As Chair of Directors of Carmel Education Trust, I would like to express my thanks to all of the students at Carmel whose contribution in all aspects of College life have ensured that it is a vibrant community. Their activities within the College and the wider community are reflected in this newsletter and I am proud of their achievements and contributions. I am sure that parents will be equally proud of their achievements and the activities provided by the College.
Carmel Staff and Students enjoy the New Facilities
Anyone visiting the College this term will have noticed some changes as they have entered the building. Students at the College have been enjoying the benefits of three new classrooms and a refurbished dining room and gymnasium this term. Having been awarded a Grant from the DFE, the College has used the money to refurbish the visitors’ entrance including new security doors and disability access. The main dining room has been upgraded with new dining furniture and air-conditioning being installed, giving a much more pleasant dining experience for all the students and staff. The partition between the dining area and the LRC has been replaced by an impressive glass wall which makes an attractive addition to both areas. Upstairs in the Learning Resource Centre, 3 brand new classrooms have been created to enable the College to meet the needs of increasing curriculum demands. Finally the College gym has also benefited from a full make-over with a new roof, floor and walls.
Carmel secures £49,000 from sporting legacy fund
Students at Carmel and the local community can look forward to decades of high quality sport after Carmel secured £49,105 of National Lottery investment from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Fund. The College will use the investment to improve the playing surface and drainage of waterlogged football and rugby pitches at the back of the school. Simon Hannaford, Curriculum Leader for Physical Education, said: “We are delighted to receive this investment as we can improve the quality of our playing fields to match the talent of our football and rugby players. We will continue to develop grassroots sports at Carmel and are proud to be part of the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.” Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, said: “The Protecting Playing Fields Fund is a key part of the legacy from London 2012, improving facilities up and down the country. Good pitches, that can be used all year round, are vital to sustain and encourage sports participation. This additional Lottery investment will help increase opportunities for people to get involved in sport.” The playing field will also be protected from developers for at least 25 years, creating an enduring benefit for sport.
Message from the Principal
2012/2013 has been an outstanding year for the College. In April 2013, St Augustine’s, St Gregory’s and Holy Family Primary Schools joined our Multi-Academy Trust, which was formed to provide a practical and moral purpose to the furthering of Education. Our aim is to give strength and a collective responsibility for the educational welfare of pupils in our schools and I hope that you would concur that your child’s experience over the year has been positive and affirming. I trust that you and your children have a rewarding summer and I look forward to their return in September with renewed energy.
Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams
Year 7 and 8 Retreat
For three days in June, eighty-nine year seven and eight students left the normal routine of school life behind them and travelled to the Youth Village in Consett to participate in a special retreat focusing on ‘Voices’. Students spent their time reflecting on the voices that they listen to in society and the role that God’s ‘voice’ has on their everyday life. Each day was punctuated by prayer, team activities, games, debate and reflection. Students particularly enjoyed the outdoor activities, owing to the beautiful weather. One particular highlight was the game of ‘capture the flag’ and students also took part in a talent show based on the TV series ‘The Voice’. Students learnt about the work of CAFOD and took part in a petition to end poverty which was sent to the Prime Minister. One student said: ‘The retreat has been amazing. I have had so much fun and it has given me time to think about how much time I give to God in my life. I really can’t wait to come again next year!”
Sixteen students from across Year’s 10-13 attended the Summer Festival at the end of June. The Summer Festival, organised by the Youth Mission Team, allowed students to take part in a range of activities and work with other young people from schools in our Diocese. Students took part in workshops exploring their faith in this ever-changing world and there was also quiet time for prayer and reflection. They heard from Bud Welsh who told the powerful story of how he overcame the loss of his daughter and became able to forgive the man who murdered her. Students from Carmel were involved in the music and camped for the three day event which concluded with Bishop Seamus celebrating Mass where the students considered the theme of the Festival which was entitled ”Keep Calm, Have Faith”.
Year of Faith Mass, St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Newcastle
The Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership celebrated the Year of Faith with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Seamus Cunningham. All thirteen schools of the partnership took part. Carmel was well represented by a group of specially selected year seven students who have shown great enthusiasm throughout the year. Each school contributed in some way to the liturgy. Carmel provided the music and choir which enabled the congregation to pray the Mass in a deep and spiritual way. The special Year of Faith banner that was created by Sixth Form students was also used during a special procession at the beginning of the Mass and blessed by the Bishop.
On Thursday 13th June 2013, a group of gifted and talented Year 8 pupils from Carmel College visited the United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue in Newcastle. The department worked closely with Diana Vandervald, the Synagogue’s education officer, to ensure that our most able students could enrich their understanding of the Jewish Faith. All pupils behaved impeccably during the visit and were fascinated to see the key elements of the Jewish faith that they had previously studied in College come to life, as they listened to explanations and stories from the place of worship. One lucky pupil was the given the once in a life time opportunity to open the door to the sacred arc where the Torah scrolls are kept in the Synagogue. The pupil commented; ‘I had a great time, I really learned a lot about how Jewish people live and I got first-hand experience at feeling a part of their community. It is fascinating to take what we learnt in school and apply it to real life places.’
Year 9 and 10 Retreat
Sixty Year 9 students went on retreat to the Youth Village, Consett in April. The students had a great time and came back deeply moved. The uplifting experience motivated students to continue to strive to live up to the challenge of living a Christian Life in College. The retreat focused on the theme of choices and encouraged students to look at the choices they are making in their own life. Students took part in group activities as well as having a quiet time for prayer and reflection.
Year 7 World Religion’s Visit to London
42 Year Seven students joined 6 members of staff to travel to London on a two day trip to learn more about world religions. Our first visit was to the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon, a place of worship and meditation for Buddhists in London. The students were given a guided tour of the magnificent temple and surroundings. Students took part in a question and answer session led by one of the worshippers from the temple. They also met with a Buddhist monk from Thailand who shared some of his experience of the peace and tranquillity he has found through this religion. Students took part in a short meditation class, using breath as a way of focusing the mind and heart. The visit also took in the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple in Neasden. This spectacular building has been the centre of Hindu worship in the capital since the early nineties. The marble had been carved as far away as India and the building itself was created thanks to over 1000 volunteers who worked tirelessly to finish it in only 3 years. The students were lucky enough to observe a special midday prayer service in the Mandir itself, where boys and girls sat separately as they watched the various actions of the Hindu monks. This was a very interesting and peaceful experience for all students and staff. Students visited the Jewish Museum in Camden which was full of artefacts from the Jewish community of London and charts their history and focus of their life and worship. In addition to religious visits, students enjoyed a Thames river cruise in which they saw the main landmarks of the capital. They shared a meal in Planet Hollywood and then had a ‘movie night’ complete with popcorn and sweets.
Visit from Durham University lecturer Dr Marcus Pound
In May the RE Department was proud to welcome Dr Marcus Pound, lecturer from the Department of Theology at Durham University, into Carmel. Dr Pound had kindly agreed to speak to both staff and A2 students about the nature of Religious Experience. This valuable session ensured that our students were prepared in the best possible way for their upcoming exams but also provided staff with the opportunity to develop their own understanding of this key feature of the Christian faith. The lecture was part of a continued effort to maintain and develop links between the College and Durham University and it is hoped that future sessions will continue to educate and inform Carmel Sixth Form students of what to expect once they make the transition into higher education. The lecture was extremely thought-provoking and enjoyable for both staff and students. A2 student Ashleigh Murray commented, “I thought that Marcus was very informative, his lecture was really engaging and motivated me to explore the subject further!”
Philosophy for Children
The RE Department was delighted to welcome primary school students to the Philosophy for Children event at the College. The purpose of the event was to educate our young people to the nature and importance of philosophy in both education and our everyday lives. Students from Holy Family, St Augustine’s, St Teresa’s, St Mary’s RCVA and St Joseph’s RCVA Primary Schools worked together in discussions regarding literature, the importance of communication and team building. All students involved showed a level of maturity and enthusiasm beyond their age whilst also displaying fantastic creativity in their thoughts and ideas. The Primary School students thoroughly enjoyed working with a group of Year 9 students from Carmel who helped to guide their learning.
On Monday 6th May students and staff from Carmel attended The Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture in Durham to listen to the insightful and wise words of Timothy Radcliffe (Master of the Order of Preachers 1992-2001). Both students and staff alike were engaged in a lecture regarding conflict and tension within the Church and the shift in modern attitudes towards upholding Christian values. Despite being held on a bank holiday, both staff and students were delighted to take part in this inspiring and thought-provoking event which dealt with some of the most pressing issues facing the Church today. Student Talitha Devey commented, “I found the lecture really interesting and it inspired me to research further some topics covered, for example the life and works of Catherine of Siena.”
Make a Difference Day at Queen Elizabeth
In March, Lily Cornish (7C), Stephanie Carter (7M) and Jamie Heward (12EG), accompanied by Miss Zhang and Miss Thonnart, represented the College at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College’s ‘Make a Difference’ day. Opened by the Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Baldwin, and hosted by Miss Pan, a representative of Darlington’s Chinese community, the event focused on celebrating the cultural diversity in our local community by bringing together various community groups, faith groups, charities and voluntary organisations. Lily, Stephanie and Jamie promoted the College’s contribution to raising awareness about Chinese culture through the various activities offered by the Confucius Classroom at Carmel. Among other things, our students demonstrated the art of paper-cutting to engrossed Sixth Formers, who enthusiastically joined in, carefully following their instructions.
Visit of the Director of the Confucius Institute
We were delighted to welcome Katharine Carruthers, Director of the Confucius Institute at the Institute of Education in London, to Carmel in May. She spent the morning watching a Year 9 Chinese lesson, having a tour of the College and discussing the development of our Confucius Classroom as well as possible networking of the Confucius Classrooms in the North-East. Katharine was most impressed with our College and the success we have had in introducing Mandarin and Chinese culture to our students.
Conference at the Institute of Education in London
As International Coordinator and Confucius Classroom Manager at Carmel, Mr Read was privileged to be invited, along with Miss Zhang, to attend the official launch ceremony for the Confucius Institute for Schools at the Institute of Education, University of London. Mr Read declared: “At Carmel we are delighted to have been one of thirty-five Confucius Classrooms in the UK for the last three years, working tirelessly to develop an interest in Chinese culture amongst our own students and the pupils in feeder primary schools. With the support of our marvellous Hanban teacher Miss Zhang Xiaohan, we have raised such a level of interest amongst our students that we are hoping to embark on our first exchange trip to our partner school in Tianjin in the coming academic year. For the second year running we shall be hosting a group from Tianjin in July.” In recognition of Carmel’s status as a Confucius Classroom, Mr Read was presented with an official plaque by Professor Sir Adrian Smith, who also formally launched the new home of the Confucius Institute at the IOE.
New French Partnership
The Modern Foreign Language department is delighted to announce the creation of a new KS4 and KS5 Franco-British partnership with the Lycée Jean Talon in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. The partnership will revolve around frequent communications between our two schools (via Skype and e-mail), topic-based projects (an online newspaper, writing competitions, a multimedia blog, etc.) and a biennial school exchange programme. Our Year 12 students are really looking forward to meeting their overseas counterparts and have already started shooting a presentation video in French for their benefit. The teachers involved in the project successfully conducted their first videoconference last June and are very hopeful for the future success of this partnership.
Chinese Culture across the Curriculum
This term, Miss Zhang continued her involvement in crosscurricular activities, joining in lessons such as Religious Education, in which she discussed with Year 7 pupils the traditions of marriage in Chinese culture. She also participated in Year 9 technology classes, teaching the pupils the technicalities of Chinese paperfolding, to their great enjoyment.
For the third year running Carmel College is delighted to be hosting Year 7 students from UNESCO High School Number 639 in St Petersburg and their teacher Lilia Fedorova. In cooperation with Hummersknott School, the students are taking part in an immersion project lasting ten days, attending lessons and taking part in cultural visits to York, Durham and Beamish Museum. The students have had a wonderful time, especially making friends with their peers at Carmel and with their host families. Principal Maura Regan, when greeting the Russian group, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be able to welcome yet another group of young people from St Petersburg to our College. The relationships forged during such visits often last a lifetime and they certainly enrich the lives of our young people, giving them a broader perspective and helping them to become truly global citizens with greater tolerance and understanding of other peoples and cultures.”
Comenius Project to Bydgoszcz
Year 10 students Christian Brown, Reece Hughes, Amy Harris and Lauren Glendenning spent a week in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Mrs Lewis and Mr Hannaford accompanied the students on this, the third and final phase of the Comenius Project ‘Family and Friends’. They stayed with Polish families along with students from Denmark, Germany, Spain and Turkey. They enjoyed lessons in the school, project activities and did a presentation to the whole school at the end of the week. Visits to Gdańsk and Sopot were also enjoyed, despite the thick snow. Gdansk is the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which, under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa, played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe. A new Comenius project will be starting in September. A group of 75 students and 8 staff from Carmel College, A Catholic Academy in Darlington visited Rome for their annual pilgrimage over Easter.
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. A very special and important part of our pilgrimage was our Memorial Mass offered for Father John Caden in the Church of Santa Susanna. The pupils thoroughly immersed themselves in the whole visit and were excited to experience Italian life and customs. Experiences particularly treasured by the group included the Coliseum, the climb to the top of St Peter’s Basilica, the stunning views from Castel San Angelo, the amazing architecture of the Pantheon and the many, many flavours of ice cream Rome has to offer! The Papal audience was very exciting, especially as it was Pope Francis’ first Papal audience of Eastertide. Our group, wearing Carmel t-shirts, were so inspired at the audience and enthusiastic in their cheers, they raised smiles and applause from the crowds and even made it onto EWTN! It was a genuine privilege and a pleasure to accompany our students on their journey through Rome and they were fantastic ambassadors for our College.
At the end of June, Mrs Miller, Miss Ditchburn and Mr Parkinson accompanied 31 Year 8 pupils to Ibi, Spain for a week long study visit. The pupils visited nearby Alicante, experienced the thrills of Aqualandia and visited our partner school in Ibi, Colegio Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados. The Spanish pupils provided a friendly welcome and gave Carmel pupils a guided tour of the town, including its famous ice cream parlours! After getting to know our hosts, the pupils spent a full day with them and their families. They particularly enjoyed spending time with their Spanish partners and there were lots of tears when they had to leave! The study visit gave pupils the chance to experience Spanish culture, practise their Spanish and try typical Spanish dishes (including rabbit paella!). Many of the pupils are now looking forward to hosting the Spanish pupils next year when they visit Darlington and hope to return to Ibi to take part in the Spanish
Carmel’s VI Form is simply ‘Fabulous’!
Record numbers of Year 11 students from a huge variety of schools gathered in Carmel this week for our annual VI Form induction days. Students from 27 different schools have applied to join Carmel in September, and as one of the highest performing VI Forms in the North East, Carmel offers fantastic opportunities to young people who wish to further their education in an atmosphere of ‘Academic Strength and Spiritual Depth’. In order to accommodate all applicants, our induction lasted three days, with two days of hard work either side of a more light-hearted experience. The students sampled lessons discovering the intellectual challenges that lie ahead. They also spent quality time mixing with each other, playing teamwork games and even racing each other on a bouncy assault course and space hoppers! The highlight for many was meeting our special guest speaker, Fabulous Flournoy. As player and Head Coach of Newcastle Eagles basketball team, he is the most successful coach in the history of the British game. His story of a tough upbringing in the Bronx, New York, to winning a Commonwealth Games medal for Team GB, was truly inspiring. He told the students that they needed to find themselves a College that “inspired them, challenged them and offered them great opportunities” and added that “Carmel could just be that place!” Fab also commented on the great “buzz” that he experienced here and gave the students a great message about perseverance, positive attitude and sheer hard work.
Easter 2013 saw Carmel participate in the annual HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It was Carmel’s 18th consecutive year of Pilgrimage and the 45 students and 5 staff all thoroughly enjoyed the week. The Pilgrimage to Lourdes is a major event in the VI Form calendar. The students from Carmel see this opportunity to help others as a real privilege and every year our Pilgrimage is over-subscribed. The students divided their time between helping marshal and run the liturgical celebrations and spending time with disabled and disadvantaged children in their ‘family groups’. This year Carmel was specially invited to lead the music and perform a liturgical dance for the ‘Trust Mass’. This was a highlight for all involved. A week in Lourdes is a very special time and the students also had opportunities to explore their own spiritual journey throughout the week. As one student said, “It was incredible. I had heard from others what Lourdes was like but I never really understood until this week. It’s been the best experience of my life.” We have already begun fundraising for the next Pilgrimage, so please look out for the purple people!
Leisure and Tourism Visit
The Leisure, Travel and Tourism course students had a very successful visit to Birmingham, when 33 students from Years 10 to 13 attended the Best of Britain and Ireland exhibition at the NEC. There were opportunities to look at new hotel developments, theatre developments, learn about new tourism apps and use new software associated with planning events. The students liaised with trade exhibitors to find out about attractions and customer service but it soon became a competition to get complimentary giveaways.
Science & Maths
In June Carmel played host to the Catholic Partnership Sensational Science event, the highlight of which was special guest speaker Dr John Kilcoyne from the TV programme Brainiac. The event began with an hilarious and explosive lecture by Dr Kilcoyne which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike. This was followed by the opportunity to listen and ask questions to scientists working in a range of fields and find out what they did in their day to day work. Finally everyone had lunch and many friendships were made throughout the partnership. We are now hoping that this will become an annual event.
National Science and Engineering week
National Science and Engineering Week events ran in College again this year for a week. The theme of lessons for Year 7 was inventions and discoveries and students enjoyed learning about space exploration and making their own miniature rockets and ‘egg parachutes’, which they enjoyed dropping from the top floor of the Atrium. There were also a number of drop-in lunchtime sessions where students completed the inventors quiz, tried out many experiments and watched demonstrations. Liam White, Ben Shackleston, Thomas English and Sam Turton from Y7 won the design challenge where they designed and built a water clock that would run for exactly one minute.
A group of 40 Y10 students took part in the Durham schools science festival where they attended workshops on a wide range of subjects such as; identifying humans from their skeletons, analysing food using infrared, investigating the properties of polymers and the efficiency of wind turbines. The students had a great time and worked on projects and got to use equipment only available in a university.
Salters’ Chemistry Festival
On Tuesday 25th June four Year 8 students attended Salters’ Chemistry Festival at Teesside University. Throughout the day they participated in various activities and challenges. The morning session comprised of a forensic investigation where students had to work out who the body was in the staff room. This was followed by a University Challenge in the afternoon and an explosive chemistry demonstration from a University Scientist. During the course of the day, students had to work as a team without assistance from teachers and university staff. This is something our students - Beth Caygill, Edward Day, Ted Kane and Amy O’Hare - were very successful with as they gained 1st place in the University Challenge, winning prizes for the science department! A brilliant day out. Well done!
Chemistry at Work
A group of 43 Y9s attended the Chemistry at Work event hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry at Teesside University. Students were introduced to our local industries and the different types of courses centred around science. The students attended a range of workshops in which they were transformed into young scientists for a day. Activities included making ice cream in food science and taking finger and shoe prints in forensic science. In addition, they all attended a lecture by Dr Geoffrey Bell, where he performed a range of exciting, colourful and explosive chemical reactions to a thrilled audience and had them literally jumping out of their seats.
Chemistry Young Analyst
Earlier this year we entered three Sixth Form students into the Royal Society of Chemistry Young Analyst competition. Our heat took place at Teesside University and Carmel finished third overall. Well done to Megan Readman, James Harris and Michael Morrison.
UKMT Junior Maths Challenge
Congratulations to the Year 8 students who were awarded certificates in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Best in School Edward Day Gold Edward Day, Adam Billany, Benedict Humble, Ted Kane, Owen Edwards, Joseph Mercer, Charlie Cornish Silver Michael Owen, Martha Laundy-Blair, Nicholas Whiston, Charlotte Wojcik, Oliver Brown Bronze Michael Eastham, Laura Nicholls, Rebekah Briggs Katie Allick, Catherine Woolley, Joseph Lucas, Rebecca Tinmouth
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Bronze D of E group successfully completed their expedition in May, travelling through the Cleveland Hills above Great Ayton. The twenty Year 10 students were co-ordinated by Mr Holt, Dr Smith, Miss Bartle and Mrs Atherton. The students had route planned their trip and their map reading skills were put to the test as they navigated 2 days’ walking covering approximately 20 miles carrying their expedition equipment. They encountered a variety of the British summer time including rain, wind and bright sunshine along their journey. The successful but tired students were Philippa Hudson, Jean Jojy, Adam Price, Thomas Rayner, Emily Toulson, Samuel Boulton, Jake Chapel, David Hardy, Joseph Horton, Simon Reeves, Callum Bainbridge, James Frank, Jonathon Hope, Jack Oliver, Ben Whiston, Harriet Ashley, Lauren Glendenning, Emily Taylor, Courtney Walton and Emily Whitfield.
Plain Sailing at Kielder
Eighty Year 7 students and staff from Carmel College in Darlington spent a weekend at Kielder, Northumberland in May for an adventure weekend at Hawkhirst Scout Centre. The students took part in a packed programme of events which included bellboating, archery, abseiling, climbing, sailing and orienteering. Sailing was a new activity this year. The students were given technical lessons onshore and then let loose on the reservoir to brave the elements in a two- man Pico. The speed with which they learnt the “ropes” was astonishing and they were whizzing around on the water in no time. In very changeable weather conditions it was virtually impossible to avoid capsizing. However, the staff were amazed to see how many of the students fell into the very cold water, only to want to get straight back onto their boat and have another go! At the end of the weekend every student was given a certificate from the centre, which they thoroughly deserved.
Year 10 textiles students at Carmel were asked to design and make a garment based on the Gospels, Bible stories or prayers for the Catholic Partnership. The production of the garments was a real team effort and the students had to include as many different types of surface decoration as they could. The finished dresses were fantastic and included transfer printing, appliqué, bead & sequin work, machine & hand embroidery, couching and ruching.
Gifted and Talented Music Workshop for Year 7 students
In June a number of Year 7 students were invited to attend a gifted and talented workshop run by the music department. Students learned about samba music and formed a band for the session. They were taught complex rhythms and playing techniques and very quickly they fell into the samba groove. Further workshops are planned for next year so watch this space!!!
This year’s annual summer show spectacular was an extravaganza of “Music from the Movies”. The show featured music from hit blockbusters such as Titanic, Flashdance, James Bond, Rocky and Les Misérables. Following months of rehearsals for both staff and students, the sell-out show ran for four nights to enthralled and captivated audiences.
Catholic Partnership - The2Steves Author Event and Creative Writing Session
A group of Year 7 pupils recently attended Our Lady and St Bede RC School, Stockton to take part in a Catholic Partnership author and creative writing event with The 2Steves. The initial introduction and presentation from Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore entertained and engaged all students and was followed by a creative writing workshop. Pupils were given the opportunity to buy signed copies of their books.
Carmel Students Do ‘Battle’
On Friday 10 May a team of 4 students from Carmel’s Warhammer Club headed north, to do battle with the Warhammer Club at St Robert of Newminster. Four battles took place, all based on Warhammer 40K. It was a thoroughly brilliant evening, and the students were very well looked after by the St Robert’s club members. Mr Welch, club leader at St Robert’s, reported general delight from his students and especially praised a member of our team who “showed exceptional honesty and helped our Year 7 a great deal with the rules and even tactics.” Adam, a St Robert’s club member said, “It was really good to meet new people and play against other schools and also prepared us for upcoming tournaments. I was a bit nervous at the start but really got into it and enjoyed myself throughout.” Carmel’s Warhammer Club meets on Wednesdays in MA4. If you play Warhammer, we’d love you to come and join us.
Local History Books
The Library now has a collection of books on the history of Darlington and surrounding area which were kindly donated by a parent. They are available to borrow for a short loan.
Top Library Borrower
Helen Baker 8A is the top borrower for 2012 - 2013. She has read 124 books during this time! Well done to Helen who receives a book voucher as her prize.
Eurovision comes to Carmel
On 2nd July 2013 Carmel hosted the Catholic Partnership Eurovision Song Contest. Eight partnership schools participated in the event which required groups of KS3 pupils to compose lyrics in a foreign language to an existing tune and perform it live on stage. The level of competition was very high and the students from Carmel were awarded 2nd place with their entry “Mi Instituto” (My School). Rebecca Tinmouth, Charlie Humphrey, Zoe Rankin, Bethany Saint, Sammy Fraser, Jade Newton, Evie Gunnell, Anna Goundry, Peter Oliver and Philip Colebrooke sang about life at Carmel in Spanish to the tune of “Is This The Way to Amarillo”. Staff and pupils from across the school (including our senior leaders!) starred in the music video which accompanied their entry. The competition was a huge success and was enjoyed by all who attended.
CILIP Carnegie Medal Award 2013
Students who have been involved in reading the eight shortlisted titles in the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shadowing Awards 2013 were invited to attend the annual Judging Event in the LRC on 19th June. After a lot of discussion Wonder by R.J.Palacio was voted as their favourite in the Carnegie Medal category. All titles are available for loan from Carmel Library. The national award was presented to Sally Gardner for her novel Maggot Moon. See www.ckg.org.uk for further details. Follow this link http://www.carmel.org.uk/cilip.php to access additional photographs from this event.
English Schools’ Athletics Championships
Layla Bell (Junior Girls’ 200m and Relay), Finn Connor Watson (Intermediate Boys’ Javelin) and Ryan Stacey (Junior Boys’ 200m and Relay) have been selected for the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Layla and Ryan are both a year young which bodes well for the future.
Inter County Athletics Championships
Following the County Championships twelve Carmel athletes were selected for the county and competed at the Inter-County Championships at Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough. The results were as follows: Layla Bell (3rd JG 200m); Mikayla Jordens (4th JG 1500m); Anna Heward (6th JG High Jump); Ella Hodgson (4th JG Long Jump); Erin Richings (2nd IG 300m Hurdles); Ryan Stacey (4th JB 200m); Bradley Davies (6th JB 800m); Jamie Johnson 3rd IB Javelin) and Reece Foster (3rd IB Discus). Three athletes didn’t compete due to injury.
ESSA Schools Cup
The Junior Girls and Junior Boys and Intermediate Girls qualified for the regional final in the national schools’ cup, where at the Costello Stadium in Hull the Junior teams both finished 2nd and just missed out on the national final. The Intermediate girls’ team finished 7th.
County Durham Athletic Championships
Carmel had twenty-one athletes selected to represent Darlington in the County Athletic Championships. The athletes helped the Town win all of the age group competitions. We had 4 County Champions, 6 runners-up and 5 third places. Junior Boys: Ryan Stacey (1st 200m); Tom Kelly (5th 300m); Bradley Davies (2nd 800m). Junior Girls: Layla Bell (2nd 200m); Katie Noble (7th 800m); Mikayla Jordens (2nd 800m); Anna Heward (3rd High Jump); Ella Hodgson (3rd Long Jump). Intermediate Boys: Jonathan Abbott (3rd 1500m); Costner Brown (2nd 100m Hurdles); Finn Connor Watson (1st Javelin); Justin Taylor (2nd Long Jump); Reece Foster (2nd Discus). Intermediate Girls: Erin Richings (1st 300m Hurdles); Lucy Phillips (1st IG Shot); Ola Jainska (3rd High Jump). Ryan Stacey 1st Junior Boys 200m.
Sports Day 2013
Well done to all the competitors who took part in sports day this year. The honours were shared between St Aidan’s and St Cuthbert’s, both winning two boys’ and two girls’ competitions each. After combining the score totals St Cuthbert’s ran out clear winners with 841 points to St Aidan’s 746. St Bede’s also managed a good score of 719 to take third place.
Darlington Town Sports
In the Darlington Schools’ Athletics Championships Carmel won fourteen cups and shields including the George Clarke Cup as overall winners for the twentieth consecutive year and the girls’ championship for the twenty-sixth year running. They also won the Year 7 and 8 shields and five relays. Carmel athletes set new Town records in several events:Hubert Olbrycht (Y7 Discus); Layla Bell (Y8 200m);Becky Irving, Layla Bell, Libby Dunne and Hannah Whiting (Y8 Relay); Ryan Stacey (Y8 200m); Joshua Patchett, Ryan Stacey, Tom Bussey and Bradley Davies (Y8 Relay); Reece Foster (Y10 Discus).
Carmel girls represented Darlington in the Mountain Biking competition at the Tees Valley School Games. The team was made up of Hannah Briggs, Aleysha Bell, Rebecca Roberts and Sally Abbott. In the individual events Hannah came 2nd and Aleysha came 5th. Following the relay the team ended up getting the bronze medals. Mr Roberts who accompanied the team said, “It was a great day throughout and the girls excelled themselves.”
Sports Presentation Evening
Goldie Sayers, three-time Olympian, World and European Championship finalist and UK Javelin Champion for the past ten years will present the awards at Carmel Sports’ Presentation Evening. Goldie first came to national attention as an under-11 National Table Tennis Champion. She has also represented her county at tennis, hockey and netball. She graduated from Loughborough University with a first class honours degree in sport and exercise science and is a classically trained violinist and pianist; a real inspiration for the Carmel pupils. A full list of award winners and photographs can be found on the college website after the event which takes place on July 15th.
Year 10 Darlington Schools` Town Cup Final Carmel lose 1-0 to Longfield. The goal came in added time. Year 8 Darlington Schools` Town Cup Final Carmel lost to Longfield on penalties after a 2 - 2 draw. Both of the matches were played on the Middlesbrough Training Ground at Rockcliffe Park, Hurworth on Saturday 27 April 2013.
Parent/Pupil Survey Results
We would like to thank all those parents and pupils who took the time to complete the annual survey from Kirkland Rowell as the information provides valuable information for the College. The results of this survey have now been received and the College has reason to be extremely happy with its performance in many areas. In summary, over the five areas surveyed the results were as follows: In the areas of the “behaviour and safety of pupils”, the “quality of leadership and management” and the “promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development” both parents and students agreed that the College performance was outstanding with particular strengths in dealing with bullying, engaging with parents, safeguarding and the social development of students. In the areas of “achievement” and “quality of teaching” again parents found the school to be outstanding overall with the pupils finding the College particularly outstanding in the “teaching of reading, writing, communication and mathematics.” These results are extremely pleasing, it is important to us that parents and students are more than happy with the work of the College and outcomes for students.
July 19 Break for Summer November 4 7 21 26 Students return to school PTA Xmas Craft Fayre Sixth Form Parents’ Evening Academic Mentoring Day
PTA 200 Club 2012-13
This years’ 200 club winners were: £50 L Bussey October £50 G Eastham November £50 E Watson December £25 C Phillips £25 C Cass £50 A Gardner January £50 S Gatenby February £50 M Regan March £25 S McKenzie £25 J Welsh £50 B Charlton April £50 Mrs Finn May £50 M Smyth June £50 K Clarke July £25 M Smith £25 Z Krahiec Parents who would like to renew their 200 club number for 2013-14 are asked to return their renewal form with payment to the College as soon as possible. If any parent would like to join the 200 club please contact the College for a form.
August 15 22 AS/A2 Level Results GCSE Results
September 2 3 11 16 INSET Day Students return to school Individual Portrait Photographs Year 6 Open Evening
December 2 Year 11 Mocks 16/17 Xmas Liturgy 19 Presentation Evening 20 Break for Christmas
October 24 Break for ½ term
We all know how grocery prices have risen in recent years and months particularly for bread, potatoes, dairy products and meat. It has been two years since the lunch prices at Carmel have risen. Unfortunately they will be rising in September although we have done our best to minimise the impact on families by keeping the rise to under £2.00. From September 2013, a meal deal will be available, priced at £1.95 which includes a main meal, a pudding (fruit, cake or pudding) and a drink.
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Students are welcome to borrow books from Carmel Library for the summer holidays. Please see the summer reading display in the library to access the latest titles in stock.
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