College celebrates students musical talents

College celebrates students musical talents

3rd January 2014


A GROUP of talented musicians ended the year with a crescendo after being awarded a school’s highest honour.

The band of students at Carmel College, Darlington, became the first group to be awarded the coveted John Caden.

Normally awarded to a single student, the award recognises contributions which make a difference and enrich life at the college.

Principal and Carmel Education Trust Chief Executive officer Maura Regan told a packed audience of family and friends: “It is my privilege to make this award but this year it proved so difficult.

“This group of musicians have made such a difference and had such an impact on the College that, for the first time, I had to award it jointly to them all.”

Head boy Tom Jackson, who was among the group called Carmel Pit Band, said: “We feel incredibly privileged to collect this award, particularly when all the students here at Carmel contribute so much to make the College outstanding.”

The award was the culmination of a night of accolades in which last year’s Year 11 and 13 students were rewarded for their endeavours.

Guest of honour Maria Matthews, a former Headteacher and current Director of the Carmel Educational Trust, presented the awards.

She told the audience: “At this wonderful College you have received the very best of everything: the very best individual care and support and the very best learning experience. The fantastic team here supported you and enabled you to flourish; giving you the self-assurance to move on. We are rightly proud of your academic achievements.”

“You are now independent, resilient and responsible young people – ready and able to survive in a very tough world. And you wonderful young people are also very aware of the needs of others – not just in your own community but further afield in the wider community and across the world.”

Visitors were also treated to an evening of readings and musical performances including a festive rendition in Spanish by the staff.

Miss Regan added: “All of our staff and students contribute hugely to the vibrancy that exists at Carmel College and tonight is deserved recognition for all of their efforts.”



Applied Science, Alexander Park

Outstanding Achievement in Art, Niall Brown

Biology, Elizabeth Tulloch

Business Studies, Sophie Hutchinson

Chemistry, Christopher Jones

Childcare, Learning and Development, Stephanie Bailey

Electronics, Thomas Manning

English Language, Emily Smith

English Literature, Thomas Brown and Kelly Schweizer

Geography Prize, James Owen

Achievement in Health & Social Care, Gemma Choppin

History Prize, Connor Kirkpatrick

ICT Award, Dayle Cook

Creative ICT Award, Gurjot Bagri

Law, Joshua Fraser

Student Librarian Award, Margaret Hart

Mathematics, Joe Walsh and Andrew McGovern

Achievement in Media Studies, Daniel Owen

Modern Foreign Languages, Joseph Mash

Music, Talitha Devey

Achievement in Photography, Emma Nendick

Physics, Owen Thomson

Psychology, Kelly Schweizer and Chloe Rance

Public Services, Charlotte Field and Conor Moss

Religious Studies, Talitha Devey

Sociology, Ashleigh Murray

Sports Studies, Jonathan Kay

Achievement in Theatre Studies, Ashleigh Murray

Travel and Tourism Award, Michael Keller

Head Boy, Head Girl, Matthew Brown and Elly Humphrey

Best A Level Results, Joseph Mash, Elly Humphrey, Olivia Morris, Daniel Lavender, Daniel Owen, Owen Thomson

Best GCSE Results, Catherine Lavender, Margaret Hart, Daniel Gibbs, Lindsey Carmel

White Memorial Shields for Recognition of Achievement, Klaudia Siegel

Dr Allan Mitchell Award for Business Enterprise, Lucy Robson

Rotary Club Award, Andrew Dobson

John Caden Cup, Carmel Pit Band, Tom Bussey, George Ford, James Harris, Ciaran Jasper, Tom Jackson, John Oliver, Tom Shorten

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