Carmel College Newsletter December 2017

 

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“Magnificat anima mea, Dominum!” My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord This Season of Advent was marked in College with Mass celebrated by Father Tony Cornforth and Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann, 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 ‘Magnificat.’ We reflected on the message of the Christmas story through the eyes of Our Lady and explored what it means to ‘Magnify’ the Lord through the way we live our lives. Advent is a time when we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate Christ’s coming to the world. It is a time in which we give thanks for the gifts we all have in our lives, especially our family and friends. This year, the Youth SVP decided that they wanted to visit the elderly in three local care homes and offer to them a small Christmas gift and a Christmas Card as well as entertaining them with the singing of Christmas Carols. Each form group donated a gift that was taken by our own SVP members to those in the residential homes, that may receive very few visitors over the Christmas season. Each form also gave the gift of education to a child in India through the SVP Twinnage scheme. 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. 1

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RESULTS Carmel College is once again celebrating outstanding GCSE results with 88% of students attaining 9-4 (equivalent to what was A*-C) in English, and 85% attaining this in mathematics, which are both well above national attainment. It was particularly pleasing to also have strength in the new 9-5 measure with 84% of pupils attaining this in English, and 76% in mathematics. We were also delighted with the number of students achieving the new grade 9 – 59 were awarded over maths, English Language and English Literature with 5 students achieving 3 grade 9s. Across the board, students have had success in their chosen subjects. Outcomes in Sixth Form were again excellent with 58% of A2 entries graded A*-B grades, and 32% graded A*A. We were delighted to see students accepted at top universities such as Oxford and Durham as a result of achieving all A* grades. As a result of their hard work all students have gone on to further study or embark on apprenticeships. It has been a wonderful year for students and staff. RESULTS ARTICLE 2

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PERU In July 2017 Mrs Turver, Mr Graham and two Sixth Form students from Carmel College, along with students and staff from St John’s Sixth Form College, Bishop Auckland, travelled to Iquitos, Peru. After almost 2 days of travel, the students were able to begin their voluntary work which involved building a kitchen and outdoor dining area in the school of Las Malvinas, in the Punchana barrio. Afternoons were spent working with underprivileged orphans of La Casa de La Nina Del Loreto. During the mornings staff and students were shifting sand, mixing and transporting cement, laying floors, plastering and moving bricks. Other tasks involved digging a trench to create access for a water pipe, painting benches and also painting murals on some of the school walls. Students also had a chance to teach English lessons to a few of the older students, as well as visiting the orphanage working with girls aged between 4 and 18. In addition to this, the visit included the opportunity to go to two local barrios, attend mass in two different parishes, visit a local market, plus a day and a half excursion into the Amazon Rainforest. This included a visit to an animal sanctuary and a boat ride that included a chance to see pink and grey river dolphins, plus a chance to try fishing for piranhas. Our students would like to thank all parties involved in the development of Project Peru as it was a life-changing experience. Fundraising now begins to support next year’s project – hopefully refurbishing a toilet block and washing up area in the same school. Anyone who feels they are able to make any donation to support fundraising is encouraged to contact the College. In October 2018 24 students, accompanied by Mr Graham, Mrs Turver, Miss Duffy and Mr Holt, will be travelling back to Iquitos, to work with the Peru Mission. Fundraising is well underway and the group have had T-Shirts generously sponsored by The Dolphin Centre, Darlington. These will help them raise awareness for the project and students are very grateful for this support. 3

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HUGE SVP CELEBRATION IN CARMEL COLLEGE! The Feast of St Vincent de Paul was marked by Carmel College with a special Mass of Welcome for Year 7 students. During this special concelebrated Mass, the new and existing members of the Carmel College Youth SVP re-committed themselves to working to turn their ‘concern into action.’ Our wider Vincentian family were present with members of the Mini Vinnies from Holy Family RC Primary School, Darlington, St. Bede’s and St. Gregory’s RC Primary Schools in Stockton and also a large number of Adult Vincentians from across the town. OCTOBER – THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY Students and staff have met each Monday during October to pray the Rosary for peace in the world. Each student received a free rosary and has been encouraged to pray this daily during this special month of devotion to Our Lady. NOVEMBER - THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS During the month of November, we have offered prayers and Mass for those in our family and community who have died. During our Mass for the Feast of All Saints, Father Barrie blessed our Tree of Remembrance and students have visited the chapel to add the names of loved ones onto this during the month of the Holy Souls. All students participated in class liturgies and a minute silence for Remembrance Day and gave thanks for those who have given their lives working in the Armed Forces. COME, HOLY SPIRIT! 44 students from Year 11 have embarked upon this year’s Sacramental Programme for Confirmation. The students have already attended two sessions, exploring what it means to be Confirmed and how the Sacraments help us on our journey. For more information contact your parish priest or Mr Gardner. The remaining sessions are: Wednesday 17th January 2018 - ‘Come Holy Spirit’ 4pm-5.45pm Friday 19th – Saturday 20th January 2018 - Residential Retreat at Ampleforth Abbey, 2pm-2pm next day. Wednesday 21st February 2018 The Sacrament of Confirmation, to be d4ecided. CARMEL CAFOD MASTERCHEF The Spiritual Depth group organised a CAFOD Masterchef competition between staff to raise money for the CAFOD Harvest Appeal. Staff were in teams of two and created wonderful meals over two lunchtimes. The pressure was really on as it was all filmed and then a special episode was shown in College to students for the price of 50 pence. A great time was had by all and much needed funds sent to the charity.

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VI FORM RESIDENTIAL RETREAT Over 60 students from Carmel College VI Form took part in a residential retreat at the Emmaus Youth Village. The students reflected on what it means to be a child of God and to be worthy of His love. One student commented ‘This retreat has given me the opportunity to explore my faith in a way I have never done before. It has given me courage to live my faith more openly.’ CARMEL HARVEST APPEAL October saw every year group giving thanks to God for the gifts of His Harvest. The Sixth Form Spiritual Depth Group led assemblies based around the CAFOD theme of ‘Brighten up this Harvest’. Students have been very generous in donating many items. CAFOD TEA PARTY Members of the SVP organised a special CAFOD Tea Party on Friday 6th October and raised £165 for the work of CAFOD. A wonderful time was had by all! CHRISTMAS LITURGY This year’s Christmas Liturgy focuses on the theme ‘Magnificat’. Magnificat, also known as ‘The Song of Mary’, is a canticle taken directly from the Gospel of Luke, in which Mary visits her elderly cousin, Elizabeth. Staff and students from all year groups played their part in making our liturgy once again a prayerful and reflective event, setting our hearts and minds on the true meaning of Christmas. VOCATION DAYS 5

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ERASMUS WORKING Carmel Muti Academy Trust has secured an Erasmus+ project this year to work with partner trust schools in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Bulgaria. The 2 year project will develop case studies that outline and exemplify leadership practice across a family of schools. Work will involve international visits, workshops and research to exemplify good practice internationally. Guests were welcomed to Carmel College in October and undertook a week long programme to share the vision, strategy and practical working of the Carmel Trust. DUKE OF EDINBURGH NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP AWARDS This year has got off to a flying start for Duke of Edinburgh, with 70 students participating in either their bronze or silver award. There have been 3 practice expeditions so far and all students rose to the challenge. Each student completed the walking days whilst carrying all of their equipment; they also camped and cooked hot meals for themselves and their peers. The final expeditions are over May, June and July and students will be planning their own routes. Well done to everyone involved and good luck on the rest of your journey. Carmel College was recognised at the National Citizenship Awards for its long standing and dynamic management with the National Citizenship Service. More students from Carmel College took part in this programme than any other Darlington school. To find out more go to http://www.ncsyes.co.uk. MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING In September Year 11 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. Students from every year group, their families and members of the local community all gave their time to support to this worthy cause. The total raised was almost £800. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way. 6

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SYNAGOGUE VISITS In September the whole of Year 10 visited the United Hebrew Congregation at their Synagogue in Gosforth, Newcastle. Students were given a tour of the Synagogue including the Kosher Kitchen and some had the opportunity to hold the Torah Scroll and wear a Kippah. All students enjoyed the experience which is a vital part of their learning for their Religious Studies GCSE course. PETER VARDY CONFERENCES ACADEMY CONFERENCE Students from Carmel College, St Michael’s, Our Lady and St Bede, Hurworth and Durham school gathered together for a special Gifted and Talented Workshop run by philosopher Julie Arliss and from Oxford University, Scientist Dr Andrew Pinsent. Students from Y9-11 took part in this exciting conference which posed deep philosophical questions such as ‘DOES A SNAIL HAVE A CONSCIOUSNESS?’ through using mathematics and art to build an argument! Students were introduced to debate techniques and were given the opportunity to pose questions to their peers regarding moral and ethical dilemmas. TEN TEN THEATRE Carmel hosted a Peter Vardy conference for GCSE students from across the region. This conference allowed students to get to know the new GCSE specification and exam question styles by one of the leading experts in education for Religious Education. Students had the opportunity to debate big questions in RE and to engage in topics covered in the GCSE curriculum. All students found this an invaluable experience for their GCSE studies. 8 Philosophy and Ethics A level students also attended a Peter Vardy Candle Conference at Newcastle Cathedral, to prepare them for their summer exams. The content allowed them to debate curriculum topics and acquire up to date knowledge on the skills needed for outstanding exam results. CAKE SALE FOR THE SPIRIT OF AFRICA All year groups from Year 7 to 13 enjoyed a film broadcast from the Catholic, Christian Ten Ten Theatre Company. The films were age-appropriate and carefully chosen to reflect respective year groups to advance social, moral, spiritual and cultural education. Sessions help young people to reflect upon positive self-image, saving sex, abortion, the value of life, marriage and family life. Resources, to be used in PSHE lessons, were also given by the company, so that follow up sessions could be led by staff within College. On October 31, staff and students raised an incredible £520 through the sale of cakes for the charity Spirit of Africa. The amount of cakes and contributions made by all of our talented bakers were amazing and absolutely delicious! The charity raises money to create foster care homes for orphans, or children, in South Africa, who have no one to care for them or nowhere they can call home. The money raised has gone towards tiling for the bathrooms in the home and to paint the bedrooms. 7

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BIO SCIENCE EVENT Foundation for Jobs worked with Year 9 students to inspire them to consider sciences and bio-sciences as a career. J and J Projects led a day of practical bioscience tasks that engaged and excited students. JOIDES RESOLUTION SKYPE GEOGRAPHERS VISIT REDCAR Science students in Year 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity to live chat with a research ship currently in Perth Australia, JOIDES Resolution. The JOIDES Resolution is a research vessel that drills into the ocean floor to collect and study core samples, used to better understand climate change, geology and Earth’s history. It is a part of the International Ocean Discovery Program and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Students were given a tour of the ship as well as getting to do question and answers with some of the world’s leading scientists in Ancient Microbiology. EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES The Year 11 geographers enjoyed Redcar beach on a lovely sunny day in September. Students were examining the role of defences in managing the beach and looking at the effectiveness of the groynes in protecting Redcar beach from coastal erosion. This is part of the new requirements for their GCSE exam. NUCLEAR POWER STATION The Languages department and a group of pupils from Year 7 to Year 8 celebrated the European Day of Languages in style, by taking part in a range of activities and competitions based around languages and countries. Activities ranged from a musical quiz to a flag challenge and all students were able to sample a range of snacks from more than 10 different European countries! A group of Year 9 girls attended the ‘Girls Power Your Nation’ event held at Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station by EDF energy. The event focused on encouraging girls into careers which usually have low numbers of female employees. The girls participated in a guided site tour of the Nuclear Power Plant and followed by a series of activities where they worked together to create and design a range of different products. They also heard inspirational talks from w8omen who have successful careers in these areas. The students also got to celebrate European Day of Languages at St John’s School, Bishop Auckland. Many schools from the Carmel Education Trust also took part. On arrival, pupils enjoyed a delicious cup of hot chocolate paired with a French croissant. Pupils attended a series of taster sessions on topics such as French football, chocolate making and Russian language. At the end of the day, Carmel pupils won many of the awards for their notable enthusiasm and participation in the sessions.

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ART OPPORTUNITIES Art students have enjoyed a variety of trips to various locations in the North East this term to support coursework and enrich their understanding of art. Year 11 and Year 12 photography students enjoyed a fabulous day in Newcastle photographing iconic buildings. Year 12 also gained new photographic skills at Tanfield railway and Wynyard gardens. Year 8 students had a wonderful morning at the Captain Cook Museum in Middlesbrough investigating the voyages of Captain Cook and the stunning work of Sydney Parkinson. The afternoon was spent exploring art collections at Mima art gallery in Middlesbrough FIRST AID? 24 HOUR MUSICAL CPR TRAINING We love a challenge at Carmel and our production of High School Musical was no exception. Produced in only 24 hours this energetic performance was jam packed full of excitement and song. Well done to everyone who participated both on stage and behind the scenes to produce such an amazing performance. As part of our work with the British Heart Foundation Year 10 students had training on CPR during PSHEE morning. Students were trained how to perform lifesaving first aid. The kits that enabled this valuable training were generously provided by the British Heart Foundation. CARMEL EDUCATION TRUST UPDATE St Teresa’s RC Primary School and St Bede’s RC Primary School both based in Darlington, and members of the Darlington Deanery Partnership of Schools, have been in discussion with us for some time about the possibility of joining Carmel Education Trust. This would mean St Teresa’s RC Primary School converting to academy status, and St Bede’s RC Primary School, which is already an academy, moving into our Trust. Both Governing Bodies recently agreed to commence a process of consultation with parents, staff and other stakeholders, commencing Monday 20th November 2017 for a period of four weeks. Consultation will therefore end at 5pm on Friday 15th December 2017. We are very keen to further cement our catholic partnership of schools and are therefore delighted that each Governing Body has recognised our core aim, which is to provide a practical and moral purpose to the furthering of education, giving strength and a collective responsibility for the educational welfare of pupils in our schools. We are very happy to receive any feedback or questions you may have about these proposals by the consultation deadline. If this proposal goes ahead, we shall of course keep you updated. 9

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SPORTS PRESENTATION EVENING ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS The 17th Sports Presentation Evening was held in the John Caden Hall, on Monday 17 July. This year the special guest was three time Olympian and former British long jump record holder, Chris Tomlinson. He presented the awards to the young athletes who, once again, have done Carmel proud. YEAR 7 RUGBY TEAM KICK OFF WITH THREE WINS DARCEY FINISHES FOURTH IN BRITISH TUMBLING CHAMPIONSHIPS The Year 7 Carmel Rugby Team played their first matches at the Darlington Schools’ Festival at Darlington Rugby Club. They beat Education Village 35- 0, St Aidan’s 35- 0 and Hurworth 20- 5. The boys who train together on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes, played some exciting rugby and are looking forward to future success on the rugby field. The Year 8 Rugby team also played exciting and entertaining rugby, in the Darlington Schools Rugby tournament, held at Darlington RFC. They only conceded one try and scored sixteen. They beat Wyvern 35-0, Longfield 25-0 and Education Village 20-5. 10 Darcey Garbutt finished in fourth place in the British Tumbling Championships, held at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool. This competition was also a trial for the World Championships in November, where ‘British Gymnastics’ take 4 gymnasts from each age group to the worlds. Unfortunately for Darcey she has been injured, and she will miss out on the British Champs this year. Darcey deserved and earned the place coming 4th but it’s not to be this time! Everyone at Carmel is very proud of you and your achievements.

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MATTHEW PHILLIPS COMPETES IN NATIONAL FINAL CARMEL SATELLITE VOLLEYBALL TEAM Matthew Phillips finished 25th in the National Octathlon final at Boston in Lincolnshire on 16th and 17th September. He set new school records in Shot Putt, 400m and Total Octathlon score along the way. Matthew competed against Year 12 students despite being in Year 11 and looks forward to doing even better at the top of the age group next year. ALANA IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Carmel Satellite Volleyball Team lost to Grangefield VC 3 sets to 0 in their first match of the season. They are playing in the Teesside League Division 2 against adult teams. The match was played in the Carmel College gym and each set was very close. NETBALL SUCCESS Carmel Year 7 rugby team finished runners-up in the County Cup, played at the Northern Echo Arena on Wednesday 26 April. Alana Prior will be Cycling for her team ‘Boompods EdCo’ in the Revolution Champions League, on the Velodrome in London, Glasgow and Manchester. The races will be broadcast live on Eurosport, on 25 November, 2 December and 6 January. She will be competing against the likes of Lizzie Armistead on the track in the following events: Points Race, Scratch Race, Madison TT, Team Elimination and the Elimination / Scratch Race. Congratulations and the best of luck, Alana! TEAM GB SELECTION FOR ADAM Adam Billany has been selected to represent Team GB on the Para Sailing Team at the European Para Youth Games in Genova, Italy on the 9th -15th October 2017. He will be travelling with 3 other teammates from the UK along with a team leader and a World Para sailing Coach. Between them, the team will be sailing Hansa 303 Class dinghies that have been proposed as one of the classes to help reinstate Para sailing into the Paralympics in 2024. We wish Adam all the best and congratulate him on his selection. The U16 netball team won all of their matches in the Darlington Schools’ Netball Tournament. In the competition, which was held at Polam Hall School, they scored more than twice as many goals as their opponents, in every match. The team has been kindly sponsored by GSK, who have provided the new netball dresses. A big thank you to Mr Smith. The Year 10 netball team also won the U15 town netball tournament held at Polam. They scored a maximum of 25 points to continue their winning streak having now won every town league game and town tournament since Year 7. Well done, ladies! 11

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CARMEL STUDENTS ENJOY THEIR TWICKENHAM EXPERIENCE Mr and Mrs Holt, Mr Summers and Mr Hodgson accompanied 45 students and parents, on the PE trip to Twickenham Stadium, to watch England beat Argentina. Before the game they stood at the Lion’s Gate to welcome the players. The photo above shows our pupils high fiving Mariano Galaraza, the Argentinian Lock. This picture was taken from the RFU website. DARLINGTON JUNIOR HOCKEY FESTIVAL Young hockey players took part in the Darlington Junior Hockey Festival on Sunday, October 15, which showcased Carmel’s latest hi-tech facilities. The event was organised by Darlington Hockey Club and attracted top players from around the area. The £1/2m brand new all-weather pitch came on stream last month transforming a quagmire into one of the best facilities in the area. As a result, interest in the sport at the College has grown among boys and girls. The pitch is also home to Darlington Hockey Club, where its members also deliver training sessions for students forging links between the school and the community. PE teacher Rachael Bowes said: “The new pitch is amazing and has allowed us to generate a huge interest in hockey. We have boys’ and girls’ teams playing and training, both in and outside school hours and we are really looking forward to hosting the tournament. “We have only been using the pitch since September and already we are seeing some very capable young players come through from all year groups. Our Year 12 and 13 players are being joined by other sixth form students from around the area who are using the pitches for training, making it a truly community facility.” CARMEL SWIMMING CLUB RAISE £1000 FOR CHARITY The Carmel Swimming Club, who train at the Dolphin Centre before College every Wednesday, attempted to swim 12,900m (516 lengths) to match the number of the days the Dolphin Centre has been open. Thirty swimmers took part and actually managed to swim 1640 lengths (41,000m), which is about 25 miles. They were each sponsored by friends and family and between them raised £1000, which they presented to the Mayor of Darlington and St. Theresa’s Hospice. A special mention to Nina Taylor who managed to collect nearly £200. The Dolphin Centre very kindly provided hot chocolate and muffins to all of the pupils. Many congratulations to everyone who took part. 12

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NATIONAL SILVER FOR ELLA ALONG WITH NORTH EAST SELECTION ALFIE WINS BRONZE IN DARLINGTON CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPS Alfie Taylor, finished third in the Darlington Schools’ Cyclo-Cross Championships on Saturday 4 November. The event was held at Longfield Academy on a tough muddy course. Well done, Alfie! Ella Boyer won a Silver Medal in the Under 15 National Age Group Water Polo Championships held at Manchester Aquatic Centre. Ella was part of the City of Sheffield Water Polo team, who pulled together the leading players from around the North East and was also playing a year above her own age group. On their way to the national final they defeated Otter Futura (London) 16-0, Cheltenham 12-2 and Otter A (London) 8-5. They however came up against a strong Newton Abbot team in the national final and were beaten 11-3. Ella has also been selected for the North East team in the Under 14 British Inter-Regional Water Polo Championships at Walsall in December. FIRST TRAINING ON THE NEW CLIMBING WALL SAILING CLUB During September and October the final sailing group completed their 5 week course. Laney Wilkinson, Jessica Briggs, Sophie Billany and Sarah Turver were the four pupils who completed the course. This was the second sailing course the four girls have completed and by the end they all demonstrated excellent sailing skills in some very challenging conditions. Well done girls! Look out for details of the next round of sailing courses, which will be starting after Easter 2018. If you are interested in signing up please speak to Mr Summers. CARMEL GIRLS WIN TOWN CROSS COUNTRY The first staff training for the new climbing wall took place in the Sports hall. Nine teachers were involved and it is hoped climbing will be on the PE curriculum very soon, along with lots of extra-curricular opportunities for our students. Over a hundred pupils represented Carmel in the annual Darlington Schools’ Cross Country Championships, at Wyvern Academy, on Wednesday 15 November. The best individual finisher was Daniel Boyer who won the Inter Boys race by some margin, despite being a year younger. James Wilcock was runner-up in the Minor boys race and Megan Noble came third in the Inter Girls race. The Girls won their championship, the boys were second and Overall Carmel finished 2nd. Congratulations and well done to all of the runners. 13

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ENGAGING PARENTS IN RAISING ACHIEVEMENT Carmel hosted a fantastic workshop with parents and students of Year 7. There was a guest speaker from Learning Performance LTD who looked at strategies to maximise potential. It was a very successful night and we look forward to hosting more EPRA evenings in the coming year. INGENIOUS DARLINGTON Students from Carmel College embraced the opportunity to take part in the sixth Foundation for Jobs Ingenious STEM event in September at the Dolphin Centre. Students took part in a range of practical activities aimed at demonstrating the diversity of skills needed for modern engineering and STEM careers. Pupils were able to talk to staff from Cummins, Modus Seabed Intervention, Mech-Tool, Cleveland Bridge and many other leading companies. FOUNDATION FOR JOBS STEM APPRENTICESHIP EVENT 2017 As apprenticeships blossom as a career route for young people, Foundation for Jobs provided Carmel students with the opportunity to meet local employers at an annual Apprenticeship Fayre. Companies including Jacobs, EE, Keepmoat Homes, Darchem and Hitachi shared their apprenticeship programmes and encouraged applications. FUTURE ME AND NORTH EAST COLLABORATIVE OUTREACH PROGRAMME Working closely with Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Newcastle University and Durham University Year 9 students have been part of a pilot mentoring project to introduce the benefits of Higher Education. This has included mentoring and project work to raise and widen aspirations. WORK EXPERIENCE JACOBS MOCK INTERVIEWS Students in Year 11 were involved in interview preparation this term. They have completed application forms and had mock interviews led by the Student Loans Company, based in Darlington. This was a benefical experience that students valued as a challenging and worthwhile opportunity. Students took part in a week long work experience offer from Jacobs Engineering, Stockton in the October half term. Discovering the diverse and exciting role engineering plays in the modern world has inspired our sixth formers to study engineering at University or to consider apprenticeships. 14 WISE DRIVE AYCLIFFE In October 20 Year 11 students attended the WISEDRIVE event in Newton Aycliffe. Students attended a carousel of workshops and activities, delivered by staff from Durham Constabulary, The North East Ambulance Service and other professionals in charge of driver safety. Students participated in First Aid demonstrations and were given some very emotive information about road traffic accidents caused by drinking. Each student took part in a driver simulator activity, which tested his or her concentration levels. Students enjoyed the day, taking away some essential advice on road safety, helping them to become more aware of dangers when they start to learn to drive.

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SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Book Fair, which took place in the Learning Resource Centre and at the Christmas Fayre. £482 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, online at: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/carmel-college BOOKBUZZ 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. 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 registration time. Their own choice will then be taken home at the end of year 7. Competitions will be held throughout the year and further resources can be found at www.bookbuzz.org.uk. LIBRARY AWARDS Congratulations to Eleanor Jackson, who won first prize in the Summer Reading Challenge. Eleanor Durkin was runner-up. Photos of students reading in their leisure time are displayed in the library. If students have any ‘interesting’ photos of them reading on holiday, please email them to library@carmel.org.uk. Congratulations to Kacie Hogarth and Jonathan Wilson-Downs who have both received their bronze awards for the Reading Achievement Scheme. Congratulations also to Kamil Slowiak and Fateema Bawarish for writing the ‘Best Book Reviews of the Term’. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Year 7 pupils are once again representing their form groups in the library’s annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ Quiz. Each Form Group is represented by one pupil who is tasked with reading this wonderful seasonal tale written by Charles Dickens. CARMEL DOES JAZZ Join us Friday 26th January for our ‘Carmel Does Jazz’ evening to help raise money towards the Peru Project and Lourdes. Tickets go on sale from Student Reception at the start of January. PTA CHRISTMAS FAYRE Carmel PTA are happy to announce a very successful event even better than last year raising £2200.02. Thank you all who attended the evening. Keep a look out on the website for more events coming soon. 2017 BEBRAS CHALLENGE Pupils across the College have recently participated in the 2017 Bebras Challenge, a computational thinking competition. Pupils who have performed well in the contest are: Joshua Peterson, Mateusz Wilczynski, Jonathan Wilson-Downs, Emma Burgess, Joshua Connor, Carmen Del-Zotto Ascaso, Isaac Dickinson, Nathan Diggle, James Evans, Archie Lyonette, Joshua Sebastine, Sofia Vassilounis, Fenn Barrigan and Oliver Todd. 15

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