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Thursday 16th September 2021

Welcome Students!

Dear Students,

It has been a great pleasure to see such a positive start to the term. We know that you will now have visited most of your lessons and we are impressed by how you continue to settle in at College and make a brilliant start to your learning.

We enjoyed seeing you at our Freshers’ Fair last Friday and we’re excited for the start of our enrichment programme, which offers a huge range of activities, clubs and societies to get involved with. You can find out more about these below.

In last week’s bulletin, we included information about our course change process, including how you can speak to our careers team here at the College. Read about this again here

Looking ahead, many of you will now be preparing for life after St Brendan’s, and thinking about your options, whether university, apprenticeships, or the world of work. We have included our St Brendan’s UCAS deadlines in the bulletin below. Signing up for UCAS means that you can apply for up to five different universities, keeping your future options open. We are also supporting applications to apprenticeships and employment, so do get in touch with the careers team if you are looking for some advice.

I would like to say a big thank you to you all for wearing face coverings in communal areas. Experts are still recommending face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where individuals may come into contact with people they don’t normally meet.

We are aware that the government has removed the legal requirement to wear face. We have now made the decision that it will be personal choice as to whether students wear a face covering on site. We recognise that this may cause anxiety to some, and we ask that you are aware and respectful of others who may be vulnerable, or have vulnerable relatives.

As a College, we will continually review this approach in response to government advice and local transmission rates.

Kind regards

Marian Curran

College Principal


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Settling In Review day

Last week we sent out information about our Settling in Review Day for all students, coming up on on Friday 15th October from 9am – 4pm. This week we have sent out further information to parents & carers about how to book an appointment

A reminder that on this day all students will be completing their lessons at home, with teachers setting work for you to work through.

Welcome to the LRC

It is great to see so many students coming to use the LRC and we are very pleased with your co-operation wearing your face masks, signing in and keeping the noise down. Please keep up the face mask / signing in routine as it will help keep us all safe. Also remember that there are sanitising stations throughout the LRC that you can use to sanitise your hands and work surfaces.

New books

We have now added a series of new books to the collection with subjects ranging from Media Studies to Sports and Music. We are also ordering some fresh stock to celebrate Black History Month including "Manifesto" by Bernardine Evaristo and "Black and British : a forgotten history" by David Olusoga, these will be available to borrow soon. Keep track of our new books by logging in to the catalogue and browsing the "New Arrivals" carousel!

Borrowing books

All students can borrow up to ten books for two weeks. You can renew your books via the library catalogue up to three times, provided that nobody else has requested them. Have a look at this quick tutorial to use the catalogue.


We have a growing collection of e-books which you can access directly from the library catalogue. Have a look at the catalogue quick tutorial to see how!

Contact us

We'd love to know how the LRC is working for you, so if you have suggestions or feedback please come to see us in B211 or drop us an email: lrc@stbrn.ac.uk.

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Black Sailors of the Royal Navy in the French Wars, 1793-1815

This year we have re-written the curriculum for the HEB (Britain and USA) history option (and HEM year 2) to include opportunities for BAME history. This sits alongside the African Kingdoms option offered by the HOT history course. It is our hope that this will serve to provide a more inclusive, relevant, and enriching history curriculum. Each week we will share an element of this, shining a light on lesser-known areas of our history.

This week find out more about:

Black sailors in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

'Nelson's Unsung Heroes', from the Battle of Trafalgar

Careers and progression

Careers News

In this week’s Careers News:

  • UK University and Apprenticeship Fair Trip
  • UCAS drop in support sessions
  • University Admissions Test details
  • University widening participation schemes
  • Work experience with Bristol City Council
  • Paid EDT Year in Industry Placement Programme

and much more!

This Week's Careers News

UCAS dates and deadlines:

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

17th September - Submission of Final Draft of personal Statement

24th September - Internal deadline to pay and send UCAS application (to guarantee application is checked and sent by UCAS deadline.)

All other applicants

17th September - 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


Societies and clubs

Want to get more out of your College experience, meet new people and try new things? Join a club or society! We’ve got a great range of societies running this year, from Pride to Film Club, there’s something for everyone! . If there is something you’re interested in but isn’t on the list, just let us know and we’ll see if we can run it for you! Find out more and sign up using the link below.

The form will be open until Friday 24th September and we’ll contact you with details of when and where societies are running next week.

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Become a student ambassador!

Do you fancy the chance to meet new people, learn new skills, and improve your UCAS/apprenticeship application, all with the chance to earn up to £100 vouchers? Sign up now to represent the college as a student ambassador! For more information email cww@stbrn.ac.uk

Health & Safety

End of day at college

To ensure a smooth and safe transition from the College campus at the end of the day we require all motorists to turn right as you exit St Brendan’s main gate between 3.50 pm & 4.20 pm Monday – Friday. Please share this with those collecting you at the end of the day. Read more about this & alternative routes here

At peak times we may sometimes exceed our car park capacity. A member of staff will be positioned at the main gate to notify you when this is the case. On such occasions we ask that you pick up students away from the college entrance to prevent congestion and allow all persons to exit the site safely. Please do not park in or obstruct access to neighbouring businesses or properties.

Travel to college

There are lots of different ways to travel to college. First Bus operate a number of services that serve St Brendan's college. You can find out more about these here. You can buy a St Brendan's College student mTicket via the First Bus app.

St Brendan’s also has a network of college coaches to provide transport from some areas where public bus services are less convenient. The college coach is £80 per month (September to May inclusive) and gives you a guaranteed seat.

Find out more about travelling to college

College information & news

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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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