Carmel College Newsletter
The Season of Advent was marked in College with Mass celebrated by Father Michael Whalen during which the Advent wreath was blessed. Our celebration then moved into the atrium where students from all year groups gathered around our impressive Christmas tree. A short liturgy with Advent carols took place and the Tree was blessed. The theme chosen for this year’s Christmas Liturgy was ‘Love chooses you.’ We reflected on the message given to the Church by Pope Francis through his Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ or, in English, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’. Pope Francis reminds people everywhere that it is only through a relationship with Jesus that we can find true joy. Advent is a time when we prepare our hearts and minds to receive Christ into our hearts. We hear the story of the Nativity and it focuses us on the gift of joy that God has given to the world. We prepare through prayer and good works, we wait with joyful hope for the time when Christ’s joy will be known by all people of the world. Students and staff also entered the festive spirit on Christmas Jumper Day, where they were encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper, donating one pound towards the Carmel HCPT Lourdes fund to help support students to work with disabled and disadvantaged children during the Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Message from Chair of Directors, CEO and Head of School
Pope Francis has declared this year beginning 8 December as the ‘Year of Mercy’. As a community of witness we will spend time reflecting on our work and contribution to society. Mercy, reconciliation and joy provide the cornerstone of all that we strive to do. In the words of Bishop Seamus Cunningham the Year of Mercy provides the opportunity so that ‘everyone throughout the world can celebrate the pilgrim journey to God and recognise how we can all come home and be forgiven and be accepted’. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a peaceful and holy Christmas and every happiness.
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As you will be aware, it was with great sadness that we were given the news of Joseph Mercer’s death. Joseph had battled against cancer for over a year and was extremely brave throughout this period of time. He was a wonderful student, friend and a person of strong faith. He was an example to us all, of how suffering can bring a person even closer to God. The Requiem Mass for Joseph was a fitting tribute and celebration of his life. It was attended by over 70 staff and students, who were very moved by the whole experience. Joseph will be greatly missed by the whole community. Please remember Joseph and his family in your prayers.
Peter Vardy Lecture
Carmel College Sixth Form Students travelled to St Peter’s School in York to take part in a lecture delivered by world renowned Philosopher Dr Peter Vardy. The lecture engaged students on philosophical concepts covered in the ‘A’ level syllabus such as the origins of the universe and the existence of God. The trip did not only provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding in preparation for upcoming ‘A’ level exams but also allowed them to engage with young people from other schools in discussing philosophical issues.
Application forms for the Sacrament of Confirmation have been distributed to students in Year 11. The Sacramental preparation course begins on Tuesday 12th January at Carmel Convent. Fr Paul Farrer, Youth Chaplain for the Diocese of Middlesbrough, launched the course during a special assembly in November. He spoke of Confirmation as being a ‘free gift’ from God. The students reflected on the importance of vocation and accepting the Lord’s call to live as a Christian in the modern world.
Hugh Campbell Lecture
Carmel College Sixth Form students attended an ‘AS’ Philosophy and Ethics revision session led by Head of Theology, St. Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, Hugh Campbell. The session focused on the content studied at AS level and also gave students insight into the construction of effective written responses in examinations. Students used the session as an opportunity to ask questions about their current course and about the upcoming modules in ‘A’ Level.
Ethos and Community
Students reflected on the plight of refugees and migrants in their Harvest Liturgies this year. Our liturgies focused on Christ as a refugee and as a God who walks with us through our struggles. ‘When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.’ Matthew 25:35. Students’ response to our appeal for donations of food, toiletries and cash was fantastic and we were able to provide the Darlington Food Bank with much needed resources, whilst money collected was sent to support the work of relief agencies working with refugees.
As October is traditionally the month of the Holy Rosary, students in Carmel joined together on each Wednesday of the month to pray the Mysteries of the Rosary for themselves, their community and the whole world. Students were provided with small Rosary beads and it was very impressive to see so many students coming to pray the Rosary together. Students in Year 11 in particular found this time of prayer special, as they offered the Rosary for their friend, Joseph Mercer who died on 4th October.
Carmel students were joined by other students from all Catholic primary and secondary schools at the Diocesan Youth Event ‘Faith 15’ Northumbria University. The theme for this event, ‘Inspired to Inspire’, was taken from the call of Pope Francis to reflect upon our own mission to be “missionary disciples”. At the start of the liturgy Fr Dermott Donnelly invited all present “to take a moment of silence”. The silence was tangible and demonstrated the willingness of the children present to totally enter into the celebration. Bishop Seamus closed the event by highlighting examples of how children in our Diocesan schools could put their faith into action.
Over the past term a number of students from Years 7 and 8 have been attending History Club on a Monday lunch time. Working with the Tyne and Wear Archives in Newcastle, students have been researching the local efforts of the North East in World War 2. The students are working towards improving a box of artefacts for the archive. They have been working in small groups to research different aspects of the Homefront such as the Home Guard, the Women’s Land Army and the Air Raid Precautions. This has highlighted to students that the war was fought at home as well as overseas. Students will continue to research this area and add artefacts and information to the box. The members of the club have shown a great level of independence and enthusiasm for the project.
Senior Mathematical Challenge
Congratulations to the Sixth Form students who were awarded certificates in the recent UKMT challenge. Gold Matthew Hopkins Silver Toby Gay Arthur Ford Joshua Human
Y10 GCSE Geography Field Trip to Cogden Gill, Reeth
Bronze Olivia Thompson Ruaidhri Archbold Rosie Pilling Elliot Bourdais Calum Randle Simon Reeves Oliver Littlefair James Rawe
In total 106 students enjoyed a day exploring the river. We were blessed with lovely weather and had a great time collecting data for our controlled assessment.
GCSE Languages Revision Workshop
Year 10 and 11 students were invited, with their parents, to attend a GCSE Languages Revision Workshop. The aim of the night was to present the nature of the controlled assessments in French and Spanish and to provide students with tips on how to best prepare for them and advice for parents on how to support their children. In a relaxed atmosphere, students and parents were presented with a variety of memorisation techniques, which they were then encouraged to try out. Parents found the evening “reassuring and informative” and students were all happy with the range of learning techniques presented.
Y10 Resistant Materials
This term Daniel Myers and his class have been learning about furniture design and have made a small table. As you can see, Daniel has made a first class job and is very proud of his achievement.
Beehive Engineering Event
Twenty pupils from Year 9 participated in an engineering event at the Beehive Building at Lingfield Point. The event was organised by the Foundation for Jobs based in Darlington. It provided an excellent opportunity for pupils to participate in a range of practical activities aimed at demonstrating the diversty of skills needed for modern engineering. It promoted the importance of STEM subjects in accessing these careers and pupils had the opportunity to perform hands-on tasks based around smart materials, solar power, building bridges and design engineering.
Duke of Edinburgh
This year the Duke of Edinburgh Award received an unprecedented number of applicants, which resulted in two groups of twenty four Year 10 students embarking on the scheme. The first group of students, some with packs almost as large as themselves, set off in the autumn sunshine for two hard days’ walking for their Bronze practice expedition. By the evening they were tired but cheerful as they cooked their evening meal. After a very cold night, they then walked for the second day across the Cleveland Hills. The second group will be doing their practice in the Spring.
Cancer Research Sponsored Walk
On an overcast chilly Saturday morning mid-September, a forty strong team of Carmel staff, their families and friends set off from Chollerford in Northumbria to Steel Rigg, in the footsteps of the Roman centurions to walk along Hadrian’s Wall. They walked through the beautiful and historic countryside for 12½ miles, up and down dale, encouraging and supporting one another, with the sole purpose of raising awareness for Cancer Research and through sponsorship, adding a stunning £2,301.25 to the much needed funds of this important charity. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them, bought charity wristbands and the team who organised this fantastic and worthwhile event.
Congratulations to Year 10 students Hannah Sloane and Stephen Taylor who came second in the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Schools’ Partnership Masterchef Competition. They created a Mexican inspired menu which consisted of peppers stuffed with a chilli and rice filling followed by Chicken Enchiladas with homemade tortilla wraps, guacamole and salsa. This was washed down by a non-alcoholic mojito.
Festival of Thrift
Year 10 Horticulture
Schools were invited to participate in a weekend of ‘free frugal fun’ at this year’s Festival of Thrift. Traditional folk dances were performed in the glorious sunshine with pupils from The Education Village, Carmel and St Teresa’s school. The Festival featured numerous ideas of how to reuse, recycle and up-cycle items in a fun but frugal way, saving money and also benefitting the environment. The festival also helped the town celebrate the 190th anniversary of the world’s first steam passenger train, which travelled between Stockton and Darlington in 1825. It was a wonderful experience and a fabulous family day out and we look forward to taking part again next year.
The Year 10 horticulture group have been developing their skills by producing high-quality Christmas wreaths, using materials from the College grounds. There was such high demand from the staff that the wreaths were auctioned to raise money for new gardening equipment.
Community and International
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Year 9 pupils organised and hosted their annual Macmillan Coffee Morning for staff, parents, students and neighbours in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising a fantastic £876.71. There was a huge variety of small and large baked cakes, raffle prizes and cash donations from pupils and parents alike. Donated cancer support wristbands were also a very popular purchase. Everyone involved came together to support the coffee morning making it a real community event. Grateful thanks to everyone who made the time to bake, buy and eat cakes!
Chinese Exchange Students
A group of Year 10 students from our partner school Xinhua High School, in Tianjin, China, visited the College in July to experience the life of British students for a week. On top of attending the regular curriculum with their partners, they were also introduced to some very British traditions, from baking cupcakes to playing cricket and netball. Many of the visiting students and their hosts had taken part the previous year in the exchange visit to Xinhua. Once more, strong friendships were built and a few tears were shed at the farewell party.
Visit From Moroccan Partner School
As part of the Connecting Classroom project with the secondary school, Lycee Al Matar in Nador, Morocco, teacher Mohamed Belhadj, who had been working on developing resources with the Geography and MFL departments, visited the College last July. During the visit, a blog was created to share the outcomes of the project which was centred on immigration into Europe for the Geography department and the culture and traditions of a French-speaking country for the MFL department.
European Day of Languages
The European Day of Languages on 26th September is an annual celebration of the rich diversity of languages spoken within the European Community. Many schools in the UK promote the day through participation in special events and Carmel College was no exception. Ten Year 9 students spent the day at St. John’s, along with students from other schools within the Catholic Partnership where they had the opportunity to take part in fun events involving European languages. These included a Bake Off with a Spanish Twist, writing fairy tales in French, taster sessions in German, and music through languages other than English. The highlight for most, however, was the opportunity to learn some Greek dancing which was great fun, especially as many of the staff also took part! Many thanks to St John’s for a great event and we look forward to more in the future!
Shanghai Visits The UK
Carmel recently hosted Shanghai teachers Ding Qi and Wang Xueru who were spending time in the North-East visiting local primary and secondary schools. They took part in a number of Teacher Review Group meetings to explain how and why they designed their lessons to try and develop fluency and mastery through conceptual and procedural variation. Over fifty primary and secondary school teachers benefitted from observing their methods, pedagogy and intelligently designed lessons. As well as teaching groups at Egglescliffe School, they visited a local feeder primary school and delivered lessons to Year 5 and 6 pupils.
Erasmus+ Offers Exciting Opportunities For Teacher Training Across Europe
Carmel College is delighted to be part of a pioneering European project exploring best practice in Initial Teacher Training. We are working with colleagues from: edEUcation,Teach for Bulgaria; Centre for School Improvement- Lithuania; Federacion EFAS Comunidad- Valenciana and a Primary School in Pefkochori, Greece. The 2 year project will involve each country hosting a study visit and sharing their experience of teacher training and development. The project was launched in November 2015 at Carmel College. Delegates from Spain, Lithuania andBulgaria were welcomed by Maura Regan, CEO, Carmel Educational Trust and Stephen Hughes, recently retired but long serving MEP for Darlington. Guests enjoyed a full programme of workshops, discussions and school visits. St Paul’s RC Primary School, Billingham and Harton Technology College, South Shields were generous hosts, inviting the Erasmus team into their schools to share their experiences of working with Carmel Teacher Training Partnership. The visitors were guests of honour of Tom and Gill Nutt, the Mayor and Mayoress of Darlington and this event rooted their visit in our local history. It celebrated how our region benefits economically, socially, culturally and intellectually from its many international links.
To celebrate the International Day of Languages, students were invited to share a continental breakfast. Some of the food sampled included German cured meat, Polish cheese, Italian bread and Spanish tapas but the students’ favourite remained the French pastries which all disappeared within the first minutes of break! In order to practise their language skills, students were required to order all their food in a foreign language and staff were impressed with all their efforts.
Youth Chinese Test
For the second year running, Year 8 and 9 pupils were entered for their Youth Chinese Test, an official accreditation by the Chinese Government. This year, our talented linguists excelled with 108 pupils receiving their Level 1 certificates and 7 pupils their Level 2 certificates. A presentation ceremony was organised for all pupils to celebrate their achievement while sharing some snacks and refreshments. Prizes, such as Chinese books and interactive CDs were given to the higher achievers, including Ben Hartop (Year 9), who achieved the fantastic score of 187/200! For students keen to continue further, Miss Zhang is running a Mandarin lunchtime club, every Friday lunchtime from 1.00 to 1.25, as well as a beginners’ after school club on Monday (3.40-4.30). A variety of other cultural clubs are also being offered to all at lunchtimes, including a video club and Tai Chi club.
International School Award Ceremony
Carmel College was once more awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. Two Year 9 pupils, Marton McCue and Matilda Weir, received on behalf of the College, the prestigious Badge of Honour. The ceremony, which included a talk by guest speaker Dr Niall McCann, real-life explorer and adventurer, celebrated the range of international projects conducted over the last three years by the School. Projects included not only the Make a Difference European Comenius Project but also many curriculum-based activities: from African drumming in music to the World Religions’ Week in RE Staff and students across the School all shared credit in this great achievement, which made Carmel College, one of the longest-standing British Council’s “International School” in the country.
Scholastic Book Fair
Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Book Fair held in the Learning Resource Centre and at the Christmas Fayre. A fantastic £602 was taken, resulting in 50% commission to buy new books for the library. Discounted books can be bought throughout the year via Scholastic Books Clubs, either online at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/carmel-college, or from the leaflets which are advertised every term in the LRC.
To develop a love of reading for pleasure, Carmel has again subscribed to Bookbuzz. This national initiative is run by Book Trust which is an independent reading and writing charity. All Year 7 pupils were given the opportunity to choose a free book from a selection of 12 titles. These books are now being kept in their form rooms, to enable them to read and exchange titles within their registration time. Their own choice will then be taken home at the end of Year 7. Further resources, competitions and alternative titles can be found at www.bookbuzz.org.uk. Pupils are also participating in regular library reading sessions during their English lessons.
Megan Patrick 8P was the winner of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. She submitted photos using a range of media including a newspaper, menu and picture book. Megan was also a winner in the National Poetry Day competition, submitting a poem with the theme “Light”. She received a book token and sweets as her prize.
ReadingZone World Book Day Picture Book Competition
Reading Group members worked together to produce a picture book to enter into this national competition. ‘The Shy Dinosaur’ was shortlisted in the Secondary Category from a total of 1500 entries. The judging panel said, “We really enjoyed this picture book and thought the story was simply and effectively told with great illustration. All in all, a great team effort, well done!” Year 8 girls Saoirse McCarron, Megan Patrick, Lily Rance and Amelia Stow-Smith, were invited to a celebratory lunch with Chair of Governors Cyndi Hughes and Northern Echo editor Peter Barron, author of the Monstrous Morals series of picture books.
Pope John Paul II
Year 12 students attended the Pope John Paul II launch ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. The Right Rev. Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle welcomed the students to the Cathedral and spoke about the young people ‘responding to the challenge that this award offers to participate in the life and mission of our Diocese’. The Pope John Paul II Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II, whose love of young people was so profound. It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith is not just for learning, nor is it a list of rules but that it is for living. A total of fifteen Year 12 students have begun their commitment with the first award, the Papal Cross Award, since the beginning of November.
Brave New World
English Literature students from Year 13 recently attended the Touring Consortium production of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian vision of Brave New World at the Civic Theatre in Darlington, which received rave reviews from students and teaching staff who attended. The students have been studying Margaret Atwood’s more recent the Handmaid’s Tale and this performance was a great opportunity to explore the dystopian genre in a different form.
On Holy Saturday 2016, forty two Carmel College Sixth Form students will embark on their journey with HCPT, the Pilgrimage Trust, on their annual Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Carmel students have been travelling to Lourdes for 20 years. During their time in Lourdes, our students make up a support group assisting at the various liturgies, taking part in the music ministry and supporting the young pilgrims during trips to nearby Givarnie and ‘Lac de Lourdes’. The journey to Lourdes costs each student £650 and due to the difficult financial climate and ever-increasing travel costs, it has become ever more difficult for Sixth Formers to afford this pilgrimage without the financial support of their families and of course their local parish communities. If you would like to support the College group, please email Carmel’s Chaplain: firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, we would appreciate your prayers as we approach our pilgrimage, that our students may be filled with the spirit of Lourdes and be worthy messengers of the Gospel through their actions.
In February 2017, VI Form students will be visiting the USA. Their trip
includes visits to Washington and New York, visting attractions such as Smithsonian Museums, Supreme Court, US State Capitol, 9/11 memorial, the Met Museum, Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, a Broadway show, a ball game, ice skating in Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
Operation Christmas Child
Once again this year the VI Form have taken part in the Samaritans’ Purse Shoebox Appeal. The project was launched and organised by the Spiritual Depth Team. The VI Shoe students managed to put together an amazing 116 shoe boxes that will be sent to children this Christmas who have very little. The shoe boxes were packed in tutor groups on PSHEE morning. A special mention to 13BF/JA for collecting an amazing 26 shoe boxes.
Arkwright Engineering Scholarship
Carmel Year 12 students, Rose Addison and Alex Board, were awarded sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarships recently at a ceremony in Glasgow hosted by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and sponsored by the Rail Industry, led by Network Rail, Carillion and Colas Rail. Rose and Alex were presented with their Arkwright Scholarships by Principal Guest Hugh Gill, Chief Technology Officer of Touch Bionics and a member of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame with fourteen patents to his name. They also met the organisation that is sponsoring their Scholarship for the next two years - The William Leach Charity. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering. 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. Schools receive £400 per Scholarship awarded to their students. Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said, “The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road to achieving such a vital position within the UK engineering profession. Congratulations to Rose and Alex and all of our new Scholars!”
VI Form Retreat
This year was a special year for the VI Form Retreat as a record breaking number of students attended YMT in Newcastle. A total of 57 students across the whole of Sixth Form gave up their study time and other commitments to reflect on their understanding of faith and how it is present in our everyday lives. Following the theme of ‘Tapestry’, the students engaged in deep reflection, team building activities, a liturgy and of course, ‘Capture the flag’! The students were extremely enthusiastic and willing to take part in reflection of the Gospel and their own relationship with their faith. It was a fantastic start to the Lourdes Pilgrimage next year, as most of these students are making the journey to Lourdes to help with the HCPT Trust. Well done to all who attended.
An Evening With Steve McClaren
Newcastle United Head Coach Steve McClaren was guest speaker at the PTA’s recent Sportsman’s Evening, raising in the region of £1,400. This has helped to replace funds following the purchase of a £30,000 disabled access school minibus. PTA chairman Jane Bower said: “We have just raised the money for the minibus, which is amazing and we are now ready for the next project, which will be chosen by the school council.” Assistant Principal Eve Hannaford added: “We are hoping the next project will have something to do with grassroots sports development, a subject we know Steve is very keen on.” Self-effacing and humble, Mr McClaren described his roller-coaster ride through the football league, with Hull, Derby, Bristol and Oxford before becoming assistant coach with Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson, managing Middlesbrough and securing the top job with England. He then rebuilt his career in Europe including with the Dutch side FC Twente and Wolfsburg in Germany before returning to QPR and Derby. Now at Newcastle United, he is in the process of rebuilding their fortunes. “It’s a club I have always wanted to manage since I played them at Middlesbrough,” he said. “It’s like a double dream – being back in the Premiership and at Newcastle.”
PTA Christmas Fayre
The College junior and senior Choir came together to entertain visitors to the PTA Christmas Fayre. Accompanied by Mr Connor on piano, the 45-strong choir performed a range of festive favourites, from Silent Night and While Shepherds Watched, to Jingle Bell Rock and Winter Wonderland. Thank you to the PTA for inviting us to perform!
PTA Club 200 Winners
R Lyonette (Ellie 9P) D Anderson (Siobhan 10E) C Taylor (Annie 10M) R Ticzon (Precious 9L) P Bird (Emily 8P) October November
New Starters’ Concert
A host of talented Year 7 students took part in their first College performance, The New Starters’ Concert. We were delighted that so many soloists and small groups put themselves forward to perform and were amazed by the tremendous talent across a range of musical disciplines. Without doubt, many of these ‘NewStarters’ will be Carmel stars of the future! Many thanks to our VI Form students who rehearsed with our performers and continue to be excellent musical role models and to the PTA for providing refreshments.
St Cecilia Concert
To celebrate the feast day of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, students from the College took part in our annual Saint Cecilia’s Concert (Some of the students who took part in the event are pictured to the right). This year the event was organised by the Year 13 BTEC music group as part of their coursework. The students had to organise the acts, as well as sort out sound and lighting. A number of the College’s ensembles took part including the Big Band, the Orchestra, Senior Choir, Liturgy Group and the new ensemble Musical Theatre Group. The concert was a great success. Well done to Year 13 for organising the event.
Music Exam Success
We are delighted that many of our singers and instrumentalists have been working hard towards their exams, Successes since our last newsletter include: Jonathan Hopkins – Grade 5 Singing (Distinction) Patrick Graham – Grade 4 Singing (Merit) Sarah Turver – Grade 5 Musical Theatre (Merit) Catherine Cassidy – Grade 3 Singing
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Students Rejoice As Carmel College Continues To Lead The Way!
GCSE Results Over 80% of GCSE students gained 5 A*-C including English and Maths.Amongst the great number of fantastic results some outstanding performances were achieved by Toby Gay with 9A*, Matthew Hopkins with 8A*s and an A at ‘A/S’ Religious Studies, Zoe Rankin and Alex Woodcock both also achieved 8A* grades. In a year when examinations have gone through a year of change, papers being harder, only first entry counting and the examinations being sat at the end of the course, we are delighted that Carmel continues to lead the way. Sixth Form Excellence Students and staff at Carmel College have been celebrating a wonderful year of ‘A’ level results; 1 in 3 gaining A/A*. 60% gained A*-B at ‘A2’. The Vocational Subjects also produced some excellent results with 75% gaining Distinction or Distinction*. With some outstanding performances from individuals. Catherine Lavender gained an A* in Geography and As in maths and history. She will read philosophy, economics and politics at Oxford University. James Swainston, who started Carmel at 6th Form, was also flying high after achieving three A*s in maths, physics and electronics. Tiffany McConaghy who also came to Carmel for her ‘A’ level studies from SFX in Richmond, achieved As in History and Maths and an A* in Religious Studies and will take up her place at Cambridge University to read Law. Students are heading to Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and other Russell Group universities. Many other students are now planning their university life, reading subjects such as medicine, chemical engineering, history and philosophy. These were just some of the fantastic performances from Carmel students this year. Off to study medicine at Newcastle University Emma Morrison received three A*s in biology, chemistry and maths. She said: “It will be a lot of hard work, another five years but I am excited to go and start the course.” Joining her in medical studies but at Leeds University is Rachel Gunnell who also received 3 A*. Mike Shorten , Head of School added, “With 60% getting the A*-B, and nearly all students getting into their University of choice, this has been one of the highest performing years of ‘A’ level students Carmel has seen” The College was a scene of rejoicing with students, parents and staff all sharing in the success of two years of dedication to study. Chief Executive and Principal, Maura Regan said: “It’s been a great morning. ‘A’ Levels are tough and our students have all worked hard and deserve their success. We are thrilled.”
Carmel Girls Win Both Town Cricket Tournaments
I n the Darlington Schools Girls’ Indoor Cricket
Competitions, held at the Dolphin Centre, Carmel won both competitions and have now qualified for the Durham County Finals to be played in February 2016. The results were as follows:
Year 9/10 Competition Year 7/8 Competition Carmel vs Longfield (won) Carmel vs DSMS (won) Carmel vs Longfield (won) Carmel vs Hummersknott (won) Both teams were coached by Mr Summers.
U15 Indoor Hockey Champions
In the Darlington U15 Indoor Hockey Tournament, Carmel Girls won their three matches to win the competition outright. The results were as follows: Hummersknott B* 0 Carmel 1 Longfield 0 Carmel 2 Hummersknott A* 1 Carmel 3 The team was coached by Miss Anderson
Richmond School v Carmel 1st XV
After losing players through injury early on in the match, the Carmel Sixth Form Rugby team lost to Richmond School in the U18 Nat West Cup.
Carmel Lose Catholic Partnership Regatta By Inches
The Carmel U13 team won 6 races out of 7 in the Catholic Partnership Regatta, which was held at the Tees Barrage. Unfortunately in the race that really mattered, they lost to a very strong St.Michael’s crew by just a few inches. They nevertheless had a fantastic day!
Carmel Students Get To See The NZ All Blacks
Year 8 Football Team
Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who have recently won the Darlington District League title. The team are also doing well in the English Schools’ National Playstation Cup, currently playing in the 5th round after beating King James from Knaresborough 4-0. The boys are also into the quarter-final of the Joicey Durham County Cup. This keeps up their great record of success. The boys are pictured with the five trophies they won last season with a clean sweep in all competitions.
Fifty students went with Mr Phillips and Mr Hannaford to the All Blacks’ Open Morning at the Darlington Arena. They were fortunate to see Legends such as Sonny Bill Williams entertain the crowds in a packed Northern ) Echo Arena.
League Debut For Volleyball Team
Carmel played their first Teesside Adults’ Volleyball League Match away to Acklam VC. Despite being much younger and less experienced, they played very well, producing some high-quality volleyball. They went down 3 sets to 1 but the future looks very bright as most of the team have been selected for the regional team. A big thank you to their coach Scott Haile and Haughton Volleyball Club.
Year 9 Rugby Team
The Year 9 Carmel Rugby team have won the Cleveland County 10-a-side tournament for the 3rd consecutive year. This title adds to their record of winning every available Cleveland County Trophy since the start of Year 7. These include the 15a-side league, the 10-a-side tournament and the 7 -a -side tournament.
Carmel U12s Start their Rugby Journey!
Carmel U12 Rugby team took part in the Barnard Castle School Tait 10s Tournament. Despite only playing rugby for a couple of weeks, they played very well against teams from the finest Independent Schools from the North of England. They even managed a win against Giggleswick School from North Yorkshire. They have the makings of a very good team.
English Schools’ Cup Cross Country Round 1
The first round of the English Schools’ Cup Cross Country was held in Stewarts Park, Middlesbrough. As the Durham event was cancelled, it made this round much more competitive with teams from North Yorks, Cleveland and Durham all in the same event. Carmel Junior Girls ran really well to qualify for the Regional Final with Megan Noble (Y8) leading them home.