During the first week of the summer term, more than 1,100 staff and students came together for the quinquennial whole school photograph (see time-lapse video here). More than 100 years since the first whole school photograph (on record), it is an important tradition in the school calendar.

However, the seasonal weather was not on our side for the scheduled morning slot, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief as it was delayed due to the heavy rain. Luckily, more favourable conditions developed in the afternoon, and there was a buzz in the air as everyone filed out of school onto the games pitches to be arranged by year group.  

Luckily, the professionals were in charge and soon the oldest students began to mount the stand from the centre with younger year groups filling up each side. Once most students were in place, teaching and support staff were lined up along the front, with catering staff eliciting supportive ‘whoops’ from the students. 

A handful of JBugs were squeezed into the final spaces, and it was time for some finessing from the megaphone-wielding organisers to ensure every individual could be properly seen. Much smiling, efforts to avoid blinking, squinting, and sneezing then followed until it was announced we were done!

The dismount was a lot quicker, and everyone returned to school, glad to have avoided a downpour. The final photographs will be shared soon.

Facts from the Trinity School Archive 

To mark the occasion, Mr King, Trinity School Archivist, has delved into the archives to pull some interesting facts about Trinity’s whole school photographs: 

  • 1921 – The first whole school photograph in the archives (above)
  • 1954 – The first as Trinity School of John Whitgift 
  • 1977 – The first in colour 
  • 27 – The number of whole school photographs in the archives (this year will be the school’s 28th) 
  • 10 – The most to be taken under the same Headmaster, Horace Clayton, from 1921-1951 
  • 5 – The average number of years between more recent photos 
  • 2 – Number of times a couple of individual students appear in some of the early photographs, having run round the back while the old cameras scanned from one side to the other!

If you are interested in accessing the Trinity School Archive, please email Mr King for a login: lck@trinity.croydon.sch.uk

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