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Jan 23

Brazil Day 2014

With the Christmas tinsel down and only dark and gloomy days ahead, a big ray of colour, fun and enhanced education arrived in school to cheer life up - the Geography Department Brazil Day 2014.

 

The day began with a guest speaker from the charity the United Society swiftly followed by a visit to the Fair Trade stalls!  Students then had the opportunity to experience a wide range of workshops that included Brazilian cuisine, traditional samba drumming, a rainforest experience, face painting and capoeira dance.

 

Some students also gained first hand experience of inequality in Brazil as they were challenged by a simulation game which highlighted the unfairness of the cocoa industry as well as a murder mystery which heightened research skills and team working as groups formulated a theory.

 

Thanks to endless hardwork, energy and enthusiasm from many members of staff and external workshops, this experience was a huge success that allowed Year 8 students to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture and develop a real sense of place for the Brazil topic being studied in Geography, which also allowed students to empathise with a range of issues and challenges that face the country and its people.

 

Our thanks go to all parents and carers who contributed to this day and we were able to raise £200.00 for the United Society charity to support their work in Brazil.

 

Miss Bullock

 

 

 

 

Students playing simulation gameYear 8 students mask making

Rainforest experience

Sixth former face painting Year 8 student


Jan 23

Young Chef Competition success

Great news from the district semi- final of the Young Chef Competition on 21 January. James (year 9) and Miss Millar headed over to St Katherine’s School in Pill where he gained first prize for his cooking!!

 

James completed a three course meal over 2 hours consisting of a duck breast salad, porcini risotto and a lemon tart for dessert. The judges made comments that he was calm, organised and the flavours from his dishes were brilliant.

 

James and his dishes

 

James will now be competing in the district final of the competition on the 1st of February and moving into the regional final if he is successful.

 

Jan 9

Romany Journey

In July 2013 our school orchestra were asked to perform at the Colston Hall with Bristol’s biggest community choir ‘The Gurt Lush’ directed by our singing teacher Sam Burns. The orchestra is non-auditioning so all of our student musicians were represented from beginner violins to grade 8 tromobonists! We played an integral part of ‘A Romany Journey’ a suite of vibrant Roma gypsy tunes arranged superbly by Sam. The orchestra rehearsed solidly for six months prior to the concert and all of their hard work paid off with a spectacular concert alongside not only the Gurt Lush Choir but also nationally acclaimed Roma band ‘The Gypsy Stars’. Have a look at our video of one of our favourite songs 'Maki Maki’.

 

 

Jan 6

Carol Service (with audio!)

Our Carol Service on Monday 19th December was a huge success; the school choir sang a range of music both traditional and contemporary including carols composed by Peter Dyke, Morten Lauridsen and our own director of music, Edward Davies. Here is a recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s Hark the Herald Angels Sing:

 

 

Our thanks go to the school choir (all 80 of them!) the school brass ensemble and SMR church organist Andrew Kirk.

 

Our thanks also to UWE Music Technology students Saoirse Christopherson and Solomon John-Addey for recording and mixing our carol service. To hear all of the items from the service please visit the Music department's soundcloud page at:

https://soundcloud.com/smrt-music-department

 

Oct 11

Young school journalists get published

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A joint project between the website Bristol24-7 and a team of student reporters at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School has produced a series of features offering a ‘kids-eye view’ of Bristol attractions, written by students themselves. These places, events and activities are all Bristol highlights aimed at entertaining whole families and our cub reporters followed a strict brief: to hold the fun they offer up to serious teenage scrutiny.


The project aims both to build both top-notch writing skills and instil confidence in students. Each of those taking part has had advice on writing for websites, coaching on how to conduct phone interviews, as well as assistance with editing to a tight brief and producing copy to a deadline.


Chris Brown, Bristol24-7 editor, said: “I am delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to young people interested in what can be an exhilarating profession. Huge credit is due to everyone on the editorial team whose hard work is, I hope, appreciated by all who read their work over the next few weeks.

 

Our student reporters on the web

 

The articles, which run weekly until the end of this month, can be viewed on the Bristol24-7 website.

 

Here are the direct links to the first two:

 

Rowena's piece on the Gromit Unleashed trail

http://www.bristol247.com/2013/09/30/read-all-about-it-bristol-children-making-the-news-headlines-47039/

 

Lucy's view on the Bristol Aquarium 

http://www.bristol247.com/2013/10/07/read-all-about-it-enchanted-by-beauty-of-bristol-aquarium-29338/

 

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