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Friday 1st October 2021


Dear Students, Parents & Carers,

Welcome to the end of week four here at the College. Thank you to all our students who have been brilliant at showing their lanyards when they have arrived at college. We know the last four weeks have been busy as you settle back into your learning.

A reminder for parents and carers that you can access our Parent & Carer Handbook, which has vital information about the College and how to access parent portal. Find the handbook here

We are about to start our cycle for recruiting new students to start in September 2022. Many of you will have seen our advertisements across the city featuring three of our students who graduated last year. If you have family or friends who are in Year 10 or 11 and thinking about coming to St Brendan’s, we encourage you to talk to them about visiting the college on one of our open events in the next few months. You can find out more about our open events here

We are aware that the number of positive Covid-19 tests at the College remains low. However, locally we are seeing a steady increase in cases. Our guidance remains the same:

  • Please continue to carry out two lateral flow tests per week – home testing kits are available in the college student entrance and in E building.
  • If students or staff feel unwell we ask them to stay away from college. If they feel they may have Covid-19 symptoms, please request a PCR test.
  • Please keep in contact with your Academic Mentors at college; we will work to ensure that students are supported.
  • We advise all students and staff to consider wearing a face covering when they are moving around college and/or in busy areas. Face coverings are available to all students should they need one.

Finally, we are seeking a parent governor for the College. It is a great way to be involved in the life of the college and you will find more information about this position and how to apply in the college information and news section below.

Kind regards

Marian Curran

College Principal


Settling in Review Day for ALL students

In response to parent/carer feedback and with the interests of ensuring we communicate with parents/carers regularly we are this year running our first ever 'Settling In Review' day on Friday 15th October from 9am - 4pm.

The purpose of this event is to allow parents & carers to talk with subject teachers and academic mentors to discuss how their young person is settling in at St Brendan’s College, whether they are ATL3, in year 12 or in year 13.

Read more about the Settling In Review day and how to book appointments here

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Wave 2 Support Sessions

We have additional sessions in place to support students’ learning in their subjects. Some sessions are designed to revisit knowledge and topic areas where students would like further support, whilst other sessions focus more on the skills needed to be successful in your subjects.

These sessions can be accessed in college or via Teams, and students can talk to their course teachers to find out more.

Sir David Wilkie's painting, The Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch (c.1822), used the representation of a black soldier to pay tribute to Wellington's role in abolition in France

Sir David Wilkie's painting, The Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch (c.1822), used the representation of a black soldier to pay tribute to Wellington's role in abolition in France

Black Soldiers in the British Army in the Early 19th Century

This week, the year 2 HEB and HEM students are starting to look at land warfare during the French Wars of 1793-1815. As part of that we are taking the opportunity to explore the role played by black soldiers in the British Army in the early 19th Century. Find out more about the Visual Representation, Role and Origin of Black Soldiers in British Army Regiments during the Early Nineteenth Century below.

Black Soldiers in British Army in the Early 19th Century


Student Leadership with Bristol Education Partnership

Do you want to be a part of the biggest team of schools and colleges across Bristol? St Brendan's is part of the Bristol Education Partnership (BEP) alongside schools including BGS, Clifton College, Cotham, Redmaids and Bridge Learning Campus. We are offering you the chance to be a part of the student leadership board; a student group working on projects to really make a difference, and a great opportunity to make new friends and expand your horizons.

Charlie Hiscox, a Year 13 St Brendan's student who took part in BEP activities last year, said "I think the biggest benefit has been learning from the best practice of others. We learnt a lot during the student voice conference from the other schools, and hopefully the other schools learnt a lot from our video presentation too."

If you want to get involved, please get in touch with Hbr@stbrn.ac.uk as soon as possible to find out what opportunities the BEP might bring you.

BEP is also running a Student Leadership Training Programme, which you can read about here

If you are interested in this Student Leadership Training Programme, please email Hbr@stbrn.ac.uk

Careers and progression

Careers News

Check out the latest news about apprenticeships, university and college opportunities, career-related events and much more. Highlights of this week's Careers News include:

  • UCAS drop in support sessions
  • Futures for Y12 and Y13
  • Virtual Law Fair
  • HSBC Investing in your future - free webinars
  • National Apprenticeship Show
  • Currently on Work Experience Teams.
  • Work Experience Exclusive to careers news section!
  • Univeristy Open Days
  • Thornbury Horticultural Society - Volunteering Opportunity
  • Bright Green Future - free environmental training programme

And much more! Explore now!

This Week's Careers News
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Our Futures programme supports students to access information about their next steps, including details about universities and university courses, apprenticeships, career preparation, widening participation schemes and support with interviews and university entry exams.

Towards the end of Year 12, students will start to write personal statements for university or apprenticeship applications, which they begin to apply to as they start Year 13. Y13 students can find information on how to apply to university and write excellent personal statements through Futures and Careers teams' pages, UCAS workshops and 1:1 support offered by academic coaches and careers team. Take a look below for information about UCAS deadlines for all students applying to university.

Futures is a compulsory part of the study programme and we monitor students' engagement through Unifrog, a platform available to students offering information and tips on how to progress beyond post-16 education.


UCAS dates and deadlines:

See below for some key dates for UCAS (university applications)

Early applicants (applying to Oxbridge, Veterinary, Medicine or Dentistry)

Closed - Submission of 1st draft of Personal Statement

Closed - Submission of 2nd draft of personal statement

Closed - Submission of Final Draft of personal Statement

Closed - Internal deadline to pay and send UCAS application – (to guarantee application is checked and sent by UCAS deadline.)

All other applicants

Closed - Submission of 1st draft of personal statement

22nd October - Submission of 2nd draft of personal statement

19th November - Submission of Final Draft of personal Statement

3rd December - Internal deadline to pay and send UCAS application – (to guarantee application is checked and sent by UCAS deadline.)

Clubs, groups & activities

Girls football

Enrichment programme

Our extensive enrichment programme, which is brand new this year, will provide an opportunity for students to take part in loads of activities, and provide a social space and a chance to make new friends at college.

We are keen to ensure that all students have the opportunity to take up at least two options. Some enrichment activities have already started, and our enrichment booklet will be available from next week to give a full overview of activities students can take part in.


Interfaith Dialogue and Multi-faith Prayer

Are you interested in sharing some time to explore Interfaith dialogue? An opportunity to lead/share a time of prayer together? To meet visiting speakers from our faith communities to understand more about their faith journey? To have an opportunity to visit communities and places of worship? To develop experience and leadership in Interfaith Dialogue and Multi-faith Prayer?

It would be great to meet with you and explore ideas about how we might support sharing and leadership. Pop in to C105 at lunchtimes (12:10pm and 1:00pm) on Fridays to share your interest and discuss what you would like to see develop in college.

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Languages International Buffet

Join us in celebrating the variety of languages and cultures at our college and try some tasty international cuisine, 12:15 - 1:00pm on Tuesday 5th October in D2/D3. You can pick up tickets (food and drinks included) for £1 from A15 in the Language Centre.

Health & Safety

Road Safety and Behaviour at the Park and Ride

Unfortunately we have had several members of the public contact us about students crossing the roads surrounding the College in a dangerous manner. We have also had complaints about our students’ behaviour at the Park and Ride, where vulnerable or disabled members of the public are not being treated with respect and being given space and time to get off buses our students are trying to board. There are also reports of students pushing each other in front of buses as they pull into the stop which is unbelievably dangerous.

Please can we remind all students that you represent the College when you travel to and from the site and that we expect you to show basic manners and respect. This includes allowing members of the public time and space to complete their journey and ensuring that you cross roads at designated crossing points only. We are increasing staff patrols outside of the College and working with the bus company to identify students who are regularly behaving in a dangerous or immature manner. These students may have their right to use the service withdrawn.

College information & news

St Brendan's staff sporting every shade of yellow in support of #HelloYellow 2019

St Brendan's staff sporting every shade of yellow in support of #HelloYellow 2019


On Friday 8th October, St Brendan's will be taking part in #HelloYellow and raising funds to support YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

Keep an eye out for our neon socks, custard scarves and banana hats - as we show young people they're not alone with their mental health!

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Your College Needs You: Become a Parent Governor!

Do you want to get involved in supporting the aims and objectives of St Brendan’s College? The board of Governors is looking for a Parent Governor to promote the interest of the College and its students in the wider community. The deadline for returning a completed nomination form has now been extended until Friday 8th October 2021. Read more about the role and how to nominate here

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You can find our College Chaplain Ann Morgan in room B209, all faiths & no faiths welcome!

If you would like to follow any of the Chaplaincy social media accounts - the links are below.

Chaplaincy Twitter

Chaplaincy Instagram

Chaplaincy Youtube

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Key Contacts

Marian Curran Principal

Svetlana Bajic-Raymond Vice Principal

Vicki Haigh Head of Pedagogy, Professional Development and Innovation

Kerry Mullinder Head of Learning Development & Safeguarding

Sue Rees Head of Data and Exams

Laura Howe-Haysom Head of Support Services

Sarah Hinder Finance Manager

Alison Rayner Exams Officer

Claire Woodhouse Attendance Officer

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