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Jul 21

Learning Through Gardening

In July the school achieved a Gold Award in the recent Bristol in Bloom competition.


Mrs Clapson, Mrs Molnar and a team of enthusiastic, green fingered students have worked very hard this year transforming the area at the Clarence Road end of the school into a fantastic school garden. Here are some images of the garden in the lead up to the competition's judging day.



The judges’ feedback was that it was:


A wonderful project that provides vocational accreditations for the children taking part. This project has transformed a derelict space into a quiet haven. Extremely well cared for and productive, this also displays innovative ideas for recycling. We hope that this initiative will continue in future years to benefit the school.


Congratulations to everyone who made this possible.

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Mrs Clapson receiving the Gold Award from the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Lesley Alexander. 



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Jun 13

Dr Eric Albone MBE awarded honour by the Japanese Ambassador

Mr Youmans, our Head of Chemistry, was invited to represent the school at a very exciting ceremony in London in June. Dr Eric Albone MBE, a long-time supporter of our school, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, by Ambassador Tsuruoka of Japan in recognition of the work done through the UK-Japan Young Scientists Workshops initiative. This scheme brings together both countries through the collaboration of young scientists (17-18 year old students) where they share in each other’s cultures as well as working on cutting edge projects in workshops at Universities in both the UK and in Japan. 


SMRT has been involved in this project for 5 years, with significant funding coming from the Bristol based charity Clifton Scientific Trust (CST). Eight students from St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School in Bristol will be going to the 2017 workshops in Cambridge University and to Kyoto University in Japan during Activities Week this July.


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Dr Eric Albone MBE (right) receives the honour from the Japanese Ambassador.

Photos courtesy of the Japanese Embassy, London.

May 15

Fudge and Flowers for HOPE

Friday 12 May saw our first "Plant and Fudge" sale in aid of our Year 7 charity, the HOPE International Development Agency and our partner school, in Ikoba.  The forecast was a bit unsettled but that didn't stop the amazing members of Eco Club setting up their stall and doing their bit to help others in the sunshine and the rain!

Mrs Julie Coles joined us as a representative of the charity and the caretakers helped with tables etc.  The canteen staff had provided the containers and Year 7 then covered them in attractive designs.  10Q had helped with the planting up of the petunias, carnations, peas and beans and then all we needed were some customers!  Never fear...the fudge sold in ten minutes flat with lots of interest from all years.  We had to restrict some of the requests just to make sure there was enough for everyone but it all went... hearts large and small, squares, chunks and finally the crumbs!


Then the plants started going with students telling us all about their gardens at home and some buying presents for their family.  Then teachers and staff arrived snapping up a bargain or three!  The ladies from the canteen were our best customers and we have some requests for repeat orders.  It really was an event which brought all aspects of the school together. 


Huge thanks to the fabulous kids in Eco Club and to all our supportive customers.  We raised over £120.00 in one lunch hour!

Mrs Clapson and Mrs Molnar


Mar 24

A Visit From The Mayor – “Inspiration, aspiration and perspiration”


Mayor Marvin Rees


We were honoured to receive a visit from Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, on Friday 24th March. The Mayor met with a group of our young people from Years 10 and 11, including participants in our Going for Gold and Progress Plus programmes. He shared his own inspirational story and took questions from the audience on a wide range of issues that resonated with them, including: sport in Bristol; digital media and the creative industries; young people’s services and housing. He spoke of the need for young people to aim high and work hard and closed with these inspiring words from Theodore Roosevelt:


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The students were incredibly inspired by this visit and I would like to extend their and my thanks to the Mayor for taking the time to come and speak to us.

Mr Taylor


Apr 29

Former student visits Ikoba Secondary School in Uganda

For nearly two months I have been living and teaching at Ikoba Girl’s Secondary school. Aside from teaching the girls, each day consists of some sport, lots of singing and dancing and eating posho and beans; which I will come to later.

While I have been here I have been teaching English, ICT and sport. The English lessons have included lots of poetry and creative writing; once the girls feel free to be creative they can write some amazing poems. The most popular topicsarecows and Ikoba but my favourites always include the mention of me or my dog back home! The computer lessons are often the most rewarding because after teaching a class I will often find students working away to carry out the same task alone and they are always eager to learn more. When it comes to the sport lessons I am no expert but just taking them out means they all get involved. They love playing football and cricket but they are all very competitive no matter what the game! They are all really looking forward to the new playground which will be funded by money raised by Redcliffe in the 10 year celebrations because at the moment they play on uneven and rocky terrain.  




While I have been here I have seen just how much the partnership has helped everyone at this school.



Once lessons have finished at 4.40 the girls are free for a couple of hours. This is when we make mango juice, play chess or listen to my music and dance- many have learnt the Macarena and every word to ‘shake it off’ by Taylor Swift! The girls eat posho (maize flour mixed with water) and beans for most meals and I usually join them. They don’t complain about the food though because they are always so grateful for what they are given,especially when they get soda on a special occasion like Easter!

The girls work very hard every day; not only do they have to go to morning preps from 5 am and night preps from 7.30 until 10pm they have to carry out their domestic tasks. When I arrived I did not know how to properly wash my clothes by hand or collect water but each weekend without fail a small army is on hand to show me how it is done and they always make it look so easy- but it’s not! I also had to get used to bathing from a basin and the delights of a latrine, but then you soon realise that really it is nothing and although I would love to have a shower everyone here is so amazing that I would easily leave running water and constant electricity to be with them. One day it was discovered that there was no water left in the water tank that we usually collect water from so it was announced that there was a water crisis! We all had to walk for over 3km with our jerry cans to collect water, a distance some people usually have to walk, and although we walked back in the dark people did not complain.


 Washing and collecting water


While I have been here I have also been involved in a few celebrations with the school and they are always joyous and filled with lots of singing and dancing. The school had a thanksgiving celebration following their good results last year where the main celebrant was the bishop and there was cake for everyone! I joined some of the girls who took part in the Women’s Day march with lots of other girls from local schools, the police and the army. The most exciting celebration though was the celebration of the partnership. As well as lots of singing and traditional dancing students read out poems about the partnership and everything it has done for them as well as the love the partnership brings. doesn’t matter that there is no power for a while when you are surrounded by people who are filled with so much love and appreciation.



My time here has been amazing. There have been times when I look around and wonder why life here is still so hard- why do they not surface the roads when they say they will so that the crowded minibus I am in gets stuck in mud after the rain and makes it so hard for teachers to get to school each day? But then I realised that it doesn’t matter that there is no power for a while when you are surrounded by people who are filled with so much love and appreciation. While I have been here I have seen just how much the partnership has helped everyone at this school- from fixing dormitory roofs and buying stoves for the kitchen to a cow which the school sells milk from, the money that has been raised over the past 10 years has helped so much. But not only has the money helped there is a bond between the schools which is very special.


Isabelle Ward


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Isabelle is a former student of SMRT and visited Ikoba this year.




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