At Trinity Academy Halifax, our Year 8 students ‘graduate’ at the end of Phase 1. This aims to raise their aspirations, and help make students feel more motivated for their upcoming GCSE studies.
At the end of their two year journey, parents will be invited to celebrate their child’s achievements at a memorable ceremony, complete with traditional cap and gown.
There are, however, a few requirements students must meet in order to graduate. These include:
- Excellent behaviour record (minimum of 250 Achievement Points per year)
- Excellent attendance record (minimum of 96% over the year)
- High attendance at extra-curricular activities (at least 70% attendance in a club of their choice)
- Participation in academy public speaking events (minimum of 6 per year)
- Good attitude to learning in English, maths and science
- Personalised target met on termly Masters of Recall tests
There are different tiers of Graduation, dependent on how many criteria your child meets, ranging from a First Class to a Third.
Students are regularly updated and advised of their progress towards these targets. All students have a Graduation Journal to allow them to check whether they are on track and, if not, set targets accordingly. Students who exceed these targets will aim to become part of the elite group of students who graduate with honours.
As part of our co-curricular provision at Trinity, we invite all students in Year 9 the opportunity to take part in ‘The Trinity Challenge’. This leads on from our Graduation program and is designed to offer students a range of opportunities, enabling them to become resilient learners with a thirst for learning and new experiences. This initiative provides a platform for students to build their character and promote and support health and wellbeing.
In addition, this year, we have extended the Trinity Challenge to act as a platform for students supporting them in the completion of the DofE Bronze award. Students will be challenged to take part in projects such as supporting local charities to learning how to change a bed.
Every student that completes 20 challenges will receive the Year 9 Bronze Trinity Challenge Award. There is a special award for those students that attain the highest number of challenges throughout the Year 9. The Trinity Challenge Silver Award for completing 25 challenges and the Trinity Challenge Gold Award for completing 30 challenges.
Trinity Challenge Plus
The Trinity Challenge Plus project offers a platform to develop students’ skill sets, character development and promote health and wellbeing. In addition it provides a vital connection between our students, parents, staff and wider community. As a school, we challenge our students to take part in Trinity Challenge Plus. Every Tuesday we will set our students 3 weekly challenges through our Trinity Challenge Plus Instagram site. Each challenge includes a range of activities from challenging your family or friends to a themed bake off to completing a ‘tik tok’ dance, all aimed at developing students’ skills while having fun!
To support our students with these challenges our eager staff at Trinity have produced videos of ‘how to’ complete each one. We invite our students to direct message their own videos or photos on to the Instagram site to show them taking part and share the new skills they have developed.
Alternatively, students without an Instagram account can email photos or videos of them taking part in the Trinity Challenges to the Trinity Challenge Plus email account: firstname.lastname@example.org