Success acknowledged at No. 10
Senior staff from Carmel Education Trusts have won the highest of praise after being invited to a special reception for leading educationalists at Number 10 Downing Street to mark their significant achievements in education. The party included Maura Regan, Chief Executive Officer for the Trust and Principal of Carmel College, Anthony McGeeney, teacher at St Augustine’s Primary School, Melanie Kane, Assistant Head and Curriculum Leader for Art at Carmel College, Jane Bower, science teacher at Carmel College and Michael Tiplady, Deputy Head at St Bede’s Primary School. They were greeted and addressed by Prime Minister David Cameron, Education Secretary Michael Gove, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Schools Lord John Nash, Chief Executive for the National College for Teaching and Leadership Charlie Taylor and Schools’ Commissioner Frank Green. Miss Regan said: “They thanked us for our valuable contribution to the success of education policy, which is an incredible honour and high praise indeed for everyone who works tirelessly to ensure the continued success of Carmel Education Trust. “We strive relentlessly in every lesson, every day, to ensure our students receive the very best education imaginable. We will not waver from this aim but to receive recognition from such esteemed company cannot fail to encourage and enthuse us in all our endeavours.” In the past year Carmel College has also received an outstanding across-the-board Ofsted inspection and won acclaim from Minister of State for Schools David Laws after it was rated top by the similar schools measure of the School Performance Tables. Miss Regan added: “More important than anything is the creation of a Trust-wide culture of happy and fulfilled staff and children, where everyone achieves their very best.” A big thank you to our students, staff, governors and all of our families who have supported us in our work here at Carmel College this academic year. I very much hope that the hard work put in will be rewarded with wonderful end of year reports and exam results of which we can all be proud. For those leaving Carmel this year, I wish you every success with your future plans. We will be watching your progress and cheering you on. We’ve had a fantastic year thanks to our joint efforts. Celebrate, rejoice and come back to us in September refreshed.
Message from the Principal
2013/2014 has been an outstanding year for the College as we continue our efforts to provide a wealth of opportunities for our students. I hope that both parents and students believe their lives have been enriched over the year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and safe summer break. The College calendar for 2014/15 will be on the website shortly so that you can plan your year ahead.
Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams
Ethos Year 7 World Religion Visit to London
In June, 41 Y7 students and 5 staff travelled to London to learn more about world religions. On arrival in London they enjoyed a picnic in Hyde Park, before setting off to Wimbledon to visit the Buddhapadipa Temple, a place of worship and meditation for Buddhists in London. The students received a guided tour of the magnificent temple and surroundings and took part in a question and answer session, led by one of the worshippers from the temple. The students were incredibly lucky to meet with a Buddhist monk from Thailand who shared his experience of the peace and tranquility he has found through his religion. Students also took part in a short meditation class, using breath as a way of focusing the mind and heart. On the second day the students visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple in Neasden. This spectacular building has been the centre of Hindu worship in the capital since the early nineties. Here the students were able to observe a special midday prayer service in the Mandir itself. Boys and girls sat separately and watched the varied actions of the Hindu monks. Our final place of worship was the London Gurdwara, the place of worship for the Sikh community. We were given headscarves to wear and on a tour of the building, students listened to the history of the faith and an explanation of its’ central beliefs. They were then given the opportunity to taste some ‘Sacred Pudding’ and hear a brief act of worship.
A group of eighty-three students and nine staff have recently returned from Carmel College’s annual study visit and pilgrimage to Rome and the Vatican City. The five day itinerary included many exciting archaeological, spiritual, historical and religious places of interest. The trip was a wonderful, deeply fulfilling experience for all those involved with students (and staff!) enjoying the lively, bustling, Roman atmosphere and immersing themselves fully in the Italian cultural experience, especially when it came to pizza and gelato. Highlights of the trip included visiting the magnificent Coliseum and the Roman Forum, taking in the sights and sounds of the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, marvelling at the views from the Dome of St Peter’s and the roof of Castel Sant’ Angelo, as well as exploring the many treasures of the Vatican museums, finding inspiration in the Papal basilicas and celebrating Mass at the Irish church of St. Patrick’s alongside students and staff from St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Billingham. A particularly special highlight of the visit was the Papal audience. Proudly wearing their green Carmel College polo shirts, the students managed to position themselves right at the front of the crowd at St Peter’s. Pope Francis himself couldn’t fail to notice the sea of green as he made his way past, giving our students a great big thumbs-up, which made for a fantastic photo opportunity!
Ethos Raising the Flag
A group of Year 8 and Year 9 students represented Carmel at the ‘Raise a Flag for Armed Forces’ Day’. This short but important Ceremony took place at the Market Place in the centre of town. The purpose of this ceremony was an opportunity to say thank you to all our servicemen and women, present and past, who protect this country and those around the world that require our assistance. This Ceremony has been performed for the past 5 years by Darlington Borough Council and other Local Authorities throughout the country. The students found the event very moving and inspiring to see selfless people who are prepared to serve others.
End of Year Mass 2014
Our end of year Mass will now take place on Thursday 17th July, with Fr Greg Price as the main celebrant. Students have helped to prepare the Mass producing art work, singing in the choir and preparing a dance for the Psalm. Our theme this year continues from our Advent Liturgy, Wonder. Sometimes when we look at the world we can be full of wonder at the beauty of God’s creation. We can look at the skills and fantastic talents of humanity and be filled with awe. As Christians, this wonder we feel always leads back to God, our creator. This was no different for the disciples; they followed Jesus and were full of wonder at his compassion, kindness and how He spoke with authority. We will celebrate Mass in the sports hall, where we come together as one community, one college to simply say, “Fill us with wonder, Lord!”
In June students from Year 9 attended the Summer Festival at the Youth Village in Consett, camping with students from throughout the Diocese. The two day event involving multi- media reflections, music and speakers ended on a high with Bishop Seamus celebrating Mass. The theme this year was ‘Outrageous Hope and Ridiculous Optimism’, living for Christ among the madness of modern life. Lay Chaplain, Mr Gardner, accompanied the students who took an active part in the event. Students from the College Sixth Form also led the music.
VI Form Lourdes Pilgrimage 2014
For the past 18 years, Carmel VI Form have joined thousands of pilgrims who travel with HCPT to Lourdes. This is a major event in Carmel’s calendar and the students see the opportunity to help others as a real privilege. The theme for this year’s pilgrimage was “We Are God’s House” and everyone was encouraged to reflect on their own faith and how they might help to ‘build’ God’s house more strongly in their own life. The students’ experiences on the pilgrimage ranged from celebrating Mass in a meadow at the foot of the Pyrenees, to a torchlight procession for thousands of people; from fancy dress party games, to quiet, late night moments at the Grotto, providing an unforgettable experience for the students whose comments included: “Lourdes 2014 changed the lives of everyone on the pilgrimage and left a powerful message in the minds of all of us.” “It was incredible. I had heard from others what Lourdes was like but I never really understood until this week. It’s been the best experience of my life.”
Carmel Question Time!
Staff and students were delighted to welcome Darlington MP, Jenny Chapman, to Carmel this term as she took time out of her busy schedule to talk to them. As the Labour Party representative for Darlington, Jenny endeavours to spend quality time with as many of her constituents as possible and the College had the pleasure of hosting her for the afternoon. Jenny chatted freely with a group of VI Form students who questioned her on topics ranging from her attitude to Europe to what she studied at University. Jenny, in turn, asked the students for their own opinions on political matters and was very pleased to see that the young people not only knew about current issues but also had their own thoughts and opinions about important world events. They talked about careers education, the recent elections and their hopes, dreams and plans for the future. “It was really interesting to meet Jenny,” said one Year 12 student. “I think it’s vital that young people are encouraged to get involved in the world of politics. After all, it’s not just about Westminster it’s about everyday life, right here on our doorstep.”
Carmel VI Form – Inspiration and Challenge
Over 150 Year 11 students from a huge variety of schools gathered in Carmel for our annual VI Form Induction Days. The students, from as far apart as Durham and Richmond, spent two days finding out about all the possibilities on offer in Carmel. The students sampled lessons in every subject and discovered the intellectual challenges that lie ahead. They also spent some quality time mixing with each other, enjoying the free buffet and playing teamwork games in the beautiful Darlington sunshine! Continuing our close relationship with the Newcastle Eagles, our special guest speaker this year was professional basketball player Andrew Bridge. Andrew delivered a great talk to the students about not being afraid of success, understanding your own motivation and ultimately making informed decisions about the future. He gave the students a great message about perseverance, positive attitude and sheer hard work. They’ll need all those attributes as they move onto the next stage in their lives and they’ll receive a great welcome to Carmel when they start VI Form in September.
Year 12 students Catherine Lavender, Rachel Gunnell, Emma Shackleston and Dominic Gay represented Carmel in the Catholic Partnership University Challenge competition. The event took place in the debating chambers at Durham University. The team won their first round against English Martyrs but were unfortunately knocked out of the competition in the quarter finals. The students were required to answer questions on a wide range of general knowledge topics throughout the competition.
Music Key Stage 3 Music - The Battle of the Drums
Key Stage 3 students have been taking part in a new project – “The Battle of the Drums”. Year 7 have been studying African drumming, Year 8 have been studying a rhythmic project and Year 9 have been studying Samba. In lessons students have been learning about their topic through practical means and at the end of the project each group performed for a battle between the classes. The standard was so high that there were two prizes awarded. The first was for “Best Team Effort” and the second prize was for “Best Overall Performance.” Both awards went to classes taught by Mrs Anyan. Well done to all those involved!
The music department would like to say an extra big “thank you” to our immensely talented year 13 leavers who have been a mainstay of the musical life of the College since they arrived in year 7. Over the course of their time with us the music department has continued to grow from strength to strength in a large way due to their commitment and contribution to the whole-school musical life of the College from masses to summer productions and everything in-between. We are so proud of them all and they have been a real inspiration to other students and musicians. As one chapter closes another opens, with many of or leavers going on to study music at university. We would like to wish them every success in their future endeavours.
The summer term has been an extremely busy time for the music department and our students have been involved in many fantastic performances. These performances have included the KS3 samba and African drum-offs, the Mayor’s garden party, the Confucius Classroom Chinese evening, Year 6 induction Mass, Year 13 Leavers’ Mass, end of year Mass and Year 7 PSHEE day and of course our fantastic summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. We would like to thank everyone (students and staff) who have given their time and talent so generously in order to make these performances a great success.
Summer Performance Examinations
It is another busy time of year for the College’s talented performers. Many students who have extra-curricular music lessons, whether through the Durham Music Service or privately, have been busy preparing themselves for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the Trinity School of Music summer performance Grade exams. We would like to wish them every success!
Mayor’s Tea Party
Members of the College's junior choir were privileged to be invited to perform at a tea party hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Darlington. The prestigious event was held at Darlington's Central Hall and was attended by Mayors, Mayoresses and other dignitaries from all across the region. The choir performed a diverse selection of pieces from Chinese and African folk songs to Disney's Frozen. As well as the choir, the performance featured two of our talented Year 7 piano soloists, Amelia Bryant and Ella Forster. After their performance the choir were treated to tea and cakes, which were well deserved!
Confucius Classroom Chinese Evening held at Carmel College
The Confucius Classroom at Carmel hosted a Chinese Evening in June for students, staff and parents. The evening began with a piano solo by Amelia Bryant (Year 7) followed by a full programme which featured a variety of performances and workshops. Carmel students performed a Tai Chi fan dance, demonstrated their Chinese language skills in a short play (Dine and Dash in a Restaurant) and by reading the poem ‘Farewell to Cambridge’ and led by Mrs Emma Anyan, the Junior Choir sang the famous Chinese song Molihua (Jasmine Flower). In addition to the performances, Miss Xiaohan Zhang ran three workshops. These included greetings in Mandarin Chinese, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese paper-folding which gave the audience the opportunity to experience both Chinese language and culture. The final event of the evening was the song You and Me sung by the Junior Choir led by Mrs Emma Anyan and Year 9 student Beth Caygill and accompanied by Mr Paul McCartie and Miss Zhang on the bamboo flute and Hulusi. The evening ended with a Chinese buffet for all the guests and performers.
¡Vamos a Ibi!
In June 28 pupils from Year 8 visited Ibi, the town of our partner school in Spain (Salesianos Colegio Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados) for our annual study visit and mini-exchange. Year 8 student, Rachel Boulton, describes her experience: “It was amazing! We all had a great time learning about the Spanish culture and a lot more of the language, as well as eating tapas, tortilla and paella. During our stay we visited Ibi’s town centre with our students and used our language skills to buy lots of different Spanish products. Our Spanish students were really welcoming and incredibly helpful when we were speaking Spanish and helped us to develop our skills, although it was sometimes difficult to express ourselves! We also visited Alicante, a nearby city and had an incredible time exploring the castle and spending time on the beach. We managed to go shopping during our time in Alicante too. Overall it was a great educational trip, we all made a lot of new friends and learnt a lot more about the Spanish language and culture.”
This term, students in the school have had the pleasure of hosting seven Russian students from Moscow and St. Petersburg. The students, who stayed in Darlington, experienced a complete immersion in the life of a British pupil, attending lessons, taking part in extracurricular activities and following the school routine of a Carmel College pupil. Besides going on various trips, from York to London, the Russian guests were given the opportunity to take part in various activities such as Mandarin lessons. From the hosting families and staff to the Russian students themselves, everyone commented on how enriching the experience was and the school is looking forward to welcoming more exchange students from China at the end of July.
Sixth Form Work Experience Cordoba, Spain
Seven Year 12 students and Mrs Hickman travelled to Cordoba, Spain in June to participate in a work experience programme. Louise Kelly, Amelia Hughes, Devan Storey, Lauren Feechan, Emily Hunter, Jessica Bell and Kathryn Coulson spent a week working in a variety of settings such as clothes shops, language academies and a local tourist attraction (La Torre de la Calahorra). The girls fully immersed themselves in the Spanish way of life, sampling local dishes, sleeping the “siesta”, dancing at street parties and practising their Spanish. Their colleagues and host families were full of praise for their enthusiasm, conscientious attitude towards work and the quality of their spoken Spanish. All the girls would have loved to have extended their stay in Spain and tears were shed when it was time to say adiós.
Science & Maths Big Bang
Twenty Year 9 students attended Durham’s ‘Big Bang’ fair at Darlington College in June. Students attended a very interesting talk about 'ugly animals' where the presenter talked about the public only caring about endangered species if they were pretty and they also watched a demonstration on the strength of milky bars when you weld them together. Pupils then took part in workshops where they built computers, constructed the tallest tower they could using spaghetti and marshmallows, (Carmel took the record for this with a height of 67 cm), used pneumatics to build a construction vehicle and then tried on the camouflage of animals kindly brought along from the Hancock Museum.
In June, 12 of Carmel’s more able mathematicians went to Mathsplosion, at the Life Centre in Newcastle. The day was run by the Further Maths Support Programme and 10 schools were represented, including Carmel. The students were given the opportunity to explore the properties of magic squares, including Albrecht Durer's famous magic square. They made Mobius strips using bagels, which they then smothered in chocolate spread and ate. They also learned to navigate using stars, a session that was particularly useful to the students who went on the Duke of Edinburgh expedition the subsequent weekend. Watch out for Year 10 students with decks of cards though; they have also learned how to stack card decks so they can play very clever card tricks.
A New Maths Hub for the Region
The structure of maths education in England is about to change. Around thirty new Maths Hubs are being established across England, each led by an outstanding school with a record of excellent achievement in mathematics and each in partnership with other schools, universities and maths experts. Carmel Teaching School Alliance is delighted to be leading a new National Maths Hub serving the North East. Twelve Teaching Schools in the region, together with Durham University, supported Carmel in the highly competitive bid to become a Hub. This new initiative is designed to build on the excellent practice and achievement that already exists widely - but not universally across the school and college system. It is a new way of harnessing all maths teaching expertise in the area to spread excellent practice even more widely, for the benefit of all pupils and students. Teachers from the Hub will visit China in September to see how primary children are taught in Shanghai, where standards are amongst the highest in the world, to be followed by Chinese teachers visiting the NorthEast to share methods and experience. The best of both worlds can only enrich all of our children.
Maths Challenge Winners
Each half term the maths department runs a maths challenge for our more able mathematicians. Students are invited to participate in solving a puzzle, before the end of each half term. Last half term saw a flood of correct entries and the winners of the £10 Amazon gift vouchers were Stephen O'Connor (Y7), Lewis Wooding (Y8), Georgina Letts (Y9) and Graeme Lawson (Y10). Congratulations to our winners. Look out for the next challenge when you come back after the break.
Many of our talented Year 9 scientists were invited to a Sensational Science Catholic Partnership event at Carmel College. The day consisted of a fantastic session of experiments demonstrated by Dr John Kilcoyne, made famous by the TV show 'Brainiac', followed by discussions with influential scientists from the North East. The students were full of questions and were great ambassadors for the college.
English & Vocational Business Savvie Students Take on Finance
A number of students from Year 10 Business Studies classes have taken part in a number-crunching competition alongside experts from ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) in a unique event organised by Stockton Sixth Form College. They were divided into two teams with Kate Hardy, Matthew Devine, Sami Fraser, Jade Newton, and Danny Smith in team 1 and Liam Bracken, Emily Gibson, Katie Richardson, Paul Palmer and Callum Webster in team 2. All students took on the role of Chartered Accountants, analysing a business case study and identifying its challenges. In the final heat, pupils worked with college students to explore solutions for the chosen business and then presented their findings to an expert panel of judges. The business games ICEAW provided gave students the opportunity to explore the role of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in more depth. It also helped to dispel the myths associated with careers in accountancy, so students can see how varied the roles are once they have completed the ACA qualification. On the whole it was an excellent day of finance, business enterprise, team building and student aspirations.
Children of the Heights 2014
This year we left our excursion into the depths of Bronte country till the end of the spring term but the inclement weather still managed to achieve the desired effects; it was packed with pathetic fallacy as we trudged across the moors on foot and reached our literary nirvana: Top Withens. That rain-drenched location never fails to disappoint but the extreme weather meant that we were unable to sit, relax and read from the glorious text but the students still managed to sing excerpts from the immortal Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. Sue Newby, resident expert at the Bronte Parsonage Museum delivered two engaging and informative lectures on: ‘Interpretations of Wuthering Heights’ and ‘The Lives of the Brontes’. This was kindly appreciated by the Carmel A2 English Literature students who avidly took copious notes which I hope will have impacted on their examination performance. Sustained by our legendary fish ‘n’ chip supper on the way home, the students soon forgot how wet and tired they were and I think they harboured good memories of a great day.
Alton Towers Visit
GCSE and A level business students visited Alton Towers in June. On an excellent visit the students experienced the vast grounds, attractions and subsidiary services. They also contributed to the educational talks, where they learnt about the development of the theme park, its approach to marketing a new thrill ride as well as how it provides customer service. Some of the students even managed to secure Fast track tickets to rides, through their answers. The visit also included excellent collaboration between AS photography students and the Year 10 creative media student, who helped them gather video, audio and photographic evidence that will form an essential part of their coursework. Many thanks to those students.
CEIAG - Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Important reminder for students and parents/carers regarding the Raising of the School Participation Age. Did you know that the Government has changed the law so that all young people in England will now have to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday? However, this does not mean young people must stay in school/college but rather that they will be able to choose one of the following options: • • • full-time education, such as school, college or other training provider work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeship part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week
Please be advised that there is a wealth of Careers' information that students can access through U-Explore as well as via the National Careers' Service website: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home. aspx Mrs. Robson, our Careers' Co-ordinator is also able to advise students on future progression routes.
Extra Curricular Hawkhirst Weekend
Over the May Bank Holiday w e e k e n d seventy-six Year 7 students and seven staff set off to Hawkhirst Scout Centre on Kielder Water for a weekend of outdoor fun and adventure. This year we were able to add an extra day to the trip which meant more activities, therefore adding to the overall experience. The students took part in a very exciting, packed programme of events which included bellboating, canoeing, kayaking, archery, abseiling, climbing, sailing and the recently added high level zip line. The weather was very kind to us, allowing the children to access every activity. As there was very little wind, it was easy to hear the blood curdling screams from the groups on the zip line from anywhere on the site. Carmel College was certainly in town! The children had a fantastic experience and were presented with a certificate congratulating them on their achievements. Staff at the centre are always delighted to see us and tell us that the Carmel trip is their firm favourite!
D of E Bronze Expedition
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an exciting programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed to stimulate and develop young adults. After a year of hard work and preparation, 17 Year 10 students set out in June to complete their final expedition. The students had to use their map reading skills to navigate themselves successfully through Middleton In Teesdale. Once the students had independently navigated their way to the campsite, they had to set up camp for the night and cook an evening meal. The students were externally accessed by a D of E Assessor and all passed with flying colours. The assessor commented what a fabulous group of students they were. A big thank you to Mr Holt, Mr Blades, Miss Pitt and Miss Howcroft for giving up their weekend in order to make the expedition possible. Also thanks to Mrs Clifford for driving the bus. Congratulations to all 17 students for passing their final expedition.
Coast and Castles Charity Ride
A group of cyclists from Carmel have ridden past castles and coastline to raise much-needed funds for charity. The Carmel students won the support of Vauxhall motor dealer Sherwoods for an epic ride from Edinburgh to Darlington. The free-wheeling feat saw 11 riders cover more than 200 miles and has raised over a thousand pounds for St Teresa’s Hospice. Sherwoods provided backing in the form of a support vehicle as its managing director Alasdair MacConnachie is also chairman of the hospice. Carmel College curriculum leader for IT Simon Roberts said: “Carmel Cycling Club completed the Coast to Coast ride last year and members were looking for a fresh challenge. The group, aged 10 to 17, did incredibly well riding such a huge distance on three consecutive days.” Harry Carvey, 17, added: “Riding for such a worthy cause really spurred us on particularly when the going became tough.” The ride was also organised by Darlington Borough Council’s Local Motion initiative. Cycling officer Kevin Kilcullen said: “It is great to be involved with something to help St Teresa’s, which provides such invaluable support to people and their families.”
Lyle Godfrey from 7L won a national competition to train with Olympic Cycling Champion Laura Trott at the Olympic Velodrome in London. He and three other students were selected from 37,000 hopefuls from across the country. His interview was broadcast on Thames News and can be seen following the link on the College website.
LRC & SEN
Mayor Rewards Students for Raising Awareness
STUDENTS have been rewarded for their efforts after raising community awareness about tolerance and disability. Darlington’s Mayor Charles Johnson has donated £1,000 to Carmel College from his charitable fund after hearing how students get the chance to experience life in a wheelchair. Three years ago students founded the 1689 Group, named after the first Tolerance Act, to raise awareness among staff and pupils on a diverse range of equality issues including disability. The group, led by Callum Ord, Louise Bryson, Jake Todhunter and Michelle Hindson, raised money to buy the Darlington school a wheelchair, allowing all year groups the opportunity to spend a day in it to appreciate the issues regular users face. Darlington’s Mayor and Mayoress Charles and Carol Johnson heard about the initiative and wanted to support the students’ efforts and help them continue their good work. The Mayoress said: “We were so impressed with the work they have done and the school is such an important part of the community that we really wanted to help.” The Mayor said he thought the initiative was something other schools and colleges could become involved in.
World Cup 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup was celebrated in the library with students taking part in activities and research tasks relating to the history of the tournament and facts about the 32 qualifying countries.
Creative Writing Competition Winners
Helen Baker 9A and Patrick Hill 7J were recent winners in this term’s Creative Writing Competition. Stories were inspired by the drawings of Chris Van Allsburg. Students were asked to choose from three drawings, selected from "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick" portfolio. Congratulations to both students who received a £10 gift card.
Well done to Mackenzie Murphy 7E who has borrowed 95 books since starting Carmel in September. She was presented with a £10 gift card as her prize.
Carnegie Medal Award 2014
Students who have been involved in reading the eight shortlisted titles in the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shadowing Awards 2014 were invited to attend the annual Judging Event in the LRC on 23rd June. After a lot of animated discussion, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell was voted best book in the under 13 category, whilst All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry was the choice in the 14+ category. The official winner was announced as The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks. Please see official website www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk for further information regarding all the titles . All books, together with past shortlisted titles are available for loan from Carmel Library.
Art & Technology Rocket Launch
In June, three Year 8 students, Lucy Tate, Jean Meras and Abigail Heighley (all from 8R) took part in the annual Catholic Partnership rocket challenge at English Martyrs Hartlepool. They designed 3 different rockets with Abigail’s going the furthest. It travelled 101m and finished in the top 10 rockets. The students had a fantastic time developing their designing and making skills whilst making friends with students from other Catholic schools.
GCSE and A level Art Exhibition 2014
Once again the annual art exhibition was a huge success. Work from over 100 students was displayed, celebrating the success of all their hard work and dedication. Thanks to all families and carers who came to proudly support the talent and creativity achieved by our students.
Captain Cook Museum & MIMA Art Gallery
Pupils in Y8 have been working on a project called ‘Voyages of Discovery’. To enrich this research 47 pupils visited the Captain Cook Museum in Marton, Middlesbrough. They produced some beautiful studies of different artefacts and extended their understanding of diverse cultures. They also visited MIMA modern art gallery which gave the pupils the chance to experience contemporary art work. Again pupils had an excellent time drawing images and objects about the Festival of Britain and were challenged to question the purpose and meaning of contemporary art.
Y12 London Art Trip
In June 19 art students experienced a ‘whistle stop’ tour of London art galleries in order to enrich their learning. In the space of a day they visited the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, London College of Art Degree Show and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Students gained ideas and were inspired by art, textiles, sculptures and photography.
Sport Darlington Swimming Gala
The Carmel Girls’ team finished Champions in the Darlington Secondary Schools’ Swimming Gala held at the Dolphin Centre in May. The Boys however were runners up resulting in Carmel losing the overall trophy to Hummersknott Academy by just 4 points.
Year 9 Football Team Town Cup Winners
The Year 9 Boys’ football team beat Longfield Sports Academy 2 - 1 in the final of the Darlington Schools’ Cup. The match was played at the Middlesbrough training ground at Rockcliffe Park and both of the goals were taken superbly by Tom Kelly from 9L. Mr Gandy the coach was delighted with the result.
Volleyball Satellite Club
The Haughton Volleyball Club have been running volleyball coaching sessions for the newly formed Carmel under 14 team. The sessions are held every Thursday (3.30 - 5.30pm) and are led by coaches and National League players Scott Hailes and Jonny Willis. The sessions are open to any students who are interested in taking up volleyball or improving their skills. See Mr Hannaford for more information.
Darlington School’s U13 Cricket Festival
The Year 7 and 8 Boys’ cricket team won six games out of seven in the Darlington Schools’ U13 Cricket Festival. The competition was held at the Darlington RA Cricket Club and included teams from every secondary school in the town. Carmel finished runners up to Hurworth, who also had lost just one game but had a greater run rate.
Year 10 Football Team Runners Up in the Town Cup
The Year 10 football team got through to the Town Cup Final, which was played at the Middlesbrough training ground at Rockcliffe Park. Carmel weren’t without chances on the day, hitting both the post and the bar but in the end were beaten by a stronger team.
U14s Runners Up in Town U14 Netball Tournament
The U14 netball team finished runners-up in the Darlington Schools’ Netball Tournament.
Sport County Durham Schools’ Athletics Championships
Twenty-three athletes from Carmel represented Darlington in the County Durham Schools’ Athletics Championships, held at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow. Darlington finished second to Durham Central by just 9 points. The Carmel results were as follows: Junior Girls: 100m Aimee Musgrave heats; 200m Layla Bell 1st; 1500m Katie Noble 4th; Beatrice Lineton 7th; hurdles Niamh Musgrave 2nd, high jump Cathy Van Mourik 4th; discus Sarah Clifford 3rd; long jump Hannah Whiting 3rd. Junior Boys: 100m Ryan Stacey 6th; 800m Bradley Davies 1st; 1500m Kyle Davidson 4th; shot Adam Brown 1st; triple jump Piotr Krawiec 4th; long jump Kieran Hardy 5th. Inter Girls: 100m Solape Betiku 6th; 200m Andrea Greaves 4th; 1500m Mikayla Jordens 3rd; high jump Hannah Turnbull 2nd; Anna Heward 3rd=; long jump Ella Hodgson 3rd; triple jump Jess Hull 2nd. Inter Boys: discus Reece Foster 2nd. Senior Boys: 3000m Dean Newton 1st. Athletes who finished in the first two places were selected for the county team for the Inter County Championships.
Northern Inter Counties Athletics Championships
Ten athletes from Carmel helped Durham beat Northumberland, Cumbria and Cleveland and win the Northern Inter Counties Athletics Championships held at Gateshead Stadium. They were Junior Girls: Layla Bell (1st 200m / 2nd relay); Niamh Musgrave (5th hurdles); Sarah Clifford (6th Discus). Junior Boys: Bradley Davies (2nd 800m); Adam Brown (3rd shot). Inter Girls: Mikayla Jordens (6th 1500m); Hannah Turnbull (4th high jump); Jessica Hull (2nd triple jump). Inter Boys: Reece Foster (2nd discus). Senior Boys: Dean Newton (1st 3000m).
English Schools’ Cup Regional Finals
In the A’ final held at Gateshead Stadium the junior Girls’ team finished third and the intermediate Girls finished 8th. In the ‘B’ Final held at the Costello Stadium in Hull, the Junior Boys’ team finished in third place.
ESAA English Schools’ Track and Field Cup Round 1
Carmel athletes produced some outstanding results in their first athletics meeting of the year. Competing in the first round of the English Schools’ Cup, they won the junior boys, junior and intermediate girls age groups and qualified for the regional finals. The Intermediate boys’ team finished a close second.
English Schools Athletics Championships
Two athletes from Carmel have qualified for the English Schools Athletics Championships. They will represent County Durham in this prestigious event at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in July. They are Layla Bell (Junior girls 200m and relay) and Bradley Davies (Junior boys 800m).
Town Athletic Champions Once Again!
Carmel once again won the George Clark Cup for winning the Darlington Schools’ Athletics Championships. The Girls finished first for the 27th year in succession and the boys were a close second to Hummersknott. Carmel athletes set three new Town sports records: Olivia Austin 1.35m Y7 girls high jump; Adam Brown 42.2secs Y8 boys 300m and Layla Bell Y9 Girls 200m 26.7secs. The event was held at the Eastbourne track and was organised by the Carmel PE department.
Layla Runner Up in North East Championships
Layla Bell (9L) won a silver medal in the Under-15 Girls’ 200m in the NorthEast Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium. Her time was 26.8 secs.
Carmel Girls Runners Up in County U15 Pentathlon
Carmel Girls finished second in the U15 County Pentathlon at Jarrow and the Boys 5th. A special mention to Alana Prior (9M) who finished 5th and is now a reserve for the county team.
Sky Sports Athlete Mentor Amanda Coulson
Sky Sports Athlete Mentor Amanda Coulson spent a morning at Carmel delivering a motivational assembly to the Year 8 and 9 students as well as working with on team building skills with the under 14 volleyball team.
New College Athletic Records
Layla Bell has run the 200m in 26.4secs on no less than three occasions this season taking over a second off the previous best. Other records include Olivia Austin (1.35m year 7 High jump), Tom Kelly (Y9 300m 42.6secs) and Adam Brown (41.0 secs Y8 300m and 12.60m shot putt).
Carmel College Sports Day 2014
The Carmel College Sports Day was contested by students representing their houses. After a very tense but exciting afternoon the athletes of St Cuthbert’s triumphed, winning the overall trophy. There were some excellent performances in both the track and field events. All the results and more photos of the Carmel Sports Day can be found on the Carmel website.
Sport Former Carmel Student Nicole Third Best in USA and Now an All American!
Nicole Burlinson, a former Carmel student who is now studying on a scholarship at Ursuline College, placed third in the USA with a time of 2:08.64 in the 800m run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. By virtue of placing in the top-eight, she earned All-American distinction. Back in March, she earned All-American status for her efforts during the indoor season.
Emily finishes Fourth in European Junior Triathlon Championships
Emily Alderson from Carmel representing Great Britain finished in fourth place in the European Triathlon Championships in Austria. The sports-mad 17-yearold qualified after finishing as the first junior female in the Newbiggin Triathlon in September 2013 when she was
Sarah Clifford County Goalkeeper
Sarah Clifford (8A) was selected to represent Durham U14 Girls Football team as goalkeeper in the ESFA Under 14 Girls Inter-County Festival. Durham won three and drew 1 of their four matches.
Emily who trains 18 hours a week spoke ahead of her international debut about looking forward to the upcoming challenge. ‘I’m apprehensive as this is the biggest thing I’ve ever done but I’m excited. It will be a great experience. I’ve only been doing triathlons for a year and a half and it’s really exciting to have qualified. I’ve just done my AS Levels and it’s been quite hard fitting everything in. It’s been a really busy time. I also broke my wrist at the start of the season so I’ve had to get my fitness levels back.”
Ella Wins Badminton Award
Ella Hodgson (Year 10) has been named as most Improved Young Player in the Darlington & District Badminton League awards for the 2013-2014 Season.
Will Smith Selected for National Swimming Championships
Will Smith, a Year 9 student at Carmel College in Darlington, has been selected to represent the North East Region at the English Schools Inter-Divisional Championships to be held in Bristol. 14 Year old Will, will compete in the Boys’ 200m Butterfly event at the championships against students from across the country. William who trains every day (except Sunday) with Richmond Dales Swimming Club, has a personal best of 2 minutes 19 seconds in the event and he is looking forward to his first time at the Championships and being part of the North East team. Staff at the College are very proud of Will’s achievement which was described by Ruth Frank Pastoral Manager Year 9 as “a real reflection of his continued commitment to this sport”.
Carmel Sports Presentation Evening
The Carmel Sports Presentation Evening 2014 will take place in the John Caden Hall on Monday 14 July. This years special guest will be Manchester City and England footballer Jill Scott. Tickets are available (£5 to include a light buffet) from Mrs Yule at the student reception. Photos from the event will be included in the next newsletter.