News and information about Holy Trinity School in Kidderminster

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Mi-Restaurant Rebrand is Student Dish of the Day

Students and staff at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre are enjoying a totally fresh eating experience thanks to the Miquill catering relaunch of the school’s dining menu with their new 'Mi-Restaurant' and updated cafeteria facilities.

Responsible for creating innovative student menus for over six years at Holy Trinity, Miquill Catering, following business investment, decided to undertake a total re-brand and use the opportunity to update the school’s cafeteria installing new kitchen equipment, cafeteria signage, menus, and repainting and updating the student serving area.

Miquill Catering MD, Simon Quill, commented: “Securing investment was fantastic. A challenge we relished as part of the rebrand was to create new food options that would entice more senior students at lunchtime, particularly those who need to eat and go to sports training or individual tutoring sessions during lunch.

“The new ‘Mi-Choice’ and ‘Mi-Deli’ food options are all served with a free takeaway side salad so that we can ensure we’re offering nutritional balance across our menu range.”

The freshly introduced daily ‘Mi-Choice’ hot trolley incorporates foods from around the world. Throughout the week theme days such as Mexican Mondays, Chinese Tuesdays and Caribbean cuisine Fridays offer foods such as burritos, enchiladas, crispy duck wraps, Italian meatballs, Thai green curry and mutton stew, all served with a selection of vegetables or salad, available to take away in biodegradable cardboard packaging.

Students can also choose from the refreshed ‘Mi-Deli’ range of couscous or pasta pots, baguettes, tortilla wraps, sandwiches and salads all served in take-away biodegradable packaging.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “We are very pleased with the developments made within the catering department, not only do the students have an impressive refurbished dining area to enjoy their meals, but they also have a wider choice of both hot and take away food.”

A local business Miquill Catering is passionate about keeping its small company ethos, committed to using local suppliers to help continually refresh and review menu options that appeal to all student tastes.

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Holy Trinity Earthworm Watch

Earthworm Watch is a collaboration between Earthwatch Institute (Europe) and the Natural History Museum in London. The project is in association with the Earthworm Society of Britain.

Our Nature Ninjas and Epic Eco Warriors have been completing the Earthworm Survey this week, counting and identifying how many earthworms we can find in a specific area and also carrying out a soil analysis using mustard water and vinegar. Our results will be submitted online and we will also have a chance to complete ongoing investigations by ‘feeding’ an area with compostable items so that we can then study the earthworm activity over a specific period of time.

As well as digging for worms, Holy Trinity's Nature Ninjas have made their own wormery as well as created wriggly conker friends which they can take home.

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Additional information used, sourced from the Earthworm Society of Britain: 

Earthworms increase soil fertility and offer carbon storage by mixing in dead plant material. Mapping the benefits is not yet possible because we do not know how many and what types of earthworms there are in UK soils. Data from soil in urban areas is particularly lacking, despite gardens and other green spaces making up a large percentage of urban space (e.g. 14% of Greater London). Globally, soils store roughly 80% of terrestrial carbon, meaning it’s vital that we better understand soil carbon stocks - as well as the other the other benefits earthworms provide, and how they are affected by soil management. Holy Trinity's survey will be used to help map these key benefits – productivity, flood mitigation and carbon storage – that are mediated by earthworms in the UK, and to predict how the maps might change under different possible futures.

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Governors Sought for Popular Kidderminster School

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre, is seeking to recruit independent school governors from the world of business to join the School’s Board of Governors ready for the new academic year in September.

Headteacher Mrs Leek-Wright stated: “Following our successful transition to a Free School in September 2014, we now need to further develop and build the skill set of our existing Board of Governors.

“I am excited to further engage with our local business community and invite anyone with a passion and interest in education to join us and become a School Governor, and help continue the good work already being done.”

An opportunity to join a dynamic, successful and growing school community, Holy Trinity has a long tradition of academic excellence and pastoral care and has a strong emphasis on high expectations for all pupils and on academic rigour, which has helped maintain success in national tests and public examinations.

Committed individuals with experience in areas of finance, HR and data analysis are invited to apply, with training and support offered to all successful candidates.

Mrs Leek-Wright added: “The school’s long term aim is to create a closer working relationship between the education sector and that of the world of commerce, helping up-skill our students for the future and preparing them for the world that they will encounter beyond school.”

For further information and how to apply, please contact the Head’s PA, Mrs Karen Roth on 01562 822929 or email: karen.roth@holytrinity.co.uk

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Parent Governor Nominations

Dear all,

Thank you to all parents for the great response to our request for nominations for prospective parent governors. We have a total of 12 nominations for the two available positions from the following parents:

Dr Rachel Johnson

Mr Steven Cutler

Mrs Frances Kellett

Mr Mike Murphy

Mr Tristan Antoine

Mrs Andrea Bysh

Mr Chris Gascoyne

Mrs Leanne Lowe

Mrs Sofia Middleton

Mrs Rebecca Payne

Mrs Josephine Hill

Mr Andrew Tromans

Copies of their personal statements will be posted on the website soon and hard copies made available in the reception area to enable parents to vote for their preferred candidates. Voting papers and information about the voting process will be sent to all parents shortly.

Kind regards,

 

Nicola Reeve
Chair of Governors
Holy Trinity School Academy Trust

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Limited Places Available for September 2014: Primary and Senior Schools

We have a limited number of spaces available in the Primary and Senior Schools for the new academic year.

For further Admission information, please call 01562 822929 and ask to speak to Karen Roth or email her direct on: karen.roth@holytrinity.co.uk

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It’s Goodbye PA and Hello PTA

The Parents’ Association at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School have unanimously voted to reform as a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) with immediate effect, as more and more teachers want to get involved in activities and enriching events organised by the current PA.

PA Chair, Mrs Michelle Howles, commented: “This is fantastic news that we are to become a PTA, as opposed to a PA, meaning we can have a much more inclusive membership than just being open to school parents. Teachers can offer invaluable insights into the needs of the children whilst at school, bring new ideas to the committee for fundraising activities, and make suggestions for projects to be supported using PTA funds.

“And with the new Free School opening in September, becoming a PTA will enable parents and teachers alike the chance to enrich the lives of the children during their time at Holy Trinity, whilst being part of a fun, friendly and sociable community.”

As a member of the national organisation PTA-UK, and following consultation and a vote, the PA have now formally adopted the PTA constitution and applied for charitable status, which means all future PTA fundraising activities, such as the annual Summer Fayre spectacular on Saturday 21st June, an amazing family event for the whole community, will benefit from having charitable status.

Looking towards the future, Mrs Howles added:  “The only constant is change with organisations such as ours, and by extending the PA community to include other adults who have the children’s best interests at heart will mean more enriching activities, greater fundraising for events such as our Summer Fayre and, as a result, the ability to fund even more items for the benefit of the school’s students.”

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Holy Trinity Free School Gets Go Ahead

It has been announced today by Mrs Nicola Reeve, Chair of Governors of the Holy Trinity School Academy Trust, and Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, that The Department for Education has confirmed it will be drafting a funding agreement to enable Holy Trinity to go ahead from September 2014 as a Free School.

“This is brilliant news.” said Mrs Leek-Wright, “We have been working hard on our plans for over two years and we are very pleased to be able to tell everyone that we will be opening our doors in September to a large number of new pupils. Holy Trinity School has been in existence for over 110 years and its long tradition of academic excellence and pastoral care will now be accessible to the whole community free of charge.”

The proposal to establish a Free School on the site of Holy Trinity International School, will see it continue as an all age (4-18) school with up to 454 pupils on opening in September 2014, rising gradually over a five year period to 688 in the school year 2018-2019.

The school will be run by the Holy Trinity School Academy Trust, a body completely separate from the Trust which runs the current school.

Building on the current success in national tests and public examinations, Holy Trinity will continue to offer a strong emphasis on high expectations for all pupils and on academic rigour.

In his letter to Mrs Reeve at the school, Lord Nash stated:

‘I am very pleased to confirm that the Secretary of State has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with Holy Trinity School Academy Trust in relation to Holy Trinity Free School.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the great commitment and energy which you and your colleagues have shown in reaching this point.

Free schools form an integral part of the Government’s education policy to improve choice and drive up standards in schools. I am therefore delighted that Holy Trinity Free School will bring new opportunities for children in the Kidderminster area.’

The school’s next Open Event will be on Friday 2nd May from 9:30am to 10:30am. For  further information, please visit www.htsfreeschool.co.uk

 

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Primary and Senior Schools Open Evening

Holy Trinity will be holding a Primary and Senior Schools Open Evening on Tuesday 11th February from 4:30pm to 7pm.

Open Evening event times and details:      

Primary Years - 4:30pm to 6pm

Senior School – 5pm to 7pm

The school’s Open Event provides potential students and their families with an opportunity to meet teaching staff and find out more about the school and its plans to open as a Free School this coming September 2014.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, stated: “Holy Trinity has just completed its consultation about opening a Free School on the site of the current independent school in September 2014 and we are now eagerly awaiting the formal confirmation in the spring of our new Free School status.”

A through school from 4 to 19 years, the school is housed on one site, offering continuity of education between all sections of the school, a fact which is increasingly recognised by Educators as a great advantage for students who are able to get to know all teachers and so find it easily to transfer from one section of the school to another together with their friends.

Holy Trinity’s co-ed Sixth Form offers a wide choice of AS/A level subjects, expert guidance on university entrance and career possibilities, with all students taught in small classes which allows for individual attention. Currently a co-educational independent day school working towards becoming a Free School as of September 2014, Holy Trinity holds Investor in People status, the National Sports Mark and the Early Years Gold Award from the Birmingham partnership.

Interested families are invited to attend, and for more information please contact Karen Roth on 01562 822929 or email: karen.roth@holytrinity.co.uk and go on-line: Facebook and @followHTIS and keep up to date.

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Sixth Form Open Events and Open Day

Holy Trinity in Kidderminster will be holding a Sixth Form Open Day on Tuesday 1st October, followed by a Primary and Senior Open Morning on Saturday 5th October.

The school’s Open Events will provide potential students with an opportunity to meet teaching staff and find out more about the school.

 

Event times and details:

 

Sixth Form - Tuesday 1st October

Year 11 Sixth Form Taster Day - 8:30 to 3:30pm; All visitors to please contact the school prior to event

Parents and Students Afternoon Tea - 3.30pm to 5:30pm

Open Evening 5:30pm to 8pm - All welcome

Open Morning Saturday 5th October - 10am to 12 noon

To enrol for September 2014, the Closing Dates for Admissions are:

 

Year 7 - Thursday 31st October 2013

Sixth Form - Friday 10th January

Primary - Wednesday 15th January 2014.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, stated: “We are delighted that the plans for the conversion of Holy Trinity to a Free School as of September 2014 are now well advanced, following the Secretary of State’s approval in principle of our application.

“Holding dedicated Open Events gives students the opportunity to look around and meet teaching staff, and ask any questions they have in advance of the forthcoming registration deadlines.”

Holy Trinity’s co-ed Sixth Form offers a wide choice of AS/A level subjects, expert guidance on university entrance and career possibilities, with all students taught in small classes which allows for individual attention. A candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma, and and offers something unique so widening educational choice and opportunity both within the local and wider communities.

A through school from 4 to 19 years, being housed on one site offers continuity of education between all school sections, a fact which is increasingly recognised by Educators as a great advantage for students who are able to get to know all teachers and so easily transfer from one section of the school to another with their friends.

Currently a co-educational independent day school which is working towards becoming a Free School as of September 2014, Holy Trinity holds Investor in People status, the National Sports Mark and most recently the Early Years Gold Award from the Birmingham partnership.

Go on-line: www.htsfreeschool.co.uk, Facebook and @followHTIS and keep up to date. Interested families are invited to attend, and for more information please contact the school direct on 01562 822929 or use the contact form