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Welcome Students, Parents & Carers!

As we come to the end of the second week of welcoming our students back on site, I wanted you all to know how proud we are of our students and how they have adapted and approached this important step. Staff at the College have enjoyed welcoming back Year 12 this week and of course, it has been important for them to see their fellow classmates and friends.

Many of our students have received their Level 2 and Level 3 Applied General results this week. We are so proud of their achievements, especially whilst taking examinations under exceptional circumstances. These results are impressive for many reasons - they are the first results that the College has received under the new reformed qualification framework for our Applied General qualifications, plus for many of our students, this will have been the first set of external results that they will have received. Over 70% of results fell between Distinction and Merit grade. Well done to all students on their exam results - this is a brilliant achievement which you should be proud of.

We are now in the second week of lateral flow testing with students and the process has gone smoothly. Everyone has conducted themselves maturely and professionally. Mass testing will start to come to an end during the week beginning 29th March and students will be expected to regularly test themselves at home before coming onto site. Within this bulletin, we have outlined where our students can pick up their home tests. Each box contains three Lateral Flow Device tests, which should accommodate three weeks’ worth of testing.

We have also been impressed with the response from our students to wearing face coverings both in communal areas and in classrooms. We know that this is not always the most comfortable thing to do, however, the respecting of your own safety and that of your fellow students and their families is very much appreciated. I know that many of you will already be carrying a spare face covering with you in a re-sealable plastic bag so that you change this over the course of the day, but if you ever need a spare, we do have a good supply at College so please feel free to ask for one.

I will update you shortly with our plans for after Easter, and this will be informed by local and national conditions. Thank you as always for your continued support.

Stay safe, stay well and take care

Kind regards

Marian Curran

College Principal

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

FAO Year 13 and Access to Level 3 students:

On Monday and Tuesday our TAG Team (Teacher Assessed Grades Team) will be in contact to provide an update as to where we are with the TAG process and to begin the next stage of collecting information regarding special considerations, where these apply. Please ensure you keep an eye on your emails and look for anything from the TAG Queries Mailbox.

FAO of all students:

We recently updated our Plagiarism Policy which is something all students need to be aware of and read. This can be found by clicking on the link below:

Plagiarism Policy

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Student drop off / pick up at college

If you are dropping off/collecting students from college please can you drive into the college and use the student parking zone on your immediate left.

Under no circumstances should parents/carers be dropping off students at The Beeches Hotel driveway as this private land. They have CCTV cameras and have warned us that if this continues they will be forced to take further action as it is impacting their business.

Thank you all for your co-operation.

Lateral Flow Testing at Home

The College strongly recommends that all students take up the offer to use Lateral Flow Device test kits for home use. These should be used by all students regardless of whether they have been tested on site twice, once, or not at all. This will be very important in our effort to keep all students and staff safe as well as their families and loved ones.

From Monday 22nd March kits will be available from the Sports Hall lobby (E Building). Please just take two kits each and sign against your name to record that you have taken them. Instructions for use are included in the kits, and the video here will also help you.

Careers News

Click the link to have a look at this weeks news from our careers team!

If you would like to book a careers appointment or need help securing work experience email CEIAG@stbrn.ac.uk

All About Jobs & Apprenticeships – 25th March 2021

To find out more visit:

City of Bristol College

3Y2 Students who have applied to university to start in 2021

Student Finance

All Students

Thank you for all your wonderful submissions to our "I Believe..." activity during National Careers Week.

This Week's Careers News
Bus Behaviour Newsflash

Behaviour on Buses and in the Community

Sadly, we have had several complaints from members of the public about the behaviour of College students on buses. We have received reports that students on both the X39 service from the centre and the Park and Ride are not observing social distancing, are pushing past members of the public to board and are not wearing face coverings as required.

Please can we remind you all that you are ambassadors for the College in the local community and we expect the same standards of behaviour in College as well as within the community.

Please can I also remind students of the importance of following the ‘hands-face-space’ guidance when visiting any food outlets or shops nearby. It is for your safety and we do not want to be in a position where the behaviour of a small number of students means others are prevented from being allowed to access shops and facilities.

Thank you, Laura

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BAME at St Brendan’s

Who was the first black man to be selected to play football for England?

Viv Anderson was the first black player to play a full international for England in 1978. But the first man to initially earn selection was a fella called Jack Leslie way back in 1925. However, due to the racist attitudes at the time he never played a game for England.

A stalwart performer for Plymouth Argyle, a crowdfunded appeal raised enough money by August last year to erect a statue to him at Home Park.

Read more about Jack’s life & career, and the story of the campaign, here

For more on Viv Anderson, click here

Bonus round: Who was the first black footballer to score for England? Answer next week.

Geoff Pugh - Teacher of History and Politics

World Poetry Day

It is World Poetry Day this Sunday (21st of March) and so Hetty’s English Literature & Masterclass students have shared their favourite poems with you!

Have you got a favourite poem that you would like to be added to the website? Tell us why it’s your favourite by emailing: marketing@stbrn.ac.uk


Online Activities

Stanford, our Student Engagement Officer, has gathered together some online activities to promote student wellbeing, fun and connectedness. To suggest ideas or sign up for some that have already been suggested, please use the form below!

Stanford will also provide updates about new opportunities weekly in this newsletter, and any staff-led opportunities will be detailed here too! 🙂

Suggestion Form
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Get Involved!

Summer Schools

Medical Schools Council
Sutton Trust Summer Schools
Apprenticeship Summer School

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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