Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our student ambassadors who helped out at our open evening this week. You were amazing and a credit to the college.
In this week's news bulletin you will find information about our Enrichment activities that you can get involved with at college, as well as a link to our Enrichment booklet. As well as our Enrichment opportunities, we also encourage students to take up the opportunity to participate in a COP26 climate debate. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A big well done to those Year 13 students who have completed their UCAS applications. For those who still need to complete these please see the posters around college for deadlines and all of the support available to help you with this process. You can also find details about the support sessions and deadlines below.
Next week our students will finish on Thursday for half term. Before you leave college, please make sure that you pick up some lateral flow testing packs.
Please ensure you have taken both of your BKSB Initial Assessments (one for maths and one for English). These are mandatory for ALL new St. Brendan's students regardless of what subjects you have chosen or what grades you have achieved in your GCSEs. You will have received emails from BKSB containing all the details you need to complete these, however you can access the same information in the BKSB Starter Pack here
If you are experiencing any difficulties with completing these, please email email@example.com for support.
The Student Union have put together a series of activities and events to celebrate Black History Month. Find out more about these below and keep an eye out for activities happening around the college!
Check out the St Brendan's Student Union's Instagram for a spotify playlist to celebrate Black History Month which will be up all month.
21st Oct: THE BIG DAY. What to expect:
Tutor programs and RPE sessions will be covering Black history briefly in these lessons.
During Black History Month and the run-up to Remembrance Day we are taking the opportunity to look at the stories of some of the black men who fought for Britain in the two world wars. This week we are focusing on Lionel Fitzherbert Turpin.
Born in Georgetown Guyana in 1896, Lionel Fitzherbert Turpin found his way to Britain it is thought as a merchant shipman.
On 5th August 1915, Lionel enlisted for war aged 19 years and 5 months. At this time he was living in North Shields, working as a labourer.
Mentioned in Stephen Bourne’s book, Black Poppies, Lionel's son Jackie Turpin said:
"He felt British. He was descended from slaves taken from West Africa but English was his first language. His schoolbooks written by British people; he lived under British law; he was brought up to admire British poets & British musicians & British scientists & British politicians & British nobility. His allegiance was to King George V, to his Mother country & to British people all over the world. When Britain declared war on Germany he felt included."
He served with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France and fought at the Somme, where he suffered with gas-burnt lungs and a shell wound. He was hospitalised on 3rd Feb 1919 with pneumonia and discharged from army service.
In 1921, he married Beatrice and settled in Leamington Spa. They had 5 children. Two of his children were boxers Jackie Turpin and Randolph Turpin who was briefly world MW champion.
Lionel died in 1929 after suffering years of ill health with his post-war injuries.
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See below for some key dates for UCAS (university applications)
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.)
Excellent support is offered to students in the process of completing their personal statements with our Careers team as well as academic coaches.
Every Monday in B117 and Wednesday in B225
during term time, 12:10 -1:45pm. No booking required but it is first come first serve. Room capacity
Tuesdays at 14:45-15:45pm and Fridays at 10:55-11:55am in B10.
We are pleased to offer a broad range of enrichment activities at the college. The Enrichment booklet lists the staff led activities and events offered as welll as the Student Union led societies. A number of activities have already started - such as sports - and others will be starting on 18 October.
We encourage all students to get involved in at least two enrichment activities to enhance your experience at the college, as well as giving you the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and build your CV.
We have appointed a new enrichment officer, Lauren Riley, who will be with us after half term and able to support the students' engagement and enrichment activities.
Join us in D2/D3 every Monday 12:15pm-1:00pm for our languages Café to chat in French, Spanish, German and lots of other languages.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced learner, everyone is welcome!
To mark Global Dignity Day on Wednesday 20th October, we will be holding a raffle to raise money for St Peter's Hospice. Grab a ticket or two to be in with a chance to win Amazon vouchers!
Tickets will be £1 each, and you'll be able to grab them from Café Max on Wednesday lunchtime.
Are you interested in sharing some time to explore Interfaith dialogue?
A reminder to pop in to C105 at lunchtimes (12:10pm and 1:00pm) on Fridays to share your interest, discuss what you would like to see develop in college and explore ideas about how we might support sharing and leadership.
Our Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department held the long-awaited annual Languages Carousel event to celebrate the nineteenth European Day of Languages, celebrated across Europe since 2002.
In a vibrant atmosphere, college students came together to try out a wide variety of languages ranging from French, German and Spanish to Turkish, Polish and Korean, whilst enjoying a feast of international cuisine.
It’s not too late to apply for a College Bursary. 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. You might also qualify for Free College Meals if your parents are earning below £7,400 and receive either Universal Credit or Child Tax Credit but do not receive Working Tax Credit.
For more information and a link to the online applications system visit our website
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