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Friday 9th July 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

We have seen a small increase in the number of Covid cases this week. Please can I ask everyone to remain vigilant over the last few days of term, especially with the wearing of face coverings in communal areas. Thank you to all our students who have responded positively to wearing them this week.

We have received updated guidance about what stage 4 means for educational settings. Can I ask all our students to make sure that they check our College website/emails with regards to what the new term in September will look like.

We are being asked by the NHS to encourage you all to continue to take Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. We still have enough packs available to last over the summer. Students - please pick them up before you leave on Thursday. The College Track and Trace programme will also come to an end on Thursday 15 July for students.

Just a reminder that the last day of term will be Thursday 15th July and our anticipated start of the new term is on Monday 6th September. We will go straight into a normal timetable, and students should receive their timetable the week before.

St Brendan's has been shortlisted for the National SEND Awards which is celebrating inclusive practice. This is a great achievement for the College, and builds on a number of awards that College has already won this year. We will find out on Wednesday 14th July.

Our final update will be next week, after the final Euro 2020 match!!!


Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

FAO Year 12 students

As we move into the final week of term, we want to make sure you are fully equipped with the activities teachers are setting for you to complete over the summer holiday. All students will have work set for each subject which will be a mixture of learning and doing. Teachers will have provided this to you, and it will also be in your Teams class pages.

We are really mindful of ensuring we personalise your learning and thus teachers may have given to you, in addition to the standard agreed course plan, work that will help you to bridge gaps and move forward as well as activities that help you to think about the wider aspects of the topic.

For some students, we know that they really benefit for our Academic Coaching support that has been put in place this year to support with moving on from the COVID lockdowns. Many of you have been contacted directly to book in sessions with Alex where you will meet with him once a week to check in on progress, help you manage time, organise notes/work and get some support with key aspects of learning (not subject specific). If you feel you would benefit from this intervention we do have a limited number of slots left that our year 12 students can join. These can be requested by completing this MS FORM and will be offered on the following basis:

1) Student meets eligibility criteria (4 or lower in GCSE English and/or Maths when started College)

2) Student progress has been/is being impacted by COVID-19

3) First come, first served

Alex Womersley will be in contact via email to book in slots on Teams. You will know if you have a place by next Thursday at 4.00pm.

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

FAO A2L3 and Year 13 students

Information for Results Day

Students and parent/carers are asked to please download this letter and JCQ summary which seeks to map out the summer grading process and information about results day, including information about the queries and appeals process.

It is imperative this is read by all prior to results day and will be sent by the TAG Queries email also. Please ensure your friends are aware of this latest notice (too many students are not accessing emails/bulletin to keep up to date with arrangements for summer grading so your support in spreading the word amongst peers is really appreciated 🙂)

Careers News

Results Day 2021

YEAR 13 Follow the link below for helpful information about your options on Results Day.

Click here for Results Day Platform
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Teacher Absence Reminder

Teacher/staff member has posted to say they are not able to deliver the lesson and have set work for you: What do you need to do document is now available.

Click HERE for more information.

Joshua Penney

Joshua Penney

Sean Aanesen

Sean Aanesen

Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators

TWO ST. BRENDAN’S LANGUAGES STUDENTS RECEIVED A PRIZE IN THE ANTHEA BELL PRIZE FOR YOUNG TRANSLATORS – QUEEN’S COLLEGE OXFORD.

A group of our German and Spanish language students have recently entered the prestigious Anthea Bell Competition for Young Translators organised by Queen’s College Oxford.

We are thrilled to announce that Joshua Penney (Year 13 Spanish) is the winner for Spanish for the South West in the Level 4 (A Level) category and will be entered for the National Translation Competition. Sean Aanesen (Year 12 German) has been awarded a Commended for his translation work in the same category. Both students will be awarded certificates by Queen's College, Oxford.

Our entries have competed with over 1,000 entries from schools across the country. A team of translators from right across the UK along with Oxford languages undergraduates, have worked together to judge the competition.

We are so proud of our students and this fantastic achievement!

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WE'RE BACK!

Sport Enrichment is back!

Running throughout June & July - everyone welcome!

  • If you don't have a lesson at these times, head to the sports centre (E building) to join in.
  • If you can't make these sessions but would like to play next year, email: Jake.Britton@stbrn.ac.uk to let him know.
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Café Max and Café Min - Important Information!

Good news - both cafes are 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.

Go Make Create with Adobe X Netflix

Go Make Create is a FREE online summer school for UK students wanting to get active creating digital stories.

The Great Untold is a FREE short film making challenge from Adobe and Netflix.

Here are three challenges to choose from, all which encourage creativity and getting outside. Students can rummage through their old things, tear up cereal boxes and rope in friends or family to create their masterpiece using our simple tutorials.

The emphasis is on having fun, being creative but most importantly learning how to storyboard, record, add special effects and edit using Adobe’s awesome tools.

Click here to find out more!
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Bursary & Transport Information

Bursary income threshold increased to £27,000 for 2021-22 – APPLY NOW!

Students are invited to apply for a bursary for the new academic year. We have increased the earnings threshold from £23,000 to £27,000 so more students will qualify.


APPLY NOW for a college coach place in 2021-22

Applications for college coach places are now open to existing St Brendan's students who are returning in September 2021.

Applications close on Monday 12th July. After that date we will confirm your place and make remaining places available for new students. We will not accept any applications from returning students between 13th July and 1st September so APPLY NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE.

Click HERE to find out more.

BAME at St Brendan’s

Sislin Fay Allen

The UK's first black policewoman, Sislin Fay Allen, died at her home in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on 5 July 2021, aged 83. Mrs Allen joined the Met Police in 1968 at the age of 29 after working as a nurse in Croydon, South London. She served in the Met for four years, first in Croydon then at the Missing Persons Bureau, before moving to Jamaica where she continued to work as a police officer.

Find out more about Sislin Fay Allen

The Return of Societies!

Society Sessions are continuing to launch!

Sign-up for the coming week of sessions HERE

If you would like to create a new society, just email swi@stbrn.ac.uk and we can begin to promote the group to the student body!

New groups and sessions will continue to be added via the bulletin, and all sign-ups will be added to individual Teams channels for each group for more direct information about sessions.

To note, please fill in the form even if you have already previously registered interest- this allows us to manage attendance and numbers at sessions which is still extremely important due to Covid!

Looking forward to some fun sessions 🙂

Student Engagement Officer - Stanford

Click here to sign up
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Chaplaincy

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


Stephen Clayson Vice Principal


Svetlana Bajic-Raymond Vice Principal


Laura Howe-Haysom Head of Support Services


Vicki Haigh Head of Teaching, Learning & Assessment


Kerry Mullinder Head of Learning Development & Safeguarding


Sue Rees Head of Data and Exams


Sarah Hinder Finance Manager


Claire Woodhouse Attendance Officer

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