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May 16

The Uganda Fire concert

The Uganda Fire concert

Uganda FireWe were so delighted to welcome the Uganda Fire band to SMRT for a lunchtime concert in the Street.  They are very talented musicians and singers and engaging performers.  Many students couldn't help joining in with the music and actions.  Do catch a bit of Fire if you can.  Amongst other concerts, they are at: 

Friday 18th May
7.30 pm – Concert hosted by Bristol West Deanery at St Mary's Church, Stoke Bishop

Saturday 19th May
2.00 – 3.00 pm – Concert as part of Bristol South Arts Trail, at St Paul's Church, Southville

Sunday 20th May
10.30 am – Guest Service at Pip and Jay's, Bristol
6.00 pm – Kainos youth event at St Michael, Stoke Gifford

Thursday 24th May 
7.00 pm Rock Solid – youth event at St Michael, Stoke Gifford

Sunday 27th May
10.30 am – Guest Service at Christ Church, Downend
2.30 pm – Come and sing Gospel at St Michael's Church, Vivian Street, Bedminster followed by:
4.30-6.30pm – Barbecue for all
6.30 pm – Concert

Uganda Fire at SMRT

Apr 20

Former student returns to Uganda

Former student returns to Uganda

We are delighted that Louise is back in Uganda. In this video she explains what she's doing, why it's important and is very positive about how the school has helped her.

Click here for the full story, and if you wish to follow Lou's progress please visit her blog.

Mar 23

Partnership Day 2012

Partnership Day 2012

Each year we have a special day for Year 7 where we focus on our partnership with Ikoba School, Uganda and on partnerships more generally.

We started the day with a Eucharist on the theme of 'journeying'.  We would have loved for this to be a joint service with Ikoba but technology does not yet permit this.  We had the next best thing though.  Our recent visitors to Uganda brought back video of Ikoba students singing 'I have a reason Lord' and we had this as our opening song with the Redcliffe students joining with the chorus.  You can be inspired by the song also here. 

One of our readings was the famous Footprints poem and Chaplain Wendy preached on our faith journey, ably illustrated by the Road to Emmaus story.  Students had produced prayers on card footsteps and these were offered in the service.

Prayers on card footsteps
A special treat for the school was that Mrs Cunningham and Mr Shaw wore their Ugandan outfits.

Ugandan outfits worn by Mrs Cunningham and Mr ShawPeople are now wearing the new partnership wristbands.

The new Partnership WristbandsThey are available via visitor reception at school or via Eazypay. 

During the rest of the day, Year 7 groups were given first-hand experiences from school staff and students who have visited Ikoba.  Students teaching fellow students is particularly powerful.

Alex teaching her fellow studentsYou may just be able to make out the outline of a plate with '17p' on it.  When our visitors were in Uganda, they asked Headteacher Faith about what project would have the most impact at Ikoba.  She replied that, as last year, they have problems with students who can't afford to eat at lunchtime and, therefore, don't come to school or go very hungry all day.  In our money, a lunch costs just 17p, so we hope that James House will raise enough money for the 30 or so students who would benefit from their funds.  If you would like to help, please contact Mr Stevens at school. 

PE also got in the act by holding mini-competitions in their lessons with students representing Zebra, Rhino and Simba Houses (Ikoba School Houses).  In addition, two tutor groups held an international food fair at lunchtime today.  Rebecca made a carrot cake with Ugandan flag icing.  Unfortunately the photo hasn't come out but here's a reminder of the flag anyway!

The flag of UgandaMiriam made some matching cupcakes and there were many tasty goodies for all to enjoy in the sunshine.  Mr Barker's tutor-group did a Olympic relay up and down one of the new staircases as a fundraiser.  Each of the 5 groups did 2012 steps and were rather tired at the end! 

Olympic relayWe also benefited from guest presenters from Bristol University who have volunteered abroad 

Presenters from Bristol University... and from the Kenya Association of Bristol who gave us a flavour of what is like to live in a different culture. 

Kenya Association of BristolBristol is, of course, hosting Kenyan athletes before the Olympic Games this summer.

Thank you to all who contributed to this great day.

Tags: Faith
Mar 21

An inspiring debate about Nanotechnology

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On Tuesday 20th March, SMRT hosted a high profile 'public engagement in science' event to debate the development and uses of nanotechnology.

As part of the EC-funded Nanochannels project, Dr Hill's Year 10 and 11 students were joined by Dr Terry McMaster, Dr Annela Seddon, Sam Olof and Tom Carvell from the Bristol Centre of Functional Nanomaterials.  Together they formed an expert panel to lead a debate on the use of 'nanosensors in medical diagnosis'.  Over 100 people attended, including parents, press, representatives from technology companies, educational organisations and students from years 10-13.

The event was a huge success with impressive presentations and insightful discussions by students from SMRT and the expert scientists. We look forwards to reading the articles about this event in local and national media.  Here's are some photos of the event, more links and details will follow:

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.