Carmel College Newsletter July 2017

 

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“An amazing, unforgettable and truly life-changing experience that I’m so thankful to have been given.” - Student Reflection Sixth Form students and staff enjoyed another fantastic Lourdes pilgrimage. Celebrating Mass, prayers in the grotto and supporting the great work of HCTP, this annual event is a transformational experience for all involved. A reflection from a student: “I have spent the week surrounded by the most inspirational and incredible people from all around the world and have had the pleasure of witnessing pure joy and happiness, just from taking part in the simplest and smallest of tasks, that for me made Lourdes what it was.” 1

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LOURDES “Lourdes is one of those places that you can’t truly begin to understand unless you go there yourself – the magic of it all is something that everyone needs to experience for themselves. Even now I can’t begin to put into words the impact it has had on my life and the difference it has made. Even though summing it all up seems easy, it really isn’t. All I know is the experience of Lourdes has changed me as a person. From the friendships you make, to the people you meet, Lourdes really does change lives. In everything I did I felt like I was being brought closer to God and this whole experience is definitely something that will impact my life forever. It taught me some of the biggest life lessons that I’ve ever learnt and gave me a whole new meaning to the word ‘friendship`, I’m just so incredibly grateful for it all.” YOUTH SVP As the year comes to a close, we can look back with joy at the growth of our Youth SVP group which boasts 40 members from Year 7 and 8. They really have been involved in ‘turning concern into action’. They have been involved in organising the selling of ‘Living Water’, a water bucket race, an Easter Egg raffle and also a weekly collection from form classes, with the proceeds being donated to Missio. We look forward to continued growth next year! ARTIFICIAL PITCH Fr Dodds Blessed our new Artificial Grass Pitch on 16th June and Maura Regan cut the ribbon to officially open it. Directors, Governors and staff were joined by Sport England, the designers, contractors and the two local hockey clubs (Darlington and Bishop Auckland). Students from Carmel College, St Augustine’s and St Teresa’s gave a demonstration of the variety of activities that can be undertaken on the pitch, as well of course, as Hockey. Thank you to all our parents who have contributed through the College Development Fund to make our dream of providing an all-weather all-season pitch for the students, a reality. Your £5 per month has made a huge difference. The project was also funded by Sport England, England Hockey, Darlington Borough Council and Carmel College. 2

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END OF YEAR MASS CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP MASS The theme chosen for this academic year has been ‘Come to the Water.’ The End of Year Mass is an opportunity to celebrate together all of the gifts and blessings that we have received during this past academic year. Bishop Seamus will be the Principal Celebrant with our local clergy joining him for this celebration. 11 Year 7 and 8 students represented Carmel at the recent Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership Mass at Newcastle Cathedral on 8th June. The theme of the Mass was taken from the Partnership’s theme ‘Laudato Si’ from St. Francis of Assisi’s ‘Canticle of the Sun’. The readings reflected on the beauty of God’s creation. The Bishop celebrated the Mass and the Liturgy commenced with a beautiful blessing of all those present with Holy Water. Artwork created for the Catholic Partnership Art exhibition was displayed and made part of the entrance procession. SUMMER FESTIVAL 30 students from Years 10 to 13 travelled to rainy Consett to stay at the Emmaus Youth Village for the YMT Summer Festival. With special guests such as Guvna B, the students were excited to have a few days of reflecting and singing. Despite the wet tents, students kept smiling and singing and enjoyed the three days. VOCATION DAYS ‘Here I am Lord, I come to do your will!’ Psalm 40 Year 9 and 10 students spent a morning each reflecting on what it means to be called to serve God and others. Students heard testimony from Fr David Russell and Deacon Peter Barrigan, who both shared their own vocation story and also the joys and challenges of their vocation. We were also blessed to welcome Sister Carmela from the Carmelites who shared, in her own words, SUMMER FESTIVAL“My story, from my heart to yours.” Students were captivated by all of their stories shared. Clare Colleran from the Missio then explored the theme of ‘Come to the Water’ in relation to social justice issues and how being a Christian is a call to action. The day was very beneficial to both year groups as it allowed reflection and exploration of key topics covered in the new GCSE RE specification relating to vocation and Christian living. 3

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THE BIG PROJECT FINAL Congratulations to all students who took part in the Big Project this year. Supported by Jacobs Engineering, the project has involved teams working together for a year to use engineering to solve social problems. Finalists presented their innovative ideas to a large audience. The winning team gave a very convincing presentation and business model on how food waste could be reduced in College. VALENCIA PARTNER SCHOOL EUROVISION SONG CONTEST Carmel has partnered with a Spanish School called IES La Malvesia in Llombai, close to Valencia. Students have taken part in exchange visits which involved hosting an exchange partner and introducing them to British culture and customs. Carmel students have also visited Spain. They were lucky enough to experience everyday life at a Spanish secondary school where they improved their language skills, took part in numerous cultural visits, played local sports and even made their own paella. This was the first year that such an exchange has been run and there are hopes for similar projects in the future. YOUNG ENTERPRISE SUCCESS In May, Carmel College was delighted to host the Catholic Partnership Eurovision Song Competition, which saw six schools from the Partnership compete against each other to win the Golden Mic. Following outstanding performances, including singing in a foreign language, Carmel students were awarded second place. 20 students enrolled on the Young Enterprise Programme and embraced the steep learning curve that exists when you establish a new business. Students were announced the ‘Winners of the Best Company Programme, Tradestand’ at Metrocentre Gateshead in February and won ‘Best Tradestand’, ‘Best Company Report’ and ‘Overall Best Company Programme at the area final at Beamish Hall in April. 4

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INSPIRATIONAL ART TRIPS Art students have enjoyed inspirational trips this term to inform and enrich their curriculum. Year 10 embraced the seascape at South Gare in Redcar, affectionately known as ‘Paddy’s Hole’ as well as visiting Mima, in Middlesbrough. A level students experienced a ‘whistle stop’ tour of London art galleries. The group visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Chelsea Art College. Students gained ideas for their A Level work and were inspired by art, fashion, textiles, sculptures and photography. ART EXHIBITION SIR KEIR STARMER Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Brexit Secretary and former QC, visited Carmel to discuss with students a wide variety of issues. Students responded positively to the visit asking engaging questions and ensuring a lively and balanced debate on current affairs. 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. Thank you to all families and carers who came to proudly support the talent and creativity achieved by our students. 5

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ROME A group of 73 students and 9 staff 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 Villa Adriana and a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fountains of Tivoli. A very special and important part of our visit was the Papal audience, which was wonderful. 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 the 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.” The students were quite simply outstanding and a joy to spend the week with! WORLD RE WEEK In March the RE department transformed classrooms by displaying artefacts representing the major world faiths such as Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. Students had the opportunity to take part in activities such as geometric Islamic design and guests from world faith communities came to speak to students. Cloud Singh from the Sikh community spoke to all year groups about faith and Deanna Van De Velde spoke to Year 8 and 10 students about Shabbat and Yom Kippur. 6 A TASTE OF SYRIA More than 150 people from the local community gathered together in the JC Hall, on Saturday 13th May, for an evening of food, dance and fellowship, organised by Darlington Association for Refugees (DAR). Carmel were proud hosts of this event which was an opportunity for the Syrian refugee families to say a heartfelt thank you for the warm welcome they have been given by the people of Darlington. A total of £640 was raised for ‘The White Helmets’, a charity working in Syria which the families themselves chose to support. The Syrian families took great pride in preparing a feast of delicious Syrian food which wowed the senses. We were treated further with performances of traditional Syrian dance and poetry which was both a delight and deeply moving to see these people of Syria so full of joy.

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JUNIOR UKMT MATHS CHALLENGE Congratulations to the Year 8 students who took part in the recent Maths Challenge. The following students were awarded certificates: Silver Joshua Sebastine, Hubert Krawiec, Geraldine Lynch Brown, Rachael Whan, Isabelle Bryant, Isaac Dickinson, Emma Burgess Bronze Callum Harrison, Anna Shorten, Daniel Storey, James Bendle, Aaron Howley, Ben Brown, Thomas Park Bradley, Archie Appleton, Matthew Van Mourik SIXTH FORM DEBATING WORKSHOP Sixth form students took part in a debating workshop led by Gillian Bell, from the Parliamentary Education Service. The session involved a lively debate and outlined how democracy, the role of government and how Parliament works. Students were encouraged to have their voices heard and to take part in the National Youth Parliament. CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP CONCERT, SAGE On the 28th June 40 students from Years 7 to 13 took part in the bi-annual Catholic Partnership event at The Sage, Gateshead. The Carmel College choir performed ‘Hello’ by Adele. There were also several performances throughout the day on the concourse including Joshua Connor on cello. As well as this, the students took part in the collaborative orchestra, big band and choir. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to perform in such a prestigious venue. As always it was another great collaboration of 11 partnership schools and an event enjoyed by all. SIXTH FORM INDUCTION DAY Over 200 students from 21 different Secondary schools from as far apart as Redcar to Richmond, came to Carmel for our annual Sixth Form Induction days. On the first day the students experienced a day in the life of a 6th former as they attended various lessons, sampling the demands and rigour that Sixth form studies require. Then on the second day they enjoyed fun team activities, such as a 3-legged egg and spoon race and an inflatable assault course. This gave them the opportunity to really bond with each other, forming friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. They also had a guest speaker, a former Commonwealth record holder and world medallist, swimmer Chris Cook. He delivered a wonderfully inspirational speech to the students on hard work and determination. SUMMER SHOW We are so thrilled to present this year’s musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Work behind the scenes began earlier this year in January, with auditions held during the first week of the Spring term and the rehearsal schedule has been relentless ever since! A huge thank you to everyone at Carmel who make up the cast and crew for this year’s production. You have been a pleasure to work with and are amazing! You have shown immense brain power memorising all your lines, songs and choreography, incredibly kind hearts for dedicating so much of your time to preparations for the show and extreme courage for getting up on stage and giving it everything. We couldn’t be prouder of you! We hope you enjoy the show. 7

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH In May and June, 48 Year 10 students successfully completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Teesdale. They navigated over 20km over the two days and battled some very difficult weather conditions. The external assessor was impressed by their team work and determination. All the participants did fantastically well and were a credit to themselves and the College. BOOK FACTOR 2017 Students from Holy Family, St Augustine’s, St Bede’s and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Schools, who will start Carmel this September, have taken part in a Year 6 literacy transition programme. Twenty four pupils were invited to read three books, Framed, Private Peaceful and Wonder - all past winners of Book Factor. The pupils unanimously voted for Wonder by R.J Palacio as their champion of champions! BEST BOOK REVIEW Carmen Del-Zotto Ascaso, 7E, received a gift card for her review of Soldier Dog by Sam Angus. TOP READER Congratulations to Joshua Connor, 7L, who borrowed 67 books from the library during the period September 2016 – June 2017. Runner-up was Lizzie Thompson, 10J, who had borrowed 42 books. Both Joshua and Lizzie were presented with gift cards! APPRENTICESHIP CHAMPIONS We are delighted that both our careers advisers have both been certified as ‘Apprenticeship Champions’. Issued by the National Apprenticeship Service Skills Funding Agency, this is a real testament to the excellent careers provision at the College. SUMMER READING 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 library@carmel.org.uk. Prizes will be awarded for the most original photos. Closing Date: 29 September 2017. CARNEGIE BOOK AWARD The Carnegie Book Award Shadowing Scheme was judged on 19 June. The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The ten ‘Shadowers’ had been tasked with reading eight shortlisted titles over a fourteen week period. This year’s shortlist was dominated by novels of identity, friendship and survival. Students were invited to vote for their favourite book and Railhead and Salt to the Sea were announced as joint winners. The official winner as voted by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), was Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, a fictionalised account of the worst maritime disaster in history. Please visit the official website www.carnegiegreenaway.org. uk, for further information regarding all titles. Shortlisted titles from 2004 – 2017 are available for loan from 8 the College Library.

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VOCATIONAL DAY Year 10 students embraced the opportunity to go to Darlington College to experience a number of vocational programmes. Students took part in a range of career taster sessions including hairdressing, beauty, motor vehicle and bricklaying. KIELDER ADVENTURE WEEKEND In April forty two Year 7 students and five staff spent the weekend at Hawkhirst Scout Centre, Kielder Water for our annual adventure trip. An exciting action packed programme of events which included bellboating, sailing, archery, Jacob’s ladder, abseiling, climbing, shelter building, raft building and zip line was enjoyed by all. The students were amazing, their team work was a credit to them and one of the best efforts we have ever seen in our thirteen years of doing this trip. We have never had so many children get to the top of Jacob ’s ladder, they were all very brave and determined, constantly being cheered on by their team mates. SPONSORED WALK FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT On the 1st July, a team of 30 Carmel Staff, their families and friends participated in a 16km sponsored walk via the Whitby and Scarborough Railway. Walking along the Cleveland way, with spectacular cliff top views of the rugged coastline, they encouraged and supported one another with the sole purpose of raising awareness and sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support. An amount of over £1000 was raised to help the funds of this important charity. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them and the team who organised this fantastic and worthwhile event. 9

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LEARNING TO SAIL YEAR 7 TOWN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS Laney Wilkinson, Dominic Gate, Sarah Turver, Sophie Billany, Jess Briggs and Anna Shorten will be spending their next 5 Sundays at the Thornton Steward Sailing Club in Bedale. They are attending the ‘Learning to Sail’ course along with Mr Shorten, Mrs Turver, Miss Thompson and Miss Forster. More courses are planned. Please see any of the teachers for further details. ATHLETIC COMPETITION WINNERS After beating Hummersknott 3-1 in their final fixture of the season, the Year 7 football team clinched the Darlington League title. The team coached by Mr Summers and Mr Woods have now won all of their matches and are worthy champions. CARMEL GIRLS’ DARLINGTON SWIMMING CHAMPIONS In the 100th Darlington Secondary Schools’ Swimming Gala, Carmel girls finished first and the boys second. In the overall competition Carmel were runners up. A big congratulations to the swimmers and the coaches who have worked tirelessly at the swimming club held at the Dolphin Centre evCearrymeWl eYedanre7sdruaygbmy toeranmingfinaisth7e.d1r5uanmn.erTsh-uepcinoathcheeCsouanretyMCuapr,kplBaryigegds, Haatntnhaeh NBorirgtghse, rAnlaEncahoPrAiorre, nJeasosincaWBerdigngessadnady J2o6hnAspornil.Bache. U14 COUNTY RUGBY RUNNERS UP In the Cleveland County U14 Rugby Cup final, Carmel lost narrowly to Egglescliffe School, from Stockton 22 points to 12. The match was played on the pitch inside the Northern Echo arena, home to Darlington Mowden Park RFC. On Saturday 20th May, pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 competed in a girls’ athletics competiton hosted by Barnard Castle School. The event was held at Eastbourne Sports Complex where Carmel competed against schools from across the North East. The Year 7 team were overall winners for their age group! Well done to all athletes who competed. ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS Lucy-Erin Hunter (Year 12) and Joshua Irving (Year 9) have been selected to represent Durham in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships, to be held in Birmingham, on the 7th and 8th of July. Lucy-Erin will contest the senior girls 1500m and Joshua the junior boys 300m. We wish them well! 10

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CARMEL U13 COUNTY RUGBY CHAMPIONS In the Cleveland County U13 Rugby Cup final, Carmel beat Macmillan College, from Middlesbrough, 45 points to 15. The match was played on the pitch inside the Northern Echo arena, home to Darlington Mowden Park RFC. REGIONAL COMBINED EVENTS FINALS OUTSTANDING INNINGS Matthew Phillips qualifies for the English School Multi Event finals for the second consecutive year. Matthew competed in the regional finals of the under 17 Octathlon at Middlesbrough, finishing 5th in the region. Matthew also won the 400m and 1500m events. Well done and good luck for the National Finals in September. The Year 9 and 10 Girls represented Carmel in the Durham County Indoor Cricket Competition. A standout performance was from Matilda Weir, who scored 73 runs not out in one of the group matches. This was the highest individual score from any team in the competition. The team narrowly missed out on qualification for the semi-finals, finishing 3rd in their group. YEAR 7’S COUNTY CUP RUNNERS UP Carmel Year 7 rugby team finished runners-up in the County Cup, played at the Northern Echo Arena on Wednesday 26 April. They also finished third in the Tees Valley finals held at Redcar Rugby Club. 11

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GIRLS’ CRICKET BOYS’ CRICKET Year 7 and Year 8 Girls finished 2nd in the Darlington Inter Cricket Competition. COUNTY DURHAM ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS Two teams were entered into the Year 7 and Year 8 Boys Darlington Inter Cricket Competition (a total of 17 boys represented Carmel). Carmel finished 2nd and 4th on the day. 7 boys also represented Carmel in the Year 7 and Year 8 Durham School Hardball Competition. Carmel finished 3rd on the day. A great achievement considering the competition was mainly made up of private schools. A special note to James Bendle (Year 8) and Harry Crawshaw (Year 9) who have both represented Durham County Cricket this season. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Sarah Wilcock and Eleanor Clulow from form 8C, have both qualified for the UK Pony Club Championships. Eleanor is a member of the Zetland PC team and Sarah as an individual representing the South Durham area. Congratulations to them both. YEAR 9 GIRLS ARE TOWN ROUNDERS CHAMPIONS The following athletes were selected to represent Darlington in the County Championships: Niamh Bishop, Lucy Whiting, Ewan Forster, Sara Leng, Andrea Greaves, Layla Bell, Teddy Mulenga, Laura Bennett, Stewart Harrison, Matthew Hill, Kate Bowers, Joshua Irving, Olivia Austin, Megan Noble, Millie Foster, Joseph Spellman, James McCallister, Daniel Boyer, Lucy Erin-Hunter, Katie Noble, Sarah Wilcox, Isaac Ryans, Tyler Welsh, Niamh Musgrave, Aimee Musgrave, Rebecca Butterfield, Matthew Phillips, Mikolaj Krawiec, Aaron Fernandez, Daisy Lubuku, Adam Brown, Ben Brown, Liam Welsh, Ellie Baillie, Matilda Weir, Ethan Fenton and Ryan Stacey. The event was held on a very wet day at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Carmel managed to produce three County Champions and six runners-up. 12 On Wednesday 21st June a group of girls in Year 9 competed in the town rounders tournament held at Wyvern Academy. Lucy Whiting was a fantastic captain and the girls demonstrated excellent team work, winning every match against 4 other schools in the town! Well done!

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SPORTS DAY Congratulations to all the competitors who contributed to the most closely contested Carmel Sports Day ever. After a great afternoon of exciting races all points were totalled resulting in a tie for first place between Bede and Cuthbert. Well done to all winning team members. Your contribution was crucial, regardless of whether you placed first or last. Overall Championship Aidan JB points JG Points SB points SG points Total Points Position 195 179 182 191 747 3rd Bede 236 209 181 152 778 1st Cuthbert 144 192 212 230 778 1st CARMEL WIN TOWN SPORTS FOR THE 30TH YEAR RUNNING CARMEL RUGBY TEAM SUCCESS Carmel athletes broke 8 Town records on their way to winning 25 trophies at the Darlington Schools’ Athletics Championships. The record breakers were Mary McAdam (Year 7 Discus), Sarah Wilcock (Year 8 300m), Emma Burgess (Year 8 Javelin), Joshua Irving (Year 9 300m and Triple Jump), Daisy Lubuku (Year 9 shot), Year 8 girls relay and Year 9 boys relay. Carmel won 11 of the 12 relays and were first in the Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 competition and thereby were boys, girls and overall champions. Congratulations to all of the competitors for a fantastic day! 13

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VIBE AWARD We were very proud of the 12 Carmel students, who were nominated for VIBE awards. The ceremony took place at the Dolphin Centre on Tuesday 20th June. The special “Shining Star” winner was a Year 10 Carmel student. Staff who attended the event were very touched by the stories of the achievements of young people throughout Darlington. Well done to all the nominees! JOIN CARMEL ALUMNI Are you a former student of Carmel College? We are launching an alumni so we can keep in touch with past pupils. To sign up https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/register UNIFROG Carmel College has subscribed to Unifrog, an outstanding online platform that brings into one place every university course, apprenticeship and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. Sixth Formers are using the software to complete UCAS applications. Details can be found at www.unifrog.org. PERU MISSION Sixth Form students, together with Mrs Turver and Mr Graham, are working hard to raise awareness and money for the Carmel College Peru Project. In July 2017 and then again in October 2018, the College will be visiting Iquitos in Peru to work on the The Peru Mission. This Diocesan led mission focuses on improving the lives of the poor in extremely deprived areas. The group will spend time each day on projects such as building a kitchen facility for a school or sports facilities and then will visit a children’s centre each afternoon to spend time with students practising English, playing games and encouraging learning. This is a fantastic experience for Carmel College students- something we hope will be life changing. Money raised will help towards both travel costs and building/educational materials while in Peru. Fundraising so far has included Carmel Does Strictly, a sponsored static cycle and in June the Carmel Festival of Choirs. For anyone wishing to support this venture please contact College (jturver@carmel.org.uk). 14

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PTA Events 18th July- Gin Tasting September- AGM October- Beer Tasting 2nd November- Christmas Fayre Meeting Dates 3rd October 7th November 5th December Specific dates to be announced closer to the time. Please note that the PTA meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6.00pm. We would like to thank all parents and staff for supporting us in another fantastic year! We hope that next year will be even more successful. 15

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