Dear Students, Parents and Carers
We hope your second week back has gone well and that you are getting lots of feedback on your progress so far. We are planning a number of events to support students (and their parents and carers) in the run up to both internal mock exams and the external examinations in the summer. Details of an information event for Year 13 parents and carers can be found below and here is some useful information for Year 12 and 13 students who have formal assessments this summer.
Thank you to our students and staff who have donated generously to our Ukraine campaign which is being overseen by our Chaplaincy. We recognise that the Russia and Ukraine conflict may affect many of our students, parents, carers, staff and governors. At times like these our college community and ethos can be a source of comfort and support. Students may wish to speak to their peers, seek pastoral support through our teachers and tutors, speak to our mental health leads or to our Chaplain. It is really important that as a College community, we continually support everyone regardless of their background, nationality or faith. Please do reach out if you are affected in any way.
This week we have welcomed the start of our Progress to Success programme, alongside our existing academic coaching offer. This programme has started well and we are pleased to see so many students taking responsibility for their learning and outcomes by attending these sessions. The plan is for these to continue up until the exams and then, following the Year 12 progress exams, for us to work with our Year 12s on supporting post exams and as part of their transition to Year 13.
We have recently sent out 607 congratulation emails to students whose attendance was above 95% overall for Term 3, 210 of them were 100%. In addition, 18 of students were successful in our termly attendance prize draw and those students will shortly be receiving their prizes from their academic mentors. We would like to say congratulations to all students who are maintaining excellent attendance to their study programme and recognise that there others who are working hard to improve their attendance following recent meetings with senior managers. We know this will help you achieve the very best in your subjects.
Key Assessments – 14th – 16th March
Key assessments are happening next week, please check your exam timetable on student portal for dates and times.
January Exam Results Dates
To view your result, logon to student portal, exams tab, results.
Level 3 Certificate Unit 2 Criminology results were issued on 10th March
Level 2 & 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals: Results date 16th March from 9am
Level 2 & 3 BTEC Firsts and Nationals: Results Date 24th March from 9am
For those students that receive a U or NP (Near Pass) the college will pay for the summer 2022 exam resit. Please complete the resit form and bring to the exams office B211c (back of the LRC).
For those students not happy with their grade, and you would like to resit. Please complete the attached resit form and take the payment to the Finance Office by the deadline date as per the form (and below).
Please check your exam timetable after the 1st April for the date and time of exam.
All OCR Cambridge Technicals – Friday 18th March 2022
All BTEC Firsts and Nationals – Wednesday 30th March 2022
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Team: email@example.com
On 28th April the college will be running a trip to the UCAS Discovery Exhibition which is being held at the SGS Wise Campus at Stoke Gifford.
This is your chance to talk to lots of different universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers ready to help you discover your future.
Coaches will be leaving St Brendan's at 8:45am and we have a two hour slot reserved for our students (9:30-11:30am).
Click the link below to register your interest or scan the QR code on the posters around college.
Come and join us on Thursday 17th March for a session of tips and suggestions for ways that you can support and help your young person over the next couple of months as they immerse themselves in revision and sit their final exams.
The event will begin with an overview presentation which will run at 5:30pm & 6:15pm - book the one that is most convenient for you by clicking the button below.
After the presentation there will be a series of revision stalls set up for you to visit where you can talk to staff re anything that you would like more information on.
Following on from our Online Progress Review event on the 10th March for ATL3 and Y13 Students, can we please ask parents and carers to take a few moments to complete our survey regarding this review and also, about the College as a whole. This survey will close at 11pm on the 20th March. Thank you in advance.
St Brendan's students are taking part in the National Theatre Connections Festival 2022. They are doing two evening performances of their play here at St Brendan's on March 23rd and 24th before moving on to the competitive stage at the Bristol Old Vic next month. It would be great for them to have a full house to perform to - you can book tickets using the link below (£5 adults / £3 students).
Superglue tells the story of a group of climate activists gathering at a woodland burial ground to say goodbye to a friend who died during a protest. As they gather, they erect banners and they talk about their pasts and their futures, about peaceful action versus violent action, about how society dismisses them and undervalues their cause. Initially, we believe these activists are the age of the actors playing them. Gradually, we realise that this is the story of an elderly climate action group - elderly characters performed without imitation by young actors. Parallels are drawn between old age and adolescence in a play that gently invites an intergenerational understanding of the future of our planet.
What would you change about being a student at St Brendan's? Perhaps you want more extracurricular opportunities? A stronger focus on sustainability or inclusivity?
If you think that you could represent your peers, why not nominate yourself to be part of our Student Union!
The deadline for all SU applications is Friday the 18th of March.
All students have been emailed the SU Election Information handbook which explains what you need to do to apply/what roles you can apply to. If you have any questions about the SU, these roles, or the process, just drop Lauren Riley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Howe-Haysom (email@example.com) an email. If you are interested in more than one role, let them know and they can help you find the role that is right for you! 🙂
Leading the SU is a great responsibility, but an incredible experience and unbeatable development opportunity.
'Putting the spotlight on the next generation of local musicians, talented students of St Brendan’s Sixth Form College are set to take over Bristol Beacon this Spring.
The event will include performances from ensembles, bands, and young artists on stages across the venue as well as showcases of student compositions, all supported by Music Technology students.
Students will also be collaborating with Bristol Beacon Artist in Residence, award-winning sound artist and beatboxer Jason Singh.'
Check out this week's sports results and find out what sporting activities you can join in with next week in the latest edition of Game On - the college sports magazine:
We have launched a new mental health service called TalkCampus. It’s a free to download app where you can talk with other students from around the world if you’re struggling and worried about your mental health. Your student email address will give you free access.
TalkCampus is anonymous and we won’t be able to see if you are using it, you also won’t be able to see where other students are from. TalkCampus is about peer support. The platform is safe and moderated and is designed as a place where you can just be yourself and talk about how you’re feeling.
Download TalkCampus from the app stores on Google or the App Store
If the adults you live with earn a combined income of less than £27,000 per year you could qualify for help with the cost of travel to college and compulsory course costs. For more information and a link to the online applications system visit our website
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.
Marian Curran Principal
Steve Clayson Vice Principal (Curriculum, Quality & Innovation)
Alexandra Moruzzi Vice Principal (Student Experience & Progression)
Vicki Haigh Head of Pedagogy, Professional Development and Innovation
Kerry Mullinder Head of Learning Development & Safeguarding
Laura Howe-Haysom Head of Support Services
Sue Rees Head of Data and Exams
Sarah Hinder Finance Manager
Claire Woodhouse Attendance Officer