Trinity Academy pupils support girls’ education

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Trinity Academy students have developed a special partnership with the Bunda Girls’ School, a secondary school in Bunda, Tanzania.

Students have been working hard to support a bursary scheme which allows girls who would not otherwise be able to afford the costs of an education to attend school.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of students, the first student, Paskaria William John, has been selected to receive the Trinity Academy Bursary Fund.

Paskaria is 15 years old, and is one of five children. She lives in a village called Mwibagi and used to walk a total of 14km each day to get to primary school, leaving home at 6am and not arriving home until 6pm.

The cost of a secondary education was beyond the reach of her family, but she will now be the first in her family to go to secondary school. She was selected following an entrance exam.

She will now board at the Bunda Girls’ School and the bursary our fundraising has created will cover the costs of her secondary education. Whilst the cost of education is low by Western standards, there are many families that simply cannot afford this. We are continuing to fundraise to support more girls, making a huge difference to their lives and also to the future of Tanzania as a country.

This special partnership, arranged through the Diocese of Yorkshire and the Dales, is a long-term one and a real demonstration of how our Christian values are making a difference beyond the local community.

As an academy, we will share regular updates and intend to sponsor more students through the costs of their education.

Train to teach at school

Trinity Academy is the lead school within the Trinity Teaching School Alliance.

Teaching Schools are led by outstanding providers who bring together a wide range of expertise and support to help other schools to succeed.

The Trinity Teaching School Alliance (TTSA) is a large provider of the School Direct programme.

This programme allows degree holders to train to become qualified primary or secondary school teachers in one year.

A unique aspect is that trainees undertake their learning on the job, and are placed within a school for the duration of their placement.

Working with schools across Calderdale and beyond, the TTSA is helping to develop and qualify the outstanding teaching workforce of the future.

A key benefit for the school is that having hosted a trainee for the year, many choose to employ them at the end of the placement. Some subjects such as maths and physics offer salaried placements, allowing individuals to ‘earn whilst they learn’.

Applications are being taken for a September 2016 start, although placements for primary and some secondary level subjects are full. Visit www.trinitytsa.co.uk.

Visit academy for open evening

Trinity Academy is inviting parents and students who will start their secondary education in 2017 to their first open evening of the year on Wednesday, June 22.

The evening is an opportunity for visitors to take a look at the academy’s state-of-the-art facilities, meet teachers and hear from the principal James Franklin-Smith.

The event is for parents and students who are currently in year five and will be entering the secondary phase of their education in 2017.

The evening will also provide information about the academy’s summer start – this year the academy community will welcome new year sevens on July 4.

Doors will open at 5.30pm and the principal’s address will take place at 6pm, and be repeated at 6.45pm.