Trinitas 5th grade teacher Mr. Ron Gilley took his fifth grade class and their parents on the Nathaniel Bowditch, a classic sailing schooner named after the father of scientific navigation and author of The American Practical Navigator, a book still used by sailors today. The class enjoyed sailing and the teaching of Captain Rex as part of their study of the book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, a biography of Nathaniel Bowditch. In the book, the students learned about Captain Bowditch’s tenacity, loyalty, and self discipline. To accomplish what he desired, he even taught himself Latin, an inspiration for all students!
The kindergarten and 12th grade classes, along with their parents and teachers, celebrated both the end of the school year and a kindergarten scientific study of plants with a trip to BJ Farms in Elberta, Alabama to pick strawberries. The students rode in a wagon to the fields where they picked (and ate) of God’s and BJ Farm’s bounty. Afterward, they enjoyed a picnic lunch on the water before returning to school to share their harvest.
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.