Trinity Day 2011
Trinity Day 20th May 2011
On Trinity Day we said goodbye to Year 11 and celebrated achieving Academy Status. As well as the parents of our Year 11 students our special guest at these celebrations was the Rt. Revd. James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester. We also welcomed the Reverend Canon Brendan Clover of the Woodard Federation of Schools [to which Trinity is affiliated] who bought with him the Woodard icon. We were also joined by David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford.
After a tour of the School for VIP’s and guests, there was a ceremony in the hall at which each student was presented with an individual Progress File, There were speeches by the Head Teacher and the Chairman of Governors, followed by an address from Bishop James .
This formal ceremony was followed by a balloon release to celebrate achieving Academy status. Pupils waited patiently in anticipation. The TSA had organized the inflation of the balloons and we were treated to a rendition of ‘’The wheels on the bus’’ by children from the local Nursery who had come out to watch. The countdown was led by Bishop James. The balloons were released by the youngest boy and girl in the school. As 1000 balloons in the school colours soared skywards we were thankful for the good weather and light breeze.
This was followed by a celebration of the Eucharist, led by Bishop James and at which the Woodard icon was displayed. VIP’s, guests and staff then had lunch together
In the evening the Year 11 Prom took place in the School Hall. This annual event is organized by the TSA. It was thanks to their hard work and that of staff that Year 11 were able to celebrate their official leaving of school in style. Limousines, posh dresses, high heels and smart suits – the transformation was complete.
The Woodard Diptych
The travelling icon is a commission for the Woodard 2011 celebrations. It was crafted by Helen Mclldowie-Jenkins and blessed at Lancing on the 21st March, the 200th Anniversary of Nathaniel Woodard’s birth. It will be centre stage on the 24th November in Westminister Abbey at the National Service of Thanksgiving. The two principal images on the Diptych are Our Lady and S Nicolas.