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.



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:


Oct 11

Every leader starts somewhere... by Matthew Mills

Every leader starts somewhere...


Take a second to consider this statement. You may not have thought about it before, but all public figures, from Cameron to Obama, are not in any way larger than life; in fact, they are more similar to us than is usually recognised. Their position is the only thing that sets them apart, and these positions can be gained by any one, if they apply themselves appropriately.

On the other hand, when someone considers what it is that makes a leader, the words "young people" or "teenager" do not usually come high on their list. This is perhaps not surprising, due to our lack of experience, but it is wrong to dismiss youth as credible leaders. This is because young people have the most potential to become them. A fact that the people at the Bristol Leadership Programme (BLP) know well. Piloted in 2012 the programme aims to identify capable young people from underprivileged backgrounds and create a platform to help them reach positions of leadership that may otherwise have been unobtainable in their current situations.

I came onto the programme this year after being put forward by my head of year, qualifying for the programme due to my status as a child in care and as a student who had been recognised as talented. I will admit that I was sceptical at first as I had little information and not much interest in leadership, at least not in a political sense. I decided to test the water, attending an interview with programme director Tracie Jolliff. After being offered a place, I took part in the BLP induction in June in an attempt to see what the programme was all about.

The outline was certainly impressive. A two week schedule (this year from the 8th-19th July), the programme boasted seminars and workshops from public figures from all areas, including top university professors, barristers, politicians, entrepreneurs and architects. Amongst some of the most notable were George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, and David Berg, professor of psychiatry and lecturer in the department of arts and science at Yale university. As well as this there were personality profiles and other inputs by JCA Global and High Growth Knowledge Company, who specialise in Emotional Intelligence and all aspects of leadership development. It certainly looked intriguing.

With this in mind, I cancelled a trip I had planned with school and jumped aboard. I was certainly not disappointed. From the first day I was drawn in by the engaging schedule and also the social aspect of the programme, joining ten other young people aged sixteen and above. A typical day on the programme, starting at 1:30pm, consisted of three ninety-minute seminars, with a break in between. Each evening from 7pm onwards we would host a different high profile guest, providing the chance for the members of the programme to get advice and support in their fields of interest, with the chance of getting work experience and possible internships. As well as this, we would be joined by members of the Bristol junior chamber, an organisation of entrepreneurs under the age of 40, who also provided advice and stories about their own experiences, which was an extremely beneficial insight which otherwise would not have been available to the young talent in the room.

The most beneficial thing I gained from the programme was opportunity; through the workshops and seminars I have opened doors that would otherwise have remained closed. I met many influential people and now have a larger understanding of what I need to do to put myself out there and make an impression. Coaches and mentors provide a support network which stays with you for at least 12 months and helps you take the steps needed to get where you want to be. On top of this, I met 10 of the most incredible people, all of whom were from different backgrounds and all of whom were inspiring in different ways. I am still in contact with them after the programme. The programme’s emphasis on breaking the class barrier within leadership was also inspiring, with talks from a wide range of people who were not from privileged backgrounds, including black & minority ethnic speakers who had excelled.

A strong message I would pass on is that leadership is not all political and constitutional. The programme has taught me that you can be a leader in any aspect, whether it be in sport, music or amongst your friends. If you put the effort in, then the benefits will be obvious. I myself am excited for my future as an ambassador for the programme, and where it will take me. The programme’s motto is "accidentally gifted, deliberately brilliant", and similarly the BLP was given a chance to transform the lives of those involved, and it has done a deliberately brilliant job.

If anyone would like more information, look to the BLP website:


Group picture


This year's participants, all dressed up!

Oct 11

Young school journalists get published

Bristol24-7 Logo

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


Lucy's view on the Bristol Aquarium