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Bright Sparks Celebrate


Bright Sparks Celebrate and head to the home of English Rugby

Following over 60 hours of commitment and hard graft the 2018 Merchants' Bright Sparks group celebrated nearing the competition of their ‘Step Up Level 1’ qualification by heading to Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 26th May for the Premiership Final between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs.

The group have come a long way since September completing modules in Taking Part Sport, Improving Performance and developing Teamwork Skills as well as improving their playing and coaching skills and knowledge.


The Rewards Trip


The group left school at 09:00 making their way with support of staff Mr Cameron, Miss Flamank and Bristol Bears (formerly Bristol Rugby) Community Foundation staff to Twickenham before enjoying the fan village and a brilliant game with Saracens coming out eventual winners in front of 75,000 spectators. The return trip was broken up with a well earned KFC stop. The students enjoyed the opportunity, the atmosphere and the whole day experience with all students representing the school and Bristol Bears Community Foundation brilliantly.


the Merchants' group were exceptionally well behaved and respectful to others. On the trip they were a real positive representation of Bristol Rugby and Bristol Rugby Community Foundation and no doubt Merchants' Academy too.

Mr Simon Weaver, Bright Sparks Manager

Workshops at Ashton Gate

In the week preceding the Twickenham visit the students took part in the second Criminal Justice system day at Ashton Gate. The day provided an opportunity to get a better understanding of the importance of good decisions and how the criminal justice system works.

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The day was supported by Aspire Partnership LLP who have sponsored the group throughout the year during the Bright Sparks programme, with partner and financial planner Ian Larthe de Langladure presenting the group with playing shirts before the group played Bridgwater College Academy and Oasis Brislington groups on Ashton Gate pitch. 

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