Message from the Principal
2014/15 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 2015/16 will be on the website shortly so that you can plan your year ahead.
Carmel Celebrate Reaching National Finals
Carmel has received Government recognition at a National Level for its work in raising the attainment of Pupil Premium students. Pupil Premium is a Government initiative to provide additional funding to schools to be spent on raising the achievement of disadvantaged students who traditionally do not do as well in schools as their better off peers. Carmel Principal, Maura Regan travelled to London to attend the National Pupil Premium Awards along with finalists from schools from across the country, all of which have been recognised for their sustained contributions to closing the gap and raising the attainment of Pupil Premium students. Carmel College was one of eight regional finalists and, as such, received £50,000 to further our work in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes. Miss Regan was delighted that the work of the College had gained national recognition but feels what is most important is the difference that staff are making to the life chances of all pupils.
Message from the Chair
It’s been another magnificent year for Carmel College, its students and staff! We have so much to be proud of and so much for which to be grateful. I would like to wish a fond farewell to those Year 11s, Year 13s and members of staff moving on to new challenges and adventures. I hope you have enjoyed your time with us and that you will continue to feel part of the wider Carmel community for many years to come. For those returning in September, I hope you’ll have a restful and safe summer holiday.
MP gives insight into General Election
Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, visited Carmel to speak to 30 Sixth Form students about the work and life of an MP particularly in the lead up to the General Election. The visit took the form of a question and answer session led by the students in preparation for a mock election held in College later in the term. The students listened with interest as Mrs Chapman answered questions about the planning and funding of an election campaign. When asked how she felt and what she did on polling day, Mrs Chapman described the timetable of a candidate’s day and explained the mixture of nerves and excitement felt. Other topics covered were tips for the students on writing and delivering speeches and engaging with voters. In addition Mrs Chapman also expressed her interest in local politics and her enjoyment of representing the local community. The session was extremely rewarding and provided the students with a valuable insight to life as a political party candidate and they were very grateful for her time.
Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams
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A group of Year 10 students and staff from Carmel ventured to Rome on an intricately planned and greatly anticipated annual Pilgrimage earlier this year. The students were overwhelmed by the vast range of historical landmarks, awe-inspiring churches, each immersed in its own religious and spiritual context and an atmophere and ambience that revealed itself through traditional culture and values, not to forget pizza and ice-cream. Students took part in a variety of experiences ranging from a visit to the Colosseum, colossal in size, to the tranquil Basilica of St Paul found outside the city walls. Students embraced the culture of the Spanish Steps and the historical depth shown in the Vatican Museum and the Pantheon. Among the highlights of the Pilgrimage was the visit to the Vatican. St Peter’s was submerged in a sea of red as Carmel attended the Papal audience proudly wearing their distinctive polo shirts. The students were able to make their voices heard and proved themselves excellent competition for the most well-attended school in the audience. Throughout the visit the students conducted themselves in a manner which reflected them as outstanding ambassadors for the College.
‘Living The Christian Life’ In Carmel College
Students in Years 9 and 10 have heard about the importance of Vocation and Mission in their lives. Students spent a morning working in the JC Hall on what it means to be a Disciple, linking with their recent work in RE. Vocations’ Director for the Diocese, Father Andrew Downie, spoke to the students and presented to them the everyday life of a priest and explored what ‘vocation’ really means and how the Lord calls each person to a particular role within the Body of Christ. He spoke of the challenges of the Diocesan priesthood but also on the great joy that accepting the call from the Lord has brought to his life. Students were then invited to ask questions. The second part of the mornings were devoted to the work of CAFOD and how they put the Gospel into action around the world. Two YMT members shared their experiences from their recent trips to Kenya, where they worked with CAFOD and partners. The CAFOD group leaders talked about CAFOD’s mission to help protect the world from climate change. Students discovered the difficulties that exist for people who are affected by climate change, who are usually the poorest in the world’s community. Y9 student, Rory Murphy said, ‘It was refreshing to learn about the work of CAFOD and how they help those who are suffering throughout the world. Fr Downie’s talk made me realise how devoted our priests are and made me reflect on my own future.’
End Of Year Mass
‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone.’ Christians have a special responsibility to share the Good News with all those that we come into contact with. Sharing that Good News can be done through a smile, a kind word or an action. As we come to the end of another very busy year that has been full of achievements, joys and some sorrows, we turn to the Lord and Rejoice as a community, giving thanks for the many good gifts we have been given this year. Our Mass takes place on Wednesday 15th July with Bishop Seamus as Principal Celebrant. Together with staff, students, Governors and friends of Carmel College, we will rejoice with one voice!
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Carmel RE Department played host to Holocaust Enrichment teacher Freddy Naftel as part of the Year 8 syllabus which is currently focusing on genocide. Mr Naftel informed pupils about historical and modern examples of discrimination and persecution. Pupils were humbled to be given the opportunity to reflect on past atrocities and to consider the danger of prejudice and discrimination.
Holocaust Enrichment Lecture
Ushaw College Visit
In March students from Years 12 and 13 attended a Sixth Form RE conference at Ushaw College. The students listened to a variety of enriching lectures from renowned speakers from Durham University. The day was a unique opportunity for the students to engage with lectures that would support and enhance their studies. The topics covered were; the ethics of belief, Catholic theology and film, the ontological argument and Pope Francis.
24 Carmel students from Years 10 and 11 took part in this year’s Diocesan Secondary Schools’ Summer Festival in June. The theme this year was ‘The Road’. Students from across the Diocese reflected on the Gospel passage of the Road to Emmaus and heard testimony from young people who had experienced God’s love and mercy in a special way in their lives. Elma Walsh, mother of Donal Walsh, who died from Cancer, spoke of her son’s drive to see the positives in life and to know that God walks with us, especially through times of suffering. Students enjoyed the music, small group work and the festival atmosphere! The wet weather didn’t dampen their spirits and students helped each other to pitch their tents and made new friends with young people from across the Diocese. The three days came to a close with the celebration of Mass by Bishop Seamus.
Citizen of the Year
Maura Regan, CEO of Carmel Education Trust and Principal of Carmel College, has become the first woman to be awarded the title of ‘Citizen of the Year’ at this year’s ‘Best of Darlington Awards’. Miss Regan was also winner of the Contribution to the Community Award for her dedication and hard work as Principal of Carmel College and her commitment to the young people of the region.
Picture courtesy of the Northern Echo
V I F orm
Carmel’s VI Form is simply ‘Fabulous’!
Record numbers of Year 11 students from many schools gathered in Carmel for the annual VI Form Induction Days. The students, spent their time finding out about all the possibilities on offer in Carmel. Students from 20 different schools have applied to join Carmel in September and it’s understandable why. Carmel offers fantastic opportunities to young people who wish to further their education in an atmosphere of ‘Academic Strength and Spiritual Depth’. Superb results, excellent facilities and exciting extra-curricular activities all make for a highly successful mix at VI Form level. On a two-day programme, 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, playing teamwork games and even racing each other on a huge, inflatable, bouncy assault course! The highlight for many was meeting the special guest speaker, Fabulous Flournoy. As player and Head Coach of Newcastle Eagles basketball team, he is the most successful coach in the history of the British game. The Eagles have just completed yet another ‘clean sweep’ of trophies this year and Fab even brought with him the League Trophy for some photo opportunities. Fab’s story of his tough upbringing in the Bronx, New York, to winning a Commonwealth Games medal for Team GB, was truly inspiring. He explained how life gives you many “defining moments” and that, as young people, they were facing an important one right now – their choice of college is crucial. He told the students that they needed to find theselves a college that “inspired them, challenged them and offered them great opportunities” and added that “Carmel could just be that place!” Fab commented on the great “buzz” that he experienced here and gave the students a powerful 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.
Christian Brown – International Man of Sport!
For the second consecutive year, Christian Brown, of Carmel’s VI Form, has qualified for the Triathlon World Championships. Christian is a talented and dedicated sportsman who, last year, raced in Edmonton, Canada and finished 36th out of a field of 150. This fantastic achievement spurred him on in the past 12 months and he has gone from strength to strength. This year, Christian’s gruelling training regime helped him to qualify for the Under19 category at the National Championships in Nottingham, where he came 3rd out of 100 racers and was one of only six athletes who automatically made the required World qualifying time and was chosen to represent Great Britain. He will travel to the USA in September and will compete in the World Championships in Chicago. The race will consist of a 750 metre open water swim, followed by a 20 kilometre bike ride and finally a 5 kilometre run. We are all hugely proud of Christian and fully support him as he balances his amazing sporting efforts with working hard at four ‘A’ levels. If anyone in the Carmel community would like to help Christian with sponsorship, please contact the College.
Carmel Make a Difference in Poland
Students from Carmel College in Darlington travelled to Dzierżoniów, in South West Poland, to take part in a student workshop. Students Shannon Webb and Bobby Humphrey, accompanied by Mrs Anyan, Mr Snowball and Mr Hannaford travelled to Poland, to participate in the workshop as part of the Comenius ‘Make a Difference’ project. Along with students from Poland, Ireland, Finland, Germany and Spain, they took part in a concert, directed by Mrs Anyan and Mr Snowball, where they sang songs about social issues. Polish television covered theconcert on the local news and Mrs Anyan was interviewed about the project.
Art/ M u s ic
Y12 London Art Trip
17 art students experienced a ‘whistle stop’ tour of London art galleries to enrich their learning. We visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain and Chelsea Art College Degree Show. Students gained ideas and were inspired by art, fashion, textiles, sculptures and photography. The highlight of the day was seeing the stunning Alexander McQueen exhibition, ‘Savage Beauty’ in the V & A.
Y8 Captain Cook Museum & Mima Art Gallery
Pupils in Y8 have been working on a project called ‘Voyages of Discovery’. To enrich this research we took 54 pupils to the Captain Cook Museum in Marton, Middlesbrough. They produced some beautiful studies of different artefacts and extended their understanding of diverse cultures. We then went to Mima modern art gallery giving pupils the chance to experience contemporary art work. Again pupils had an excellent time drawing images and objects about global change and were challenged to question the purpose and meaning of contemporary art.
GCSE and ‘A’ level Art exhibition 2015
Once again the 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.
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 inbetween. 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 our leavers going on to study music at university. We would like to wish them every success in their future endeavours.
Summer Performance Examinations
It is another busy time of year for the College’s talented performers. Students (and teachers!) have been busy preparing for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the Trinity School of Music summer performance grade exams, as well as theory exams. We would like to wish them every success!
At the end of June the music department was involved in a Catholic Partnership event which was held at Sage Gateshead. 40 students took part in the College’s performance of Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre. This was the first ever live performance in the north east and it received a great response in hall one. Several students were chosen to take part in collaborative performances, with the big band and orchestra. The evening culminated with an impressive performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace in which all performers from all schools came together to form a four part choir with over 300 singers. The event was a great success. A big thank you to parents who came and supported our talented musicians.
E x tra Curricular
Over the May Bank Holiday, fifty-four Year 7 students and seven staff travelled to Hawkhirst Scout Centre on Kielder Water for a weekend of outdoor fun and adventure. The students took part in a very exciting, packed programme of events which included bellboating, archery, Jacob’s ladder, abseiling, climbing, shelter building, raft building and the recently added high level zip line. The weather was very variable this year which meant juggling around the activities so that all the children were able to access everything. It was very cold at times and staff were kept busy hanging up wet, muddy clothing and making hot chocolate to warm everyone up before they ventured out to get cold and wet again! The children had a fantastic experience and were presented with a certificate congratulating them on their achievements.
Year 6 Pig Race Night
On the evening of 25 June over 200 new Year 6 pupils and their families attended the Annual Year 6 Pig Race Night & BBQ organised by the PTA. The pupils (and parents) really entered into the spirit of the evening, cheering their pigs along the race track and socialising with new form friends.
The Carmel PTA is pleased to announce that it has now raised sufficient funds to purchase a brand new 17 seat minibus which will also have wheelchair access. The minibus is to be delivered for the start of the summer term. Should you like further information regarding the PTA, then please contact Carol Park (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition
25 intrepid Year 10 students successfully completed their 2 day expedition in Teesdale on the weekend of 13 & 14 June. Achieving the Award was an adventure from beginning to end and gave them some of their most memorable experiences. The teams of 5 planned an aim for their expedition, decided on their route and trained to make sure they were fully prepared. The whole weekend was filled with laughs, arguments, a bit of rain, joy and frustration along the way. By the end, they all had better team and leadership skills, not to mention bags more confidence and a rucksack full of great memories. “We depended solely on everyone working as one. We had very low points but when we had highs, they were exceptionally high. This has to be one of the best things I have done” Michael, Bronze Award holder.
Lear ning R esourc e C e n tre/ Ma t hs
Students who have been involved in reading the shortlisted titles in the CILIP Carnegie Medal Shadowing Awards 2015 were invited to attend the annual Judging Event in the LRC on 22nd June. After a lot of animated discussion, Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan was voted best book in the under-14 category, whilst More Than This by Patrick Ness was the choice in the 14+ category. The official winner was announced as Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman. 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 the Learning Resource Centre.
Carnegie Medal Award 2015
Summer Reading Challenge 2015 Saw it, read it, took a picture!
Get involved with Carmel’s Summer Reading Challenge by reading as many of the items on the ‘to do list’ as possible. Take photos of the evidence and create a collage of your summer of reading. Hand in your entry to the library on A4 sized paper. You can also email your entry to: email@example.com. (Closing Date: 18 September 2015) To Do List • Newspaper • Magazine • Menu • • • Fiction Book Non-Fiction Book Picture Book
First World War History Resources
Prizes will be awarded for the most creative entries! The College library stocks a large selection of books for children aged 11 – 16 years and a smaller selection for younger, pre-school and primary-aged children. Carmel students are able to borrow up to four books for themselves or younger siblings to read over the summer holiday. All books should be returned to the College library after the summer holiday.
Book Factor 2015
Year 7 pupils who have been studying World War 1 during their history lessons were invited to the library to undertake research using reference books and to look at displays borrowed from Darlington Local Studies’ Library. The pupils enjoyed the challenge and gained valuable information for their history projects. All students are encouraged to use their local library to see what is available and improve their wider knowledge. Wonder by R.J. Palacio was chosen by this year’s Year 6 Book Factor reviewers to feature in the Transition Programme for all pupils who are starting Carmel in September. All pupils will read the book and complete a series of tasks based on the title. The book is available to borrow from the LRC. It is a heart-warming story to be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Junior Mathematical Challenge
Congratulations to the following students who received certificates in the recent Junior UKMT Mathematical Challenge Gold Aaron Clarke Matilda Weir Harriet Eastham Amelia Harrison Kieron O’Donnell John Smith Silver Benjamin Hartop Ethan Fenton Jeanne Jose Ezra Laundy Blair Katie McLeish Jack Hewitt Roisin Bennett Daniel Farrer Bronze Alex Troup Samuel Berry Michal Piszczek Bartek Buba Ryan Gilligan Joe Berry
Well done to Mateusz Rucinski 7P who has borrowed 42 books from the LRC since staring Carmel in September. This is a fantastic achievement considering English is not his first language. He was presented with a £10 gift card as his prize.
Carmel’s Super Six at County Champs!
At the Durham Schools’ Athletics Championships held at Monkton Stadium, six events were won by athletes from Carmel College. They were: Junior Girls - Maddison Wells (200m), Niamh Musgrave (75m hurdles) Junior Boys – Adam Brown (Shot), Inter Girls -Layla Bell (200m), Mikayla Jordens (1500m), Ella Hodgson (Long Jump). Other performances: Aimee Musgrave (7th JG 100m), Olivia Austin (4th JG High Jump), Sarah Clifford (4th JG Discus), Katie Noble (3rd IG 3000m),Anna Heward (2nd IG High Jump), Jess Hull (2nd IG Triple Jump), Mitchell Wilson (3rd JB Discus), Ethan Fenton (3rd JB Javelin), Piotr Krawiec (2nd IB Javelin) and Teddy Mulenga (4th IB Long Jump).
Darlington Schools’ Athletics Champions for a Quarter of a Century!
At the Darlington Schools’ Athletics Championships, Carmel won the boys’ and girls’ overall trophies and also the George Clark Cup as overall Town Athletic Champions for the 25th year in succession. Carmel athletes won 49 events, were runners up in 32 and third in 15. They also won seven relay shields and a further ten trophies for age groups. New Town Records were set by Elle Liddle (Y7 Shot Putt 7.12m), Joshua Irving (Y7 300m 44.1secs), Niamh Musgrave (Y 9 75m hurdles 12.1secs) and Joshua Irving, Harry Crawshaw, Joseph Spellman and Nathan Ward (Y7 boys 4 x 400m relay).
Triple Success for Carmel Athletes
After winning their events at the Northern Schools Inter-County Championships, Maddison Wells, Adam Brown and Layla Bell have been selected to represent Durham Schools in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium in July. Maddison will contest the Junior Girls 200m and relay, Adam the Junior Boys Shot Putt and Layla the Intermediate Girls 200m.
In the first round of the English Schools’ Athletics Cup, all four teams from Carmel finished first and qualified for the Regional Finals. The Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Inter Girls team went through to the ‘A’ Final at the Costello Stadium in Hull where on a very warm day many personal bests were set. The Junior Boys finished 2nd, the Junior Girls fifth and the Inter Girls seventh. The Inter Boys team missed out on the ‘A’ Final by just 10 points and went through to the ‘B’ Final at Gateshead International Stadium where they finished 5th.
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Year 9 student Adam Brown took the honours in the senior boys’ 200m race, his first competitive outing since having his appendix removed last month. Adam’s feat was among a number of impressive performances at Carmel’s Annual Sports Day for Year 7-10 students. In the junior boys 300m, Joshua Irving knocked an incredible 3.6 seconds off a school record that had stood for two years. “I was really tired at the end but thrilled to break the record so emphatically,” said the 12-year-old, who would love to compete at the Olympics one day. In the house competition the lower school boys’ and girls’ contests were won by St Cuthbert’s, while St Bede’s took the upper school boys’ and St Aidan’s the upper school girls’ accolades. Overall the house cup went to St Aidan’s, pushing St Cuthbert’s into second place by just seven points. Principal Maura Regan said: “There have been some tremendous performances but the most impressive element for me was the level of effort all the students exhibited, regardless of their abilities. Sports Day captures perfectly the spirit of the school and it was great to see the rest of our students cheering the athletes on so enthusiastically.”
Barnard Castle Invitational Athletics Meeting
Mr Hannaford took a team of girls from Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 to the Barnard Castle Invitational Athletics Meeting, at Barnard Castle School. They competed in very windy conditions against athletes from Ampleforth College, Barnard Castle, Bradford Grammar School, Pocklington School and RGS Newcastle. They competed really well with lots of wins and personal bests (set mainly in the field events).
Tees Valley Cricket Finalists
The U-13 Cricket team finished runners-up in the Darlington Cricket Festival and qualified to represent the Town in the Tees Valley Final at Stockton Cricket Club. Despite losing narrowly to the eventual winners, Carmel did very well to finish sixth.
Darlington Schools’ Cricket Tournament
The Darlington Schools’ Cricket Tournament was played at the Darlington RA Ground. All four Carmel teams did really well with the Boys’ and Girls’ A teams both finishing runners-up in their respective leagues and the Boys’ and Girls’ B teams winning their respective leagues. Well done to you all. The full results were as follows: Boys’ A League 1st - Hurworth A 2nd - Carmel A 3rd – Hummersknott A 4th – Polam Hall A 5th – Longfield A 6th – DSMS 7th – St Aidan’s Boys’ B League 1st – Carmel B 2nd – Hummersknott B 3rd – Hurworth B 4th – Longfield B 5th – Polam Hall B Girls’ A League 1st – Hummersknott 2nd – Carmel A 3rd – Longfield A 4th – Hurworth A =5th – DSMS =5th – St Aidan’s Girls’ B League 1st – Carmel B =2nd – Hurworth B =2nd – Longfield B
Year 7 Football Team do the Quintuple!
Massive congratulations to the Year 7 football team to be the first Carmel team ever to win five trophies in one season. Since the last newsletter, the boys have won the District Cup and League titles as well as the Crompton and Harrison County Cup. These 3 trophies are to add to the District and County five-a-side titles won earlier in the year. An absolutely fantastic achievement. Well done to all the boys involved. The team is coached by Mr Phillips. Congratulations on a wonderful season!
Carmel Year 9s Narrowly Beaten in the Town Cup
The Year 9 football team lost to Longfield in the U14 Darlington Schools’ Cup Final. With the scores at 1-1 after normal time, the game went to extra time where Longfield scored with 2 minutes left to play. Although the boys were disappointed, Mr Gandy, the coach, praised them for their efforts and commitment. They are now looking forward to next season!
Carmel Win Year 10 Town Cup
After a fantastic performance, the Year 10 football team beat Longfield 3-1 to win the Darlington Schools’ U-15 Town Cup. The goals were scored by Kyle Davidson, Tom Kelly and Bradley Davies, all from 10A, making their form tutor, Mr Hannaford, extra proud. The match was played at the Middlesbrough Training Ground at Rockcliffe. Congratulations to the team and their coach, Mr Gandy, on their success!
Perfect Record for Carmel Year 7 Netball Team
Kate Selected for Top Netball Squad
Year 11 student, Kate Hardy, has shown that hard work and dedication does pay off as she has just been selected for the Netball Performance Foundation League Squad at Under-17. This is the highest level of netball in the North East for this age group. Next step, Team Northumbria! Well done Kate!
Carmel Year 7 Netball Team Won the Town Tournament without conceding a goal. They also beat Polam 9 - 0 to win the Darlington Schools’ Town Cup. The team is coached by Miss Bowes.
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Year 9 Netball Team Win Town Cup
Year 8 Netball Team Win Town Cup
The Carmel Year 8 Netball Team beat Polam 12 - 1 to win the Darlington Schools’ Town Cup. The team is coached by Miss Hardcastle.
The Carmel Year 9 Netball Team beat Longfield 13 - 5 to win the Darlington Schools’ Town Cup. The team is coached by Mrs Hannaford.
Gold Again For Max
Year 8 pupil, Max Tams, was one of a small team of ten from Darlington Taekwondo Club, Chung DO wan TKD who travelled to the 12th Peniche Taekwondo Open in Portugal. The team performed fantastically at the two day event, coming home with 2 Gold, 6 Silver & 4 Bronze medals! Max had to perform three Poomsae (patterns) in the Individual Poomsae discipline, for which he won a Silver Medal. Day two at the Open saw Max medal again in the Kyorugi (Fighting) competition, scoring 7-0 & 9-1, being beaten by the overall winner in the semis. In the Supreme Taekwondo Sparring and Technical Championships in Widnes in May 2015, Max won the ‘Individual Poomsae’ Trophy, as well as a silver medal for ‘Sparring (fighting)’ and two bronze medals for ‘Power Kicking’ and ‘One-Step-Sparring’.
Carmel Girls Win British Biathlon Championship
Carmel Win the Darlington Schools’ Swimming Gala
Three Year 10 students , Alana Prior, Katie Noble and Hannah Briggs won the U15 team event at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and London Aquatics’ Centre earlier this year. Also competing as an individual was Megan Noble, who finished 8th in the U-12 girls’ event.
At the Darlington Schools’ Swimming Gala the Carmel swimmers excelled, winning the girls’ competition with 37 points and narrowly losing the boys’ by just 2 points. Overall Carmel were well clear of Hummersknott who finished second and Longfield third. Mr Coates and Mr Briggs must be congratulated on the coaching at the morning sessions at the Dolphin Centre, as must the swimmers, who all gave their best on the night.
C ommunit y
Protect Their Curiosity
Parents are being urged to play a more active role in keeping their children safe online, with the launch of a new campaign. A series of powerful video clips has been created by Internet Matters - a not-for-profit organisation - highlighting the real risks of children using the Internet without parental controls. The Protect Their Curiosity campaign urges parents to activate safety filters on all computers, search engines, apps, smart phones and tablets to encourage children to be able to explore the digital world in a safer environment. Carolyn Bunting, General Manager for Internet Matters, said: “Setting parental controls is easy, and means parents and children can benefit from the very best of the Internet without any of the worry. However, according to our research, more than half of parents haven’t done it.” Four videos have been produced to give parents insight into how their kids behave online and how they react to seeing inappropriate content. Carolyn Bunting added: “The videos might be uncomfortable viewing, but we wanted to show the reality of how a child’s innocent curiosity can turn into a distressing experience in just one click. In the same way that parents teach their children how to swim, cross the road or ride a bike, they need to spend time with their kids online to ensure they are safe on the digital highways of the Internet.” Find out more and view the Internet Matters Protect Their Curiosity videos (http://www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/).
Hadrian’s Wall 20Km Walk – Chollerford to Once Brewed
Cancer has touched the lives of many of us at Carmel and we feel it only fitting to fund-raise for such a worthy cause. With this in mind, a number of Carmel staff will be walking a 20km stretch of Hadrian’s Wall on Saturday 26th September 2015. We have set up a Just Giving page: (https://www.justgiving.com/CarmelWalk2015/) and are hoping to raise in excess of £1,000. Please visit our Just Giving page if you would like to donate. A link to the page can also be found on the Carmel Facebook page.
Trainee Teachers Graduate
After a full academic year of hard work, a new generation of North East teachers is now ready and excited to embark on their careers to shape and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of young people throughout the region. 122 trainees graduated from the Carmel Teacher Training Partnership programme this year. This year’s Primary and Secondary graduates have been training in fantastic schools throughout the region with invaluable support from their mentors and professional tutors, who have been with them from the start of their training. Impressively, the majority of the 2014/15 graduates have already secured employment for next year as newly qualified teachers (NQT) which will bring another set of challenges. Well done to the Carmel Teacher Training Partnership Class Of 2015. We wish you all the best of luck in your future teaching careers and please keep in touch. For more information about our teacher training programmes, please contact Claire Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01325 523455.
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