The Trinitas Christian School family would like to thank Bayshore Christian School in Fairhope, Alabama for their hospitality last Friday, September 18th as they hosted our school in soccer and volleyball. The players and fans alike were gracious as they played hard against our Knights. The fish dinners sold were delicious and the camaraderie and spirit shown (we got spirit, yes we do) during the games was invigorating. Congratulations, Bayshore on your wins!
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Seniors Chloe Gregg, Bekah Hubbell, Colby Gilley, and Ben Noland set out a few short months ago to feed 50,000 needy people in Pensacola over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Together, with support from other Trinitas Christian School students, Manna Food Bank, Meals of Hope, and local Chick fil-A Restaurants, they will raise $16,000 to purchase, package, and distribute meals. Please support this effort by eating at a local Chick fil-A (Pensacola 9 Mile Road, Bayou Blvd, Navy Blvd, Gulf Breeze, Pace, or Cordova Mall) between the hours of 4pm – 8pm on Wednesday, September 30th. Chick fil-A will donate ten percent of all purchases made during that time to benefit 50K for Turkey Day.
In October of 2014, approximately 1.5 million students from across the country, including Trinitas, entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSQT) by way of participating in the Preliminary SAT Examination, also known as the PSAT. In February of this year we announced that two of our students, Master Colby Gilley and Master Ben Noland, based on their performance on the PSAT exam, reached the next level of the National Merit competition. Today, we congratulate Master Ben Noland for achieving the level of National Merit Commended Scholar. Ben is one of only 32,000 students in the nation receiving this distinction.
Of the more than 1.5 million entrants, 16,000 were recently selected as semifinalists and will continue in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Mr. Ken Trotter, Trinitas administrator, presented Master Colby Gilley with a certificate designating him as a National Merit Semifinalist…quite an honor. Congratulations!
In the ten years juniors from Trinitas have entered the NMSQT competition by taking the PSAT, five graduates have been named National Merit Finalists with one accepting a scholarship and thus becoming a National Merit Scholar, and four have been named Commended Scholars. That amounts to an outstanding thirteen percent of our graduates who have been awarded the distinction of any National Merit title, six percent commended scholars and seven percent finalists.
Excerpt 1 of 3 from Parent Orientation by Ron Gilley
If I were to ask tonight, “Why are you here? Why have you brought your children to this school? Most of us would answer that we are here because Trinitas has a reputation for offering an excellent education, the kind of education that will get your child into a good college and then a good job someday. Also, many of us would say we are here because Trinitas is safe. We’ve all heard the stories from so many schools about sex and drugs and alcohol and violence, so we’ve beat a hasty retreat to a private Christian school where we hope to protect our children from that environment.
So, a great education and a safe environment are two reasons many of us are at Trinitas. I know those were two of my top reasons for bringing my four and five year old to Trinitas in 2003. I wanted them to have a good education, and I wanted them to be safe, sheltered, protected from the dangers they might encounter elsewhere. And of course, we should give our children a good education, and by all means, we should keep them safe. But I want to submit to you this evening that we may be doing these things for the wrong reasons, for selfish and worldly reasons. I know I was. I wanted my children to have a good education so they can get into a good college and make a lot of money someday, and I wanted to keep them safe because they belong to me—as if they are my own possessions—and I don’t want anything to ever happen to them.
Well, guess what? My children don’t belong to me. Your children don’t belong to you. Our children belong to God. He has entrusted them to us for a season only so that we might raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, so that we might train them up in the way that they should go. But make no mistake, they do belong to Him. They are meant for far bigger tasks than our own amusement, and certainly for far more important missions than getting into good colleges and making lots of money. In the words of N.D. Wilson, the popular writer of contemporary children’s fiction, they are made for “polluting shadows.” In his book Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, a culture critique written for adults, Wilson says:
“The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. [But] Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not try to pretend there is no danger [either]. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.”
The Trinitas Lady Knights varsity volleyball team won two straight matches with a win Friday night against the Aletheia Lions and a win Monday against Lighthouse Christian School. Both matches were won in three sets each with court time for all the players. The fans have enjoyed watching the ladies work together as a team, encouraging one another, and playing for the love of the game. Go lady knights!
Cheer the lady knights onto victory in the Grand Hall at 4pm (JV) and 5pm. Let’s make some noise, raise the rafters, pack the house, and all that jazz! Follow us to the tailgate and soccer game which will start at 7:00pm.
Have you heard? Last year the teachers joined the students in reading 600 minutes a month as part of our reading program. This year the challenge has been issued to our parents and grandparents as well so print an extra reading calendar and get to reading! Turn in your first reading calendar to one of your children’s teachers on October 1st and the 1st of each ensuing month.
Trinitas students in the ninth through twelfth grades pledged to present their bodies as living sacrifices, to resist conformity to the world, and be renewed by the purifying light of God’s Word during the Convocation Ceremony Monday, August 31st. Pastor Dennis Lewis addressed the students, staff, and families encouraging them all to achieve the Christian mind by saturating their minds with Scripture. All appreciated the encouragement and words of wisdom shared by the faculty and Pastor Lewis.
The Trinitas Knights began the school year with sweeping victories last Friday. The ladies junior varsity volleyball team swept the East Hill Eagles in two games. Then the ladies varsity team swept their match in three games. All enjoyed the celebrating at the tailgate and watching the boys soccer team blank the Eagles in their game. Congratulations players and coaches! We thank the East Hill Eagles and the Trinitas family for their support at our tailgate fundraiser.