TrinityLearning began in October 2009, when Trinity Church, Abingdon, appointed an Education & Development Officer. Their remit was to explore ways in which the church could use its time, talents and space to enhance the quality of life for all those working in local schools – both students and staff. (Some of these insights will be shared at a special talk hosted by the Quakers on Sunday 25 October 2015 at 1-2 pm, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Crabtree Place, Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3GD)
Since Since then, TrinityLearning has worked with almost 2000 pupils from 16 local schools, on projects which range from “Putting Yourself First” INSET sessions for staff to Year 10 Supported Work Experience. The church is regularly used as an outside classroom and we have developed a real partnership with our local primary school, helping them plan and plant a reflective sensory garden. November 2010 saw the start of TrinityLearning News. Helped by a grant from The Big Lottery Fund, thirty pupils from five primary schools (Carswell, Thameside, St Nicolas, Rush Common and Drayton) have produced almost 3,000 newsletters about and for their own communities, on topics including Road Safety, Healthy Eating and Abingdon Past and Present. In September 2012 our newsletter project evolved into “Hello Abingdon”. With the help of a grant from The Community Covenant, this allows children from Forces’ families to learn about their community alongside classmates from local families. Our one major event is Experience Easter, a series of reflective workshops which enable Key Stage 2 children to relate the events of Easter Week to their own lives. Spread over 2 days, this attracts around 450 children each year.
All our projects are offered free to state schools and come all the paperwork (with risk-assessments, letters to parents etc.) prepared. The above are just a few of our activities. TrinityLearning is about the needs of schools and we are anxious to avoid proscriptive programmes. Rather, we call upon our trained staff, volunteers and other agencies to create services tailored to requests from our school communities. Contact us if you think we can help you.