The Trinitas eighth grade class visited Historic churches in downtown Pensacola as part of their study of medieval architecture. Sketchbooks in hand, they walked and toured First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, Christ Church, and St. Michael’s Basilica. They enjoyed sketching architectural details and learning about the unique construction of each of the churches.
The sixth graders journeyed back in time to WWII as they visited the battleship USS Alabama and submarine USS Drum, in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Their comments: “Wow! We get to touch history!” “It is amazing being in the same place as people who were alive way before I was born.” “This is so nice to learn WWII history outside of our classroom.” “I loved that we were able to touch all the buttons and levers in the engine room!”
As part of their study of medieval culture and history, the fourth and eighth grade classes celebrated Medieval Day, Thursday, March 5th. The ladies and gentlemen dressed as literary or historical characters of the period and enjoyed life as peasants and the gentry. The rainy weather couldn’t dampen students’ spirits or the activities of the medieval village in the morning. Students participated in trades such as bread making, scaling fish, chopping wood, and plucking chickens. The resident jailer caught many erring in the code of chivalry who were promptly imprisoned until a generous benefactor paid for their release. Students feasted on vittles characteristic of the time at lunch and ended the day with games and a hunt for the white stag. It was truly a highlight of the year for students and parents alike.
Trinitas Administrator, Ken Trotter, loves telling stories. The students’ favorites, by overwhelming majority are the stories of Kaleb, Jah, and Rusty, figments of Mr. Trotter’s imagination. After one such story day, first grade student Libby Hazewinkel explained to her teacher after Mr. Trotter left the room, “I wake up every morning thinking, I just love coming to school. I have a funny principal and I have fun every day! I love coming to school to see everyone and learn.” Aren’t we blessed?
The sixth and twelfth grade classes recently celebrated the American cowboy of the late 1890’s as part of their Modern History studies. They spent the day as cowboys and cowgirls, enjoying digging and tending their campfire, riding horses, practicing lassoing skills, and “branding” name tags for their mason jars. Campfire cowboy stew was doled out by “Cookie”, along with biscuits, pie, and bottled root beer, as an authentic trail lunch for everyone to enjoy. The shooting range and quick-draw contest were highlights of their exhilarating day!
The Greek gods and goddesses of third and seventh grades recently descended upon the Trinitas halls. After presenting their stories of trial and triumph, the gods of Mount Olympus created mosaic masterpieces. The highlight of their day was Zeus’s Family Reunion where they gathered for an authentic Greek meal, feasting on roasted asparagus, dolmathes, nectar of the gods, olives and cheese, spanakopita, and baklava. Trinitas is safe, once again, from those meddling menaces until next year.
Pastor Lewis continued his Lunch and Learn series on spirituality Wednesday, January 28th during the secondary school lunch. Pastor Lewis reminded the students that “God never meant man to be [a] purely spiritual creature. That is why he uses material things like bread and wine to put new life into us…He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.” From there, Pastor Lewis proceeded to introduce secular humanism. Like an artist, he attempted to paint his subject in the best light possible so that his defeat of it would be more compelling. Listen to his lecture and get prepared for week three when Pastor Lewis continues his series.
As with all classes at Trinitas, the kindergarten class begins their day with reading the Proverb of the day. This corresponds to the day of the month. On the 2nd of February, Mrs. Sarrell, the kindergarten teacher, prepared an exercise to help illustrate. Proverbs 2:3-5 states, “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord.” Visitors viewing the kindergarten class caught the children searching for hidden silver (in the form of dimes) throughout the class. Mrs. Sarrell followed with the reading and explanation. We are a blessed family.
The infamous Miss Viola Swamp from Harry Allard’s book Miss Nelson is Missing visited Mrs. Worshek’s first grade class today at Trinitas. Although our students had been on their best behavior, unlike the students in Miss Nelson’s class, Miss Swamp took the class by surprise with her yard stick tapping, extra homework, lack of story time, and demands to sit perfectly still. The students were so happy when Mrs. Worshek was found at snack time and Miss Swamp miraculously disappeared. Our first grade classes always love reading this book!
The Trinitas ninth grade class, under the direction of Mr. Sean Johnson, recently read Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract. This well-known work inspired political reform across France and Europe in general in the mid 17th century. The students submitted their favorite quotes:
“Nations, like men, are teachable only in their youth; with age they become incorrigible. Once customs are established and prejudices rooted, reform is a dangerous and fruitless enterprise; a people cannot bear to see its evils touched, even if only to be eradicated; it is like a stupid, pusillanimous invalid who trembles at the sight of a physician.”