22nd May 2014
On Friday May 16th, we celebrated St Brendan’s Day with a range of activities that highlighted our Catholic ethos and the unique spirit of the College (see photos below).
This is an annual celebration of St Brendan’s life, which in recent years has also included the Good Samaritan Awards. Following an opening prayer from the Chaplain, the day began with a talk from the Principal about St Brendan himself and his vision, and how it can still influence the way we work in the College.
The next part of the day was the launch of the Alumni Association. Four speakers, each with very different and individual stories to tell highlighted the important role the College had played in their career paths. We heard from a stand-up comedian, Mark Olver, a Crime Scene Investigator, John Veale, a trainee solicitor, Naomi Newell, and a world musician, Sebastian Creed-Waring. Our courageous Student Union Executive members sung the 1943 School Anthem, which illustrated how much we have changed in our approach over the years! The morning was enhanced by inspiring musical performances from students Angel Lee Capilli and Michelle Udoh, and Lucas Durrant, Kate Anderson and Miriam Woodbridge.
St Brendan's Alumni
Good Samaritan Awards
The annual Good Samaritan Award was presented to Robert Dela Cruz for his work raising funds for the disaster in the Philippines, and certificates were also awarded to Fadumo Abukar, Tibaba Adeniyi, Fiona Sim, Kerisha Stephenson and Andrew Webb for their voluntary work, acts of generosity and contribution to the College and the wider community.
Tree Planting Plaque
Cohesive Community Tree Planting
In the afternoon, we were joined by the family of Bijan Ebrahimi, a local man who was brutally murdered last year, to plant a tree in his memory and to remember how we aim to be a community where everyone belongs. We heard moving speeches from our Chair of Governors, Olive Barnes, followed by the Mayor (George Ferguson), Lord Mayor (Faruk Choudhury), Police Commissioner (Sue Mountstevens), Alex Raikes (Stand Against Racism and Inequality), and Mike Wollacott, ( local councillor). The whole day illustrated the College’s commitment to creating a community where everyone is valued as a unique creation of God and where service,social action and community cohesion are prioritised.