Carmel Newsletter May 2015

 

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Carmel Newsletter Message from the Principal During the season of Lent we are all given the opportunity to reflect on our lives and on the impact we have on the lives of others. Mrs Thornton and Mr Gardner have provided a wealth of opportunities for us to take ‘a moment to reflect’. Our chosen Lenten charity has been the Holy Family ‘Home for the Needy’ in India. The charity provides for people in need, some of whom have been picked up from the roadside, a place to stay, three meals each day and access to clean drinking water. They are also clothed and receive medical aid where necessary. Students have taken this charity to their hearts and should be congratulated for their fundraising efforts. I hope all students continue to have a positive experience in Carmel and that we continue to provide opportunities for spiritual and moral growth as well as providing academic and cultural excellence. Maura Regan National Recognition for Carmel Staff and Students At the beginning of the year Miss Maura Regan, Carmel’s Principal was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to education.The honour is in recognition of her work as Principal of Carmel and Chief Executive of the Carmel Education Trust. Miss Regan was “very thrilled, very grateful and humbled” at being given the honour. Miss Regan, said the key to Carmel’s success is strong leadership at every level, an emphasis on professional development for staff and developing a culture and an ethos that allows children to develop, learn and be themselves.“It is about unearthing the talent in all children, whatever it might be,” she added. Carmel students Liam White and Robyn Errington-Coates have also received recognition when they were highly commended by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan after becoming runners-up in the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize. The duo received their awards at a prestigious ceremony in London which acknowledges the achievements of young people with active interests in history, politics and public life in the North East. Liam is part of a working party asked to develop a national manifesto on child poverty, which has held discussions at the Houses of Parliament. He also sits on working groups within the local authority, is vice chairman of the Darlington Care Crew and is a Darlington Young Inspector. He said: “It was an incredible honour to be commended by the Education Secretary particularly as it recognises the importance of young people’s efforts and views. ”Robyn has also involved herself in local affairs, writing to the council about and helping to resolve road safety issues. A talented musician and a volunteer, she is part of the Sixth Form Leadership Team and contributes to the music society and charities group, including fundraising for the Uganda Choir. She said: “I do feel it is important to be involved in community life. Young people have a great deal of energy and can make a real difference.” Message from the Chair It’s easy to get bogged down in the detail and struggles of everyday life. By this time in the academic year many of us are weary and are wondering how on earth we’ll make it through to July. I suggest that we need to redouble our commitment to supporting and valuing the contribution of every member of our College community. It is only through our joint and sustained effort that we will be able to achieve our shared goal of living abundant, fulfilled lives. The raising of aspiration and achievement is an important part of this but love and encouragement are too. Wishing you and your family joy and renewed hope this Eastertime​. Cyndi Hughes Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams

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E th os ‘Holocaust Memorial Day 2015’ - ‘Keep the memory alive’ Carmel students marked this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with a Liturgy in each form class. Students reflected on the atrocities of the Holocaust and the need for understanding and coopertion between different communities. A small candle was lit in each classroom in memory of those who had lost their lives due to the hatred of others. A group of Y8 students represented the College at the Darlington Central Hall for the Town’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. Students from Carmel also provided the musical accompaniment for the occasion and led some of the reflections. The students listened to the testimony of Peter Frietag, whose family were affected personally in the Holocaust. Peter shared his story of losing loved ones at the hands of the Nazis. 2 Lent - ‘Walking with Christ’ Students and staff have been preparing for Easter with Prayer, Reflection, Fasting and Acts of Almsgiving. Our chosen Lenten charity has been the Holy Family ‘Home for the Needy’ in Balamma Satram, India. Balamma Satram is home to all castes, religions and gender. Those admitted to the home have their own bed and mosquito net and a place to store the few possessions that they may have. They are fed, watered and clothed and given and receive medical aid when necessary and when they regain their strength, they can help out in the campus. Our Easter Egg Raffle with 100 prizes will be drawn on Wednesday 25th March with all proceeds going to the Holy family ‘Home for the Needy’. Each Friday the Stations of the Cross have been held in College and students have walked a journey of winess around the College, pausing for reflection at each station. After this walk of witness thatends in the Chapel, students have supported a soup lunch, led by the Spiritual Depth Group, assisted by Mrs Clifford. Students have responded enthusiastically giving a £1 donation to CAFOD. Peter Vardy Lecture Carmel recently hosted a Philosophy and Ethics lecture led by world renowned Philosophers Dr Peter and Charlotte Vardy. The lectures provided A level students with the opportunity to apply their understanding of ethics to some of the most important and controversial topics in modern society. The event was attended by sixth form students from a number of schools within the Diocese and from further afield. The lecture not only provided an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding in preparation for upcoming A-level exams, but also allowed students to engage with young people from other schools in ethical debates regarding the issues of the day. Y10 Parish Project This term Y10 students have been taking part in a project that explores the role of the Parish in a person’s and a community’s faith life. Students have been encouraged to make links with their local Catholic parishes and discover the different forms of worship and expression that make up the parish community. Students have then completed a range of six tasks, with different focuses. They have ranged from finding out about their Parish Priest and the history of the parish community, to the role of the laity and the various ministries that they undertake in the parish. They have also focused on the role and mission of young people in parish life. Students will complete these projects at the end of March and the clergy will judge the projects and prizes will be awarded for the most in-depth projects.

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3 E tho s Sacrament of Confirmation - ‘Come, Holy Spirit!’ In February, 30 Year 11 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass celebrated by Bishop Seamus Cunningham at St. Augustine’s Church, Darlington. It was a wonderful occasion where the students themselves participated in the readings and music for the Mass.The students had all participated in a series of sessions of catechesis led by different members of the Deanery community, Mr Gardner and Mrs Thornton. The students, who have all made a choice to ‘confirm’ their own Catholic faith, have been supported and guided by the whole College community, in particular, the RE department who joined with the students for the Mass. Form tutors, senior leaders and the RE department met with the students in College after the Confirmation to celebrate the next step in their journey of faith. Charity Head Shave At the end of the Spring half term, Rhian Warner of 10C took the brave step of having her head shaved to raise money for Cancer Research. Rhian was supported by many of her friends and peers for the event.The head shave was recorded in the local press and local radio and we were all very proud of Rhian, whose brave decision resulted in £100s being raised for Cancer Research. She is an inspiration and her act, along with pupils’ donations and support, demonstrate the community spirit here in Carmel. Flame 2 Conference In March a group of 13 students (Y10-13) and 2 teachers joined over 500 young people and Bishop Seamus to travel to London to take part in the Flame 2 National Catholic Youth Conference at Wembley Arena. It was an inspirational day filled with prayer and music and was attended by over 8,000 people. The day consisted of a number of speakers, interviews, liturgical dances, storytelling and music and the students found it both moving and inspiring with one commenting , “Flame 2 taught me what we mean by mission: bringing love where there is none, which is what we all should try to do in our lives. Flame also made me reconsider how I want to live my life and how I think of myself and of those around me.” Overall it was a very long but uplifting day which was enjoyed by all those who attended.

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M odern For eign L a n g ua g es Year 7 Trip to St. Omer, France 48 year 7 students embarked on a four-day adventure to the Château d’Ebblinghem, in the north of France this term, where they took part in visits and activities which explored French culture, traditions and love of food! Pupils were introduced to French cuisine, which included sampling snails, shaping their own croissants, following the making of goats’ cheese, learning about the confection of fine chocolates from a master chocolatier and trying their hands at making pancakes à la française. The highlight of the trip was the visit to Paris, which offered the pupils an overview of the rich history of the capital city, with a picnic at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a visit to the Arc de Triomphe and a cruise on the River Seine. All students were extremely enthusiastic about trying out their French and the guides and staff all commended their efforts. 4 Christmas Carol Eurovision Results At Christmas, Carmel hosted the first ever Catholic Partnership Christmas Carol Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside five other schools from the partnership, 15 Carmel College students from Years 7 to 9 competed in a multilingual singing contest. Performances from across the partnership were outstanding and teachers were impressed by both the pupils’ linguistic ability and their musical talent. Before the results were announced all pupils took part in a surprise dance contest and a karaoke, with German, Spanish and even Chinese songs! Carmel won the competition to the delight of all the pupils who had put a lot of effort and hard work into the rehearsals and were awarded the “Golden Mic” trophy. Chinese New Year Lantern Competition Year 7 students and some very enthusiastic Sixth Form students joined in the Chinese New Year celebrations by making and decorating red lanterns, symbols of good fortune and joy. Heather Simmons, Rio Bryant and Cerys Cummings in 7M won the competition for the best lanterns and all received, from Miss Zhang, a red envelope, or hongbao, a traditional gift given during the Spring Festival. Greek Classes Miss Antoniou’s Greek after school club is proving popular with our KS5 students, who have been learning some basic Greek and all about Greek culture. If anybody else would like to attend, please speak to Miss Antoniou or Mrs Hickman for details. Sixth Form Celebrates Chinese New Year The Sixth Form Leadership Team organised a festive celebration of the Chinese New Year. Sixth Form students were able to purchase Chinese food and relax listening to traditional Chinese music in the Sixth Form common room, brightly decorated for the occasion around the theme of the Year of the Sheep. Year 12 and 13 students were also invited to attend introductory lessons to Mandarin and Chinese arts and craft, delivered by Miss Zhang in the library. Chinese Arts and Craft Club Pupils attending the Chinese Arts and Craft Club, run every Monday lunchtime by Miss Zhang, have had a break from their usual paper folding, painting and paper cutting to be initiated to the delicate art of handling of chopsticks in preparation for the Chinese New Year.

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5 MFL, Scie nce, T e c h no lo g y, E ng i n e e r i n g & M at hs Miss Zhang has delivered cultural lessons across the departments this term. She collaborated with the RE department to introduce Year 9 pupils to Confucius and his life philosophy and Year 7 to marriage and relationships in China. On the artistic side, she has also introduced Year 10 and 11 girls to Chinese dancing in their PE lessons and Year 8 classes to traditional and more modern Chinese music. All Year 7 pupils were also given a brief introduction in Maths to the use of abacuses. Chinese Cross Curricular Activities Carmel Off to a “Flying Start” For the third successive year Carmel took part in one of Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form Colleges’ most popular events, where teams from all Darlington’s secondary schools were given the opportunity to build a working hovercraft they could pilot. A specialist team from Bradford University’s School of Engineering ran the event which was great fun and raised students’ understanding of engineering, science and mathematics. The students involved were Matteo Blasutto, Owen Edwards, James Horton, Dylan Hutchinson, Adam Jarps, Max Jones, James Macconachie, Adam Smith, Jack Wears and Reece . Younie. All are studying GCSE resistant materials in Year 10. UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge Congratulations to all the students who were awarded certificates in the Intermediate Challenge. Gold Nick Whiston Silver Edward Day Martha Laundy-Blair Joseph Lucas Alana Prior Izzy Crees Jane Jose Catherine Woolley Olive Brown Bronze Adam Billany Chris Gilsenan Benedict Humble Ryan Stacey Natya Priestley-Leach Becky Irving Charlotte Bascombe Charlotte Wojcik Lucy Coxon Paul Riordan STEM As part of Carmel’s STEM initiative, Dr Mike Leddra came to give a lecture to 24 gifted and talented year 10 students about the STEM activities in geology. He taught the students about the formation of the Earth and how the Earth’s natural processes affect natural disasters and our everyday lives. He then moved onto career opportunities in geology for mathematicians, scientists and engineers. The lecture was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Arkwright Scholarship We are pleased to announce that Alex Board in Y11 has been successful in his application for an engineering scholarship and will be interviewed in April this year. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and technical design. During their Sixth Form studies, scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits. Alex was selected following a rigorous selection process comprising a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and now he is onto the final interview, hosted at a top engineering university. This year they had a record 1559 applications from a wide diversity of schools and the quality of applications was, as always, extremely high. Alex has done fantastically well and we congratulate him, whatever the outcome of the interview stage.

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Mus ic & Hist or y Key Stage 3 Curriculum In Year 7, pupils have been learning about form and structure. This unit has allowed them to bring in their own instruments from home. We can’t wait to hear their finished compositions next term! Year 8 have been exploring the Chinese New Year, as well as Chinese culture, music and instruments, culminating in performing their own pentatonic compositions. Year 9 pupils have been learning about soundtracks and have composed their own James Bond music to go along with a given trailer. “It’s been a really cool unit, I’ve really enjoyed learning the different theme tunes in class” said one of the students. Final recordings will take place next term. Who knows, we may have the next John Williams here at Carmel! 6 The Sage The College choir has started rehearsals for the next catholic partnership concert at The Sage, Gateshead which is taking place on Tuesday 30th June. Students will represent the College and perform a set piece decided by the College. Some students will also be involved in the big band and orchestral joint pieces. Anyone who is grade 5 and upwards and would like to be involved should see a member of the music department. Chinese New Year Performance The international group along with members of the senior choir and music department collaborated to celebrate Chinese New Year instyle. Students, using traditional Chinese instruments such as the Dizi and Hulusi, created an arrangement of the popular ‘Gong Xi’ piece which was performed in the College atrium to celebrate the New Year festivities. Large crowds gathered for the break time performance and were astonished as the students sang in Mandarin! Their pronunciation was excellent and a big thank you must go to Miss Zhang for teaching the lyrics to the students during the rehearsals. Summer Production Rehearsals are in full swing as preparations continue for the eagerly anticipated summer production in July. This year sees the music department put on a proms concert with an American twist! Of course, being a proms concert you will hear traditional flag-waving favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia but the American theme means you will hear songs from Bernstein to the Beach Boys too. The production will feature our talented student soloists, pit band, choirs, orchestra, dancers and community choir too. Not to be missed! Extracurricular Music Rehearsals for the Spring term onwards are as follows: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: MU1 MUT MU1 MUT MUT MU1 MUT 12:50pm 12:50pm 12:40pm 12:50pm 12:30pm 12:50pm 12:50pm Liturgy Group Pit Band Orchestra (combined string/wind groups) Soloists Junior Choir Massed Choirs (junior/senior/VI form) Pit Band Battlefields Visit The history department took 46 Year 10 and 11 students on a tour of the World War I battlefields in France and Begium. The three-day tour incorporated visits to a number of sites, including cemeteries, monuments and preserved trenches in the Somme and Passchendaele areas. There were a number of highlights including attendance at the Menin Gate Ceremony where four students laid a wreath to commemorate the dead, visits to the largest British War Cemetery, Tyne Cot and the German Cemetery, Langemarck. Students had the opportunity to lay commemorative crosses at either the British or German site. Students were also able to experience a preserved trench system and monument at Newfoundland Memorial Park before enjoying chocolate shopping in Ypres. The experience allowed everyone to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who died during the conflict and it proved to be a moving and memorable experience for all involved

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7 E n g l i sh & L RC Catholic Partnership Book Extravaganza Eight Year 7 pupils from Carmel celebrated World Book Day 2015 at Darlington Library, together with pupils from other Catholic Partnership schools. Pupils were asked to perform a short presentation from a book of their choice and design an alternative book jacket from a book they love. Carmel pupils gave a presentation on Enid Blyton’s ‘Five on a Treasure Island’. They had read both the 1942 and 2010 editions, concentrating on the plot, characters and vocabulary and discussed the books’ appeal to 21st century readers. All participants were invited to dress as characters from books. Carmel’s pupils dressed as 1940s Famous Five characters and were accompanied by Enid Blyton herself alias Mrs Stebbings! World Book Day Students got involved with competitions and activities surrounding World Book Day. They were asked to send ‘shelfies’ to the Librarians, took part in ‘Whodunnit’, finding answers in a Cluedo-style book quiz and asked to design book tokens for a National Book Token Competition. All Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils also received a £1 World Book Day voucher. Book Factor 2015 A group of Year 6 pupils from Darlington Catholic Primary Schools are currently taking part in a literacy challenge. They are reading four books over a period of ten weeks and will attend a Judging Event in the Learning Resource Centre in April, take part in a discussion session and vote for their favourite. The winning title will be used with all Year 6 pupils who are coming to Carmel, in a transition exercise prior to their entry into Year 7. Creative Writing Competition Congratulations to Jenny Thompson (8J) who has been awarded a £10 book token in the January/February Creative Writing Competition. Three new pictures are displayed each half term to inspire students to write creatively. Competition details can be viewed on the Carmel website (Student/Library link). Scholastic Book Club A reminder that discounted Primary and Secondary books can be purchased from https://schools.scholastic.co.uk/carmel-college Orders can be delivered free to Carmel. See Carmel website (Student/Library link). E-Book Trial Carmel College is pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership Secondary Schools, we have subscribed to OverDrive eBooks for a period of one year. Year 8 have been chosen to take advantage of this new resource and we hope they find the experience exciting and beneficial to them. More information can be found on the Carmel website. Please see Librarians for further information. Writers Lab Experience Four Year 10 students attended a one-off session by the North East Writers’ Lab to delve into their imaginations and take the time to use their creative side. The day found the group searching the Discovery Museum in Newcastle for ancient maritime relics aimed at sparking the imagination of the students. The students brought the idea back into College and created a proposal to inspire creative thinking in primary schools during the transition days. They successfully applied for funding which was used for a planning day at Seven Stories and a session with a writer to bring their ideas together. Working with other students from their English class they devised a session to deliver to the Year 6s – creation of a Modern Fairy Tale. The group did a fantastic job incorporating literacy and elements of drama from which the year 6 students created a remodelled and updated version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The session really helped ease any worries the Year 6 students had about the day at ‘big school’ they had ahead. In the de-brief all of the group expressed how much they enjoyed teaching and working with the younger students. The students gave a final presentation at the Discovery Museum, almost 8 months later to feedback their experiences and findings. The students spoke with confidence and flair and all received certificates and are now fully fledged members of the Cuckoo Press; a young writers organisation.

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Pres ent at io n Eve n i n g Year 13 Presentation Evening 2014 8 Hundreds of parents, staff and students attended Carmel’s Annual Awards’ Ceremony this year. Special Guest Speaker Cyndi Hughes, the Chair of the Trust’s directors and Darlington Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Children and Young People, urged students to embrace peace and love in their lives. “Spend your lives thinking for yourselves and questioning authority,” she said. “You need to do this every single day in your own space and your own lives. Your moral compass will lead you but be part of the solution, not the problem. Be peacemakers.” A host of awards were presented to last year’s Year 13, as guests celebrated students past successes and their futures at university, college, training or work. Miss Regan highlighted the College’s exceptional ‘A’ Level pass rate and said students had secured places at 36 universities, from Edinburgh to London with others having gained apprenticeships, jobs or who were working as volunteers. “I hope we have prepared you with the tools to succeed. I hope we have instilled in you a sense of belonging, of wonder, of justice and integrity.” She also had high praise for staff. “The high expectations which underpin what goes on in College is thanks to the excellent teaching, pastoral care and support from staff,” she added. The prizewinners were: Applied Science Outstanding Achievement in Art Biology Business Studies Chemistry Childcare, Learning and Development Electronics English Language English Literature Geography Achievement in Health & Social Care History ICT Award Creative ICT Award Law Student Librarian Mathematics Achievement in Media Studies Modern Foreign Languages Music Achievement in Photography Physics Psychology Public Services Religious Studies Sociology Physical Education Achievement in Art Textiles Drama Award Travel and Tourism Head Girl Head Boy Best A Level Results Rachel Dees Kayleigh Smyth Rebecca Shaw Frazer Connelly Alistair Greaves Kirsty-Ellen Normington Elliot Archer Lucy Price Eleanor Thirlway Richard Coxon Rachel Dees Lucy Robson Emma-Jo Blundy Ben Butler Samantha Downes Molly Humphrey Tom Bussey Adele Willis Katie Hall Ciaran Jasper Lakhdeep Uppal Andrew Watson Megan Readman Dylan Hughes Amy Shakeshaft Ciara Byrne Alexandra Barlow Elsa Alvarez Vilanova George Ford Daniel Wilcock Rosie Passman Thomas Jackson Samantha Downes Amy Shakeshaft Andrew Watson The Fundraising Team Rachel Gunnell Dr Allan Mitchell Award for Business Enterprise John Caden Cup

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9 P resen ta ti on E v e n in g

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Sixth F or m Carmel Students Experience Big Freeze in the Big Apple 10 Students from Carmel encountered freezing weather conditions on their visit to Washington and New York in February. In Washington DC, students visited the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, a number of museums, as well as the Lincoln Memorial and the awe inspiring Martin Luther King memorial. The next stop was New York City with its iconic buildings and skyline. Here the group took in the phenomenal views from the Empire State Building and took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty which had to force its way through floating blocks of ice to get there. The students then spent time at the Chrysler Building, before heading to Ground Zero. Students were stunned by the silence and level of respect shown both in and around the surroundings of the museum at Ground Zero. On Ash Wednesday the students took part in a service at St Patrick’s Cathedral where they took the time to rest and reflect on their experiences during the trip. The visit ended with a stroll in the snow covered Central Park and indulging in some retail therapy. Students left New York with a new outlook on the world, wiser, more cultured and arguably more importantly, with a greater appreciation for a warmer climate. Sixth Form Retreat The sixth form retreat to the Youth Village in Consett took place in February and proved to be a memorable and enjoyable experience. The students appreciated the opportunity it gave them to have time to reflect and bond with their peers in stress-free surroundings and escape the confines of College work and home life. “The retreat was such an enjoyable experience and I am so glad to have been given such a great opportunity to unwind mentally and spiritually at the Youth Village.” – Molly Cunningham (Y13) Crime Day In January, A-Level sociology students from Carmel, together with 120 other students from across the Catholic Partnership, attended the annual ‘Crime Day’ held here in the John Caden Hall. Visiting speakers from both the University of Sunderland and Teesside University, together with a retired Detective Sergeant, spoke on a number of different crime related topics Issues covered included crime statistics in County Durham, the rise of the far right in Europe and ethnographic research in Wallsend. The day gave students the opportunity to explore contemporary topics and the experience of engaging with university lecturers. Lourdes 2015 For the past 18 years, groups of VI Form students from Carmel have travelled to Lourdes during Easter week. This year, our group of students and staff will gather with other HCPT travellers at Newcastle Airport on Holy Saturday for the flight to the Pyrenees and the famous Centre of Pilgrimage. During the week, the students will take part in all the major religious ceremonies, assist the northeast family groups, provide music for liturgies and work with disabled and disadvantaged children. It is an amazing experience and with their dedication fun and prayerfulness, the VI Form students are a credit to Carmel. We would be very happy to take prayer requests to the shrine. Please leave details at the Main Office before the end of term. What Next for VI Form? Carmel recently held its 8th annual Higher Education and Careers Event. The ‘What Next?’ Evening gives Year 13 students a vital update on student finance and affords Year 12 students the opportunity to begin their journey into the world of university applications, apprenticeships and even gap years. After the keynote speeches, there followed a carousel of short talks covering topics such as ‘choosing the right course’ and ‘how to write personal statements’. There were also representatives from universities in the North East and as far afield as Liverpool, London and Scotland. The UCAS process is a complicated affair, and it is vital that our students receive as much information and guidance as possible. It is also important that parents are involved and the College would like to thank them for attending in such large numbers. Chris Turner, keynote finance speaker from Teesside University told the audience how he believed the Carmel ‘What Next’ Event was the best information event that he attends each year.

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11 Ca rmel ’s Got Ta le n t Carmel’s Got Talent 2015 A sell-out audience of over 300 enjoyed 3 hours of music and dance at Carmel College. The show was the second ‘Carmel’s Got Talent’ show staged by the College and it proved an extremely popular event with both students and parents. Over 50 students aged 11 – 18 were involved in 23 different acts which were performed in front of a sell-out audience in the College’s John Caden Hall. The performers were all fantastic and the audience really appreciated the time and effort that the students had put into their performances. The event was organised by the Carmel PTA and raised over £1000 for the College.

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Sp ort Carmel Win Catholic Partnership Cross Country The 2015 Catholic Partnership Cross Country was held in February at Summerhill in Hartlepool. Carmel Girls and Carmel Boys were crowned Champions and Harry Crawshaw (Y7), Megan Noble (Y7) and Jack Baines (Y9) all won their races. Megan Noble won the Minor Girls’ race and Emily Alderson the Senior Girls’ race at the Durham County Schools’ Cross - Country Championships at Meadowfield Sports Centre in January. Carmel also had two third place finishers in Jack Baines in the Junior Boys’ and Katie Noble in the Inter Girls’ event. All four have been selected to represent the county at the Inter county event along with Mikayla Jordens, Alana Prior, Harry Crawshaw, Ryan Wells, Christian Brown and Nathan Ward. The Championships were organised by Mr Hannaford. 12 Two County Cross-Country Champions for Carmel Fab Four Selected for National Finals Following the Inter County Cross Country Championships held on Saturday 07 February at Temple Park, South Shields, four athletes from Carmel have qualified for the Durham Team to race in the English Schools’ Championships to be held in Blackburn, Lancashire in March. They are Jack Baines (Y9), Katie Noble (Y11), Mikayla Jordens (Y11) and Emily Alderson (Y13). Also running in the Inter-Counties, representing Durham were Harry Crawshaw (Y7), Nathan Ward (Y7), Megan Noble (Y7), Ryan Wells (Y8), Alana Prior (Y10) and Christian Brown (Y12). Sports Hall Athletics’ Championships Year 7 and 8 students competed in the Darlington Secondary Schools’ Sports Hall Athletics’ Championships which were held at the Dolphin Centre in January. In a very exciting competition, the young athletes from Carmel finished first in both the Year 7 and Year 8 Boys team events and the Year 7 Girls event. In the Year 8 Girls events they were narrowly beaten by just 2 points. ‘It was a fantastic afternoon of athletics, with some great performances from athletes from all of the schools represented’, said Simon Hannaford (Curriculum Leader for PE). As a result of their success all four teams then went on to represent Darlington in the Tees Valley Finals. At the Finals the Carmel teams competed against 10 other teams in each of the age groups and all four teams had a podium finish. The Year 8 Boys’ team came out on top, finishing first in their event and the Year 7 Boys’ team finished second in theirs. Both the Year 7 and 8 Girls teams finished in a very creditable third place.

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13 Spor t Year 8 A Team Won 6-4 Won 25-0 Won 10-6 Won 12-1 Won 11-2 Won 10-4 Year 8 B Team Won 4-2 Year 9 No Team Year 10 Won 14-6 Darlington Netball League Teams from Years 7 to 10 have competed in the Netball League this term with the Year 8 A team winning all of their games and finishing top of the League. Opposition DSMS Education Village Longfield Hurworth Polam Hummersknott Won 10-1 Won 31-0 Won 23-1 Won 4-0 Won 8-1 Won 5-3 Lost 5-3 Won 16-2 Won 27-8 Won 18-1 Won 16-5 Won 15-1 Won 2010 Win Awarded Catholic Partnership Netball Tournament The Carmel Year 9 Netball team finished third in the Catholic Partnership Netball tournament. The event was held at the Blue Flames Centre in North Shields with ten schools taking part. Year 9 Catholic Partnership Tournament St John’s, Bishop Auckland St Anthony’s, Sunderland OLSB, Stockton St Bede’s, Lanchester St Leonard’s, Durham English Martyrs, Hartlepool Won 7-0 Won 6-4 Won 10-0 Won 9-1 Lost 4-6 Lost 4-8 Overall position – 3rd - Bronze medals! Darlington Schools Netball Tournament 2015 was a very successful year with the Year 8, 9 and 10 Netball Teams all finishing first in their respective tournaments. Carmel Runners Up in Darlington Watt Bike Competition Despite individual age group wins by Jessica Briggs (Y7), Roisin Bennett (Y8), Alana Prior (Y10) and Mrs Bowes-Virtue, Carmel College finished second to Longfield in the Darlington Schools’ Watt Bike Challenge. Both teams will, however, represent Darlington in the Regional Finals.

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Sp ort Former Carmel Student Captains Team Northumbria Leah Kennedy who left Carmel VI Form in 2011 to study at Northumbria University has been made captain of Team Northumbria who play in the Netball Superleague. She was recently interviewed on BBC Look North and featured in both the Evening Chronicle and Northern Echo. Leah has kindly donated her netball dress to be displayed in the PE corridor. 14 Nicole Qualifies for US Final Former Carmel student Nicole Burlinson, studying at Ursaline College in the USA, ran her first 800m of the season in 2:12.48 to be placed third of 54 participants qualifying for the American Indoor Track and Field Championships. Ski Course in Italy Thirty-eight pupils travelled to Falcade in the Italian Dolomites to enjoy a week of ski lessons over the February half term holiday. They were accompanied by Mr Shorten, Miss Withrington and Mr and Mrs Hannaford. The weather was glorious, as was the Italian food. Adam Jarps (Year 10) was the best skier of the week after winning the slalom. Other activities included the rings, swimming, ice skating and a fancy dress competition. Carmel Third in Town Table Tennis Tournament Carmel entered the Darlington Schools’ Table Tennis Championships for the first time this year. The Boys’ team finished a very creditable 3rd and the Girls’ team finished 4th.

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15 Sp or t Year 7 Five-a-side Munich Trophies National Competition Very well done to the year 7 boys in the 5-a-side team who won the Darlington District Competition by beating all opponents at the Tournament held at Longfield Academy. The team won the right to represent Darlington in the County Competition held at the Louisa Centre in Stanley. Out of the 5 Associations represented Carmel went on to be Durham County Champions. County Finals’ Table Carmel College Tanfield School Cardinal Hume RC Sedgefield Community College Kepier School PL 4 4 4 4 4 W 3 2 2 1 0 D 1 2 0 1 0 L 0 0 2 2 4 F 11 13 8 10 1 A 5 5 8 9 16 GD 6 8 0 1 -15 Pts 10 8 6 4 0 From this stage the team went on to the Regional Finals and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the National Finals coming second in the Region. They were only beaten by Valley Gardens School, Whitley Bay who were the Regional winners. Year 7 Knock Out County Cup Congratulations to the Year 7 football team who have become the first Carmel team since 1986 to make a Knock Out County Cup football final. The only previous winners of a County Cup were the Year 9 1984/85 team. Good luck to the boys on being the first Carmel team to do this in several generations! The final is to be played at the Graham Sports Centre, Durham University on the 3G pitch on Friday 24th April kicking off at 4.15pm Year 8 Rugby Team Further to the two Rugby County Cups won earlier in the year, the team have won their way through to the Tees Valley 12-a-side finals. The Carmel team demolished all opposition in the Town Tournament, winning the right to represent Darlington as Town Champions in the Tees Valley Finals, which they went on to win comfortably. They will now represent the Tees Valley in the Regional Finals. Year 8 Football League Winners Congratulations to the Year 8 team on winning the Year 8 Darlington League this season. The team won all but one match, which was a draw against Hurworth. The boys also are doing very well in the Joicey County Cup, matching the Year 7 team in being the first Carmel teams to make a final since 1986. Good luck to the boys on being the first Carmel team to do this in several generations.

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