Blessing of New Build
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham opened and blessed the buildings at a special ceremony at the college. The £1m science, maths and music block will boost learning at the College.Rooms were dedicated to biology teacher, pastoral leader and Head of Years 10 and 11 Brian Hunter and student Joseph Mercer, 15 and a plaque blessed in memory of former Head of Sixth Form Colm Doyle, whose lives were all claimed by cancer. The Bishop said: “We give thanks for these new buildings and honour Colm, Brian and Joseph, who were much loved members of this community.” CEO Maura Regan added: “Colm Doyle, too young, Brian Hunter, too young and Joseph Mercer, too young. But we must also celebrate that there is something beyond the cycle of life and death.” Chair of the board Cyndi Hughes said the new facility would be a lasting memory to much cherished members of the community, while Head of School Mike Shorten added: “This will make a huge difference to learning, particularly maths, science and music. I think students will love it.” The two-storey block, built at a cost of more than £1m, features science labs, common room and music technology suites for visual and audio mixing and editing.
Message from Chair of Directors, CEO and Principal
Chief Executive Officer Carmel Education Trust Working for and with the Headteachers of the 7 schools within the Trust
Mr. Shorten Principal, Carmel College
It’s all change in the Senior Leadership Team. Mrs. Jasper and Mrs. Hannaford are both retiring this summer having between them served the College for a phenomenal 74 years. Mrs. Kane has been appointed Vice Principal to replace Mrs. Jasper. PE staff have been appointed to replace Mrs Hannaford. Mrs. Hunter remains Vice Principal Pastoral with her team of Pastoral Learning Managers:-
Year 7 & Year 8
Year 9 Miss Mellenthin
Year 12/Year 13
We also offer a fond farewell and best wishes to Sheena Scott on her retirement. Sheena has worked in the College Library for 12 years, supporting the pupils and making the Library a true focus of study and learning. Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams
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Throughout this special year, we at Carmel have explored what it means to receive this mercy from God and then how to share this mercy with one another. As we come towards the end of term, we will gather together around the Table of the Lord to offer our End of Year Mass. Our chosen theme is ‘Merciful like the Father’. In this Mass we will thank God for the many graces and blessings we have received during the academic year and we will pray that our hearts be transformed by the mercy God has shown us, so that we can change the world by being ‘missionaries of mercy’ to others. Students are currently preparing special banners which will highlight their own acts of mercy that they have participated in during the year.
13 Year 7 students represented Carmel at the recent Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership Mass at Newcastle Cathedral on 7th June. The theme of the Mass was ‘Mercy’ with Fr Dermot Donnelly, Dean of the Cathedral and Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese as Celebrant. Our students acted as welcomers to the Mass and received a special Year of Mercy Candle that will burn in our chapel. Artwork created for the Year of Mercy by a student from Y10 was also presented and displayed during the Mass.
CAFOD Coffee Morning
As part of the annual fundraising for Cafod, Year 9 held a fantastic coffee morning in the John Caden Hall which was brilliantly supported by students, staff, parents, families and friends. Most pupils contributed in some way by baking, selling, or just buying and eating cakes! The total raised was several hundreds of pounds and, coupled with the Macmillan Coffee Morning in September, takes the total raised by Year 9 to a staggering £1500! Thanks to all Year 9 pupils for their loyal support. We look forward to raising even more funds for Macmillan and Cafod next year.
A record number of students from Y7 up to Y10 took part in the two residential retreats at the Diocesan Youth Village in April and May. Both retreats focused on ‘Reconnecting’ ourselves with God. Students took part in a range of activities including liturgy, small group work, spirituality through art, team building games and even a talent show! The retreats that are facilitated by members of the Youth Ministry Team, provided an excellent opportunity for the students to step back from everyday life and focus their minds on God’s call in their lives. The three day residential retreats continue to grow in popularity and students wish to return year on year, following the fantastic experiences they have had.
Megan Lee Fundraising
Megan Lee in Year 10 has been fundraising to help charities this June. She had 14 inches of her hair cut off, which she has since been able to donate to the Little Princess Trust, who will be able to use her hair to make a long wig for another girl. As well as this, Megan has been raising sponsorship money in memory of Joseph Mercer for the HCPT Lourdes Group. She has managed to raise £915 which she is absolutely thrilled about. Well done Megan!
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Darlington Assistance For Refugees
Pupils and parents at Carmel College have been praised for their “wonderful kindness and generosity” after collecting much-needed supplies for refugees. The Mayor of Darlington, Cllr Tom Nutt, visited the school to accept the donations on behalf of Darlington Assistance for Refugees (DAR). Pupils collected food for welcome hampers, passed on books and toys and wrote welcome letters and an information booklet. Alison Holland, Schools’ Coordinator for DAR, said: “I would like to thank the pupils, parents and staff of Carmel College for their support. They have shown wonderful kindness and generosity and their efforts will make a real difference in the lives of people who find themselves far from home through no fault of their own.” DAR was established to support people affected by the Syrian civil war. It is estimated that 470,000 people have been killed since the conflict began five years ago and that 11 million people have been forced from their homes. A small number of families will be provided with shelter in Darlington. “Our students have really taken on board the message of the Holy Year of Mercy. They have given generously and it is wonderful that as a community, we can make the lives of those coming into the town a little easier.”- Mr Gardner. Anyone who is able to help with DAR’s ongoing efforts to support refugees is asked to email DARhelp@outlook.com.
Lent this year saw Cafod launch its “Make a Splash” campaign and Carmel jumped right in. World-wide it is estimated that women and girls spend 140 million hours a day collecting water. That can mean walking several hours to and from a water point when they could be going to school, studying or playing with friends. Cafod’s aim is to build wells, pumps and water facilities across Africa and get girls back into education. In order to raise money for “Make a Splash”, Carmel hosted the first Splashathon, an event which saw teams from Years seven, eight and nine running the length of the football pitch whilst carrying two full buckets of water, with the aim of winning the race without emptying their buckets of water! The event was a great success with students from all year groups and forms taking part, having fun and raising money for Cafod. In total the Splashathon raised more than £200 for Cafod which will go towards improving the lives of thousands of young girls across Africa. Well done to all involved.
Monday 6th June saw the beginning of a special ‘Mercy Fortnight’ in Carmel. Each year group was given a specific mission to provide items for: Darlington Food Store, The Apostleship of the Sea and De Paul Homeless Charity in Middlesbrough. Students were asked to provide food, toiletries and chocolate to bring God’s love and mercy alive in our own community. Representatives from the different year groups helped deliver these items to the respective charities. One very special moment was watching our Year 7 students help package food parcels for those in Darlington that struggle to feed themselves and their families. This fortnight gave a great focus to us during this special Jubilee year.
Easter Egg Raffle
During Holy Week we held an Easter Egg Raffle, raising a grand total of £800 for charity. £400 of the money went to CAFOD Water Appeal, £200 went to former student Katie Park Brown and her work with the children in Malawi and the final £200 of the proceeds went to the work of charities on the Greek Islands greeting and supporting refugees. Thank you to everyone who donated Easter eggs and helped us to support these admirable and worthy causes.
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Students and staff from Carmel College Darlington celebrated their 20th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Lourdes this Easter with HCPT. Beginning with the leadership of Colm Doyle in 1996, who sadly passed away earlier this year, the Pilgrimage has continued to flourish and this year saw 46 members of the Carmel Community supporting the young people and family groups in their work of providing a life changing Pilgrimage holiday for children throughout the world. Students from Carmel helped make up a central services support group, assisting in the HCPT shop and taking part in the processions. Students also worked closely with the regional groups that take young people from the North East to the shrine each year. These words from one of our VI Form students really sums up the experience of our group: ‘’The week I experienced in Lourdes is nothing like I have ever experienced before so I have struggled to put into words just how life-changing and thought-provoking it was. I spent the week in the presence of the loveliest and most inspiring people. Everybody who goes to Lourdes is incredibly approachable and friendly. It really is like we’re one big family. It amazes me how people from such different backgrounds can come together from across the world to join together and rejoice. The best bit is that this rejoicing is done in so many different ways; one minute there is a group of us ready for 6am Mass at the Grotto in silence and the next minute we can be dressed as the animals from Noah’s Ark singing ‘Rise and Shine’ at the Trust Mass in a congregation of hundreds of people, each memory remaining just as precious as the other. But what strikes me most about my Pilgrimage to Lourdes is that amidst the various jobs we were given, some seeming a lot more necessary than others, from pushing music equipment across the Domain, to guiding the Torchlight Procession, I feel like every step brought me closer to God.’’ ‘’One moment which I cannot seem to get out of my head is at the Regional Mass, when a group of students from Carmel 702 and children from other groups in the region were gathered at the back of the chapel preparing for the offertory. A young boy with Down’s Syndrome, turned to my friend and me and he pointed at a painting of Jesus on the cross. Then he continued to do the sign language sign for Jesus, made a heart shape and pointed at himself. This poignant moment was a great reminder to everyone why we were there and the power of our faith. Still, to this day I struggle to explain how moving this moment was and how refreshing it was to see someone who struggles in so many aspects of their life, to understand the complex and humbling concept that Jesus loves every one of us.’’
CAFOD and Vocations in RE
On Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th June, Carmel RE Department welcomed CAFOD Regional Volunteer, Jo Woodhead and Father Paul Farrer, Middlesbrough Diocesan Vocations Director into College to run two enrichment mornings for Year 9 and 10, based on their RE studies of Being a Disciple and Living the Christian Life. These events focused on ‘Vocation’ and what it means to answer God’s call. Father Paul shared his own vocation story and offered encouragement to our students in living a life that makes them happy and serves others. Jo Woodhead led a number of sessions on the Year of Mercy and how CAFOD lives the Corporal Works of Mercy throughout the world providing assitance to those suffering through war, drought and famine. Students took part in a short ‘pilgrimage’ in which they reflected on the Lampadusa cross, made from the wood of a wrecked boat that claimed the lives of hunderds of refugees seeking a better and safer life in Europe.
A group of 64 students and 8 staff from Carmel College in Darlington visited Rome for their annual Pilgrimage over the Easter holidays. The trip was a truly wonderful experience with a range of archaeological, spiritual, historical and religious places of interest included on the five-day itinerary. The pupils thoroughly immersed themselves in the whole visit and experiences treasured by the group included exploring the Coliseum and Forum, the climb to the top of St Peter’s Basilica, the stunning views from Castel San Angelo, the amazing architecture of the Pantheon, an exploration of ancient Ostia Antica and a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fountains of Tivoli. A very special and important part of our visit was our ‘Year of Mercy’ Pilgrimage, which was a highlight for our students, who welcomed the opportunity to pray together and take that journey of faith as a community. The Papal Audience too was wonderful and the group excitedly ran to snap a few selfies with Pope Francis! It was a genuine privilege and a pleasure to accompany our students on their journey through Rome and as one student said, “This has been a trip of a lifetime and I will never forget it. It was a brilliant opportunity to learn and made better by the fact we could share it with our friends!”
In July, eight students from the Sixth Form are making the Pilgrimage to Taizé, which is one of the world’s most important sites of Christian Pilgrimage. Each year tens of thousands of young people flock to the small village of Taizé in Central France to share in the community’s way of life. Visiting Taizé is to be invited to search for communion with God through community prayer, song, silence, personal reflection and sharing. It is an international and ecumenical community where students meet others from all over the world. During their visit all participants join in the community life and the daily programme. One of our students, Emily Wright said, “We are all very excited and looking forward to exploring something completely new in our faith and with our friends.”
Junior UKMT Mathematical Challenge
Congratulations to the Year 8 students who received a certificate in the recent UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. The following certificates were awarded
Gold Luke Parker Silver Cerys Cummings Jack Myers Sarah Turver Luke Pearson-Turner Patrick McAdam Finley Carrigan Mikolaj Krawiec Alice Day
Bronze Benito Vincent Sarah France Gabriel Stevenson Lauren Anderson
Lord of the Flies Theatre Trip
On Thursday 10th March, a group of Year 10 and Year 11 students visited Newcastle Theatre Royal for the production of William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’. (or in Year 11’s case, revising the book for their forthcoming exams!) We went to observe the play to further understand the plot and better our knowledge of the characters. It was thoroughly enjoyable and has certainly expanded our comprehension of the acclaimed book. The young actors played each character brilliantly and really helped us to capture the personality and habits of each of them. Having previously studied the novel in Year 9, we all had a basic idea of the storyline but this trip has strengthened our ideas of the plot and we all agreed we felt much more confident to begin our deeper analysis of it now. The trip to a beautiful theatre to see a much commended novel in action was incredibly beneficial and we enjoyed every minute of it.
As an Expert Centre for Global Learning, Carmel pupils in Key Stage 3 have enjoyed taking part in a variety of lessons centred around themes of Global Learning. Music lessons have focused on the music of a band in The Congo and pupils have written their own lyrics based on the problems in this area. In French, pupils have enjoyed learning about the Congo as a French speaking country, its culture and heritage and have also learnt about the decolonisation of the Congo and the problems and consequences surrounding that. Science and English have also offered pupils opportunities to engage with Global Learning themes. Pupils have evidenced that these lessons have really impacted on their outlook on poverty and Human Rights. Some
have even commented on how lucky they are to have all the opportunities for a good education. 15 other schools in our region are part of Carmel’s Global Learning Network and the sharing of good practice across all of these schools will mean that a huge number of young people will have similarly enlightening and enriching experiences.
Four students from Year 9 and Year 10 visited the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University . “WISDOM: Women In Science Doing Outstanding Maths” was aimed at providing the space and opportunity for girls to consider the breadth of careers in mathematics. The students listened to talks by Professor Rees on “The mathematics behind The Imitation Game”. This talk was even more interesting because Professor Rees’ dad had been one of the Bletchley Park team who invented statistical methods that led directly to breaking the World War II Enigma code. In the second talk, Dr Holly Ainsworth exposed some problems with headlines such as “CT scans cause a 200% increase in brain tumours” and “Statistics and our health: Should we eat bacon?”. Well done to Lily Cornish, Christina Regi, Jenny Thompson and Lizzie Thompson who looked right at home at what proved to be a very illustrious occasion.
Carmel Baking Club
A group of Year 10 students, with Miss Armstrong, Mrs Atherton, Mrs Farrelly and Mrs M Walker, have been testing recipes for this year’s Carmel recipe book. So far the group has made apple and blueberry muffins, brownies, chocolate Guinness cake and triple chocolate muffins. Baking will continue throughout this half term on Thursday nights, with cakes being sold in the staff room on Fridays. This year’s recipe book is being produced to raise money for Cafod, the Catholic overseas aid agency, to support their work. It will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre in November. Well done to Lydia Ball, Hannah Coates, India Lyonette, Daria Majerska and Catherine Mazzetti. These students, all studying food at GCSE level, are using their skills to good effect, experimenting with recipes in the baking club.
11M Vibe Award
11M have been given a special VIBE award for “Achievement in Adversity”. This has been awarded in recognition of their support for one another and their community spirit, living out Gospel values, over this last academic year. Huge congratulations to each and every one of this form, who will all receive an individual certificate.
This year has seen a record number of students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award with a very busy summer season of expeditions. In April Year 10 students set off from Carmel to the Cleveland Hills to do their Practice Expedition. Arriving at the campsite, they were a little tired and windswept but they managed to put their tents up and cook an evening meal, enjoying an evening round the campfire. During June we had another two weekends for the Bronze groups to do their Final Expedition up and around Middleton-in-Teesdale. Both groups endured a variety of weather as they walked, following the routes they had planned themselves. All participants passed. In July a further sixteen students were set to begin their Silver Final Expedition. They split into three groups, and each had different routes to follow to get to the campsite in Middleton-in-Teesdale. By the last day of the trip, all three groups had seen the Assessor at the prescribed points and despite being chased by cows and sheep, everybody survived and we are happy to report they all passed.
Year 9 trip to Palace Green Library
Year 9 students had the opportunity to take part in a one-day event in Durham to commemorate the events of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. These workshops aimed to inform students about the stories of the people from County Durham caught up in the battle: the men who fought and died on the battlefield, the women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying and the workers who toiled in factories, mines and shipyards across the county to support the war effort. A key area for students to analyse was how far the battle was a disaster and those in attendance were able to use archived evidence to examine how much was learned before and after the battle. Students also attended a poetry workshop where they worked with some key poems from Wilfred Owen and Rupert Graves .
Year 7 Somme 100 Path Project
Year 7 pupils were asked to complete some research on casualties, deaths and survivors of the First World War as part of the Somme 100 Path project. The project is part of a national commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and provides children across the country with the opportunity to create a memory square which will be printed onto a tile and put on display in Manchester, then later handed out to World War One veterans around the country. Some pupils discovered in their research their great great great grandparents died in the First World War. Pupils remembered those that lived in their town, nurses who helped look after the injured and those that worked in the munitions factories. The memory squares designed by Year 7 pupils will be on display on www.somme100path.co.uk within the next four weeks and will feature in a display in the history department later in the year.
Twenty-four Year 6 pupils from Holy Family, St Augustine’s, St Bede’s and St Teresa’s Primary Schools visited the Library for the judging event of Book Factor 2016. The pupils had been tasked with reading three books, all written by children’s author and British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. Having considered the characters, setting and plot of each title, the pupils chose Framed as their favourite book with Millions and The Unforgotten Coat placed joint second. Framed will be used as a text to be explored by all Year 6 pupils coming to Carmel this September.
We can recommend this title as a perfect book for anyone aged 10 years – adult, as it embodies the revival of community spirit as inspired by the simple beauty of art with the added spirit of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Summer Reading Challenge
Students are invited to send in photos of themselves reading books, magazines or newspapers taken anywhere in the world over the summer holiday! Email photos with name and destination to email@example.com. Prizes will be awarded for the most original photos. Closing Date: 23 September 2016.
Congratulations to Nathan Diggle, 7J, who borrowed 62 books from the library during the period September 2015 – June 2016. Nathan was presented with a £10 gift card.
Throughout the month of May and to celebrate Local and Community History Month, photos from the period 1930 - 1970 were borrowed from Darlington Library’s Centre for Local Studies. The display was supported with a selection of local history books, along with information on events held at Darlington Library.
Carnegie Medal Award 2016
Students participating in ‘The Carnegie Book Award Shadowing Scheme’ attended the annual Judging Event in the Library on 20 June. Following animated discussions about each of the eight shortlisted titles, students were invited to vote for their favourite book. Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine was the winner in the under 14 age category whilst The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley were joint winners in the 14+ category. The official winner was One by Sarah Crossan. Please visit the official website www.carnegiegreenaway. org.uk, for further information regarding all titles. Shortlisted titles from 2004 – 2016 are available for loan from the College Library.
eBooks for Year 8 and 9 Pupils
Together with other Catholic Partnership Secondary Schools, Carmel are continuing to make OverDrive eBooks available to Year 9 pupils and have also introduced them to our current Year 8 pupils. To access this resource, follow the link and logon instructions from the Carmel website - Carmel/students/Library /eBooks.
Please see Librarians for further information.
Euro 2016/Battle of the Somme Centenary
Information and resources linking Euro 2016 and the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme were displayed in the Library. Students were invited to take part in interactive activities and read an on-line story, Over the Line, written (with daily updates) by children’s author Tom Palmer.
In June Carmel was host to a joint Triple Science & Catholic Partnership Technicians’ training session. The focus of the training was looking at the new GCSEs in Chemistry in September 2016. The session was led by Dorothy Warren from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Technicians had the opportunity to trial the practicals and discuss their implementation for this coming September.
Matthew Hopkins in Year 12 was nominated as Carmel’s Schools’ Physicist of the Year, in association with Durham University and the Ogden Trust. He is an exceptionally able student who is now a highly committed and conscientious A-level student. He speaks eloquently and passionately about the subject and this reflects his natural ability and flair for physics. He received an award at a special event held at Durham University on Tuesday 21st June, to celebrate his talent and highlight the excitement and opportunities of studying physics.
This term we took 16 Year 8 students to a fantastic STEM event at Middlesbrough College. The purpose of the event was to allow the pupils to look at technological innovations that become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalisation and a knowledge-based economy. Pupils took part in several practical sessions where they investigated smart crystals, polymer science, biochemistry and infrared spectroscopy.
Spectroscopy features on the chemistry curriculum for all 16-18 year-olds but it’s a subject that can be hard for students to grasp without any context. An outreach university lecturer from Newcastle University visited the Chemistry Department in May and students had the opportunity to get to grips with this technique examined at the end of the year. Spectroscopy in a Suitcase gives students the opportunity to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life examples to demonstrate the applications of the techniques. The students analysed a range of pharmaceuticals, identified functional groups and predicted the structure of the compound.
Durham University Schools’ Science Festival
Our Year 10 students took part in the annual Durham University Schools’ Science Festival, which aims to stimulate interest and encourage wider participation in science. At the event the students attended miniworkshops, designed to give them an insight into the wide variety of science specialisms avaliable, from archaeology to computer programming. A particular favourite was when the students had the opportunity to examine the impact of extreme heat and cold on our environment, which included demonstrations using liquid nitrogen. A fantastic day had by all!
Stimulating Physics Network
Miss Duffy made an application to the Institute of Physics for Carmel College to be a Lead School for the Stimulating Physics Network. We were successful in our application and are now one of only ten schools in the country to have this status. We will be leading in areas of physics teaching, training, coaching and C.P.D.
Women in Engineering
This month, the science department took students to the ‘Women in Engineering Day’ at the STEM Centre at Middlesbrough College. Pupils took part in small group seminars led by industrial engineers. The students were challenged to apply their problem solving skills, as well as explore the many opportunities for engineering in the North East.
Carmel Science Learning Partnership
Carmel College Science Learning Partnership (SLP) is run by Mrs Brenda Bower as the SLP lead and Mrs Jackie Springhall as senior administrator. It has been established now for 4 years and we work closely with the National STEM centre in York to deliver high quality continuing professional development (CPD) to science teachers in both primary and secondary schools. In the last 3 months we have worked with over 100 teachers from the region, with the aim of building a network of excellent teachers. If anyone is interested in the courses on offer, please contact Jackie on JSpringhall@ carmel.org.uk.
A Concert For Joseph
In May we welcomed Cockerton Prize Silver Band into College for a joint concert with our music department in memory of Joseph Mercer, a talented musician who grew up learning through the band. The band wanted not only to remember Joseph with a musical celebration but also to raise money for the HCPT Lourdes Fund in his memory. Our thanks go to Cockerton Prize Silver Band for their time, efforts and talents; the donations raised will really make a difference.
Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition 2016
As part of our commitment to supporting and encouraging our talented musicians, Mrs McGrath worked with a group of composers in Year 10, 11 and 12 to prepare entries for the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition. This is the first time our students have entered this competition and although none of our entries were winners this year, our composers enjoyed the experience and have explored new skills and experience of operatic repertoire.
Music Exam Success
Once again, we are pleased to report great progress from musicians taking practical exams through the ABRSM and Trinity College London. Joshua Glendenning: Grade 5 Clarinet (Merit), Georgina Letts: Grade 5 Theory, Laney Wilkinson: Grade 2 Drums (Distinction), Ciaran Lines: Grade 2 Drums (Merit).
Y12 London Art Trip
Art students experienced a ‘whistle stop’ tour of London art galleries to enrich their learning. We visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Chelsea Art College degree show. Students gained ideas for their A level work and were inspired by art, fashion, textiles, sculptures and photography. Two of our students were commended by Tate Britain for their initiative and help saving hundreds of pounds worth of art books due to ‘flash floods’ in the gift shop.
Once again the Art Exhibition was a huge success. Work from KS4/5 art, textiles and photography students was displayed, celebrating the success of all their hard work and dedication. As part of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond celebrations, some of the senior leadership team decided to learn how to draw and paint. Miss Regan, Mr Shorten and Mrs Jasper all exhibited their amazing art work, showing that anyone can try a new skill and succeed. Thanks to all families and carers who came to proudly support the talent and creativity achieved by our students.
Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership
The Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership has invited schools from across the Diocese to a number of events since Easter. For one of the events Pupils from Year 8 gathered at St Bede’s Lanchester for a maths challenge involving a number of ingenious games for teams and individuals. Next was the Partnership photography exhibition which over 300 parents, pupils and staff attended at the National Glass Centre. The 13 categories had been judged by a lead journalist from The Northern Cross and a member of staff from Sunderland University’s photography department. Both commented on the fantastic standard of the work on show. Next was a weekend of high-flying 3G swings, zooming zip wires and daredevil abseiling that was enjoyed by Year 7 pupils from across the Partnership at Dukeshouse Wood. The staff at the centre ensured all safety kit was firmly fastened before leading the pupils in a series of fabulous activities that brought shrieks of airborne delight, followed by an evening, roaring campfire with songs and hot chocolate to finish off the weekend. Each year, pupils and staff gather in St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle for a special Thanksgiving Mass. This year’s celebration took Pope Francis’ theme of the special Jubilee of Mercy and was led by the Dean of the Cathedral, Fr Dermot Donnelly. During the Penitential Rite, examples of work from the Partnership Art Exhibition were processed by pupils, along with special candles that had been brought from Lourdes for each school. This wonderful celebration marked another successful year of togetherness amongst the schools of the Partnership.
Archimedes NE Maths Hub
This term the Archimedes NE Maths Hub have organised two conferences and held a wide variety of local work group projects running across the whole region. All the work is directed at improving the delivery of maths for pupils from Early Years right up to Sixth Form, with a focus on improving mastery, fluency and reasoning skills. In June we hosted a conference for the NRICH resources company which was very well attended. NRICH have previously been producing resources for the Gifted and Talented students but now they are delivering to a much wider audience. We were also very happy to welcome Debbie Morgan from the NCETM to be the keynote speaker for our Summer Showcase conference. Debbie is the expert in primary mastery and it was an excellent opportunity to listen to her expertise into how to deliver maths in a new and exciting way. The maths hubs are growing in strength across our region and there are over 200 schools involved in improving their teaching and learning to make sure that the next generation are skilled and confident to meet the needs of the future.
Well done to Carmel staff, family and friends who recently took part in a month long Stepathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Each stepper recorded their steps daily for the whole of May and the team clocked up an amazing 17,355,450 steps - approximately 8009 miles in 31 days! To date we have collected over £1,500.00. We have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and stepped up walking the dog, walking to work, to the beach or in the countryside. It has put a ‘spring in our step’ and we have been inspired to continue to step up to the challenge of making our own goals to keep fit and on the move. We would like to thank all those who sponsored us and the team who organised this fantastic and worthwhile event.
CTTP Award Ceremony
Throughout the course of this year Carmel College has been the main placement school for 11 trainee teachers. They have made tremendous progress during the year and have actively supported many of our extra-curricular activities: e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, robotics club, football teams, netball teams, Christmas Liturgy and the end of year show to name but a few! They have all successfully passed their training year and can look forward to a long and successful career. Many congratulations to you all!
Sarah takes her first step towards the Olympics
Sarah Wilcock took part in the British Modern Triathlon Championships this April in Birmingham. She came 5th in the U-15 age group with an excellent performance including a swim PB. The sport consists of freestyle swimming and a combined shoot/run. Shooting is with a laser pistol. The combined event begins with a handicapped start, calculated on the basis of the results after the previous disciplines. Athletes run a total distance of 1600m. The run is interspersed by shooting 2 sets of 5 laser targets. Only after having hit 5 targets with an unlimited number of shots OR after a time of 50 seconds (laser) can the competitor leave the firing point to perform the next running leg of 800m. The first person to cross the line is the winner. She has also recently been invited to join the Modern Pentathlon English Talent Programme.
Carmel Year 8s and 10s Darlington Schools’ Cup Winners
Carmel had four teams in the Darlington Schools’ Town Cup Finals held at Rockcliffe Park on the 3-4 May. The results were as follows: Year 8 Carmel 12 EV Haughton 0 Year 9 Carmel 0 Hurworth 5 Year 10 Carmel 1 Longfield 5 Year 11 Carmel 4 Hummersknott 4 (after extra time Carmel won 5-3 on penalties)
Darlington Schools’ Athletics Team for County Championships
39 young athletes from Carmel have been selected to represent the Town in the County Durham Schools’ Athletic Championships. The rest of the team is made up as follows:12 from Hummersknott, 3 from DSMS, 6 from Polam, 1 from Hurworth, 1 from St Aidan’s , 6 from QE College.
Carmel Athletes Qualify for the Regional A’ Finals
In the first round of the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup Carmel won the junior boys, the junior girls and inter girls. They were narrowly beaten in the inter boys. All bar the Inter girls qualified for the Regional A’ Final to be held at Gateshead Stadium on the 15 June.
Carmel Runners-Up in Town Gala
Carmel Year 8 Rugby Team Tees Valley Champions
The U-13 Rugby team representing Darlington in the Tees Valley Rugby Tournament, held at Acklam Rugby Club, drew with Egglescliffe School in the final. With the weather conditions worsening, the two captains decided to share the trophy rather than play extra-time. The Carmel team are developing into a very strong side.
Carmel were narrowly beaten for the overall trophy in the Darlington Schools’ Swimming Gala. They were crowned Girls’ champions and were second in the Boys’. The gala was held at the Dolphin Centre on Wednesday 11 May.
Outdoor Cricket Tournament
In the Year 7 and 8 Boys’ Darlington Outdoor Cricket Tournament Carmel Boys came second. The Year 7 and 8 Girls also had two teams competing in the Girls’ competition.
In the County Durham U-15 Pentathlon Championships held at Monkton Stadium (Jarrow) on Thursday 19 June, Carmel finished third in both the Boys’ and Girls’ competition. Matthew Phillips produced 5 personal bests to secure the bronze medal in the individual competition and secure selection for the English Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships to be held in Exeter in September.
Adam Wins Regional Sailing Award
16 year old Adam Billany from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club has won the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Young Club Sailor of the Year Award. Adam was chosen by a panel of judges drawn from the RYA North East Region and receives the Trident Trophy donated by dinghy specialists, Trident UK. Despite suffering from cerebral palsy and having to endure recent painful operations to lengthen and strengthen his legs, Adam plays a full part in Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. He was co-ordinator for the 2015 RYA NE Youth Travellers Series, organising over 50 sailors and six venues around the region. “He is an inspiration to us all,” explained Nicky Leech, Sailing Secretary at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. “In 2014, just weeks after a major operation to lengthen seven muscles in his leg, he was out on the water sailing again, this time with his leg wrapped up in clingfilm!” “I would really like to thank Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club for nominating me for the RYA North East Young Club Sailor award; Stephen Scullion and his rescue team for the help they give me when launching and coming back into shore; Matt Grier and Dave Woodhead for their excellent coaching and support and of course my parents who transport me, feed me and act as shore crew and I couldn’t manage without them!”
Carmel Year 8s and 9s win Town Netball Cups
In the Darlington Schools’ Netball finals, held at DSMS on Thursday 5 May, Carmel won both the Year 8 and Year 9 finals. The results were as follows: Year 8 Carmel 17 Hummersknott 2 Year 9 Carmel 22 Polam 8 Year 10 Carmel 7 Polam 19
Year 7 Rugby Team Win Cleveland County Cup
Huge congratulations to the Year 7 Rugby team who won the Cleveland County Cup v English Martyrs. The finals were played on the first team pitch at Mowden Park Stadium, a great treat for all the players! Carmel played fantastically well after going behind in a closely contested final to be crowned Year 7 County Champions.
Layla and Ryan Selected for English Schools’ Athletics Championships
Following the County and Inter-County Schools’ Athletics Championships, Layla Bell (200m) and Ryan Stacey (100m) were selected for the 35 strong County Durham team to compete in the National Finals at Gateshead Stadium (Friday 8th - Saturday 9th July) . They will also both run in the relay event.
Visit from Paralympic Fencer, Gemma Collis
Gemma Collis, a Paralympic Fencer spent a day at Carmel working with the Year 7 athletics team. She shared her 6 keys to success with the pupils, who are part of the Sky Living for Sport project. She also delivered a motivational assembly to the Year 7s and 8s about how sport has transformed her life.
Matthew Qualifies for National Finals
Durham Schools’ County Championships
Carmel athletes made up the majority of the Darlington team which competed in the Durham Schools’ County Championships, at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow on Saturday 11 June. The following athletes became county champions in their respective events: Elle Liddell (shot), Ryan Stacey (100m), Mitchell Wilson (discus) and Ethan Fenton (javelin). Runners up were Stewart Harrison (200m), Layla Bell (200m), Matthew Phillips (high jump), Jeanne Jose (discus) and Sarah Clifford (discus) .All of the above were selected for the Durham teamfor the Northern Inter-Counties Championships.
Congratulations to Matthew Phillips on his performance in the regional pentathlon final. He performed brilliantly on the day to set new personal bests in 4 out of 5 events and finish third in the North East Region. He was the highest placed Durham competitor contributing to the Durham team being crowned Regional Champions. He will now travel to Exeter with the team in September to contest the National Pentathlon Final. Good luck to him and all the Durham team.
College Sports Day
A great day of athletic events was shared by all in glorious sunshine. As if on cue the sun came out as form groups came out to watch the track races. The Junior boys and Junior girls were both won by Bede. The senior boys’ competition was taken by Cuthbert with the senior girls being dominated by a strong Aidan performance. Overall Aidan managed to win a closely contested competition by only 3 points. The photograph shows the Aidan sports captains being presented with the trophy by Mr Shorten. Huge congratulations to all competitors for their great efforts.