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December 2013 Carmel Newsletter OFSTED INSPECTION: BEYOND OUTSTANDING! Overall effectiveness Achievement of pupils Quality of teaching Behaviour and safety of pupils Leadership and management Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade 1 1 1 1 1 Carmel College (Carmel College - where students leave with more than just outstanding exam results) This was the phrase used by one of the Inspectors during the Ofsted Inspection that took place at Carmel on 19 and 20 November. Inspectors judged the College to be outstanding on all levels: Key highlights noted in the report were: • The outstanding progress and high achievements of the students, driven by the College’s aspirational targetsetting ensuring that success for every student is at the heart of the College’s work. • Confirmation that the proportion of students gaining the highest levels at GCSE has increased again this year and is significantly above the national average, as are the results at ‘A’ level. • The high quality of teaching at Carmel, underpinned by high expectations and excellent relationships. • Support staff making an invaluable contribution to the achievement and well-being of students. • An “outstanding” sixth form where the vast majority of sixth form students go on to their first choice Universities which include Oxbridge and many of the prestigious Russell Group Universities. • The outstanding pastoral care at the College ensuring that students feel and are safe and secure at the College. • “Exemplary” student behaviour both in classrooms and during social times with staff and students, fully realising the Principal’s aim of creating “joyous corridors and purposeful classrooms”. • The many and diverse extra-curricular activities which are much valued by students of all ages. These rich experiences, together with regular opportunities for reflection and service to others, contribute exceptionally well to students’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. • The excellent leadership and governance of the College ensuring outstanding teaching and achievement and establishing high-quality expertise amongst middle leaders. • Governors which hold the College performance robustly to account with the Principal and Directors providing an inspirational vision for the future of the College. In relation to what the College needs to improve, Inspectors simply wanted the College to further develop pioneering leadership models across the Multi-Academy Trust. Here at Carmel College each young person is encouraged and enabled to grow, develop and succeed, irrespective of socio-economic background. The outstanding Ofsted judgement we have received is testament to the way in which staff, students, parents, Directors and Governors work positively together to shape futures and fulfil dreams. I am honoured to be Chair of Carmel Governors and Chair of Directors of Carmel Education Trust. Cyndi Hughes Message from the Principal Beyond Outstanding. The College has had an early Christmas present with the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection completed on 19 and 20 November with one of the Team describing the students’ behaviour and attitude to learning being beyond ‘Outstanding’. It is a privilege to lead such a community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, Teachers, Parents, Directors and Governors for their exceptional commitment and support in all aspects of College life. I would like to wish you and your families a peaceful and Holy Christmas. Maura Regan, Principal Shaping Futures, Fulfilling Dreams

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2 Ethos Wonder The theme of our Christmas liturgy this year is ‘Wonder.’ The reflections are focused on the central characters in the nativity story and students from all year groups are involved in this celebration. Peer Visit Carmel was privileged and delighted to be visited by Baroness Armstrong, a Labour Peer in the House of Lords. She met the College Student Council and the Sixth Form leadership team to discuss the role of the House of Lords in governing the UK. It was a stimulating discussion and students found it fascinating to hear about the role of a peer and how democracy works in the UK. Advent Advent has been a time of prayer and reflection within the College, the advent wreathes have been blessed and lit throughout the liturgies. Weekly mass has focused on Advent readings, helping the College to prepare for the coming of the Christ and Child. During this period students have focused their fundraising efforts for the Salvation Army Christmas appeal. Students have created Christmas gift tags, had Christmas craft market, raffles and a Christmas jumper day. Students have been enthusiastic, wanting to make sure that every child in the Darlington area receives at least two Christmas presents this Christmas and that every family referred to the Salvation Army will receive a Christmas hamper.

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Ethos Christmas Tree Blessing Students and staff gathered around the Christmas Tree for carols and a traditional blessing where they were joined by Fr Greg Price who led a brief liturgy with readings and prayers. The blessing focused on the light and cheer brought to the whole community by the tree and reminded everyone of the joy brought by the Infant Jesus at Christmas. The music department and student choir joined in the worship singing three carols. 3 Faith 13 In September, 13 Y8 students were chosen to accompany Mr Gardner and Mrs Thornton to a special event to mark the closing of the Year of Faith. They joined over 2000 other young people from across the Diocese in celebrating this event at the Sage, Gateshead. The event explored how faith is important to help us achieve and overcome challenges and hurdles and the students listened to testimonies from Paralympic gold and silver medallists. It was a wonderful occasion and everyone left the Sage with a fresh spirit to take the Good News to everyone. Philosophy and Ethics OCR examination session Year 12 students attended a Philosophy and Ethics lecture led by Hugh Campbell a vastly experienced teacher of Philosophy and Ethics whose material is used as reference for lessons and revision. The lecture focused on examination strategy and provided students with the opportunity to investigate the philosophical investigations of Boethius and Kant, particularly looking at the nature of God and business ethics. Students were asked to respond to challenging questions throughout the day and worked together to construct detailed answers. The lecture was informative, engaging and contained a range of challenging and provoking questions for students to show off their philosophical minds. Michael Ringwood Visit In July, former Carmel student Michael Ringwood visited the RE department to share his recent missionary work experiences. Michael spent time with several year seven and eight classes, exploring how, as a young person, he was able to fulfil his vocation. His visit tied in with the Year 7 studies about how we use the gifts from God for the building up of the Kingdom of God and Year 8 were able to make links to their work on modern day prophecy. Michael really engaged with the students during the sessions, he was a real inspiration. Vardy Lecture Year 12 and 13 students attended a seminar in York, led by Dr Peter Vardy, Vice-Principal of Heythrop College of the University of London. Dr Vardy has a passion for engaging young people with the big questions that affect them and has done more than anybody else to inspire the resurgence in the popularity of studying Religious Studies. Students were also given the opportunity to take part in a live debate and shared their ideas with Dr Vardy. Staff and students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the upcoming Philosophy and Ethics seminar which takes place in Carmel in February 2014.

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4 Pastoral Students Shine in National Competition Traveller students from Carmel took part in a national competition entitled Roots and Routes which was part of the celebration of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month. Entrants were invited to send stories, poems, collages, photographs, drawings or paintings inspired by the subject Roots and Routes. They were asked to research the history, culture and lifestyle of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people to produce their piece of work. The theme was journeys, which could be either from one place to another or over time. The entries of two of Carmel’s year 11 students were recognised by the judges with third prize in the Key Stage 4 category being awarded to Charlie Brown and Natalia Plews’ entry being Highly Commended. They were both awarded a certificate, a copy of this year’s book of successful entries and a book token and were presented with their prizes by Chair of Governors, Cllr Cyndi Hughes. Macmillan Coffee Morning Year 11 students hosted two very successful Macmillan Coffee Mornings for staff, parents and students in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Not only did they make and sell cakes but organised other fundraising activities including raffles, name the doll and guess the number of sweets in the jar. The total funds raised was £1,006.00. PSHEE Day Year 9 and 10 Years 9 and 10 enjoyed a joint PSHEE day, wrapped around the theme of Healthy Living and Careers in the Health Business. As well as lessons that involved learning about what makes up a healthy lifestyle, students also participated in many activities which gave them the opportunity to accrue points throughout the day. These activities included Zumba, smoothie making, bleep tests and meditation. In the afternoon, students heard presentations from health professionals from the NHS and Fire Service, who gave them an Year 8 insight into their jobs, the reasons they enjoy them and the routes On Thursday 14th November Year 8 pupils they took to get in to their chosen professions. Well done to George took a break from their academic studies to Bell 9R, Daniel Smith 10E and Graham Lawson 10E who accrued complete workshops on the important issue the most points during the day and each won a JD Sports voucher. of e-safety. With the relentless development of technology and social media, it is important that all young people are aware of the dangers involved when they are using the internet. Workshops included how to stay safe in chat rooms, how to spot and deal with cyber-bullying and how to ensure personal information remains secure at all times. The event finished with a competition in which pupils were invited to design a new ‘fair usage’ policy for internet use here at Carmel. Some excellent entries made judging very difficult but the overall winner was Phoebe Emmerson from 8M. Careers Event A group of 75 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 attended a careers event in Hartlepool. The event gave students an opportunity to visit a careers fair, centred around local businesses, Universities and colleges of FE. Many students came away with lots of useful information and ideas about which career routes they may wish to pursue in the future. Stunning Examination Success for Carmel Students This Summer Summer 2013 once again saw Carmel celebrating outstanding examination results at both GCSE and ‘A’ level. At GCSE every student achieved 5 or more A* - C grades with a record 90% including English and maths. At ‘A’ level the College had a 100% pass rate with 52% of the students achieving the highest grades of A* to B.

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International Visit of Chinese Students Last July, we had the privilege of hosting a group of students from our partner school in Tianjin, China. They took part in a series of workshops run by Miss Zhang, ranging from language activities to Tai Chi practice and games of Jianzi, a traditional Chinese game. The sessions culminated in a moving bilingual interpretation of “You and Me”, the Beijing Olympic anthem. 5 European Day of Languages On 26th September we celebrated the European Day of Languages with European snacks being served at break time in place of our usual menu. The MFL department was out in force, ensuring that staff and students ordered food in another language. The kitchen staff once again entered into the true spirit of the event and had learned a variety of phrases to really put pressure on their customers! 10 students from Year 9 were also fortunate enough to participate in the European Day of Languages Catholic Partnership event held at St John’s, Bishop Auckland. Students were given the opportunity to meet other likeminded linguists, try out new languages and celebrate language learning. The students experienced Italian icecream making, Bollywood dancing, learnt some beginners’ phrases in Hindi, had an introductory lesson in Japanese and still had time to write stories in French and Spanish. The day even included a European lunch, where the students tried out tapas and other traditional Mediterranean dishes. Skype Session with Tianjin, China During the visit of the Chinese students in July, Miss Zhang conducted a breakfast videoconference between Carmel students, their guests and the college’s partner school in Tianjin. Students got the opportunity to use the language skills they had learnt during the year and to interview the Chinese students on a variety of topics from cultural differences to popular culture. Confucius Classroom in Carmel We are delighted to welcome back Miss Zhang, our Chinese teacher, who will be continuing her work with the Confucius Classroom in Carmel this year. Miss Zhang is currently working with the MFL department to deliver regular Mandarin lessons to the Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, in preparation for an internal examination at the end of next academic year. She will soon be joining other departments to extend pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the Chinese culture. Viva España – VI Form Work Experience This year, for the first time, Sixth Form Spanish students have the opportunity of a week’s work experience in Córdoba. In June, students from Year 12 will travel to the World Heritage Site to work in a variety of local workplaces including the local bakery and the nursery. Not only will the students be required to speak Spanish at work but they will be fully immersed in the Spanish language at home too, living with a Spanish host family, enjoying the Mediterranean diet and taking a siesta when it’s a little too hot for work. KS4 MFL Revision Workshop The second KS4 MFL revision workshop was very well attended with over 120 participants. Our pupils worked alongside their parents to trial a variety of revision techniques which we hope they will find useful when preparing for their next controlled assessments.

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6 International THE M.A.D Project! The latest Comenius Project involving Carmel and schools from Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Spain, is entitled ‘Make a difference in your Community’. Mrs Anyan and Mr Hannaford attended the teacher planning meeting in Maynooth (Ireland) and enjoyed visits to St. Patrick's College, Maynooth University, Russell Library and a tour of Dublin. The first student workshop will take place in Essen (Germany) in March 2014. Spanish Exchange Links with our Spanish partner school in Ibi near Alicante are continuing this year. Fifteen pupils from Year 8 and 9 will be hosting Spanish students for a week when they visit in April 2014. They are excitedly awaiting emails from their exchange partners so that they can start to get to know them before they arrive. Thirty Year 8 pupils will be travelling to Ibi to take part in the Spanish Study Visit in June 2014. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to improve their Spanish and knowledge of Spanish culture. French in Football – Carmel v Boro On a rainy day in November, 40 students from Year 9 set off to visit the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough to find out whether they could make their dreams of becoming a football player a reality. They were surprised, however, to find out that they might need French to help them reach their goal. They learnt that a football club is not just about its players, as pupils were given an insight into other roles in the club too. Students bought materials for a football strip which they had to make a profit on, negotiating the deals in French. They were also shown why a football club may need interpreters and given a tour of the stadium. Jayson Leutwiler, the ‘Boro keeper and native French speaker will be visiting the College, to talk to the pupils about why languages are so important in football and maybe even have a penalty shoot-out with them!

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Music Media Oscars Carmel Music Department was triumphant at this year’s annual Catholic Partnership Media Oscars at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield. Students and staff were recognised for their work in producing last year’s charity DVD “Sing” scooping the Partnership Media Award for Excellence. Talented music students also won awards in the Best Song category. 7 Pearl of Africa The ‘Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir’ from Uganda stopped off at Carmel to perform to our students and members of the local community. The visit was part of the choir’s UK tour and what an experience it was! In the morning Key Stage 3 students were treated to a fabulous performance which included dancing, singing and even audience participation. At lunchtime the choir sold a variety of goods to help raise funds and students from Years 7 and 8 also took part in the ‘replace an item of clothing’ to raise additional funds. GCSE music students participated in a drumming workshop and learnt to sing a song in Zulu. The choir then taught the students a dance as well. In the evening the College opened its doors to the public and the choir performed to a full house. It was an amazing experience. Thanks to the generosity of students, families and members of the local community, the choir took away £3562.73 which will go towards 7 schools in Uganda. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. We would love to see the choir again in the future. Pianoman Masterclass October saw the visit of internationally acclaimed concert pianist Richard Meyrick as part of his ‘Pianoman’ masterclass series. Students from Years 10 to 13 had the opportunity to hear Richard perform and be involved in the masterclass either as a performer or listener. The players were put through their paces and they acquitted themselves well, receiving useful tips from Richard. All who took part enjoyed Richard’s sheer enthusiasm for communicating through music at every level. Charity DVD This year’s charity DVD is Take That’s ‘Never Forget’. The tradition of involving both the staff and student communities has continued this year with the involvement of primary schools from across the Multi Academy Trust, as well as 300 students and staff from Carmel College. DVDs will be available from reception once released. St Cecilia's Concert The annual St. Cecilia’s Concert took place in the John Caden Hall in November, this year coinciding with the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten. The concert was a great success and gave the orchestra, pit band, choirs and the new Sixth Form choir the opportunity to showcase their talents to fellow students and staff and gave the College community the chance to come together and celebrate the joy of music. Music Examination Success Congratulations to all of our students who have been successful in ABRSM and Trinity music examinations. A special mention to Ciaran Jasper who achieved a Distinction in her Grade 8 saxophone examination. INSOUNDOUT Creative Workshop In September the music department hosted a creative workshop given by the Sunderland-based award-winning composer and sound artist John Kefala-Kerr. The workshop was part of the Creative Hub professional development network through the Carmel Teaching School Alliance. The workshop was attended by teachers from across the alliance and they all left with new approaches to working creatively with music and sound. Junior Choir Members of the Junior Choir performed a variety of Christmas songs at this year’s Christmas Craft Fayre. The choir will be performing again in December at the Christmas Liturgy.

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8 College Life Scholastic Book Fair Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Book Fair held in the Learning Resource Centre and at the Christmas Fayre. A fantastic £449 was taken, resulting in 40% commission to buy new books for the library. Design Technology Show The first ever Catholic Partnership Design Technology Show was held at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland in October. This was an opportunity for young designers and technologists to showcase their creativity, innovation and skill. Supported by Sunderland University, the exhibition celebrated the diverse and exciting work that is produced in schools across the partnership. The full range of the Design Technology Curriculum was on show including graphics, textiles, food, resistant materials and electronics. Students from Carmel joined a host of other partnership schools exhibiting work. Some of the work was still in the design stages, some were finished pieces of work, some work was inspired by a coursework brief whilst other work was part of extra-curricular work. Sara Crawshaw, Director of the Catholic Partnership, commented. “This is a unique opportunity for our young people to see themselves as designers and technologists; to celebrate their talents and to showcase work that can inspire them to continue with their passion for design and technology.” ‘Sport for the Mind’ Ten enthusiastic pupils from Years 7 to 9 travelled over to Teesside University early in December for the annual FIRST Lego League Regional Robotics competition. They were judged across a wide range of disciplines (Research Project, Core Values, Robot Performance and Robot Design) in a competition that spanned the whole day. The judges praised the team for their detail in the research project presentation and although the robot didn’t perform as planned on the table, the design and technical knowledge that the team displayed earned them a highly-prized trophy in the ‘Robot Design’ category. UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge Congratulations to all students who took part. were awarded certificates: Best in School Michael Skingley Gold Michael Skingley Silver Emma Morrison Sam Daley Joe Turnbull Bronze Michael Morrison Tom Bussey Andrew Watson John Oliver James Vayro Marine Kisielowska Gabrielle Blades George Crees James Swainston James Daniel Emma Shackleston The following students Amy Potts Alasdair Malcolm Juny Kalathingal Creative Writing Competition Winners Hannah Petty 7J and Joshua Glendenning 8C were recent winners of the Creative Writing competition held in the library. They were each awarded a £10 book voucher. Thank you to all students who took part. This competition is run every half-term. Please see the Library section of Carmel website for more information. Gifted and Talented There were many correct entries for this term’s mathematics gifted and talented competition. The Year 7 problem concerned number bonds and prime numbers, while the Year 8 problem involved fractions and shape. The £10 Amazon gift voucher prizes were won by Charlotte Wojcik (Year 8) and by Eve Hankin (Year 7). Well done to both students. Bookbuzz 2013 To develop a love of reading for pleasure, Carmel has again subscribed to Bookbuzz. This national initiative is run by Booktrust, which is an independent reading and writing charity. All Year 7 pupils were given the opportunity to choose a free book from a selection of 12 titles. These books are now being kept in their form rooms, to enable them to read and exchange titles within their registration time. Further information on the titles can be found at www. bookbuzz.org.uk Liz Million visits Carmel A recent Catholic Partnership event was attended by selected Year 7 pupils who enjoyed a presentation by local author/illustrator Liz Million. Pupils were given tips on how to create a picture and put this into practice with a practical workshop.

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Notice Board ms January Exa ambridge The Year 11 C in ICT will National Exam Tuesday am 14 take place on January 2014 9 PTA Raffle Thank you to all the students for their efforts selling tickets for this year’s Christmas Raffle. Particular congratulations to 9C who sold the most tickets collectively and Matilda Pearson 9M for selling the most books individually. Below are the winning tickets and the names of the winners. Prize 1 Case of Wines and Spirits 2 Hamper 3 M&S voucher 4 Bacardi 5 Champagne 6 Gift set 7 Gift set 8 Chocolates 9 Red wine 10 Red wine 11 Red wine 12 White wine 13 White wine 14 White wine 15 Mint chocolates 16 Christmas Decorations 17 Christmas Decorations 18 Picnic set 19 Candle 20 Liquorice Allsorts Ticket Winner 6755 1136 5942 7460 3749 5850 2865 5188 7290 7879 8003 6229 9022 2826 8073 6408 5599 2123 7293 2894 Helen Blenkinsopp D Kay K Devin P Hopkins B Wherly PTA Meetings N Bowman Ellie Manvell Anne Whitton 1st Tuesday of Jeanette Pratt every month at 6.00pm Mr C Larkin Grace S Nicola Martin Mr J E Fawcett Anne Hankin Jeanette Durham Mrs Allen Helen Crees Zbigniew Krawiec Mrs V Wilkinson Pam Rolph ams Summer Ex mer s for the sum The timetable and GCSE 2014 AS, A2 ble will be availa examinations half term after February ber the Novem Results for 9 available on Exams will be January 2014 Diary Dates JANUARY 6 7 14 Inset Day College re-opens Year 9 Options’ Evening 6 pm 16-17 Sixth Form Retreat 20-22 Year 9 & 10 Retreat 21 Year 11 Parents’ Evening 4pm - 6.30pm 23 Year 9 Option Form hand in FEBRUARY 3-5 12 14 15 24 Year 7 & 8 Retreat Group Photographs College breaks for Spring Half Term Annual Ski Trip College re-opens MARCH 25 Academic Mentoring Day 31 KS5 Spanish Exchange APRIL 10 11 13 20 28 French Study Visit (tbc) College breaks for Easter Rome Trip Year 10 HCPT to Lourdes College re-opens er’s to be ‘Josep production is h and Techn going ico th be ho lour Dream e Amazing lding auditio coat’. We’l term – ns in watch the ne l out fo xt r the n otices ! IMPO ANNO RTANT UNCE MENT This su mm Elizabeth’s Embroidery Savings Club As an established school uniform supplier for over 20 years, we care deeply for all our customers and appreciate that when it comes to buying school uniform, it can be an expensive time of the year. We have been working on ways to help spread the cost so it becomes less of a financial burden on our customers and we would like to offer a ‘Savings Club’ which will allow customers to save as little or as much as they like. This will be in the form of a card which will usually run from September to the end of June and any savings made will be recorded on it. This year we are starting it from 01 December until the end of June. The cards will be available directly from Elizabeth’s Embroidery but payments can still be made over the phone with us. Customers are to be aware, however, that once any payments are made they cannot be refunded as cash. Any payments made on the Savings Scheme can only be used against purchases made in the Elizabeth’s Embroidery Shop. Elizabeth’s Embroidery, 8 Richardson Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3LJ Tel: 01642 674973/602008

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10 Sports Presentation Evening Sports Presentation Evening The Sports Presentation Evening was held at the end of the last academic year to celebrate the fantastic sporting achievements of our students. A video highlighting the year was shown to a packed John Caden Hall and the following students received their awards from Miss Goldie Sayers, who is a three time Olympian and is the current UK Javelin Record Holder. English Schools' Cross-Country: Katie Noble, Bradley Davies, Jess Hull, Mikayla Jordens and Dean Newton English Schools' Track and Field: Layla Bell, Finn Connor Watson and Ryan Stacey. UK Biathlon Silver Medallists: Hannah Briggs, Alana Prior and Katie Noble. UK Biathlon Bronze: Jonathan Abbott. Services to Sport: (Year 7) Adam Tate, Jack Baines, Kieran Hardy, Aimee Musgrave, Sally Abbott; (Year 8) Nick Whiston, Jorge Loren, Hannah Briggs, (Year 9) Jordane Salmon, Ella Hodgson, Alex Woodcock (Year 10) Christian Brown and Grace Carlton. Achievement in PE: (Year 7) Daniel Myers, Hubert Olbrycht, Sarah Clifford, Niamh Musgrave, (Year 8) Michael Butterfield, Bradley Davies, Layla Bell, Hannah Phillips, (Year 9) Mateusz Strylczyk, Jess Hull (Year 10) Jonathan Abbott and Hannah Turnbull. Sports Loyalty Jonathan Abbott and Iona O’Shea. Netball Player of Season Kate Hardy. Football Player of the Year Justin Taylor and Aleysha Oakes. Hockey Player of the Year Grace Carlton. Rugby Player of the Year Paul Riordan. Athlete of the Year Ryan Stacey and Mikayla Jordens. Victor Ludorum Justin Taylor. Victrix Ludorum Amy Harris. Skier of the Year Michael Owen. Cricket Player of the Year George Olney and Jade Oakes. Rounders Player of the Year Hannah Turnbull. Diver of the Year Cathy Van Mourik. Swimmer of the Year Will Smith. Biathlete of the Year Katie Noble. Sports Personality of the Year Adam Bilany.

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12 Sport Coast to Coast - £1750 for St. Teresa’s Hospice A group of 11 students, 5 staff and parents successfully completed an extremely demanding cycling challenge - The Coast to Coast. They cycled across the North of England, from Whitehaven to Sunderland in just three days. The ride was organised by Mrs Lewis (PE teacher) and Kevin Kilcullen (DBC Cycle officer), with invaluable assistance from Mr Roberts and Mrs Atherton. All the riders left Carmel at 7:30am Friday in the minibus, to then cycle out of Whitehaven by 10:30am and after some monumental hills, finished at about 6pm that evening. The trip was not without its hitches; the clutch broke on the support vehicle that was towing the bikes and on the 2nd day we had some monumental falls creating some great scars on people! Huge praise must go to the pupils who managed to raise enough money to cover their accommodation and food and also raise £1,749.52 for St. Teresa’s Hospice. This year the cycle club are hoping to ride the “Castles and Coasts” from Edinburgh back to Darlington in June/July. English Schools’ Cross Country Cup Regional Final The English Schools’ Cross Country Cup Regional Final was held at Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough. Carmel Junior girls finished 9th out of the 12 finalists and the Inter boys were 8th. The success story of the day was the Inter girls who finished 2nd and qualified for the National finals. Mikayla Jordens won the race with Katie Noble 3rd, Jess Hull 9th, Alana Prior 34th, Hannah Briggs 35th and Layla Bell 41st. English Schools’ Cross Country Cup National Final The English Schools’ Cross Country Cup National Final was held in Southend, Essex in November. The Carmel Inter girls’ team travelled down on the Friday accompanied by Mrs Lewis and Mr Hannaford. After bowling and a hearty meal, they had an early night ready for the competition. The girls all ran extremely well against top competition and finished 20th out of the 24 finalists. Mikayla Jordens finished 28th, Katie Noble 50th, Jess Hull 57th, Hannah Briggs 114th, Ella Hodgson 126th and Alana Hodgson 127th. Unfortunately Layla Bell was injured and couldn’t compete but she did travel to support her team mates. English Schools’ Cross Country Cup Round 1 The first round of the English Schools’ Cross Country Cup was held at Hummersknott Academy. The Carmel teams were excellent with the Junior Girls, Inter Boys and Inter Girls all winning and qualifying for the Regional Finals. The Junior Boys were joint third with Longfield but were very unlucky to miss out on qualification.

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Sport Catholic Partnership Swimming Gala The Catholic Partnership Swimming Gala involving nine schools was held at the Dolphin Centre in November. The event was organised by the Carmel PE department and the Sports Leaders from BTEC sport and GCSE PE. Carmel swimmers once again produced excellent results in the water winning both the boys and girls championship. The trophies were presented to the victorious Carmel teams by the Mayor of Darlington 13 Carmel Athletes Show Their Strength The Darlington Sportshall Athletics Championships took place at the Dolphin Centre in December. Carmel athletes performed magnificently winning the Year 7 Girls and Year 8 Boys competition and were runners-up in the Year 7 Boys and Year 8 Girls. All four teams have qualified to represent Darlington in the county final early next year. Inter House Cross Country This year’s overall Inter House Cross Country Champions are St Aidan's. The separate competition results are as follows: Year 7 Combined: 1st St Aidan's, 2nd St Cuthbert's, 3rd St Bede's Winning Girl: Roisin Bennett, St Cuthbert's Winning Boy: Ryan Wells, St Aidan's Year 8 Combined: 1st St Aidan's, 2nd St Bede's, 3rd St Cuthbert's. Winning Girl: Beatrice Lineton, St Aidan's. Winning Boy: Jack Baines, St Bede's. Year 9 Combined: 1st St Cuthbert's, 2nd St Bede's, 3rd St Aidan's. Winning Girl: Katie Noble, St Cuthbert's. Winning boy Bradley Davis, St Cuthbert's. Year 10/11 Combined: 1st St Aidan's, 2nd St Bede's 3rd St Cuthbert's. Winning Girl: Mikayla Jordens Winning Boy: Christian Brown. Catholic Partnership Badminton Tournament The Catholic Partnership Badminton Tournament was held at the Louisa Centre in Stanley in October. Carmel Girls won the competition and the Boys finished third. Team Manager Mr Hannaford said, “The standard of badminton was excellent and the Carmel players were a credit to the college.”

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14 VI Form Arkwright Scholarships Trust Sixth Form students, Katie Sisk and Melissa Bates from Carmel College were awarded a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship recently at a ceremony in London. Katie and Melissa were presented with their Scholarships by Jonathan Firth, Director of Operations & Projects, Virgin Galactic and met the organisations that are sponsoring their Scholarship, Cummins Engineering and RAF Cramwell. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and technical design. During their Sixth Form studies, Scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits. The Scholars’ schools also receive £400 per Scholar. The Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, Dr Martin Thomas, commented: “This year’s assessment process was extremely tough. Any secondary school can become affiliated to enter students and this year we had 1371 applicants competing for just 371 Scholarships. Katie, Melissa and all of our new Scholars have absolutely phenomenal potential for future careers in the engineering profession. Congratulations to both Katie and Melissa! Lord Glenamara The Lord Glenamara prize celebrates the life and dedication to public service of the late Rt Hon Lord Glenamara, who was an inspirational Secretary of State for Education and Science and the first Headteacher to hold the post. We are delighted that Amelia Hughes, from Year 12, has been awarded a runnerup place in this national competition. As a candidate, Amelia had to demonstrate her interest in politics, local and global affairs and give evidence of how she has participated in a variety of schemes and activities to improve her community. Amelia has been invited to attend the Secretary of State Prize Giving Ceremony at the London School of Economics. This is a great achievement in such a prestigious competition and we are sure Amelia will prove to be an inspiration to her fellow students. Sixth Form Recruitment In November, Carmel College opened its doors to Year 11 students from Carmel and external schools for our annual VI Form Open Evening. VI The event was a great success, attracting over 400 students. When people come from other schools, we are reminded just how fantastic our facilities are here at Carmel, as they are always highly impressed with the buildings and resources. As in previous years, we are expecting another rise in applications to our VI Form and the process is now open to all Year 11 students. Our interview process will begin in the new year, so if you haven't yet applied, please hand your official form to Miss Bartle at the main reception as soon as possible!

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VI Form Pupils Rally to Help Victims of Typhoon 15 Students have rallied to the cause after hearing that a classmate’s family had been hit by the typhoon that devastated the Philippines. HUNDREDS of essential items, including food and toiletries, were collected in just a week after Carmel students witnessed the scale of the damage left by Typhoon Haiyan. Fifteen-year-old Lisa Stokes was born in the Philippines and has family in the country. “We are used to typhoons but this one was really bad,” she said. “I was very worried about my family and all the people there and it made me very upset. But I also feel incredibly proud that my school has responded so quickly.” The supplies will be part of the global charitable relief effort currently helping millions of people who have lost everything in the storm. Head boy Tom Jackson said: “Ironically, in geography, we have been studying weather patterns and the impact storms have on lives. But this really brought it close to home and we were very keen to help.” Head of school Mike Shorten added: “Students did respond really well. They instantly understood the complexity of the situation and showed real empathy with the people of the Philippines by wanting to do something to help.” Lourdes Love Over 30 Carmel VI Form students will be taking part in the HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage over the Easter week next year and they need your help to fundraise to help send as many children with special needs to Lourdes as possible. There will be a year long fundraising campaign with race nights and ‘purple’ days and the students hope that people will support them in their endeavours. The fundraising has already been kick started with coffee mornings being held on each Sunday of October at St Augustine’s Church Hall after Mass. The students would like to thank everyone who attended or baked cakes for these mornings! Freshers’ Fayre Early in the New Academic Year, the VI Form Leadership Team held a Freshers’ Fayre to give new and exciting opportunities to the ‘Freshers’ and get them more involved in the College. So, on a cold Tuesday morning, the John Caden Hall was crowded with students signing up to all the different teams and societies run by the Leadership Team. The atmosphere was electric; with bustling bodies finding out about and queuing up to join their preferred teams. These ranged from designing VI Wear, for the budding artists, to the Events Team and the socialites out there. The feeling of unity and involvement in the VI Form this year has been immense. Project Trust Volunteers Georgia Stronach, Tori Lindsay and Sophie Vayro, VI Form students have all put university on hold to spend 12 months overseas with the gap year charity, Project Trust. All three girls spent a ‘selection week’ on the Isle of Coll in Scotland and as a result Sophie Vayro was chosen to spend a year in South Africa, Tori Lindsay, Peru and Georgia Stronach, Malaysia. The three girls are now working hard towards their ‘A’ levels to secure a place with UCAS and busily fundraising the £6000 they need to support their trip.

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