TYS GRADUATION!!!!

TRINITY YARD SCHOOL IS HAPPY TO PRESENT OUR GRADUATES!!!THE CLASS OF 2015-2016! 19 talented and dedicated young adults from Cape 3 Points, Akwidaa and surrounding villages in the Western part of Ghana have finished their 2- year journey. These young people put so much effort and filled our classrooms with purpose. We had hard times, we had good times and we made friends and families here in Trinity Yard. We thank each and every single one of them as well as local communities, elders, chief of Cape 3 Points and all the believers in our vision for your ongoing support.
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1200px-6349.jpgIt was a truly spectacular celebration followed by the speeches made by our students, teachers and elders1200px-6185.jpg1200px-6181

 

We presented the students with their well-deserved diplomas and beautiful kente cloths which students weaved themselves during their kente classes.

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We warmly welcomed family members and friends.

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To the surprise of all the parents and entire audience students performed a play, which they wrote themselves called “Kings Daughter Who Lost Her Hair”. Nobody realized we have hidden talents considering that none of the students have ever seen a play before.

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The graduation ceremony finished with the traditional dance, drinking and eating delicious pies and dancing until the sun went down.

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Happy Easter!!!

Easter is hugely celebrated in Ghana and to continue with this festive tradition we invited our former and recent students to join us celebrating Easter and the end of the Easter break at the Yard. Bob and his family, who have been supporting TYS since the very beginning, came to visit us from the UK. We held a volley tournament at our famous abrofo nkatie field. And of course there is no Easter without Easter games! Three legged race, egg toss, tug of war between Akwidaa and Cape 3 Point villages – revealed on our beach until the sunset, accompanied by traditional drumming and singing. Little kids enjoyed their surfing and swimming lessons with our experienced surf teacher. Teachers meeting former students and sharing their memories, classmates, who are on our Career Development Program, getting reunited, friends and family and of course the new generation of students- all came to share these wonderful moments!

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Drumming workshop

 

IMG_2191_RWe’ ve been honoured by the visit of our dear friend and excellent drummer Joe, who came all the way from Volta region to show our students how to repair drums, prepare and stretch goat and antelope skins as well as exhibit his virtuoso drumming skills and inspire his apprentices.
Our students Simon and Robert who learned how to drum as young kids in Trinity Yard where thrilled to see their first drum teacher and joined him in the daily workshops.

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Despite of the heat and the strong smell of soaked animal skin they managed to fix all the drums that had been siting in the workshop for a while now but finally received love and sunshine they deserved. Now the beat of Joe’s sunset drumming sessions resonates further than Trinity Yard disappearing into the landscape of Cape 3 Points.

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Good stretch is crucial when fixing the drums:)

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EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST!

Creative vibes in Trinity Yard! We have visiting artists from Chicago working with the students and painting our new-to be batik workshop. Some of us painted Adinkra symbols, originally created by Akan people of Ghana, which carry different concepts and teachings. fb10

Samuel is painting Asase Ye Duru – divinity of Mother Earth symbol.

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Cornelius is painting a war horn (Akoben) a symbol of vigilance.

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Francis carefully finishes Adinkrahene- the chief of Adinkra symbols, representing greatness and leadership.

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Our youngest student Ansah wants to study Art and Design and enjoys painting kente patterns in our kente workshop.

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Musician Chris was teaching our talented drummers how to record and mix soundtracks.

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GREEN DAY!!!!

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Green Day- my favourite day at TYS! This is when we learn about methods of sustainable agriculture, recycling and waste management outside the classroom.

Recently we’ve been harvesting cassava from our futile land and turning it into garri- starch extracted from cassava root.

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Then we went deep into the bush to find this beautiful giant

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We cut the bamboo to build new benches for our volleyball court. Students showed some great example of team work in action and some impressive balancing too.

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Back to Trinity Yard School!

What a busy and exciting first week we had! We welcomed new teachers Arthur and Nat, who came all the way from France and UK to teach here in TYS. With Arthur we learned this week about sea turtles, who are native to Cape 3 Points and how to protect them. He also introduced students to calculus. In Nat’s art class students learned how to express their emotions on paper, through listening to different types of music from classical to jazz, which produced some very interesting works.

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Congratulations Jupiter!

Zakari (Jupiter) Nurudeen graduated TYS in 2013 and is currently enrolled at Diabene High School, set to graduate next year. Recently, Jupiter was invited to take part in a science and math program for the two best students from each senior high school in Ghana. From the 38 students from 19 schools in the Western Region, he was elected the western regional prefect. 347 schools took part with 694 students. The two students that had been chosen from each school were asked to give a presentation that they had prepared earlier. For this portion of the program, Jupiter placed 16th. Following the project presentation, all the students took classes on math, physics, biology, agriculture, chemistry, accounting, economics and business management. Following the lessons, they were quizzed on the classes they had attended. Jupiter placed 10th overall! Upon his return to school he was elected assistant school prefect of Diabene senior high school.

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The Year So Far!

So far, we have had an excellent year here at Trinity Yard School.  The students have returned this week with renewed energy after the break, and have participated in all classes and activities with great enthusiasm! To celebrate the end of week one of term two, let’s take a look back on what we learned in term one.

Avi and Liam taught the students English and Grammar, focusing particularly on sentence structure and correct use of present and past tense. The student’s began reading Charlotte’s Web, learning a lot of new vocabulary along the way. We asked questions around the story and its characters, and look forward to continuing with it this term! We worked on both academic and creative writing, keeping in mind everything we had learnt in our English and Grammar classes as we wrote.

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Ago taught the student’s all about the African Continent in geography class, starting with Ghana and spreading out, discussing each country’s economy, culture and landscape.

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Ago and Theodocia also taught science, focusing last term on agriculture, and the human anatomy. Of course we had our green day every Wednesday to try out our agriculture and permaculture skills in the field!

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Jonathan and Theodocia cracked the whip in mathematics, turning the students into wizards with multiplication and division.

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Jonathan also guided the students through the theory of art (with some fun practical artwork too!) as well as familiarizing the students with basic word documents in ICT. The students enjoyed sewing and beading with Theodocia, and Kente weaving with Niifio every day after lunch.

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In addition to a fantastic year in school, our graduates, who are now in the Career Development Program have continued to flourish!

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A highlight of course was reaching our goal with the bike fundraiser! Thanks to everyone who donated and supported the fundraiser, we were able to get the bikes by Christmas!

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We look forward to continuing to work hard and enjoy another great term!

Arts and Crafts at TYS

Kente weaving has been, and continues to be, a popular artistic offering at the Trinity Yard School. Kente weaving is an ancient indigenous method in which thread is set on a loom and woven into strips that are later sewn together into larger tapestries.

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These cloths are used for ceremonial events and differ in color and design depending on the region, tribe, and chiefdom. The Kente program at Trinity Yard School began in 2010.

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Formerly led by Promise Badu, son of a master Kente weaver in the Volta region of Ghana, the Kente program is now led by James “Niifio” Awotwe, a 2012 TYS graduate and friend of all Yard visitors.

Neifew, assisting a student with his Kente.

Niifio, assisting a student with his Kente.

The Kente program brings a different aspect of Ghanaian culture to the School’s isolated region, allowing students to learn an ancient art that they would never have had access to otherwise.

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Now, Thanks to Theodocia Sosu, our new mathematics and science teacher, we have added sewing and beading to the arts and crafts program. It has only been a week since we have introduced sewing and beading, but the response so far has been very positive!

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Theodocia demonstrates during sewing class

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Meet Paulina Kwofie

Poised and determined, Paulina displays a confidence and independence that is atypical of her someone her age. She’s also quick to assist other students and willing to invest the time and energy to help them get better. One of the more creative students, Paulina’s extra time honing her Kente weaving skills has really paid off and resulted in some truly beautiful pieces of cloth. Since graduation, Paulina has started her apprenticeship in Kwesimintsim, learning to become a seamstress.Paulina

Although the cost of each vocational school placement varies, as does the ability of the graduates’ families to contribute, an average placement costs Trinity Yard approximately $1,200 for a typical three-year program (based on the exchange rate of 9/1/2014, inclusive of tuition, student fees, material costs, food, housing, transportation, etc.).

If you would like to sponsor Paulina, click here now. To check out other student profiles, go to the Student Profile page. Or if you would like more information about sponsoring Paulina or any of our other current or former students, please send us an email at trinityyardinfo@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!