Carmel College Newsletter
Sacrament of Confirmation
In February, 35 Carmel students received the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass celebrated by Bishop Seamus Cunningham at St. Augustine’s Church, Darlington. It was a wonderful occasion in which the students themselves participated in the readings and music for the Mass. As it was the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mass started with a Marian hymn and refreshments afterwards were served by members of the College HCPT Lourdes group. The students had all participated in a series of sessions of catechesis led by different members of the Deanery community and Mr Gardner the Lay Chaplain at Carmel. The sessions focused on: the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith and Reconciliation as an opportunity to develop our relationship with Christ.
Ash Wednesday at Carmel
On Ash Wednesday 2016, 450 students, staff, Directors and Governors gathered together for Holy Mass and Distribution of Ashes. The Mass, celebrated by Father Barrie McKenzie was offered especially for the happy repose of the souls of two much loved and respected former members of staff: Mr Brian Hunter and Mr Colm Doyle, both of whom gave many years of service to our College community. They both sadly returned to the Lord recently after brave battles with Cancer. Before Mass, Maura Regan gave a fitting tribute to both men and made the link between Ash Wednesday and the joyful expectation of the Resurrection at Easter. Following Mass, Father Barrie, accompanied by members of our VI Form Lourdes group, gathered in the Chapel for the Blessing of our very own Holy Door. Inside our door we have placed symbols of the spiritual and corporal acts of mercy, along with reflections created by students.
Message from Chair of Directors, CEO and Head of School
As we continue on the ‘Year of Mercy’, we hope that all families are able to take time to reflect on the message of the Gospels of Pope Francis at this Easter season.
Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams
Celebrating The Year Of Mercy
Year of Mercy Liturgy Website
Giving Thanks to God for Colm and Brian
Students in Carmel continue to make use of interactive resources during times of Worship in College. Our Liturgy website includes daily reflections, adapted from the words of Pope Francis and also includes ‘Missions of Mercy’ that encourage our students and staff to do one of the spiritual or corporal acts of mercy each day. Students are then invited to bring a prayer card to our special ‘Door of Mercy’ recording their act of mercy. You can access the website at htttp://liturgy.carmel.org.uk.
In February, Carmel lost two very much loved former members of staff. Brian Hunter, former science teacher and Head of Year and Colm Doyle, former Director of Sixth Form. Both men courageously battled cancer for long periods of time. Students, staff, governors and friends of Carmel College paid tribute to these two wonderful members of staff during a special Mass of Thanksgiving held in the John Caden Hall. They are remembered with love by all in the College and we hold their families and friends close to us in prayer.
Our Lourdes Pilgrimage grows ever closer! Pilgrims have spent the last few months very busily raising funds to enable them to assist young people with disabilities during the Easter Pilgrimage this year. Members of the College group took part in the 60th Anniversary Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral earlier in February and have been involved in spiritual preparation in College - taking part in the Stations of the Cross and Mass weekly. Students have assisted with many coffee mornings in our local parishes, have organised quiz nights, raffles and even a Karaoke evening! On behalf of the Lourdes group, I would like to thank all the members of our community who have donated and assisted with our efforts with fundraising. We will remember you all in our prayers at the Shrine when we are there at Easter!
Student Led Liturgy Group
During Lent, students from Year 10 have led Liturgies on several Lenten themes on Tuesday break-times. These Liturgies include scripture, explanation, reflection and a mission for the week. Staff and students have really benefited from these short Liturgies and it is wonderful that our students are so comfortable and confident in leading their own acts of worship, with minimal guidance from the Chaplain.
Celebrating The Year Of Mercy
Before half term, Mr Gardner was accompanied by two Year seven, two Year eleven and two Sixth Form students to the Cathedral to take part in a celebration of Youth Ministry in Hexham and Newcastle. There was live music, reflection and an interactive reading of the Gospel. The event was to celebrate and give thanks to God for all those who work in Youth Ministry and Formation in this Diocese. Bishop Seamus was there, to lead prayer and reflection. All the schools took along a donation to help support the YMT and all the fantastic work they do.Members of the Youth Council from our College distributed sweets and prayer cards to all children who took part in this special event.
During the Season of Lent, Christians are called to Pray, Fast and Give. Our Chaplaincy timetable each week gives students the opportunity of taking part in student-led Lenten Liturgies, Mass each Wednesday and Stations of the Cross around College each Friday lunchtime. Our chosen charity for Lent this year is CAFOD. We are helping to raise funds for their Water Appeal ‘Make a splash!’ Worldwide it is estimated that women and girls spend 140 million hours a day collecting water. Lack of access to water at home and at school, prevents girls from gaining the education that can change their own lives and the lives of their families. This year, Pope Francis has called for a Year of Mercy, where we reflect on the place of God’s action in our lives. Students will be involved in fundraising throughout this season of Lent. If you would like to contribute to the appeal, please let Mr Gardner know in College and we hope you will also support Year 9’s CAFOD Coffee Morning on Friday 18th April at 10.00am.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Wednesday 27th January was Holocaust Memorial Day when we remember those who lost their lives and were discriminated against for their faith and perspective of life. In the morning we watched a video about a man called Ivor who explained about his life in Auschwitz and told us the feelings and emotions he experienced. It made us realise how much it has affected society. Forms throughout the College lit a candle and had a minute of silence to reflect on the concerns that many faced. In the afternoon pupils went to the Dolphin Centre for a service to respect those who left us. We watched a representative dance of what it was like to witness a person be dragged away from their home and how they were treated. During the service we listened to life stories of those who witnessed the acts of genocide and the emotions that they faced. It made us realise how fortunate we are now not to be in a war and that acts of genocide are rare in modern day society. To end the service, there was peaceful music called “Meditate”that gave us a chance to reflect on the importance of the day. The message of this Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘don’t stand by’.
National Aim Conference
Seven Sixth Form students visited London for the national Aim conference for Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, ending the day with a visit to the British Museum. Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury began the Conference speaking inspirationally on the concept of Soul and he was followed by the world’s leading expert on the Gospel of Saint Mark, Dr James Carleton-Paget. The final talk on natural religion was a superb end to the day from Professor Simon Blackburn. Students felt that the day strengthened their studies and both widened and enriched their knowledge on classical and modern philosophical debate. A highlight of the question and answer session was when Will Collett asked, ‘What are the universal boundaries of a soul?’ to which Lord Williams responded delightedly, ‘What an intellectual and interesting question!’ A wonderful time had by all.
Peter Vardy Conference
In February a group of A Level students attended the Peter Vardy Conference in Manchester, which included another guest speaker called Dr. David Webster. It was an ethical lecture in which we learnt about ethical matters and theories such as Kant and Love. We thoroughly enjoyed attending this Conference, as it taught us about various topics and offered a lot of different viewpoints that we, as teenagers, could relate to. In addition we found that we gained a lot more knowledge through the debates that took place, one of which was about a right to a child. Some of the students felt encouraged and inspired and participated fully in this debate. Overall, Peter Vardy was inspiring and energetic in the way that he spoke about Ethics, putting across a huge amount of knowledge and understanding to us.
Science and Music Building
Building work is nearing completion on a two storey science and music building complementing the existing design at the College. The new facilities comprise of one laboratory, two science classrooms, two music classrooms, two general teaching classrooms, a music technology room, sound/recording booth and practice rooms. During the Easter holiday, furniture will be delivered and we hope to be teaching in the new building at the start of the summer term.
A Message From Our Very Own Youth MP
My name is Jessica Halliday and I am the newly elected Youth Member of Parliament for Darlington. I stood for this role as I have always been interested in politics and saw this opportunity as a way to change some of the issues young people face in Darlington. The first thing on my manifesto is improving availability of work experience for young people in Darlington. It also includes reducing the prices of public transport for 16-18 year olds and raising awareness of mental health issues and support for those involved. I hope that my position as MYP can help me achieve those pursuits! I started out by going to weekly meetings to develop my manifesto and learn a little more about the role I was striving to gain. On Monday 29th February the votes were announced and I won with a huge total of 794 votes, with Liam White as my deputy. Well done also to Lizzie Thompson from Year 9 who was the youngest candidate in the running. Thank you to all who voted and helped with all of our campaigns!
Intermediate Maths Challenge
Congratulations to the following Year 10 students who received certificates in the recent Maths Challenge. Gold Certificates Joshua Glendinning Max Kauffmann Silver Certificates Amy Board Chris Maychaell Dale Quinn Ellie Manville Emma Patrick Sofie Colley Ethan Lansdell Grace Cooley Bronze Certificates Rory Murphy Sophie Whan Eddie Reid James Grant Sally Abbott Anna King Gemma Clausenn
Maths in Football
In February a group of Year 10 students spent the day at Newcastle United Football Club, looking at the uses of mathematics in football. The four boys examined the current league table statistics and calculated the gross lifetime earnings of some of our professional footballers. They learned about the bonus and incentive structures in football. They alsoinvestigated the costs faced by supporters who attend matches and, armed with all this information, designed incentive schemes to encourage fans to attend match days. All had a thoroughly excellent day, topped off with a stadium tour, looking at the use of psychology in football.
WW1 Battlefields Trip
Three Year 10 students, Katie Tulloch, Lucy Tate and Lily Cornish were accompanied by Mrs Orsi on a trip to the WWI battlefields of the Somme and the Ypres Salient. This was a government-funded trip which allows three students from every primary and secondary school to attend the area during the four years of remembrance. They visited many sites, memorials and museums including the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the In Flanders Field Museum and the Lochnagar Crater. They also attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Katie was able to find the memorial plaque of a close family friend at the Pozieres Cemetery and Lucy was given the honour of being one of two students chosen to lay a wreath at Lijssenthoek Cemetery, commemorating soldiers from thirty nationalities who are buried there. The girls will now act as ambassadors promoting remembrance within the College and in the wider community.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Carmel College turned to Anne Frank’s diary as inspiration for a journal project which has been taken on by every registration group in the school. Students from Year 7 to 11 are now spending twenty minutes per week completing a diary entry about their College life. When pupils leave us in Year 11, they will get to take their diaries as a memento of their time at Carmel and the memories they have made. The overall aim of the journals is to foster a passion for writing and creativity but also to work on literacy skills such as reflective writing. The reaction from students has been extremely positive and it is lovely to read some of the responses to College life - for example, one of our Year 7 pupils wrote, ‘Coming to Carmel College is the best thing that’s ever happened to me!’
World Book Day
Students got involved with competitions and activities surrounding World Book Day. They were invited to design book tokens for a National Book Token Competition and take part in a book quiz. All Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils received a £1 World Book Day voucher.
Catholic Partnership Book Extravaganza
Year 7 pupils from Carmel celebrated World Book Day at Darlington Library together with pupils from other Catholic Partnership schools, all dressed as a comic book character. Twenty pupils took part in a Comic Art Masterclass with celebrated illustrator Kev F Sutherland. All pupils enjoyed the sessions and were inspired to put to use what they had learnt.
Book Factor 2016
A group of Year 6 pupils from Darlington Catholic Primary schools are currently taking part in a literacy challenge. Twenty-four pupils have been tasked with reading three books written by children’s author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The pupils will attend a Judging Event in the Learning Resource Centre in April, when they will discuss the stories and vote for their favourite book.
Chinese New Year Performance
In February, a group of fourteen Year 8-10 students performed at the Joseph Pease statue in Darlington, to celebrate Chinese New Year, alongside other local schools. The performances included a Tai Chi fan performance and a Mandarin song, which students had rehearsed for weeks in preparation for the event. Passers-by were delighted by the enthusiasm of the Carmel students, who, according to the organiser of the event, ‘were a credit to the College and certainly added colour and entertainment to our Chinese New celebrations in the Town.
Christmas Carol Eurovision Song Contest
Carmel College hosted the second edition of the Catholic Partnership Eurovision Song Contest with a Christmas twist. Seven schools in the partnership competed to win over the Golden Mic by performing creative adaptations of Christmas Carols in a foreign language. Although Carmel students, winners of last year’s edition, conceded the trophy to this year’s deserving winner, English Martyrs School, they delivered a vibrant rendition of Away in a Manger and Winter Wonderland in French and Spanish. The day also saw a variety of festive and musical activities, from quizzes to improvisations, which students took part in with great enthusiasm.
A group of 44 Year 9 pupils took part in a trip to Middlesbrough Football Club accompanied by Miss Spenceley, Mr Ladyman and Mr Summers. The trip was organised with the aim of showing pupils the benefits of being able to speak a foreign language and how foreign languages are used in everyday life. During the morning session, pupils were involved in a business activity, where they made their own football strips and encouraged staff to buy them in exchange for Middlesbrough’s own Bank of Boro money. This session was followed by a tour of the stadium and then pupils had the fantastic opportunity to meet one of Middlesbrough’s players, Jonathan Woodgate. The experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Summer Show 2016
We are delighted to announce the Summer Show for 2016 will be a production of the musical ‘Return to The Forbidden Planet’ by Bob Carlton. Set to a soundtrack of 1950s and 60s pop and rock hits, the show promises a spectacular, intergalactic musical adventure! After an exciting launch, a fantastic turn out at initial rehearsals and a tremendous display of acting and musical talent at principal auditions, we are delighted to have a really strong cast working hard in weekly rehearsals. Performances will be on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2016 in the John Caden Hall.
Liturgy Group Update
Following the Ash Wednesday Mass, the Liturgy group sang at the Year 11 Confirmation which was concelebrated by Bishop Seamus and the parish priests of Darlington at St Augustine’s. The group were also invited to perform for the annual World Religion week with Love Shine a Light, and Blessed Be Your Name to an appreciative audience of staff and students.
Great North Big Band Festival 2016
As members of Durham County Youth Jazz Orchestra, Arthur Ford (Year 13 – bass guitar) and Matthew Hopkins (Year 12 - trombone) competed in the youth section of the annual Great North Big Band Festival at Sunderland University. Not only were the band overall winners but they also received an adjudicator’s award for Best Rhythm Section, which included Arthur on bass guitar. A fantastic achievement!
Music Exam Success
Once again, we are pleased to report great progress from musicians taking practical exams through the ABRSM and Trinity College London. Anna Campbell: Grade 2 Flute (Pass), Jenny Thompson: Grade 3 Alto Sax (Merit), Beth Caygill: Grade 5 Flute (Distinction) , Ben Ryan: Grade 4 Cornet (Pass), Scott Musgrave: Grade 4 Tenor Horn (Merit), Eva Stroud:Grade 1 Violin (Distinction), Amelia Stow-Smith: Grade 2 Violin (Pass), Kieron O’Donnell: Grade 2 Violin (Merit) Christina Regi: Grade 3 Violin (Pass).
Sedgefield Players Youth Section
Charlotte Devin (Year 12), Lauren Easton (Year 12), Chelsea Palfreeman (Year 12), Kieron O’Donnell (Year 9), Isaac Holcroft (Year 8), Laney Wilkinson (Year 8), Megan Darby, (Year 8) and Sarah Turver (Year 8) performed with Sedgefield Players’ Youth Section at the One Act Play Festival at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal, where they were awarded first place overall, a best youth award and a technical award. They will be performing their play again at the semi-finals at Port Sunlight, in Liverpool in May.
Tees Valley Youth Choir
Some of our talented singers, Anna Wilson (Year 12), Patrick Graham (Year 10), Ben Ryan (Year 8) and Gabriella Orsi (Year 8) performed at the North East Festival of Youth Choirs at Durham Cathedral with Tees Valley Youth Choir, alongside choirs from Durham University, Durham Cathedral and across the county.
Durham Musical Theatre Company
Following his role in South Pacific, Oliver Serginson (Year 9) was selected to perform as part of the junior chorus in the recent Durham Musical Theatre Company production of ‘The Best of British Musicals’ at the Gala Theatre. Well done Oliver!
Carmel Dominate Sportshall Athletics Championships
At the Darlington Sportshall Athletics Championships at the Dolphin Centre (Darlington), The team results were as follows: Carmel Y7 Boys 3rd, Y7 Girls 2nd, Y8 Boys 1st and Y8 Girls 1st. The Secondary and Primary championships were organised by the Carmel Y9 Sports Leadership Team.
Carmel’s Fab Four Selected for Nationals
Darlington Sportswinners Team of the Year
Carmel U16 Girls Biathlon team, comprising of Hannah Briggs, Katie Noble and Alana Prior were awarded the Darlington U17 Team of the Year award at the Grand Final of the Darlington Sportswinners’ Competition. The event was held at the Darlington College on Wednesday 27 January. The girls, who are currently the UK champions, are pictured receiving their award. Carmel had six runners representing County Durham, in the Northern Schools’ Inter-County Cross Country Championships, held at Preston Park (Stockton) on Saturday 06 February. The results were as follows: Sarah Wilcock, 47th (Y7 Girls); Megan Noble, 5th (Y8/9 Girls): Harry Crawshaw, 42nd (Y8/9 Boys); Katie Noble, 31st (Y10/11 Girls) Mikayla Jordens, 31st (Y12/13 Girls) and Christian Brown, 21st (Y12/13 Boys). A big congratulations to Megan, Katie, Mikayla and Christian who have now been selected to represent Durham in the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships to be held at Wollaton Park (Nottingham).
Tees Valley Secondary Sportshall Athletics Championships
Carmel had three teams representing Darlington in the Tees Valley Secondary Sportshall Athletics Championships. The event was held at Eston Sports Centre, Middlesbrough on Thursday 21 January 2016. The Year 8 Girls finished 1st, the Year 8 boys 3rd and the Year 7 Girls finished 6th. Well done to all competitors!
Ski Course in Falcade, Italy
40 students accompanied by Mr Shorten, Miss Thonnart, Miss Witherington and Mr and Mrs Hannaford enjoyed a week of skiing in the Italian Dolomites. The youngsters had 5 hours of tuition of per day from their instructors Mauritizio, Fredericka, Paulo and Demi and at the end of the week took part in the slalom race. They stayed at the beautiful Stella Alpina Hotel in Falcade where they enjoyed the Italian Cuisine. The evening entertainment included ice skating, tubing and swimming.
Year 8 Town Tournament
The Year 8 Town Tournament was held at Polam Hall on Thursday 3rd March. Carmel entered two teams, with the B team coming a respectable 4th and the A team winning every match to become Darlington Schools’ Town Netball Champions yet again. This team has now been champions at both their Year 7 and Year 8 and now set themselves the target of being champions in every year group. Good Luck!
St Aidan’s A
Inter Form/House Netball Results
Year 7 Inter form 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 7P 7M 7L 7C 7J 7A 7E 7R Year 8 St Cuthbert’s A St Bede’s A St Aidan’s A St Bede’s B St Cuthbert’s B St Aidan’s A Year 9 St Cuthbert’s A St Aidan’s A St Cuthbert’s B St Bede’s A St Aidan’s B St Bede’s B Year 10 St Aidan’s St Cuthbert’s St Bede’s
English Schools’ Cross Country Championships
Four young Carmel runners represented County Durham in the National Schools’ Cross-Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The best eight athletes from each of the 45 counties made up each of the six races. Despite being a year younger, Megan Noble (147) finished 218th in the Junior Girls, Katie Noble (150) was 330 in the Intermediate girls and Mikayla Jordens (151) who was 270th in the Senior Girls. Our best placed finisher was Christian Brown (151), who came 163rd in the Senior Boys.
Carmel Catholic Partnership Swimming Champions!
Carmel won both the Girls’ and Boys’ overall trophies in the Catholic Partnership Swimming Championships. Twelve schools contested the event, which was organised by the Carmel Year 9 Leadership team and took place in the Dolphin Centre. The team trains on a Wednesday morning (7 - 8.15am) with coaches Mark Briggs, Hannah Briggs (Y11) and Alana Prior (Y11). For more information please see Mr Hannaford.
Carmel U12s Catholic Partnership Champions
Carmel enjoyed a very successful day at the Catholic Partnership Netball Championships. The Under 12 team won all of their matches to win and the U14s finished third. The event was held at Sport City in Newcastle, which is the home to Netball Superleague Team Northumbria, for whom ex Carmel student Leah Kennedy plays regularly.
PE SCITT Students Subject Knowledge Training at Eastbourne Complex
Twelve trainee PE teachers enjoyed a day of learning how to teach athletics to secondary pupils at the Eastbourne athletics track. The session was led by Simon Hannaford and involved the Shot Putt, Discus, Javelin, High Jump and the Long Jump.
Crown Court Visit
In February Year 13 sociology students attended Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough to help support their preparation for a forthcoming Crime and Deviance examination. The visit gave them the opportunity to watch cases in progress, observe witnesses give evidence, understand how video evidence works and see convicts being sentenced. Students found it interesting to watch the legal system in action.
Since the end of last year, 15 Sixth Form students at Carmel have been taking part in the John Paul II Award. This award was newly introduced to our Diocese, Hexham and Newcastle, in order to enhance young people’s roles in the parish and wider society. Everyone at Carmel is completing their Gold award which consists of 1 hour of parish involvement and 1 hour of social awareness a week for 20 weeks. People are taking part in all kinds of volunteering, ranging from assisting in English classes for the lower school, to volunteering at charities such as ‘Daisy Chain’. So far everyone has been thoroughly enjoying the chance to take part in new things and make a difference in the community and parish and we are all excited to see what future months bring.
Miss Burnett stepped into the role of Santa Dash commentator, shepherding penguins, train conductors and sugar plum fairies onto the JC Hall’s stage last Christmas. Held every year to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, the Santa Dash is just one of Carmel’s festive events and a student favourite. Every form chooses a theme and then each tutor group helps piece together an ensemble. After being introduced on stage each group is given a cryptic list of items to find around the College. Once every clue is deciphered and each item gathered, the quickest form wins, providing them with both a cheerier tutor and a box of Celebrations.
On PSHE morning Year 13 students practised cooking on a budget. Using only £4 for a main and £3 for a starter or dessert, pairs produced food for four people and then tucked in to their delights for lunch. Some ‘interesting’ meals were produced and the morning was a fantastic success with pizza made from scratch, a variety of pasta sauces and plenty of cakes for those with a sweet tooth.
We were delighted to welcome all our Sixth Form students and parents to our ‘What Next?’ Information Evening. The evening opened with a welcome from Ms Burnett, Head of Sixth Form followed by a informative talk on Student Finance, Funding and Loans from Sarah McLeod, Teesside University. Students and parents were free to attend a selection of 20 minute talks given by a wide variety of guest speakers from universities and industries. General topics included Personal Statements, UCAS Application Process, Student Life and Making the Most Out of Open Days and Interviews. Along with the talks we were privileged to have representation from some local employers and training providers including GlaxoSmithKline, Darlington Borough Council, Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training. Both students and parents went home feeling positive, inspired and encouraged to achieve the best grades possible in order to follow their dreams and keep all options open.
World Religion Week 12
The RE department have had another activity packed week to celebrate religious diversity for World Religions’ Week. Classrooms were decorated with religious artefacts from all the major world faiths and people belonging to other faith communities visited the College to share their ways of life and pray with staff and students. Paul McCartie’s Liturgy group, along with other members of the music department, kindly performed faith songs during break times and many students from across the year groups attended. On Tuesday 1st March, Naomi Shaw, a member of the Jewish Community, delivered talks to Year 9 pupils about Jewish life and practices. The students asked a lot of engaging questions and Naomi was so warm and knowledgeable about her faith. Students clearly gained a great deal of understanding of Jewish ways of life and this will help them greatly as they move into Year 10 and study Judaism as part of their GCSE course. During the break times, the department offered mindfulness tasks and various activities across each classroom such as, designing a prayer mat, writing and hanging prayers on the prayer tress and sitting inside the tent for quiet reflection. Lunchtimes were used to show the film, My Name is Khan, which powerfully addresses the issues within the Muslim world with regards to terrorism. On Thursday lunchtime, Melba Paul, a member of the Sixth Form and Jane Mathew in Year 11, demonstrated their beautiful Indian style dancing, Bharatanatym. The girls brought in their costumes which would be worn for a formal dance and led other Sixth Form students in a few steps of their graceful and complicated dance moves.
Along with these activities Carmel had the usual celebration of Holy Mass on Wednesday lunchtime and Stations of the Cross which takes place every Friday lunchtime during Lent, led by Year 11 students. Mr Gardner also took a group of 15 Sixth Form students to St. Augustine’s Church to take part in the Stations of the Cross there. An impromptu Buddhist meditation took place during a Year 13 lesson when former student, Joe Crees visited College. He led the group in focusing the mind and giving a welcoming spiritual sanctuary. The week closed with a Taizé prayer service led by Rev. Chris Howson of Sunderland University. The prayer service took place in the Chapel and with candles and hymn books, those who attended sang simple chants and enjoyed some moments of silence to contemplate their faith. It was a beautiful service to finish the week off.
Year 11 Presentation Evening 13
Staff, students, parents and guests warmly welcomed Peter Barron, Editor of the Northern Echo to Carmel College on Thursday 26th November to celebrate the tremendous success of the Year 11 students at the annual Year 11 Presentation Evening, held in the John Caden Hall. The headline figure of 82% A*- C including English and Maths, achieved by Year 11 students, places Carmel as one of the top performing colleges in the North East. However, the evening was about much more than the outstanding results, it was the College community meeting together, to share the success of all of its students and to celebrate the individual stories of determination and hard work. Students received their GCSE certificates and a small gift from the College, to show appreciation for all their efforts, their results and for their contribution to College life. Maura Regan, CEO of Carmel Education Trust, addressed the students, challenging them to continue their journeys, daring them to be the very best they could be.
Lindsey Carmel White Memorial Shield Student Librarian Award Best GCSE Results Dr Allan Mitchell Award for Business Enterprise Carmel Trust Community Award Natalia Zurawska Anna Campbell Matthew Hopkins Toby Gay Evie Gunnell Evie Gunnell
Year 13 Presentation Evening 14
Hundreds of parents, staff and students attended Carmel’s annual awards’ ceremony this year. Jenny Chapman, Member of Parliament for Darlington, delivered the keynote speech and spoke about the motivation needed to succeed in today’s complicated world. She felt that the young people who succeed are the ones who display a mixture of enthusiasm, inquisitiveness, natural talent and resilience. All these qualities she believes are fostered by the Carmel community. This year was another successful year for Carmel Sixth Form with 59.3% of A Level exam entries being awarded grades of A*B, which is 6% higher than the national average. Furthermore 31% of A Level exam entries were graded A*-A, which is 4% above the national average. The prize-winners are: Awards 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 Mathematics Achievement in Media Studies Modern Foreign Languages Music Music Technology Achievement In Photography Physics Psychology Public Services Technology Award Religious Studies Sociology Physical Education Achievement in Art Textiles Head Boy, Head Girl Best A Level Results Harriet Weston-Harris Devan Storey Nathan Place and Rachel Gunnell Zoe Bell Emma Morrison Lauren Bellas James Swainston Emily Hunter Amelia Hughes Nicholas Rowland Sophie Metcalfe Connor McGee Louise Spence Leonard Beadle Michael Skingley Louise Alexander Rebecca Mitchell Shannon Webb Aaron Wong Alannah Newnham James Swainston Amy Potts Martin McSherry Thomas Stacey Henry Ford Emily Alderson Olly Telfer Zoe Bell/Sarah Walker Catherine Lavender Daniel Gibbs James Swainston Emma Morrison Rachel Gunnell Elizabeth Hall Amy Harris
John Caden Cup