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Friday 14th May 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

I wanted to let you know our position with regards to face coverings. This week the government announced that the country will move to Step 3 of the road map out of lockdown on Monday 17th of May. As part of this, the new advice applies to the use of face coverings. “Face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas." However, the guidance does state that face coverings for students or staff maybe advised for a temporary period in response to a localised outbreak, including variants of concern.

We remain totally committed to keeping both our students, staff and their families safe and we know that a number of students will still want to wear face coverings in communal spaces and we would encourage them to do so. Face coverings are still required on both college and public transport until further notice. Staff and visitors to college will continue to wear face coverings in communal areas.

Even though the national and local picture is moving in the right direction, we still need to ensure that a number of safety measures remain in place at the college. These include, twice-weekly lateral flow testing, regular handwashing and hand sanitising before entering the college building and classrooms, as well as good ventilation in classrooms and other teaching spaces.

The stage 4 review on the road map out of lockdown is on the 21st of June. We will of course keep you updated on the implications for your daughter/son and what this means for the college.

We would like to thank our students for the great deal of maturity they have shown as they have adapted to their full return to onsite teaching. We are looking forward to getting back on a path to normal as soon as possible.

Marian Curran (College Principal)

Careers News

Careers News - featuring the latest Apprenticeships, University and College opportunities, career-related events and much more. Highlights of the 12th of May edition include:

  • Important information for Access to Level 3 students returning to St Brendan’s
  • Future women engineering bursaries
  • UBHT Introduction to applying to medicine event
  • Volunteering opportunity with National Autistic Society
  • National Grid virtual work experience
This Week's Careers News

End of Year Survey

It’s the time of year where we ask students to reflect on your experiences at College and tell us what you think we’ve done well and what we could improve on. It’s completely anonymous and will only be used to help improve services for future students.

Obviously, this has been far from a usual year for year for you but your feedback is still really important. There are questions on your general College experience, some specific questions on teaching and learning, as well as some questions on the support available in College.

It should only take about 5 minutes to complete. Click this link to start the survey.

If there is something in particular you’d like to discuss or feedback, feel free to email lhh@stbrn.ac.uk

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Wheelchair Rugby with Bristol Bears!

Fancy A Go?!

We have a great opportunity over the next few weeks for any students who fancy trying out Wheelchair Rugby – right here in our Sports Hall at College.

Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby Club is coming to St Brendan’s for the next four Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm to run taster sessions. The club has been established in Bristol for many years and offers social sport for disabled and non-disabled people as well as running competitive teams for classified players.

The sessions are open to all students, male or female – and you don’t have to have ever been in a wheelchair before – you will be shown how to use one by Head Coach Ian. The students who took part in the first session this week loved it!

If you would like to have a taster session in this action-packed sport, that was originally known as ‘murderball’ according to Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby(!) - email Sports teacher, Paul Ryan and he will book you in.


There are places for nine students in each session – which will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Café Max and Café Min - Important Information!

Good news - both cafes are now open!

Opening hours are 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday- Friday.

Whether it's breakfast to kickstart your day, a snack at break time or a tasty lunch, the Cafe Teams will be happy to serve you.

Sport Enrichment Survey

We have an opportunity to re-introduce enrichment sport at the college for the summer term if there is enough demand for this.

Please can you take a couple of minutes to fill out this very short survey - it wont take more than 2 minutes!

Link to Survey
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BAME at St Brendan’s

Black Tudors - Part 1

Over the next two weeks we will be having a look at the experiences of black people living in Tudor England. These examples come from Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufman.

Click here to read more.

Geoff Pugh & John Chescoe

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The Hay Festival

As in 2020, the HAY Festival will again be a digital event providing a fantastic opportunity for students to enjoy a wide range of lectures and discussions free online. The 34th Spring edition brings writers and readers together for an inspiring array of conversations, debates, workshops and performances online, Wednesday 26 May to Sunday 6 June. Over 12 days, more than 250 acclaimed writers, global policymakers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators will take part in this year’s Festival, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction.

It will interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from building a better world post-pandemic to tackling the compound crises of climate change, inequality, and challenges to truth and democracy.

Festival-goers can explore the programme and register for free now at www.hayfestival.com/wales

Over 12 days, more than 250 acclaimed writers, global policymakers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators will take part in this year’s Festival, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction.

It will interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from building a better world post-pandemic to tackling the compound crises of climate change, inequality, and challenges to truth and democracy.

We would recommend all students register for this event and choose which sessions they wish to attend hayfestival.org/wales

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Medical Schools Council Summer Schools

Medical Schools Council is working with four leading medical schools across England to offer a series of free summer schools. The initiative is funded by Health Education England and is aimed at young people from areas of England where few students apply to study medicine. There is a particular focus on reaching young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At an MSC Summer School, students can learn about becoming a doctor or health care professional and whether it would be the right career for them. They will receive the information, skills and above all the confidence they need to submit a strong application to medicine. The summer school will take place during the week of 5 July 2021. Applications for this summer are now open and can be made here

Improving Wellbeing – A self-study course for students

Dr Iro Konstantinou at The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning (CIRL) has created 8 x 10-minute well-being sessions for school students to do in their own time and at their own pace. The link to the sessions is here

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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 Facebook

Chaplaincy Youtube

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Key Contacts

Marian Curran Principal

Svetlana Bajic-Raymond Vice Principal

Vicki Haigh Head of Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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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