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Feb 6

Brazil Day 2015





Brazil Day 2015

Thursday 29th January saw the whole school brace themselves for the almighty Brazil Day, an extra-curricular event designed to give Year 8 students a truly Latin American experience and to appreciate the links between our country and one of contrasting social and economic status in the world.

The day was a huge success with an array of colourful and exciting activities which included a Rainforest experience, Face painting, Capoeira dance, Samba drumming, a Murder mystery, cooking a basic Brazilian meal, a Chocolate game and Brazilian food on the Aspens lunch menu.  This was further enhanced with an opportunity for everyone to purchase goodies from the visiting Fair Trade stall.

An enormous thank you to Year 8 students who behaved impeccably throughout the day and to our visiting speakers, workshops and staff who worked so hard to make the day such a wonderful event.  Sadly, due to curriculum changes, this was our last Brazil Day.  But fear not future Year 8 students as the next stop is Africa! 


Team Geography      GeographyLogo



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Sep 19

Bristol Learning City

We are part of a project to help celebrate the top quality learning that is going on across Bristol schools.  Some of our SMRT students with other Year 13 Bristol students from across the city were involved in putting this video together to reflect on the great education they had in Bristol schools.  The filming and editing was by Matthew Gilpin and the sound recording by James Lansdown from SMRT.




Jun 24

Gifted and Talented Experiences

Twenty Year 10 gifted and talented students recently spent a day at Bristol UWE, working with other gifted and talented students from across Bristol schools in a range of workshops that challenged them to consider different aspects of World War I in this, its centenary year. 


Students engaged in a range of projects across the curriculum areas from designing and building aeroplane wings with only materials available in 1914 to intercepting foreign messages and overcoming the difficulties of communicating through the trenches to get messages to the front line. Some students created 3D maps of the trenches while others attempted to feed an army on a ration.  


In one English workshop the morality of trench warfare was debated and students concluded the day by writing their own poems to an unknown soldier. This is the creation of Susanna Paynter, whose poem was chosen to be shared with the entire group of over 200 students and university lecturers during the presentations that brought the day to a close.


To an unknown soldier,

Husband, father, brother, friend,
You gave your tomorrow for
Good to triumph in the end.

You protected the women and children,
You stood for what is right,
For the greater good of your country,
You valiantly joined the fight.

You stood in the face of danger,
You helped to beat the foe,
Now those friends you left behind you
Must face this tale of woe.

And yet we are still thankful
For all that you have done
From your wife, your sister, your friend,
Your daughter and your son.

Susanna Paynter


The Year 8 and 9 Gifted and Talented cohort have also enjoyed a teambuilding and leadership experience. They joined together to perform a number of exciting problem solving tasks that enabled them to explore team dynamics.


Year 8 and 9 teambuilding



As summer approached fifteen Year 10 Gifted and Talented Artists and Photographers headed into the Brecon Beacons with students from Brislington Enterprise College to take part in an outdoor Art and Photography week.  They engaged in a range of workshops themed around their GSCE projects including outdoor sculptor within the landscape, figure sculptor, cyana type printing and light photography.  Below are some examples of the work students produced.


Brecon 1




Brecon 2



Brecon 3



A group of 15 year 9 maths G&T students attended an Economics, Finance and Management Day at the University of Bristol. The students took part in workshops and attended lectures on Accounting & Finance, Economics and Management by leading academics and had an opportunity to experience what a day at university would be like.


In July I went on a Salters Chemistry Camp. Four people from my triple science class were picked out of a hat and we all had to write an application form about why we wanted to go. There were camps all over England but Susanna Paynter and I were lucky enough to get into the Cambridge camp and experience  the facilities they have there! We spent two and a half days taking part in activities such as making glow torches and paint from scratch and having competitions against the other students, and in the evening we explored Cambridge city and met the other 60 students who came from all over the UK. My favourite part was making paints and meeting all the new people - I didn't enjoy the 5 hour car journey quite as much!

Kate Bentley



May 23

Amazing aerial shots of the school

Mrs Richardson, who has two children at SMRT, has sent us some amazing aerial shots of the school taken from a balloon.


I thought you might like these photos I took of the school from the air. Our balloon went right over the school and gave us a marvellous view. It was a great trip and a lovely birthday present for my husband. The girls came to watch us take off at Ashton Court. 

Mrs Richardson


Aerial shot 1 webcredited



Aerial shot 2 webcredited



Aerial shot 3 webcredited2






May 9

Spanish Guitar Ensemble play at the BMG Mandolin Rally

Our Spanish guitar students and their tutor Mr Ben Spender had the pleasure and privilege of performing at  the British Mandolin and Guitar Federation Rally which was held at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in March in the presence of hundreds of guitar enthusiasts, worldwide experts and author Louis de Berniere. Our students performance was very well received by the rally and our students performed at a very high standard.


Thanks to: 

A Schuman
R Lewis
A Temple
M Tilsey
J Muir
S Cadell
M Tekane
D Turner
M Butters (former pupil)
J Hartley

And Y Ji who was sound engineer for the day.


- Mr Hare, Music Teacher.