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Mar 20

Nanochannels debate at SMRT

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Tonight Year 11 and Year 10 students from Dr Hill's chemistry groups will be joining scientists from Bristol University to debate:

"That nanosensors should be used in medical diagnosis"

This is the finale of the European Commission funded Nanochannels project which Dr Hill has been running at SMRT.  This project has been an exciting collaboration between students at SMRT and lecturers and PhD students from Bristol's Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN).

The event will take place in the main school hall on Tuesday 20th March, from 5:30-7PM.  There will be a presentation on Nanotechnology and Nanosensors from Dr Annela Seddon from Bristol University.  She will be joined on the expert panel by Dr Terry McMaster (Director of the BCFN), PhD students Sam Olof and Tom Carvell and a number of Year 10 and Year 11 students.

The event has already received international coverage from Bristol University and a number of other leading nanotechnology institutions and blogs.


Jan 31

Brazil Day 2012

Brazil Day 2012

Organised by Team Geography and probably the most exciting day on the school calendar (ask any Year 8 student) – the annual Year 8 Brazil Day Conference arrived at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School. 

Thanks to endless hard work, energy and enthusiasm from many members of staff and external workshops, this experience was a real success which allowed students to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture.  This helped students develop a real sense of place for the Brazil topic being studied in geography and also allowed them to empathise with a range of issues and challenges that face the country and its people.

The day raised £200.00 for Action Aid to help further their work to end poverty in Brazil.  We would like to say a big thank you to parents and carers for their support.


Jan 6

Christmas Charity Presentation to Paul's Fund

Christmas charity presentation

At the start of December we announced that the school's Christmas charity for 2011 was Paul's Fund. The proceeds of the non-uniform day held on December 7th, the collection at the evening carol service on December 12th and various individual efforts by students and staff raised a fantastic £1500 for this deserving cause.

At the Beginning of Term service held yesterday Paul's parents, David and Pip Morton, were presented with the cheque. They are extremely grateful and part of the money will be used to make the downstairs bedroom and bathroom disabled-friendly.

Christmas Charity presentation


A little bit about Paul's Fund and what it provides:

Young adults who have been bereaved, or diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening illness, or who are themselves caring for a family member, can apply to Paul’s Fund for a grant to pay for themselves, along with one or more family members or close friends, to have a holiday break staying at Paul’s Place, a B&B and place of retreat with self catering facilities in Georgeham near Croyde on the North Devon coast.

Paul’s Fund relies entirely on donations in order to make grants.

You can read more about the charity here.

Dec 16

SMRT Science goes Nano in Europe


SMRT Science goes Nano in

We are pleased to announce that Dr Hill from our Science and ICT department has been awarded a position on the European Union funded Nanochannels project.  Working with 20 other teachers in 8 European countries, Dr Hill and his students will explore the science of nanotechnology and the ethical, social and legal questions this technology poses.

As well as working with the Nanochannels team in Brussels and teachers across Europe, our students will be working with academic researchers from Bristol University's 'Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials'.

As part of this project our students will be writing articles on nanotechnology; the best of which may be published on The Guardian newspaper's nanotechnology web site. A select few students will attend a high profile round table event on nanotechnology organised by The Guardian. Students will attend lectures and a tour of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.  They will engage with academics and other students through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  The project will climax with a Live Debate on 20th March in which students and academics will debate the benefits and risks of nanosensors for medical diagnosis.

We will be sharing more about this project in the future, but first suggest you let Stephen Fry explain what nanotechnology is all about.  
Dec 15

So you think you can write?

So you think you can write?

Alexandra Gregory, Year 11, organised a 'so you think you can write' competition to encourage creative writing and to raise funds for her visit to Ikoba.  Part of the prize for the winner was to have their story published on our website.

So, here is Susannah Paynter's winning entry, 'The Cure of Knowledge'.  She is in Canynges, Year 8.

If you would like a copy of Susannah's story to download click here.