“We welcome Christ by welcoming others”
This Season of Advent was marked in College with Mass celebrated by Father Seamus Doyle, during which the Advent wreath was blessed. Students from all year groups gathered around our impressive Christmas tree for Advent carols and the blessing of the tree. The theme chosen for this year’s Christmas Liturgy was ‘Refuge.’ We reflected on the message of the Christmas story to welcome the most vulnerable in our society into our hearts through acts of kindness and love. Advent is a time when we prepare our hearts and minds to receive Christ into our hearts. When we reflect on the fact that the Christ child was born into a poor family in a dangerous environment, we can picture those in our world today that are living in poverty and despair. As our charity focus during this season, we have donated Christmas hampers to the Food Bank and to a local homeless charity. Students and staff also participated in our annual Christmas Jumper Day. Donations raised went towards the Carmel HCPT Lourdes fund, which helps to support students working with disabled and disadvantaged children during the Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. We also celebrated the Feast Day of St Cecilia (the Patron Saint of Music). Students from across the College took part in the annual St Cecilia’s concert. The performance included many of the College’s ensembles and showcased the pupils’ talents. The concert was highly successful and was enjoyed by a full and enthusiastic audience. Mrs Denley (Music Curriculum Leader) commended the students on their talent and on the time that they commit to the music department.
Message from Chair of Directors, CEO and Principal
Following our excellent exam results in the summer and after a very busy and productive term, it gives us great pleasure to wish students, parents and staff a joyous and peaceful Christmas. The Year of Mercy has drawn to a close and we have had a very full year putting faith into action, through all of the student activities of corporeal mercy. It is very fitting that we finish the term with a joyous Christmas Liturgy. We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating Advent and the wonderful talent of the students in the music department. Happy Christmas.
Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams
This year’s Christmas Liturgy theme focuses on the theme ‘Refuge’. With the recent Refugee crisis in Calais and around the world, it is important to reflect on Jesus Christ, born in a stable, a long way from home. The Liturgy used reflections from Pope Francis’ messages on peace and justice. ‘I want to invite the Church to pray and work so that every Christian will have a humble and compassionate heart, one capable of proclaiming and witnessing to mercy.’ The Liturgy raised funds for both the Darlington Assistance for Refugees, that welcome and support refugees in the town and for Heriott Home Hospice, a local charity that provides hospice care to people in their own homes. Staff and students from all year groups played their part in making this a prayerful and reflective event that sets our hearts and minds on the true meaning of Christmas.
7C CAFOD Tea Party
In PSHEE, a Year 7 form learnt about a young boy called Ruben. This young boy lived with his family and provided food for his community. His crops and livestock were running low. With CAFOD’s help, his family were provided with different vegetable seeds to grow in his brand-new greenhouse. 7C were inspired by CAFOD’s work to ‘brighten up this harvest’. They decided to host a tea party on the 7th October. They made lots of different sandwiches, cakes and even bracelets! They charged £1 per ticket and all money was donated to families like Ruben’s, to create a brighter world. The total amount raised was £150. Thank you to everyone who helped us.
Students and staff have used this time of preparation for Christmas to look beyond our own lives and families, to remember those in this local community who will go without during this special time of year. Led by the Youth SVP, students in all year groups have taken part in a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ in which all students bring in an item for a person who is struggling financially this year; perhaps a warm hat and gloves, a Christmas pudding or some Christmas items that perhaps we ourselves may take for granted at this time of year. Students and staff have excelled themselves and their generous donations will make a real difference to people’s lives this year.
Ready, Steady, Bake! - Celebrating Harvest at Carmel College
“It is wonderful to see our students leading fundraising efforts here and encouraging their peers to be merciful, especially during this Jubilee of Mery”, Maura Regan CEO Carmel Education Trust. Following the success of the Great British Bake Off, the Sixth Form Spiritual Depth group decided to use the concept to raise funds for this year’s Harvest Appeal for CAFOD. Staff baked their way through the technical round and whisked up spectacular showstoppers to impress our very own Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry- Mr Graham and Mrs Atherton. Miss Hardcastle and Mr Ladyman were crowned the King and Queen of Cakes and were awarded a special golden spoon for their efforts.Over £750 was raised through this event and students continue to bring in CAFOD Fast Day envelopes and Year 7 will host their own afternoon tea to add to this figure. Students have also looked closer to home and have provided tinned foods for the local Food Bank.
Celebration of All Saints and All Souls
The month of November began with a Mass to mark the Feast of All Saints, celebrated by Fr Barrie MacKenzie. Students opted to attend this Mass and played an active part in its preparation and joined in prayerfully. On All Souls’ Day, students led a Commemoration Liturgy for our loved ones that have died. Students and staff also found great inspiration and comfort from visiting the Remembrance Tree.
Lourdes Update And Fundraising Info
Lourdes 2017 will see huge numbers of VI Form students travelling with HCPT, helping to support and enhance the pilgrimage of children with life- limiting conditions. 45 students will travel on Holy Saturday, 2017 to spend a week in service of our young pilgrims. Students have already started the fundraising programme for this year’s pilgrimage. Students will be providing teas and coffees after Sunday Masses across the Deanery and seeking funding from various funds and charities. A joint Curry Night will take place on the 10th February, a day before Our Lady of Lourdes’ Feast Day, raising funds for both Carmel Lourdes group and Darlington 195 Group that will be taking children this year. Tickets are available from Student Reception, costing £15.
Confirmation Information and Flame Trip
Students in Year 11 will begin their Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation on the 10th January. The Deanery prepare all young people for this special sacrament together, with staff from Carmel assisting as Catechists. If you have not yet signed up to join the programme, please see Mr Gardner as soon as possible. In addition to the Catechesis sessions, all Confirmandi will attend the National Catholic Youth Congress ‘Flame’ at Wembley arena in March 2017. Picture below shows 10 students from Holy Family Parish, Newton Aycliffe, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday 9th November.
Student Led Liturgies
Students continue to lead and prepare Liturgies of the Word each week in College. Each assembly begins with a thoughtful liturgy, based on the Gospel theme from the previous Sunday’s Mass. Students are confident and well-prepared, leading thoughtful, mature and meaningful times of prayer for their peers. Students also meet on Tuesdays for a period of reflection, led entirely by students.
SVP launch ‘Be merciful, just as your Heavenly Father is merciful!’
The Holy Year of Mercy has had a huge impact on the College and has seen much charitable giving throughout the year, especially with the introduction of the ‘Mercy Fortnight’ in the summer term. As a way of keeping ‘Mercy’ alive in the College, students in Years 7 and 8 are now forming a new Youth SVP group. The motto of the Youth SVP is: ‘Turning concern into action’ students in their first meeting reflected on ‘See, Judge, Act’ Seeing situations where members of our College or wider community are in need in any way, judging the situation based on our Gospel values and then acting in some way to help bring mercy and peace to that situation. The first meeting saw over 40 students sign up and these students made their SVP pledge during the Closing Mass for the Holy Year in November. Students are busy planning events, which include delivering special Christmas Cards to the sick and housebound within our Deanery.
Mass for Closing of the Holy Year
Year 7 welcomed all the clergy of the Deanery, plus parishioners and parents to a special Welcome Mass on the 25th November. The Mass marked the closing of the Holy Year and involved students fully participating in the Liturgy; reading, playing, singing and even dancing! The Mass was a great occasion and was an opportunity to celebrate all of the wonderful acts of mercy that have taken place during this special year. The message of this Mass was- Being merciful is for life, not just for 2016!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
On Friday 23rd September Year 10 hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning. Students worked tirelessly selling tickets, baking all manner of cakes and promoting the event both in College and in the local community. We were delighted with the number of people who came to support us. Students from every year group, their families and members of the local community all gave their support to this worthy cause. A kind volunteer donated a whole plethora of Macmillan goodies, which were sold on a gift stall and another made a wonderful raffle prize- a giant coffee cup made out of sponge cake and icing. The total raised was £729.09. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.
Year 11 Prom
The Year 11 Prom took place on Monday 4 July at Rockcliffe Hall (Darlington). The event was organised by Mrs Frank and was enjoyed by students and staff alike.
Artificial Grass Pitch
Inspired by a love of baking, eating cake and fundraising for CAFOD, several staff decided to put together the recipe book Divine Inspirations. Over the summer term staff provided us with their favourite recipes. A group of staff and students then met once a week after school to test and try the recipes. The students involved in the baking selected their favourite recipes to be put into Divine Inspirations. The finished product is a truly scrumptious recipe book with something for everyone, from fabulous flapjacks to Oreo truffles. Sales of Divine Inspirations are available from Student Reception, at a cost of £3. All profits will be donated to CAFOD.
The Big Project - Jacobs
Carmel College has launched a unique year long project with Jacobs Engineering, Stockton to create an exciting and dynamic team challenge. Students are in mixed aged teams and will work with a mentor from Jacobs to develop leadership skills, capacity to team work and to problem solve. Teams will be issued with tasks and will have to present their work and ideas to a panel to continue to the next round. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience a sustained project working with their peers and also to have the commitment and expertise from Jacobs.
We are delighted that funding has been secured from both England Hockey and Sport England to construct an Artificial Grass Pitch for Hockey at the front of the College adjacent to the car park. The College has appointed Cleveland Land Services (CLS) from Guisborough to undertake the construction. Work will start 1st December 2016 and be completed by the end of March 2017. CLS will begin to set up their site compound and welfare facilities prior to this. CLS are a local, specialist provider of artificial sports surfaces and have recently undertaken a similar project at Yarm School .
Duke of Edinburgh
During the autumn term two groups of Year 10s started their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and a group of Year 11 and 12 students began their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. After College sessions included practising putting up tents, packing rucksacks and cooking using a Trangia. Students then each completed a practice expedition on the North Yorkshire Moors. This involved two and three days respectively of walking and camping. Students had an excellent time despite the mixed weather conditions. The final expeditions for all of these students will be towards the end of the academic year - fingers crossed there is less horizontal rain then!
PTA Upcoming Events
Carmel College PTA works to support the College Community by bringing together parents and teachers to raise funds and to give students extra opportunities. If you would like to be involved, your time would be most appreciated. Please contact the College for more information or attend our next meeting on January 10th. Christmas PTA meeting 6th December 2016 Welcome back PTA meeting 10th January 2017 Carmel’s Got Talent 3rd February 2017 February PTA meeting 7th February 2017
PTA Prom & Vintage Fayre
The PTA hosted another very successful event. The Prom and Vintage Fayre allowed students to see what is involved with the process of getting ready for the big event. Girls were able to try dresses on and have hair and make-up tutorials. There was also a vintage section where many were able to try second hand and new designs. The PTA look forward to hosting this event again in the coming years. Many thanks to all companies who supported the event and to everyone who came along.
PTA Christmas Raffle
The PTA are delighted to again be hosting the Christmas raffle. Each student will be asked to sell at least 2 books priced at £1.00 each. 1st prize is a box of selected wines and spirits, 2nd prize is a Christmas food hamper and 3rd prize is a £25 Marks and Spencers voucher. The winners will be drawn at the Christmas PTA meeting on the 6th December. We kindly ask that if parents and carers can, they support the raffle by donating any extra prizes such as wine, toiletries and food gifts. We thank you for all your continued support.
PTA Christmas Fayre
This year marks another successful year for the Quality Christmas Fayre. Hundreds of parents and students arrived at Carmel to begin their Christmas shopping from local vendors from across the region, with stalls ranging from chocolates to jewellery and wood sculpture. Our exceptional choir supported the event, performing seasonal music and the Lourdes team raised money for their upcoming pilgrimage at Easter by selling tea and coffee. This fantastic event raised over £2000 for the PTA, supporting our students with new facilities and opportunities.
Archimedes Maths Hub
Archimedes NE Maths hub is involved in the Primary Shanghai teacher exchange this year. Two teachers, Natalie Ruddell from Cotsford Junior School and Valda Varadinek-Skelton from Eldon Grove Academy, have been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai. They are among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme. Cotsford Junior School and Eldon Grove Academy are working with the Archimedes NE Maths Hub.Carmel College hosted a welcome event for the Shanghai teacher on the 28th November 2016 and the Primary Showcase event will be taking place in December in Hartlepool. As well as this, the Maths Hub have also had a recent visit from Julia Kinniburgh, Director of Accountability, Curriculum & Qualifications Group from the Department for Education. Julia came to Darlington to observe Year 4 and 6 Maths classes at St Augustine’s RC Primary school and Carmel College maths classes. Julia commented whilst at St Augustine’s: “A wonderful visit- great to see such a positive and forward-looking approach to maths throughout the school”.
Science Learning Partnership
The Science Learning Partnership has continued to engage with many primary and secondary schools across the region, delivering outstanding science CPD. We have an extensive range of courses and meetings planned for this academic year: for primary, secondary, post 16 and technicians. If you would like to receive our weekly email and updates or enquire about what we offer, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘I have lots of practical ideas to help children engage in science lessons. Every part of the session was fun and engaging, especially the practical tasks,’ - Samantha Richmond, Aycliffe Primary School.”
Carmel Teacher Training Partnership
Carmel College trains the next generation of inspiring teachers through Carmel Teacher Training Partnership (CTTP). Since September, 11 trainee teachers have been based at Carmel College undergoing the SCITT and School Direct programme. This is what some of our trainee teachers have had to say about the programme: “I couldn’t have made a better choice to choose CTTP for my training year and being placed at Carmel was the icing on the cake! I don’t feel like a ‘trainee’, I feel a part of the positive, supportive College community.” Miss Cunningham “I didn’t expect the first term to be as busy as it has been! I’m thoroughly enjoying being at Carmel: the teaching staff are extremely supportive and it’s eye-opening to see the lengths they go to, to ensure that every child is achieving their best.” Mr Walker.
Year 7 and Year 10 were invited to the ‘Ever Wondered Why?’ Physics Roadshow, presented by David McKean from The Institute of Physics. The pupils were treated to a fantastic series of demonstrations on the topics of space and motion. Every pupil was eager to get involved and many took part in the practical activities, demonstrating the fascinating and complex concepts in a new way. A brilliant time was had by all, particularly using the hydrogen rockets!
Year 7 Project
The Smallpiece Trust ambassador came to Carmel College recently and held a STEM workshop. The day allowed students to gain information about future careers in the STEM industries and promoted STEM related subjects at GCSE. Students worked in small groups to develop their own solar-powered cars, considering the best structure and shape of their vehicles. They then had the exciting chance to race them against one another to see which design was best. Students loved this brilliant
Year 7 have been challenged to design the best way of explaining the particle model, a key concept in Key Stage 3 science. Students from across Year 7 came up with some fantastic and innovative ideas on how to model particles using all kinds of materials such as beads and even Lego! This exciting challenge engaged the students in this tough, scientific concept as well as sparking their creativity.
Royal Society of Chemistry
Foundation for Jobs - Bioplastic
Year 10 and Year 12 students recently took part in an event hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Chemistry @ Work event was held at the University of Sunderland and was a fun-packed full day of hands-on activities working alongside university academics and external professionals working in chemistry and other STEM-related industries. Students had the opportunity to apply their chemistry knowledge to real situations and work with equipment that we do not have access to in College. The event will hopefully spark more students to consider a future career in the chemical sciences.
Year 10 students from across Darlington came to Carmel to take part in an innovative workshop creating renewable plastic. The students had the chance to create their own bioplastic made from potatoes and learn the importance of recycling and reusing what resources we have available. This exciting workshop was hosted by Foundation for Jobs which works to promote apprenticeships in local industry, as well as to excite and engage young people. Our students embraced the opportunity to ask the scientists questions about their jobs and thoroughly enjoyed making the slimy plastic.
A Brighter Future In Engineering
A group of Year 10 potential engineers were invited to be part of an engineering extravaganza hosted by JDR Cable Sytsem Ltd, Hartlepool. The day was designed to celebrate the thriving engineering industry we have here in the North East and to encourage students to consider a career in engineering. Students enjoyed a fantastic day hearing from a range of speakers and having a full site tour.
Our New Chinese Hanban Teacher
We are delighted to welcome our new Chinese Hanban teacher, Mrs Sun, who will now be leading the Confucius Classroom at Carmel. Besides delivering Chinese classes and a range of cross-curricular cultural lessons, she will soon be resuming a variety of exciting, extra-curricular activities centred on the Chinese language and culture. See Mrs Sun or Miss Thonnart for more information on clubs
Linguistic Fun at St John’s
Ten of Carmel’s Year 9 linguists attended the European Day of Languages at St John’s Catholic Academy in Bishop Auckland. The day was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to sample some new and exotic languages, as well as putting their current language skills to use through a series of workshops. Pupils learnt some basics in Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. They also put their French and Spanish to the test by reading some French fairy tales and participating in a class on Spanish music. The European Day of Languages promotes a love of language learning, as well as encouraging pupils to consider concepts such as inter-cultural tolerance and communication, two ideas that are becoming increasingly important to understand in our changing society. The students all represented Carmel brilliantly and left inspired to progress their linguistic abilities.
European Day of Languages
In September a group of pupils from Year 7 to Year 8, came in the Languages’ Department to celebrate the European Day of Languages in style. They took part in a range of activities and competitions based around languages and countries, from a musical quiz to a flag challenge. They were also able to sample a range of European food while watching short animated films in foreign languages. The most enthusiastic participants won a variety of prizes, from continental confectionery to bilingual phrasebooks in many different European languages.
A new German Club has been launched in the Languages’ Department. Every Monday lunchtime, students are invited to come along and discover, with the help of Miss Jones, this fascinating language along with its rich culture. Activities range from sampling traditional German food to baking pretzels and learning about the various celebrations in the country.
Year 10 enjoyed a visit to the United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue in Gosforth, Newcastle. Students were shown the main features of the Synagogue, including a celebration hall and kitchen which is divided into two parts, one for meat and one for dairy, allowing the Jewish community to come together in celebration and enjoy Kosher foods together. Students were also taken into the prayer hall where boys had to wear head coverings to show respect. Men and women sit in different areas here, with women sitting in the gallery, overlooking the Bimah, a raised platform where prayers take place. Students were shown the Torah Scrolls that are kept behind a curtain in the Ark, the most holy place in the Synagogue. Victoria Hope (10J) enjoyed the experience, stating that ‘it was really interesting to see how different the Synagogue is from a Catholic Church’. The study of Judaism is part of the new GCSE and government guidelines that more than one faith should be studied. The trip provided understanding of how other faiths live their daily life and how they worship. In turn, this promotes understanding and compassion between different faiths, furthering community cohesion in the lives of our young people.
Year 11 Vardy Lecture
A group of Year 11 students visited Cardinal Hume Academy in October to attend a GCSE Religious Studies’ Conference, led by the renowned Dr Peter Vardy. Dr Peter Vardy has published several books that concern both theology and philosophy. He has spent his career passionately explaining how issues such as what makes us human are more relevant than ever before. Dr Vardy deliberately encouraged us to think for ourselves on such matters as abortion, euthanasia, IVF, war, justice and punishment. Students confidently shared their thoughts on every issue which richly enhanced each debating session. When the conference came to a close, there was a real sense from students that not only had they learned a lot but, more importantly they had acquired the skill of exploring issues from a variety of perspectives. The students knew that the Conference had helped them to develop a skill which they would use right throughout their lives. One Year 11 student, Grace Clarke commented, “It was interesting to find out different perspectives on ethical issues.” Another Year 11 student, Gemma Clausen said, “It really made us think about morality.”
Faith Seeking Understanding
A group of Year 13 students and two staff members attended the “Faith Seeking Understanding” Conference that was held in Manchester on the 14th of November. The Conference was led by the dynamic philosophical thinker, Dr Peter Vardy. The issues that were explored included the Ontological Argument, the problem of Language for Philosophy of Religion and for Ethics before we delved into the issues of Free Will and Moral Responsibility and Virtue Ethics. These topics feature on the current OCR specification for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at A level and so are vitally relevant to the students in attendance. Dr Vardy empowered us to investigate these areas of philosophical interest owing to his clarity of explanation and sense of humour! After the Conference, students felt a renewed sense of confidence regarding the issues dealt with and a realisation that this was an opportunity that has helped their preparations for the A level examinations, which they will take later this academic year.
Engineering Education Scheme
We are delighted to have 4 Year 12 students working with 3M, Newton Aycliffe on a live engineering project. Supported by the Education Engineering Trust and STEM, this project offers our students a first class opportunity to work with engineers and universities. Students involved are Martha Laundy Blair, Jane Jose, Charlotte Wojeck and James Morrison.
Women in Engineering
Twelve Year 11 girls, who are currently studying GCSE Electronics and Resistant Materials, took part in an Engineering extravaganza at the ‘Beehive’ in Lingfield Point, Darlington. Organised by ‘Foundation for Jobs’, the girls were given the chance to explore the opportunities available for women in Engineering. They enjoyed a range of activities including building and testing models of remotely operated vehicles, simulating subsea exploration, testing the strength of bridges using ‘chocolate welding’, and the operation and programming of robotic cars. The girls also had the opportunity to chat to female engineering students who are doing various apprenticeships at local metal manufacturer, ‘Hydram’, and they were able to test themselves on entry level dexterity tests. All the girls had a lot of fun and found the experience extremely informative. We hope to follow this up with a visit to Hydram’s manufacturing site.
Autumn Term Global Learning
As part of the College’s Global Stewardship programme, Key Stage 3 pupils have been looking at various types of resources in PSHEE. Pupils have discussed some emotive topics, such as refugees, poverty, child labour and the right to education. They have been informed of the number of children in the world who are unable to access education which has made them realise how fortunate they are to have one. The Global Learning aim is to not only inform pupils on global issues but for it to have an impact. In Year 9, a small group of pupils are going to be part of a link partnership with a school
Each half term, students in the top sets are offered the opportunity to enter a maths challenge, with the possibility of winning one of £10 Amazon gift vouchers. Last half term’s winners were Rachel Howard (Year 11), Adam Dimelow (Year 10), Luke Parker (Year 9) and Julia Orzechowska (Year 8). Well done to the students involved and look out for the next maths challenge, which your teachers will be handing out soon.
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UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge
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Congratulations to the Year 12 and 13 students who were
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mindful of water wastage.
Toby Gay, Matthew Hopkins, Ruaidhri Archbold, Edward Day
Lessons from Auschwitz
Part of the Holocaust Education Trust has a programme that allows students to take part in ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’. This includes a trip to Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and the chance to meet a survivor. The trip gave an insight into what life was like for people that suffered during the Holocaust. It was an emotional insight that has now allowed us to see the world in a different light.
Silver Thomas Burn , Martha Laundy-Blair, Michael Owen Emma Harland, Olivia Stockdale, Ryan Stacey, Charlotte Wojcik Bronze Jaunty Kalathingal, James Raw, Mark Southern, Calum Randle, Teddy Mulenga, Mikayla Jordens, Omar Bawarish Andrea Greaves, Clelia Derosas, Benedict Humble, Amy Taylor, James Morrison, Ted Kane, Adam Billany, Beth Caygill Nick Whiston, Laura Nicholls, Jane Jose, Jessica Platts
Year 9 Trip To The Theatre
Twelve Year 9 students have worked particularly hard in their extra literacy class this term to prepare a presentation to explain the benefits they would gain from taking a hard-hat tour of the Civic Theatre rebuild. Having impressed Mr Shorten with their efforts, they are now preparing to go on this visit in the near future to gain an insight into both construction and creative career paths. As part of their learning they will complete all the related paperwork for the trip themselves.
Scholastic Books - A Family Fair
Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Book Fair, which took place in the Learning Resource Centre and at the Christmas Fayre. £510 was taken, resulting in 40% commission to buy new books for the library. Discounted books can be bought throughout the year via Scholastic Books Clubs, either online at: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/carmel-college , or from the leaflets which are advertised every term in the LRC. See to the right a photograph of Millie Collins, sister of MarIa in Year 7, with her Scholastic purchase.
To develop a love of reading for pleasure, Carmel has again subscribed to Bookbuzz. This national initiative is run by Booktrust 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 pupils to read and exchange titles within their registration time. Their own choice will then be taken home at the end of Year 7. Competitions and further resources can be found at www.bookbuzz. org.uk.
Darlington Library Visit – Niel Bushnell
To reward them for ‘enthusiastic use of the library’, a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils were taken on an outing to Darlington Library for a presentation by local writer, artist and animator Niel Bushnell.Niel, author of the children’s fantasy novels Sorrowline and Timesmith, the first two books in ‘The Timesmith Chronicles’ series, spoke about his early beginnings as a writer and how he became a published author and successful animator. Niel inspired the group by reading an excerpt from Sorrowline and taking questions from the audience. He concluded the session with an exercise in creative story-telling. Both books are available to borrow from the library.
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl, a selection of the author’s stories and key biographical facts were displayed in the library. Year 7 pupils were invited to enter a quiz, resulting in Joshua Connor, 7L, being presented with a Roald Dahl mug for his 100% correct, winning quiz entry.
Christmas Fayre Carols
Members of the Junior Choir and the Sixth Form Chamber Choir took part in providing festive entertainment for the Christmas Fayre. They performed a range of songs to get us in the Christmas spirit including Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Merry Christmas Everyone and many more. We were delighted to be invited to perform again.
Atrium Lunchtime Music Concert
A host of talented Sixth Form students performed in a lunchtime concert in the Atrium this term. This is a new concert series set up by the Year 13 students to enable performances and to bring music to the corridors. There will be more opportunities for students in all years to take part over the course of the year. Well done to the Year 13 students for instigating this opportunity.
Layla and Ryan Race England’s Best!
Layla Bell and Ryan Stacey both went out in their heat at the English Schools’ Championships, held at Gateshead Stadium. Layla was particularly unlucky as she was in the fastest heat and would have gone through in the other heats. They both enjoyed the experience and are already preparing for next year.
Year 7 Rugby Team Comfortably Win their First Match
The Year 7 rugby team beat Polam School 65-0 in their first ever game, on the newly drained rugby pitch at Carmel.
Kyle Davidson selected for County U18 Football Squad
Congratulations to Year 12 student, Kyle Davidson who has made it through a gruelling selection process to be called up to the County Durham U18 Football Squad. Kyle will play his first match against Cumbria at the weekend.
Year 7 and 8 Girls’ Town Football
The Year 7 and 8 combined girls’ town football tournament was held at Hummersknott Academy on Tuesday 8th November 2016. The girls made it through to the final against Longfield Academy where they lost 1-0 in a very close game and finished in second place. Well done girls!
Carmel Beat Longfield in County Cup!
Carmel U14 rugby team beat Longfield Sports Academy 42 - 26 in the first round of the Cleveland Cup. The game was contested by two well-matched teams and was a good advert for schoolboy rugby in Darlington.
Amanda Coulson Works With Sky Sports Project Teams
Students spent a day working with GB boxer Amanda Coulson as part of the Sky Living For Sport Project. They learnt practical skills and the Six Steps to Success.
The students were from the swimming team, who train at The Dolphin Centre every Wednesday before College and the Year 9 Sports Leadership team, who will be organising primary and secondary events across the region. Amanda also delivered a motivational assembly to the Year 7s and 8s about her battle to take up boxing and the success it has brought her.
U14 Netball Team County Champions
Carmel Sixth Form Netball Team Third in County
Carmel U14 Netball team won all of their matches in the Durham Schools’ Tournament, to be crowned County Champions. The event was held at Polam School on Saturday 8 October. They will represent Durham in the Regional Finals in North Shields during January 2017.
The Carmel Sixth Form Team, despite comfortably beating Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College finished in 3rd place in the County Durham netball tournament, held at Polam School on Saturday 8 October. They missed out on second place on goal difference, with the top two qualifying for the regional finals.
English Schools’ Cup Cross Country Round 1
The first round of the English Schools’ Cross-Country Cup was held at Preston Park (Stockton), on Wednesday 12 October 2016. The results were as follows: Junior Girls 5th - Sarah Wilcock 11th, Amelia Hunter 15th, Eleanor Clulow 23rd, Jessica Kelly 24th, Carmen Dell-Zotto Ascaso 47th, Keira Williams DNF. Inter Girls 4th - Megan Noble 9th, Olivia Austin 20th, Sarah Jordens 30th, Daisy Appleton 32nd, Rebecca Butterfield 40th, Olivia Halliday 41st. Junior Boys 9th - Michael Calabro 20th, Max Pearson 33rd, Isaac Ryans 45th, George Thornton 53rd, Davey Welch 60th. Inter Boys 5th - Ethan Robinson 21st, Ryan Wells 25th, Daniel Boyer 27th, Ethan Fenton 33rd, Matthew Phillips 47th, Sam Berry 50th.
Phillipa selected for England Squad
Phillipa Willis (Year 12) has been selected to train with England Cadets after an England Futures’ Programme with Volleyball England. She also coaches the Carmel Volleyball Club in the gym on a Friday lunchtime. Well done Phillipa!
Durham U15s County Badminton Trials
On 29th October 2016 3 Year 10 students competed in the Durham U15 County badminton trials which were held at Belmont Community School. Matilda Weir played very well and finished 3rd in the girls’ singles competition. Matilda and Jeanne Jose played together in the girls’ doubles competition and finished 3rd. Matilda also played in the mixed doubles competition with Daniel Hull where they finished 2nd in a very close final, losing 21-18. All 3 students were amazing in a very tough ompetition and are awaiting the selection of the county squad. Good luck!
Carmel U12s Beat Hummersknott in County Rugby Cup
Carmel U12s beat Hummersknott 20- 15 in the first round of the County Cup. The game was keenly contested throughout, with Hummersknott despite being 20-0 down at half time fighting back well in the second half. Carmel had a large squad of 23 players and they all contributed well on the pitch.
Carmel Year 9s County Rugby Tournament
The U14 rugby team lost narrowly to Egglescliffe School in the semi-finals of the Cleveland County Tournament. The competition was held at Allens West (Eaglescliffe) and involved 12 teams.
Carmel Finish Third in Catholic Partnership Regatta
The Year 8 team finished third in the Catholic Partnership Regatta. They won 4 races and were runners up twice. The event was held at the Tees Barrage on Tuesday 27 September 2016
Carmel Inter-House Cross-Country Championships
The Inter-house cross country championships took place on the playing fields last week. The first 20 runners for each house have their scores combined and the house with the smallest total win, see below tables with the results. Overall Bedes Win! Well done to all runners who managed to complete the course.
Y8 Y9 Total
484 410 1752
594 430 1459
656 504 1877
Boys Y7 Y8 Y9 Total
559 776 1795
503 573 1770
919 598 2238
Overall Y7 Y8 Y9 Total
Aidan 1318 1043 1186 3547
Bede 1129 1097 1003 3229
Cuthbert 1438 1575 1102 4115
Matthew Phillips Wins Bronze
Matthew Phillips finished third in the Northern Schools Inter-County Combined Events Championships and helped Durham take the U15 Team Title. Matthew set four new personal bests in the five events. He is looking forward to the English Schools’ Championships in September. This event will be held in Exeter. Matthew is also representing Durham in the English Schools’ Combined Event Championship. In the U15 Pentathlon he finished in 28th place, he ran 14.31 secs in the hurdles, threw 8.14m in the shot, 5.46m for a PB in the long jump, cleared 1.64m in the high Jump and a new PB in the 800m of 2:22.89. This was held in Exeter. Well done Matthew!
Carmel Swimming Club
The Carmel Swimming Club is open to all students and takes place every Wednesday morning (7.15 - 8.15am) at the Dolphin Centre. The sessions are led by Mr Briggs, Miss Coates and students Alana Prior and Hannah and Jessica Briggs.
Northumbria Netball Squad
Daisy Lubuku in 9P has been selected for the U15 Team Northumbria Netball Squad. This is a huge achievement, having been nominated for trials as a result of excelling in the County Netball Squad. Daisy will take part in a curtain raiser match being played before a Northumbria Super League fixture as a culmination to the season. Huge congratulations Daisy!