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Friday 26th March 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

On Tuesday our College community observed a minute's silence to mark the first anniversary of the UK’s lockdown. This was to recognise that many members of our college community will have had people to remember on this day; as well as to celebrate how we developed resilience and coped with the pandemic. I would like to thank you for your fantastic support as we continue to navigate this unusual situation, and to reiterate how proud we are of our students.

In our previous News Flash, we stated that we intend to welcome all students back on site after Easter. This is still our intention unless there are significant changes in both the local and national rates of infection. This means that after Easter, we will not be working on a week A or B model. All of our students will return to full-time classroom-based learning. There will be some slight differences to the timetable and we will be sending out a short video to explain what these are. In summary, we are committed to minimising crowding in the corridors on lesson exchange and during break time. Therefore, the break will be shorter for all students, lasting only 10 minutes.

Year 12 students will leave all lessons 5 minutes early, with a break between 10.20-10.30am, and Year 13 will have a break from 10.30-10.40am. The students will be expected to move quickly and not linger in corridors. Students might want to consider bringing a packed lunch with them incase the cafe queues become too long during break or lunchtimes. We are genuinely looking forward to welcoming all of our students back, however, the safety of our students, staff, and their families remains a priority. We are therefore asking students that once they have finished their lessons, they leave the site immediately.

We are still asking all students to wear face coverings in both communal areas and classrooms. They have also been provided with two boxes of home testing kits, which will last three weeks with twice weekly testing. Students should continue to test themselves over the Easter break as well.

We will continue to keep you informed. In the meantime keep safe, keep positive and take care of each other.

Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

Year 13 and Access to Level 3 Students - please read these important documents from Vicki, Head of Teaching Learning and Assessment.

EAA and Special Consideration Student Communication

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Lateral Flow Testing at Home

Home testing kits are starting to be issued this week to those students who have completed two lateral flow tests at College.

The instructions inside the kits are self-explanatory but the BBC have also put together a useful instruction video which you can watch below.

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

This Week's Careers News

Bristol City Youth Council

If any students would like to apply to join the Youth Council, please can you complete the application form on the link below. The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd April 2021.

The opportunity will last till February 2022 where by the new Bristol Youth elections will take place.

2021 Bristol City Youth Council application information


Changes in the LRC

As from 19th of April, LRC staff will not be handling any cash for printing credit, ID cards or face coverings.

Your PaperCut (print) credit can be used to pay for any printing, face covering, ID card or overdue LRC item fines. For example, if you are purchasing a replacement ID card, you will need to top up £5 to your Papercut account in order to do so.

You can top up your PaperCut account:

  • With your debit/credit card in the Finance Office B2 (minimum £5) - opening times are 10:25-10:40 and 12:30-13:30 (Mon-Fri)
  • With cash in the self-service PaperCut machine in the LRC B211 (no minimum)

If you urgently require one of these items and you are unable to top up at the time, the LRC can apply emergency credit to your account. This debt should be settled within a week and no further emergency credit will be available to you until you have done so.

The cost of any unpaid items or charges will be deducted from your Papercut account after one week.

BAME at St Brendan’s

Learie Constantine

Before 1944 it was common for West End hotels to refuse accommodation to black people. In 1943 this happened to Learie Constantine, one of the world's most distinguished cricketers.

Click here to find out more about Learie Constantine

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! 🙂

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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

Further Biology talks at Bristol Grammar School

Talks take place on Fridays at 2 pm and last for 30 mins, with a 10 min Q&A at the end. On the 19th of March, Professor Andy Radford will be talking about Behavioural Ecology. You can join the talks here

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Motivational Statement Deadline : 29th March 2021

10 weeks mentoring with PwC program.

Dates to be confirmed.

Our college has been offered a unique opportunity for 9 of our students to be part of this 10-week mentoring program that will also count as work experience. 8 places are still available so don't snooze - grab this chance!

Your motivational statement must be submitted no later than 29th March to lmi@stbrn.ac.uk.

Applications submitted after this day won't be considered.

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Futures Certificate

Dear Students

You may remember that we launched a certificate scheme in Futures. Earlier in the academic year you were told about a series of tasks to complete by the end of the summer term 2021.

These tasks include writing a personal statement, completing a revision timetable and also creating a presentation to support your revision. We will be asking you to submit evidence to show you have completed these tasks. Your Futures teacher will ask you to submit the tasks after May half term through assignments.

Any questions you have about the tasks then please ask your teacher or get in touch directly with me.

Kind regards,

Bea Honap-Baker (Futures Coordinator)

How to Achieve a Certificate for Futures


Fake News!

Art & Photography Competition

Theme: Fake News

Reflections on how hard it is to discern todays truth.

Online exhibition 1st - 4th July 2021

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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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