‘’Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them.”
It was with great sadness that the Carmel College community learnt of the passing of Father Seamus Doyle on Saturday 18th February after a short illness.
Father Seamus was a much loved and admired Parish Priest at St Augustine’s, a Governor for Carmel College, but most importantly, a friend and a great supporter of our young people. Nothing was ever too much trouble for this gentle and humble priest. Father Seamus celebrated Mass regularly in the College up until very recently. This year, Father would have celebrated his Golden Anniversary of his Ordination. Father Seamus blessed our Christmas Tree at the beginning of Advent, shortly before he became ill. Hundreds of people from across the Diocese and beyond celebrated Father’s life at his Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Bishop Seamus with over 40 priests concelebrating. The Gospel used for the Requiem was particularly relevant when thinking about Father Seamus; ‘Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as their heritage.’ Matthew 5:5 Father Seamus will be remembered for his gentle and humble approach to his ministry and his care for those in need. Students remembered Father Seamus during their Ash Wednesday Mass which was offered for the Happy Repose of His Soul. On whose soul, Sweet Jesus have mercy.
On the 11th March 2017, 50 Carmel students and Catechists were part of the 10,000 young people who participated in Flame 3. Music from Matt Redman and international guest speakers focused on the global refugee crisis. Young people were reminded that Jesus was a refugee and that ‘messages of hope’ were being sent to refugee camps around the world. It was wonderful to see the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle represented so well at this fantastic event. Although it was a long and tiring day, the young people found that it was a transformational opportunity. One student said, “Trying to put it into words and explain the overwhelming emotions felt would be impossible and words could not do any justice.”
In March a strong turnout of 90 combined Year 9s and 10s as well as 90 combined Year 7s and 8s came to the Youth Village. At the start of both retreats, the young people were full of curiosity about God and Lent. After two nights of the retreat programmes that involved a wide range of different activities, they left with a message of hope and further understanding of the message and impact of Lent. The theme of the retreat was based on “Landslides”. The idea was based on the idea that each and every individual young person can make an impact on the world. For example, the small acts of grace that we do to other people around us can have a big impact on their lives. Through these things like compassion, caring and gratitude, this in turn can lead to a snowball effect that can encourage others in our proximity to do the same. “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
On Thursday 16th February, 27 students from Carmel College received the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass celebrated by Bishop Seamus Cunningham. The Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Darlington. It was a wonderful occasion in which the students themselves participated in the readings and music for the Mass. The students had all participated in a series of sessions of catechesis led by different members of the Deanery community and Mr Gardner. 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. Form tutors, catechists, senior leaders and the RE Department met with the students in College after the Confirmation to celebrate the next step in their journey of faith.
On March 15th Mr Gardner and Mr Wright took the Year 10 performing arts class to perform the First Station of the Stations of the Cross at the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership event at St Joseph’s Church in Hatlepool. Each station was performed by a different school in a wonderful sharing of work from across the Diocese and Carmel students performed prayerfully.
Our Youth SVP has organised and led a special Stations of the Cross Liturgy at St Augustine’s Church followed by a very lively St Patrick’s Day Party in the Parish Centre, working with the adult SVP conference and the Mini Vinnies in each of our Deanery primary schools. Students provided the refreshments and served the parishioners.
The Season of Lent was marked by Mass and Distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday. Students prepared the readings and bidding prayers and led the music. During this penitential season, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God and each other and focus on the theme of ‘Reconciliation’ with the Sacrament of Reconciliation being offered during Holy Week. Stations of the Cross are being prayed around the College each Friday and during student- led liturgies, we are building Lenten deserts and reflecting on the Gospel themes from each Sunday of this Liturgical Season. With the leadership of Spiritual Depth and the Youth SVP, we are focusing our Lenten almsgiving by having a weekly; Missio-Monday, Toilet Roll Tuesday (For the Diocesan Refugee project) and Food-Bank Friday. Our Annual Easter Egg raffle will be to support Missio and the Peru Mission.
SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II AWARDS CEREMONY
On Thursday 2nd March at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle, students from the Sixth Form received their JP II awards, along with many other young people from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The Awards were presented by Rev. Paul Farren from the Diocese of Derry and Bishop Séamus Cunningham. Each student received a medal and a certificate as an acknowledgement of their efforts in achieving the award. The JP II award encourages and celebrates the role that young people play in their parishes, the College and the community by focussing on parish involvement and social awareness. Many great and life-long memories have been made during the programme and all involved have found this work to be enjoyable, rewarding and affirming.
On Holy Saturday 2017, 50 members of Carmel College Sixth Form will embark on their journey with HCPT, the Pilgrimage Trust, on the annual Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. As a College, our students have been travelling to Lourdes for 21 years. During their time in Lourdes, our students make up a support group. This means that the students are on hand to assist at the various liturgies, take part in the music ministry and support the young pilgrims during trips to nearby Gavarnie and ‘Lac de Lourdes’. Students from Carmel’s previous pilgrimages to Lourdes have made such an impact that they have been invited by family groups to join them as adult volunteers. We would appreciate your prayers as we approach our pilgrimage, that our students may be filled with the spirit of Lourdes and be worthy messengers of the Gospel through their actions.
TEESSIDE CROWN COURT VISIT
To support their A Level studies Year 13 Sociology students spent the morning at Teesside Crown Court, Middlesbrough. Students sat in on cases, watched juries in action, observed the work carried out by different members of the court-room and experienced the legal system in action. This gave them an insight into the practicalities of carrying out justice in the UK and allowed them the opportunity to compare the reality of the system to theory learnt in the classroom.
FIRST AID SKILLS
Many Carmel College Sixth Formers took part in the ‘Headstart Emergency Life Support Programme’ led by The British Heart Foundation. This was an excellent opportunity for students to equip themselves with lifesaving skills.
YEAR 10 CEMETERY VISIT
As part of their GCSE course on Judaism and the afterlife, the RE department took all Year 10 students on a trip to West Cemetery where there are two sections dedicated to Jewish members of the community. Fenced off on consecrated ground with all graves facing east, towards the Promised Land, students were able to see, first hand, the differences in burial rites within the Jewish faith. Students were as always a pleasure to take on the trip and at all times conducted themselves with the utmost respect.
A group of Year 12 A level students attended a conference that was held in York on the 6th of February. The conference was led by the dynamic philosophical thinker Dr Peter Vardy. The issues that were explored included the Ontological Argument, Cosmological and Teleological arguments for the existence of God. Students were also given the opportunity to reflect on Evil and Suffering in the world, as well as Virtue Ethics. Students felt a renewed sense of confidence regarding the issues dealt with and a realisation that this was an opportunity that consolidated their knowledge and understanding of the topics which would help their preparations for the AS level examinations.
This year has warranted yet another celebration, as many of our Sixth Form students have gained places on the Durham University, ‘Supported Progression’ programme, as well as the University of York, ‘Next Step’ programme. Ten of our ambitious students have gained places on these prestigious courses which aim to help students navigate the complex UCAS application process, as well as give guidance on how to prepare for the academic step up to university. In addition to this, gaining a place includes the opportunity to take part in residential events, experiencing life as a university student and taking part in an assessed summer school project at the end of Year 12. Well done to all the students who worked hard to gain places this year!
YEAR 7 FRENCH TRIP
Miss Thonnart, Miss Jones, Mr McCartie, Mr Summers and Mr McGovern took forty four Year 7 students on a trip to northern France at the beginning of March. The week was crammed with exciting and interesting activities, ranging from snail tasting to crêpe making. Visits included trips to a local ‘boulangerie’ (bakery) to make and savour traditional croissants, a goat farm to learn about the making of the region’s famous goat cheese and to cuddle some baby animals and a fantastic day trip to Paris which included a boat trip down the Seine and a ride on the big wheel overlooking the whole of Paris. Both the students and teachers had a fantastic week!
WORLD WAR ONE BATTLEFIELDS TRIP
During PSHEE morning, Year 8 students took part in Global Learning activities, which focused on the water crisis faced by certain countries. Students explored the issues, identified the global concern and inequality. Students completed a project using water bottles that they had collected (with the top form collecting 405 plastic bottles! with the others nearing 100-200 each!) to recycle into something useful for their form rooms. Students have also created posters to be displayed near water machines to raise awareness of water wastage.
BIOLOGY AT TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY
40 Year 11 students attended a trip to the WWI battlefields of the Somme and the Ypres Salient. This was a trip to learn, reflect and commemorate those who died in The Great War. 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. Some students were able to find memorials to deceased relatives and pay their respects. Joe Hebden, Carla Orsi and Katy Tulloch were chosen to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the College.
Year 13 students had the opportunity to visit the Teesside University, Biology Laboratories in order to attend the ‘PCR and Gel Electrophoresis Workshop’. This was a valuable opportunity to develop their understanding of the various biological techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis, which are central concepts of the A-Level biology course. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were excited to put the classroom theory into practice!
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
On Monday 30th January, Darlington Borough Council held a Holocaust Commemoration event at the Dolphin Centre Eve Whittaker and Katie Noble, students from Carmel VI Form shared their experiences from their recent trip to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Education Trust programme, along with other speakers on the day. The College community marked Holocaust Memorial Day with special commemorative liturgies and
CARMEL DOES STRICTLY
Staff and students enjoyed a fun-filled weekend of dance to raise money for the Carmel Peru
Project. We are pleased to say an amazing total of £3340.30 was raised during the course of the
weekend. The winners’ of the Carmel Glitterball were Mrs Orsi and Mr Weir on the first night and
Miss Savage and Mr Bray on the second. To make a donation to this wonderful cause please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/carmel-peru.
CARMEL’S GOT TALENT
Showcasing their varied talents Carmel students took to the stage to sing, dance and entertain a large audience and raised over £900 for the PTA.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/carmel-college to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards. Please place your order online by April 28th, 2017. “The costumes are amazing, the staff have gone to so much effort and we love it” student comment
WORLD BOOK DAY
Carmel College celebrated World Book Day 2017 by asking staff from each Department to dress up as characters from their favourite books. Staff threw themselves into the challenge with incredible imagination and creativity. Throughout the day students were able to show their appreciation to staff by donating to giveabook.org.uk which provides books to underprivileged children. The College was full of joy, laughter and happiness as all shared in their love of reading whether it was books from early childhood to book club recommendations! Carmel had its very own Gringotts’ bank, owlery, howlers and applications for Hogwarts as staff transformed whole rooms into scenes from Harry Potter. A book quiz was held during lunchtime with each year group being represented by a team of 12 students. The students were so excited, enthusiastic and created an incredible atmosphere as they talked about books and much loved characters. As a memento of the day each student and member of staff received a World Book Day book mark, designed by Mrs Stebbings from the LRC and Carmel staff. Mrs Stebbings organised this incredibly uplifting and simply fantastic experience for our community, which brought us all together to emphasise how important reading and literacy is for us all.
We are doing a sponsored walk for Macmillan Cancer Support, Saturday 1st July 2017. The route goes from the fishing port of Whitby, along the seemingly endless Cinder Track with open views across the Esk Valley and North Yorkshire Moors and continues along the Cleveland Way, where you are rewarded with spectacular cliff top views of the rugged coastline above Maw Wyke Hole, it continues past Saltwick Sands and back to the wonderful ruins of Whitby Abbey. All donations gratefully received. Please visit our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kay-Spraggon
ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH UPDATE
The very wet January and February has caused a delay in the preparation of the formation for the artificial grass pitch and unfortunately the project is now behind on programme. CLS hope to catch up and have begun installing the drainage cells (w/c 13 March 2017). At this stage we are hopeful of a completion date in May 2017.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS IN MAKING CAREER CHOICES
Year 8 pupils had an exciting and enjoyable session with local author, Niel Bushnell. Workshops enabled students to develop techniques to avoid ‘writers’ block’ and to explore imaginative writing inspired by old photographs. Students were engrossed in their writing and relished the opportunity to work alongside a writer.
WORKING WITH PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
We have developed closer relationships with local businesses, industry, employers and higher education providers and some of our partners include:
Students have experienced a range of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CIAEG). All Year 11 students have had mock interviews and are working with our Careers Advisor Mrs Roe, to ensure they are confident and ready for the transition to further education or employment. Sixth Form students were invited to a ‘Next Steps’ evening which offered students and their parents the opportunity to listen to talks about apprenticeships, student finance and to meet with local businesses, universities and industry. Sixth Formers are working with tutors and the Sixth Form Careers Advisor, Mr Fraser, to ensure that they are future-ready. All students can access the online Careers platform, U-Explore and Uni-Frog to help them with their career research and decision making.
CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP SWIMMING CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to Daisy Appleton (Yr10) and Sarah Clifford (Yr11) who have been playing regularly for Durham County Schools’ U16 football team this season. Having beaten Lancashire in the previous round, their next match will be against Worcestershire in the quarter-finals of the English Schools’ FA U16 girls’ Inter-County Trophy. We wish them both the best of luck.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Carmel swimming team enjoyed a very successful day at the Catholic Partnership Swimming Gala. Carmel won the Year 7 Girls’, Year 9 Girls’ and Year 9 Boys’ trophies, the Year 10/11 Girls’ and Year 10/11 Boys’ trophies as well as winning both the Girls’ and Boys’ overall competitions. The event involving eleven schools’ was organised by the Carmel PE Department, using Sports Leaders from the Sixth Form and Year 9. A special mention must go to the coaches who train the swimming team on a Wednesday morning before college. They are Mr Briggs, Miss Coates, Alana Prior, Hannah Briggs, Jessica Briggs and Johnson Bache.
SPORTS WINNERS’ AWARD
At the Annual Darlington Sports Winners’ Awards Final, the ‘Team of the Year’ award was presented to the Headlanders Under-14 netball team. The team was originally formed by Mrs Hannaford, for our pupils to play in club leagues and competitions. The girls are now coached by ex-Carmel student, Natasha Levy alongside Sarah Lough, have had a very successful season and is mostly made up of Carmel students. Well done ladies!
GOLD FOR CARMEL TRAMPOLINISTS
In the Darlington Schools’ Trampoline Competition, held at Carmel on Thursday 9 February, Carmel won gold in all of the age groups from Year 7 to Year 12. Congratulations to everyone who took part. The trampolinists will now go on to represent Darlington in the Tees Valley Finals.
At the Annual Darlington Sports Winners’ Awards Final, the special achievement award was presented to Carmel College student, Adam Billany, 17, who despite living with cerebral palsy and having to endure recent painful operations to lengthen and strengthen his legs, is an award winning yachtsman with Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. Adam who is on the Paralympic performance pathway for sailing, is studying for his ‘A’ Levels in the Sixth Form. He combines his studies with regular training camps and competitions at the National Sailing Centre in Weymouth in Dorset. Well done Adam!
COUNTY DURHAM SCHOOLS’ CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Amelia Hunter (Minor Girls), Nathaniel Bell, Sam Dimelow (Minor Boys), Megan Noble, Sarah Wilcock, Millie Foster, Jessica Briggs, Jessica Kelly, Olivia McCreedy, Alice Day, Eleanor Clulow (Junior Girls), Joseph Spellman, Daniel Boyer, Jack Myers, Harry Crawshaw (Junior Boys), Olivia Austin (inter Girls), Ryan Wells, James McAllister, Ethan Robinson (Inter Boys) and Lucy-Erin Hunter, Katie Noble, Mikayla Jordens (Senior Girls) all represented Darlington in the Durham Schools’ Cross-Country Championships held in Barnard Castle on Saturday 21st January. The event was organised by Mr Hannaford, the County Durham Schools’ Cross-Country secretary. Lucy-Erin Hunter comfortably won the Senior Girls’ event and was selected for the County as were Megan Noble, Olivia McCready, Katie Noble and Daniel Boyer. Congratulations to all of the Carmel athletes who ran.
RUNNERS-UP IN TOURNAMENT
The Year 7 football team were runners-up in the Darlington Schools’ Football Tournament.
YEAR 8S WIN COUNTY SEVENS’ CUP
Huge congratulations to all the squad as they dominated this competition, winning every game to become County Champions
ENGLISH SCHOOLS’ FINALISTS
Callum Webster (Year 13) and Kyle Davidson (Year 12) have enjoyed great success playing for Durham Schools’ U-18 Football team. Durham have made it to the final of the English Schools’ Inter County trophy, where they will play Essex.
CARMEL SKI COURSE TO FALCADE, ITALY FOR ADAM
Twenty-six students from Years 8, 9 and 10 enjoyed a week of sunshine in the Italian Dolomites, learning to ski. They stayed in the Stella Alpina Hotel, in the beautiful town of Falcade, enjoying lovely Italian cuisine. They each had 5 hours of instruction per day and by the end of the week, they could all ski down the mountain.
GREAT BRITAIN CALL UP
Layla Bell has been selected for the Great Britain athletics team, to compete in the World Catholic Student Games, in Lignano Sabbiadoro (near Venice), Italy. The competition will be held from 2nd to the 8th of July. Layla will contest the 100m, 200m and Sprint relay. Well done Layla!
CARMEL RUGBY TEAM SUCCESS
Carmel U14 Rugby team beat Wyvern Academy 40 – 0 to win the Darlington Schools’ tournament. The competition was played at Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club on Tuesday 14 February. Carmel will now represent Darlington in the Tees Valley Final.
CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP NETBALL
The U-14 netball team travelled to Sports Central in Newcastle for the Annual Catholic Partnership Netball Tournament. The girls won all seven of their matches to become the overall winners, making them the Catholic Partnership Netball Champions. Daisy Lubuku was also awarded player of the tournament. Well done to all involved!
DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES EXAM
The AS-level Drama & Theatre Studies final exam performance took place in front of a public audience in March and was highly successful. The students performed an adaptation of ‘Adult Child/Dead Child’ by Claire Dowie in the style of DV8 Physical Theatre and presented a funny and moving interpretation that was described as ‘wonderful’ by the audience.
Students in Year 9 visited the Darlington Hippodrome restoration project in January with Mr Wright to have a tour with the site manager, showing them how the cultural heritage of the theatre is being preserved for the next generation.
EDUCATION ENGINEERING SCHEME
In January Mr Wright and Mrs Crawshaw accompanied Year 12 students on a residential visit to Newcastle University, to take part in an engineering project. Students have worked with 3M on a live project and will present their work to the Education Engineering Scheme (EES) and CREST in March.
A CELEBRATION OF
Year 12 English Literature and Drama students went to York with Mr Wright to enjoy an immersive theatre performance of ‘The Great Gatsby’ in December. Attending in 1920s costume, the students became fully involved in the show, passing messages between Gatsby and Daisy and joining the cast on stage to dance the Charleston! Dr Ronan Patterson, Principal Lecturer in Theatre at Teesside University, worked with Year 12 & 13 English Literature students to give a lecture on the various film and stage adaptations of ‘Othello’, assisting the students with their exam preparation on this text.
As you can see from the pictures and articles, College life has been busy and students and Staff have been involved in such a large variety of events. Revision sessions have started in earnest and we hope with all the effort and time that is being dedicated to exam preparation, the results will be a true reflection of the tremendous ability in Y11 and 13. During this time of Lent, we have the opportunity to reflect on what is important to us in our faith and this is especially so as we celebrate with the 27 students being Confirmed at St Thomas’. It was also lovely to see 11 of our Sixth Form students gain the acknowledgement they deserved through the John Paul II Gold awards with Bishop Seamus. Whether it was the Lourdes Curry night, the Peru Strictly Come Dancing or the Easter Egg raffle we would like to thank you for continuing to support, so enthusiastically, all the charitable fundraising for Lourdes, Peru and Missio. The last word goes to a fond farewell to Fr Seamus Doyle, a true servant of the College and the Church. A sincere role model that will be missed by all.
CARMEL GOES DIGITAL
Communicating with parents is important to us and we are keen to ensure our systems are user friendly and accessible. Currently we have a range of methods to communicate with home including letters, texts, newsletters and information on our website. Moving forward we would like to streamline our communication to make it easier for parents to access information in one place. With this in mind we have been working with RS Connect to develop an App that will offer parents access to school information on smartphones, tablet computers and other devices. Parents will be able to use the App to give consent for trips and activities, check key dates, to be notified of upcoming events and to access newsletters.
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