leek-Wright: “Having enjoyed her first term, Fern is now very familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of her ‘work place’ and having settled exceptionally well she is now at an age to concentrate on specific training with her Dog Trainer so that she can start to join in classes over the coming term.”

Once fully trained, Fern will be used to support the school’s well-being programme and working alongside the school counsellor, will be a regular visitor to the school’s libraries, encouraging pupils to read to her, promoting confidence and independence in a skill that underpins all learning.

The Blues Brothers stormed into Kidderminster with a full-scale family-friendly production of the well-known and much-loved stage show at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre (22nd – 24th November).

With a cast of over 40 students, the show was produced and directed by the school’s Head of Music, Mrs Vikki Vincent and co-director and Head of Drama, Mrs Lynn Dawes.

Mrs Vincent commented: “With such a vast stage show we owe as always, our sincere thanks to everyone, both in front and behind the scenes, including our technical team and the school’s PTA, who all helped to make this production such a visual and musical success.

“With so much happening on stage at any one point, the choreography, costumes, lighting, stage props and cast were phenomenal, delivering a wholly professional and captivating show for everyone to enjoy.”

The culmination of months of planning and endless rehearsals, which began back in the summer term, the show played to packed audiences for both its evening and Saturday matinee performances, with the musical delivering a stunning stage-show worthy of any West End production and featured a live band.

Nature Ninja pupils from Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre are delighted to have attracted funding from ‘The Pickup Artists’ to purchase anti-litter equipment.

Nature Ninja leader, Mrs Caroline Forsyth-Ball, explained; “Earlier this year we approached Wyre Forest District Council and the children and I met with council representatives as we wanted to try and set up a local community and school-litter pickup and collecting group at Holy Trinity, and they put me in touch with The Pickup Artists who work with local schools to establish and help secure funding for student ‘Junior Pickup Artists’ groups.

“Thanks to their help we were able to secure the funding we needed from the Big Local DY10 organisation, who then provided us with ten litter pickers, litter bag hoops and our wonderful t-shirts. We are now carrying out litter picking in Nature Ninja and Epic Eco Groups sessions in primary school, and I am hoping to extend this activity school-wide.”

The Nature Ninjas and Epic Eco Groups plan to record and create a wall-display of the items they find to show the types of litter and its impact on the local environment.

Kidderminster student Flora Middleton has been crowned the winner of the West Midlands Triathlon Series for her age group 9/10 year olds, in the Tristars1 category.

Flora, who attends Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster collected her award at the Regional Awards Ceremony on Sunday 21 October. The series which runs from March through to September, consisted of eight events which include, Aquathlons, Duathlons and Triathlons. Out of the eight events, the scores from the best 5 events are added together, with 5000 points being the maximum total.

Flora achieved an amazing 4992 points, with her best results awarded from her three 1st Place positions and two, 2nd Place positions!

Now put forward to try and qualify for the Inter Regional Championships next year and representing the West Midlands, Flora is planning to compete at Millfield School in Somerset on the 18th November for the National Schools Biathlon Championships.

Joining a mass choir of over 2000 children and practising since May, thirty pupils from Year 4 through to Year 7 from Holy Trinity School in Kidderminster will perform at the National Children’s WW1 Centenary Concert on Saturday 3rd November at the Genting Arena, NEC, Birmingham.

Performing in the first ever National Children’s Remembrance Concert, children from across England and Wales will come together to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the first World War.

Supported by two youth orchestras, the concert will include a debut performance by the National Youth Pipe Band of England and the Sandwell Youth Brass Band, a Welsh Primary School Choir and the Leicester Show Choir, and featuring performers from Norfolk, Dorset, Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield, with a parade of 57 flags representing and paying tribute to the many nations and peoples involved in World War 1 (WW1).

Holy Trinity School music teacher, Mrs Sarah Roberts commented: “I have been amazed at how the children have embraced the old songs. I thought they might consider them a bit old-fashioned, but to the contrary, they love them – the good old favourites like ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’ and ‘Keep the home fires burning’ – with parents and grandparents attending, many of whom I’m sure will remember them well.

“I’ve been teaching the children a little about the history of WW1, how the public were led to believe the war would only last 2 weeks and how the initial feeling of jubilation and pride in fighting for one’s country soon descended into desperation and misery as the true death toll became apparent.

“The children have been so receptive to this learning and absorbed it all like sponges, the songs of course making it all come alive for them. It is so important that they understand it is only by luck that they have been born in a time of comparative peace. If they had been born in earlier times it could have been them, their brothers or their fathers going to war.”

Sidney Lewis was the country’s youngest WW1 Soldier and a 12-year-old boy when he enlisted in the army and who at 13 years old fought at Battle of the Somme. Invited as special guests and attending the concert will be his son, 85-year-old Colin Lewis who will be joined by his two sons. It is hoped that an audience of up to ten thousand people will attend and show their support for this unique remembrance event.

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, the Minister for Faith and Integration, commented: “I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than bringing together thousands of children from across the country to remember those who died in the First World War through music and song.

“I firmly believe that young children should play an active role in WW1 Centenary Commemorations. This is crucial both in enhancing their awareness of the tragedy of war and in carrying forward the collective memory and gratitude to future generations.”

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The concert is supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Big Lottery, Services For Education, Arts Council England and the Associated Board of the

Royal School of Music.

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster will be holding a Sixth Form and Year 7 Open Evening on Tuesday 16th October, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Holy Trinity 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.

Open events are immensely useful to students and families as they offer the opportunity to meet teaching staff and look around the school and its facilities, asking any questions well in advance of forthcoming registration deadlines.

Holy Trinity’s Sixth Form features small class sizes offering a tutorial teaching style to meet the educational needs of each student and ensure everyone reaches their potential, with specialist subject staff on hand to offer extra help and support throughout the day, maximising achievement and accelerate progress.

More information is available on the school’s website: or you can email the head’s PA, Mrs Karen Roth: [email protected] or call: 01562 822929.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of parents at a Kidderminster school, students now can make the most of the great outdoors irrespective of any weather the UK has to offer.

The PTA and school community of Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre on the Birmingham Road as part of their big ‘Outdoor Space Project’ and actively fundraising through a range of initiatives, have successfully co-funded and created a new community seating/breakout area next to the school’s central wildlife pond.

PTA Chair, Mrs Michelle Howles commented: “As our school community continues to increase, the PTA’s ‘Outdoor Space Project’ is aimed at providing additional outdoor classrooms, dinning and student break-out areas so that they can make the most of the great outdoors; this project was funded with over £6,500’s worth of awnings to provide shelter for students from sun and rain, and over £400 worth of new benches and tables so that they can sit out, relax and enjoy the antics of our visiting wild ducks, and in the spring any ducklings that may come along.”

The PTA initiative, supporting the school’s goal of improving outside space and learning provision for students, means pupils can now spend more time outdoors, even when it’s extremely sunny or raining, able to eat together socially and enjoy the space for education and community-based activities.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, commented: “The energy and enthusiasm that the PTA have, year in year out, never ceases to amaze me; as a school we are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and supportive parents who work so tirelessly for the good of the school.”

Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre is delighted to have been awarded the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year for the second year running.

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

Retrospective awards, schools apply during the summer term, and are graded against a list of set criteria, with 35,500 schools so far applying for the award since 2012.

Holy Trinity’s Head of Prep PE, Sarah Williams commented: “As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are thrilled that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded once again.

“We are extremely delighted and proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. We’re now looking forward to applying once again in 2019!”