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Thursday 16th September 2021


Dear Parents and Carers,

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

We enjoyed seeing our students at our Freshers’ Fair last Friday. Our enrichment programme offers students a huge range of activities, clubs and societies, which are both student and staff led, to get involved with outside of their lessons. You can find out more about these below.

Looking ahead, I know that many of our Year 13s will be preparing for life after St Brendan’s, and thinking about their options whether university, apprenticeships, or the world of work. The Careers team are always ready to offer advice and support.

Signing up for UCAS means that students can apply for up to five different universities, keeping their future options open. We have included our St Brendan’s UCAS deadlines in the bulletin below. We are also supporting applications to apprenticeships and employment and we do try to ensure that all students have a number of options open to them by the time we get to our Year 13 mock examinations.

In last week’s bulletin, we also 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

I would like to say a big thank you to all students and staff, who have been supporting each other and keeping everyone at the college safer by 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 students and parents, and we ask that students are aware and respectful of others who may be vulnerable, or have vulnerable family. 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 for all students

Last week we sent out information about our Settling in Review Day for all students which will be held on Friday 15th October from 9am – 4pm. Find out more about how to book an appointment for this here

A reminder that on this day all students will be completing their lessons at home. Students will be set work, so that teachers and academic mentors are available to meet with you.

Welcome to the LRC

It is great to see so many students coming to use the LRC and we are very pleased with their co-operation wearing your face masks, signing in and keeping the noise down. There are also sanitising stations throughout the LRC for sanitising 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. Students can 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. They can renew 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 can be accessed 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 everyone, 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. These are areas which are related to the spec but not included within it. 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 with students and staff, 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:

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

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

From Pride to Film Club, there’s something for everyone! Find out more and sign up using the link below.

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

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Become a student ambassador!

Becoming a student ambassador is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and improve UCAS/apprenticeship applications, all with the chance to earn up to £100 vouchers. For more information email cww@stbrn.ac.uk

Health & Safety

Dropping off and collecting students

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. Read more about drop off/collection and 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 for students 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

Students can buy a St Brendan's student mTicket via the First Bus app. St Brendan's students cannot travel using a child ticket.

St Brendan’s also has a network of College coaches to provide transport from some of the 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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