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Friday 15 October 2021


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

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.

Kind regards

Marian Curran

College Principal


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BKSB Initial Assessments

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 for support.

Black History Month

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Black History Month with the Student Union

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.

  • 15th Oct: Jerk chicken Friday again, for those who loved it and craved more! (Or anyone who missed it this week)
  • 15th Oct: Wear black for BHM this day to celebrate diversity and show solidarity

21st Oct: THE BIG DAY. What to expect:

  • Speeches taking place at lunchtime on site from students, staff members, charities, and outside college speakers, talking about their experiences.
  • A new meal on the menu picked out by you through polls.
  • Money for charity SARI being raised all day.

Tutor programs and RPE sessions will be covering Black history briefly in these lessons.


BAME History at St Brendan's

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.

Careers and progression

Careers News

Featuring the latest apprenticeships, university and college opportunities, career-related events and much more. Highlights of the Careers News include:

  • UCAS drop in support sessions
  • Futures for Y12 and Y13
  • Reflections on UK University and Apprenticeship Fair
  • Catch up: St Brendan's Careers Information Event for Year 13 Parents and Carers
  • Legal Employer Mentoring from Bevan Brittan
  • Currently on Work Experience Teams
  • Work Experience Exclusive to careers news section!
  • Pre-register: Virtual Event to Experience Life as a Neighbourhood Police Officer
  • And much more! Explore now!

Click below to view Careers News.

This Week's Careers News

UCAS dates and deadlines:

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.)

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UCAS personal statements drop in session

Excellent support is offered to students in the process of completing their personal statements with our Careers team as well as academic coaches.

Careers Team

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
limits apply.

Academic Coaches

Tuesdays at 14:45-15:45pm and Fridays at 10:55-11:55am in B10.

Clubs, groups & activities

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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.

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Languages Café

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!

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Global Dignity Day raffle

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.


Interfaith Dialogue and Multi-faith Prayer

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.

College information & news

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Languages Carousel

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.

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College Bursary

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



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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