News – Carmel 6th Form


Induction Day June 2016

Over 170 Year 11 students from a huge variety of schools gathered in Carmel for our annual VI Form Induction Days. The students, from as far apart as Durham and Richmond, spent two days finding out about all the possibilities on offer in Carmel. The students sampled lessons in every subject and discovered the intellectual challenges that lie ahead. They also spent some quality time mixing with each other, enjoying the free buffet and playing teamwork games. This year our guest speaker was Chris Cook, former international swimmer whose career saw him rise to being Double Commonwealth Champion, British Record holder,Commonwealth Record holder, World Medallist, European Medallist & an Olympic Finalist. He delivered an inspirational talk to the students and gave a great message about hard work and determination.

The students will need these qualities when they move onto the next stage and they’ll receive a great welcome to Carmel when they start VI Form in September.


Carmel Students Recieve Prestigious Engineering Scholarships

Rose Addison and Alex Board from Carmel were awarded sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarships recently at a ceremony in Glasgow hosted by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and sponsored by the Rail Industry, led by Network Rail, Carillion and Colas Rail. Rose and Alex were presented with their Arkwright Scholarships by Principal Guest Hugh Gill, Chief Technology Officer of Touch Bionics and a member of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame with 14 patents to his name. They also met the organisation that is sponsoring their Scholarship for the next two years – The William Leach Charity. Click here to read the full press release.

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We have recently had PSHE as a VI form, which is always a great time for the forms to mix. The year 12s did extremely well with their PLP booklets, and built up their confidence in some fantastic public speaking – which is always a daunting thought. As far as year 13s are concerned, UCAS is well underway, and many people managed to get some interview practise in there. (With a little time spare to plan their Santa Dash ideas – keeping them secret from the other forms!) Together as a VI Form, we collected 116 shoe boxes for the shoe box appeal. Every student was more than happy to help make the Christmas’ of the less fortunate as enjoyable as their own – with one year 12 form making over 20!


VI Open Evening

The open evening was a success as usual, the school was a buzz. There was a huge turn out from the current VI form students, all willing to volunteer to help out their teachers and promote the college to the prospective students. Teachers were over the moon with the support they received, overall a good night.


Upcoming Santa Dash

All of the forms are now getting out their creative side in competition to go head-to-head for the annual Santa Dash, in aid of The British Heart Foundation. Everyone is looking forward to having time off study and enjoy the afternoon with their peers, dressing up as various different things and themes in the rivalry to win the scavenger hunt. It’s on!


Upcoming Christmas Liturgy

Just like every year, the music department and everyone else involved are now preparing for the annual Christmas Liturgy. A beautiful event for all of those that are religious and not, just the perfect time to rejoice just before the Christmas celebration begin in full swing.


Advent Angels

Advent is soon approaching, and it’s just the time to do something nice for those you are close to – and even those you’re not. As a VI Form, we are hoping to make advent for our peers an enjoyable experience, as well as it being time to reflect. The outcome hoping to be a lovely decorated advent wreath in the common room – made by one of the VI form forms – and covered in notes to say how you have made someone’s advent!

16th/17th November – Retreat

This year was a special year for the VI form retreat as we brought a record breaking number of students across Year 12 and 13 to YMT in Newcastle on the 16th &17th November. A total of 57 students across the whole of sixth form gave up their time of studies and other commitments to reflect on their understanding of faith and how it is present in our everyday lives, following the theme of ‘Tapestry’. Across the 2 days, the students engaged in deep reflection, team building activities, a liturgy and of course, capture the flag! The students were extremely enthusiastic and willing to take part in reflection of the gospel and their own relationship with their faith.. It was a fantastic start to the Lourdes pilgrimage next year, as most of these students are making the journey to Lourdes to help with the HCPT Trust. Well done to all who attended


8th October – Pope John Paul II

On the 8th October, eleven students from Year 12 attended the Pope John Paul II launch ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. The Right Rev. Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle welcomed the students to the cathedral who spoke about the young people ‘responding to the challenge that this award offers to participate in the life and mission of our diocese’. The Pope John Paul II Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II whose love of young people was so profound. It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith is not just for learning, nor is it a list of rules, but that it is for living. A total of fifteen Year 12 students have begun their commitment with the first award, the Papal Cross Award, since the beginning of November.


14th August – AS/A Level Results Day

Students at Carmel College in Darlington have been celebrating their A level results with some outstanding performances from individuals. Catherine Lavender, James Swainston and Tiffany McConaghy all gained the grades necessary to be accepted at three of the top ranking Universities in the world – Oxford, Imperial and Cambridge, respectively . These were just some of the fantastic performances from Carmel Students this year. Off to study medicine at Newcastle University, Emma Morrison received three A*s in biology, chemistry and maths. She said: “It will be a lot of hard work, another five years, but I am excited to go and start the course.” Joining her in medical studies, but at Leeds University, is Rachel Gunnell who also received 3 A*. Mike Shorten, Head of School, added “With 60% getting the A*-B, and nearly all students getting into their University of choice, Students rejoice after record-breaking results this has been one of the highest performing years of A level students Carmel has seen”. The college was a scene of rejoicing with students, parents and staff all sharing in the success of two years’ dedication to study. Chief Executive and Principal Maura Regan said: “It’s been a great morning. A Levels are tough and our students have all worked hard and deserve their success. We are thrilled.” If you want to share in future successes, Carmel is still accepting late applications for September 2015. Please contact the college for details.


9, 10 and 11th July – Last Night Of The Proms

Our Annual end of year college show will take place on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday the 11th July, in the Sports Hall at 7pm. Please call 01325 254525 and ask for Julie Robinson regarding tickets. This year the show is an American Theme and has something for everyone, bringing music from Glen Miller to Broadway and Dolly Parton to Mowtown. There will be a licensed bar at the event and snacks will be available. Don’t miss out on this guaranteed fantastic evening of entertainment.


Sage Music Festival
The Catholic Partnership, Music Festival to be held on the 30th June at the Sage, it will be a fantastic event, tickets are available from the Sage box office and also online.


16th March – Carmel Make a Difference in Poland

Students Shannon Webb and Bobby Humphrey, accompanied by Mrs Anyan, Mr Snowball and Mr Hannaford travelled to Dzierzoniow, in South West Poland, to take part in a student workshop as part of the Comenius ‘Make a Difference’ project. They took part in a concert, directed by Mrs Anyan and Mr Snowball and sang songs about social issues alongside schools from Poland, Ireland, Finland, Germany and Spain. Polish television covered the concert on the local news with Mrs Anyan being interviewed and a minute of Bobby and Shannon singing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ accompanied by the Irish students on Violin and Backing vocals.

To view the TV Report please click here

To view photographs from the Student Workshop please click the image below.


9th February – Carmel’s Got Talent 2015

An audience of over 300 enjoyed 3 hours of music and dance in second Camel’s Got Talent show. It was held in the JC hall on Friday 6 February. The performers were aged from 11 – 18 and were all fantastic. The event was organised by the Carmel PTA to raise funds for the college. To view photos of the evening please click the image below:


5th January – Carmel Awards
Top students were urged to become peacemakers after they leave the safety of Carmel College to make their way in a world blighted by conflict. Please click the image below to read the press release.


2nd January – Students are on song at liturgy

Students and staff captured the Christmas spirit in style with a festive offering of music and song. Please click the image below to see the press release.