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Friday 23rd April 2021

Welcome back

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been lovely to welcome all of our students back on site after the Easter Break.

We are pleased to report that we have not had any reported cases of Covid-19 on site. Thank you for adhering to all of our safety measures here at the College.

Thank you to all of our students who are also adhering to the testing regime with regards to Lateral Flow tests. Students should make sure that they are testing themselves twice a week before they attend College.

Face covering must continue to be worn when indoors (corridors, classrooms and social areas) until further notice, and the usual measures (social distancing, hand hygiene and staying at home if symptomatic) also remain in place.

I wanted to share some good news with you. We have today (Friday), received notification that St Brendan's Sixth Form College has been shortlisted for the FE National Awards for outstanding results in GCSE English and Maths. This is a brilliant achievement and is testament to the hard work of our students and also our teaching staff in these areas. Fingers crossed for the final awards evening which will be in May!

We have included in this bulletin an update on our College Teacher Assessed Grades process. Can we please re-emphasise that students should not be discussing their final grade with their teachers.

It has been lovely to hear all of our students back on campus, especially as they reconnect with friends and for some make that final push in their qualifications.

Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Teacher Assessed Grades Update

Students and Parents/Carers are asked to watch this short video that will help explain the latest Teacher Assessed Grade developments to you (click link below).

Student Mark Books are currently down. This is to enable us to complete the quality checking of the basket of evidence to be used. We anticipate that these checks will be completed this week and so your Mark Books will be visible again sometime next week. Your teachers will also be able to confirm with you in class the basket of evidence to be used. As we state in the video, the basket of evidence is not for negotiation and students, parents and carers must not request changes to the basket of evidence. Doing so would constitute malpractice as per the JCQ guidelines.

If you feel that there has been a mitigating circumstance (known as a Special Consideration) that has impacted, you in one or more of the assessments you must complete the Special Consideration Request Form to ensure we have this logged on the system. It is the student's responsibility to register the consideration.

Click here to watch the video
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Teaching Learning and Assessment

Guidance about special considerations, and 'what counts', was communicated in the last newsletter and on email from the TAG Queries email address. You need to please read the attachment and register any mitigations you believe could apply. We then will quality check this to ensure consideration can be applied and will subsequently ensure consideration is applied to the assessments as eligible.

For ease, the form to request special consideration can be found here: Special Consideration Form LINK

As the video says, we will continue to be in contact over the coming weeks with updates as they arise. Students, please ensure you are looking out for emails from TAG Queries. We will also post these updates on the website in the Parent/Carer section.

Best wishes

TAG Queries Team

Full Re-opening: Expectations of all students

Please can everyone watch this narrated presentation, it contains all the information and expectations you need know when you return to College after Easter.

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Returning to College

Please see narrated slides below with returning to College information.

Please note that if you use College Transport and your lessons finish before 16:00 you are permitted to wait on site until you can board your bus/coach for the homeward journey.

Post Easter Timetable Changes Year 12 with narration

Post Easter Timetable Changes Year 13 and ATL3 with narration

Careers News

Welcome to Careers News!

Highlights of the 21st April edition include:

  • An innovative new program engaging St Brendan's students in social impact consulting projects
  • Careers in Drug Science online talk
  • Insight evening for parents - Opportunities and Diversity at HSBC
  • Work Experience week at CISCO (online)
  • Apprenticeships with the BBC
  • Entrepreneurship Festival
This Week's Careers News
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Café Max and Café Min - Important Information!

Good news - both cafes are now open!

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

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

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First Steps Programme

An amazing Social Enterprise opportunity!

Are you in your first year of A-levels and interested in making a real difference?

The College has been asked to take part in a new programme called First Steps which is a social action project developed in response to COVID. In a team of 6, you’ll get to work with an international charity on an 8 week project aimed at helping maximise their impact through business strategies, marketing or fundraising.

Not only this but you’ll be mentored by Q5, a leading boutique consultancy voted one of the Sunday Times’ Top 100 small companies, who’ll run training sessions and support you as you work to help your charity.

If you’re interested in this fantastic opportunity to help others whilst learning some brilliant new skills to help you stand out from the crowd, please email Laura (lhh@stbrn.ac.uk) as soon as possible.

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SU Survey on Food at College

The SU would really like to hear your feedback on what kind of food you’d like to see served at College in the future. So if you’d like to see healthier options; a broader range of hot meals or want to tell us what you think of the prices, please spend 5 minutes to complete this short form:

SU Survey

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BAME at St Brendan’s

What rare images of black Military Surgeons reveal about the Civil War era - and today!

When shots were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the Civil War began—and so did a new era in American photojournalism. But even though the conflict was the first U.S. war to be systematically photographed, photographs of Black Civil War soldiers, 160 years later, are hard to find.

Click here to read the article, originally published in Time magazine.

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
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



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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