GCSE & A-Level Revision Guides, plus calculators and maths sets (in clear cases) are available to purchase at discounted prices from the Learning Resource Centre.
Revision Guides Order Form
Please return your form via teams or email and the order total will be added to your scopay account. Once this is paid, your order will be delivered to your form. Please contact Mrs Creek for more information.
The Midnight Library
To celebrate World Book Night, Darlington library gifted our sixth form students with 100 copies of Matt Haig's The Midnight Library. Students have been enjoying their copies!
World Book Day 2021
World Book Day is always a huge celebration at Carmel College and despite the challenges this year, we intended to celebrate virtually.
This year was just as brilliant but in a very different way. Staff were encouraged to dress up or have a virtual background, some staff did both! Staff and students took part in our World Book Day quiz during a virtual form time. This year, we added a 'Masked Reader' round which both staff and students loved. Some of our staff read excerpts from Sir Captain Tom Moore's 'One Hundred Steps'. Many different activities were on offer for students to participate in, some of which included author podcasts and the World Book Day rap. We created a bookmark which was handed out to all students and staff. Students were given the opportunity exchange their World Book Day voucher for their very own book.
Year 7 Michael Morpurgo Event
For information on resources, book reviews and Learning Resource Centre news, access the library management system, Eclipse.net. Also now available from the FREE iMLS app for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The mobile library will be available for Year 9 on a Monday lunchtime (Week A), Year 7 on a Monday lunchtime (Week B), and Year 8 on Thursday lunchtime (Week B). Students in all year groups can send requests through at any time to Mrs Creek in the LRC.
Browns Books for Students visited this term with their Book Bus. The Book bus is a purple double decker bus that houses a large selection of fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels. Students from all year groups had the opportunity to visit the bus and browse. Students were given hand held scanners and encouraged to ‘buy’ books that they would like to see in the LRC. This was a fantastic opportunity to talk about the sorts of books that would encourage students to visit the LRC.
Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to inspire a love of reading in 11-13 year olds. The programme was launched with an assembly where Year 7 students discussed the importance of reading and even got to hear about some of their teachers favourite books! Each Year 7 student have been given the opportunity to choose their own book from a selection of titles. This book will be kept in their form class and will have a dedicated time to read and swap books. Competitions will be held throughout the year and further resources can be found at www.bookbuzz.org.uk.
Some of our Year 7 students have been visited by award winning author of children’s adventure stories, Dan Smith. Dan spoke to the students about his life growing up and the adventures that inspired him to write books. The students were enthralled with his exciting stories and asked many questions. More information about Dan and his adventures can be found on his website http://www.dansmithsbooks.com. We have signed copies of Dan’s books for students to borrow in the LRC.
Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Book Fair, which took place in the Learning Resource Centre and at the Christmas Fayre. £400 was taken, resulting in 40% commission to buy new books for the library. Discounted books can be bought throughout the year via Scholastic Books Clubs, online at: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/carmel-college.
Eleven students participated in this year’s Carnegie Book Award Shadowing Scheme. The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. Those taking part, referred to as ‘Shadowers’, had been tasked with reading eight shortlisted titles over a fourteen week period. The judging event took place on 18th June. Shadowers voted ‘Things a Bright Girl Can Do’ by Sally Nicholls and the ‘House with Chicken Legs’ by Sophie Anderson as joint winners. The official winner as voted by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) was ‘The Poet X ‘by Elizabeth Acevedo - a novel about a fifteen year old girl called called Xiomara, who works through the tension and conflict in her family by writing poetry. All eight titles are available to borrow from the LRC.
As part of the Crossing the Tees Festival, 30 students have taken part in a fun creative poetry writing workshop to encourage new teenage writers. Local performance poet Andy Willoughby worked with Year 10 students to create a poem describing where they came from. The students produced some fantastic work and discovered they have a real talentfor poetry writing.
Year 6 children from St Bede’s, Holy Family, St Augustine’s and St Teresa’s voted for the winner of the Book Factor 2019. The children were asked to read three books and vote for their favourite. The chosen book was Michael Morpurgo’s beautifully written ‘Eagle in the Snow’. All children starting in September will be encouraged to read the winning book. Copies will be available to borrow from the Learning Resource Centre.
Liz Million Visit
Carmel College were lucky enough to receive a visit from local illustrator and author of children’s books, Liz Million. Liz visits schools, libraries and museums all over the world to talk about her work and to show people how to draw. Students from Years 7- 10 were given an insight into how to become an illustrator, as well as step by step drawing tuition.
Rachel Taplin won our competition to win a family swim at the Dolphin Centre. Any student taking a book from the Learning Resource Centre between 20-23 May was entered into a raffle to win this fantastic prize.
Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Book Fair, which took place in the Learning Resource Centre and at the Christmas Fayre. £616 was taken, resulting in 50% commission to buy new books for the library. Discounted books can be bought throughout the year via Scholastic Books Clubs, online at: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/carmel-college
Don’t forget that Carmel’s Scholastic Book Club is now online at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/carmel-college. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 25p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.
Bookbuzz Year 7 Pupils 2017-2018
Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that supports schools to inspire a love of reading by giving students the opportunity to choose and keep their own book.
Within the first few weeks of entry, Year 7 pupils at Carmel are invited to select a book of their choice from the books available. Throughout Year 7, pupils enter into a programme of reading for pleasure with challenges and competitions to keep them engaged. At the end of the academic year pupils are able to take their chosen book home.
Click on the image below for information for students and parents on reading within the home environment.
Book Trust is the largest reading charity in the UK. The charity works to inspire a love of reading in children. For information about book recommendations, projects and programmes click the image below.
Scholastic Book Club
Carmel’s latest Scholastic Book Club can be found at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/carmel-college. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend through the Book Club will earn 25p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.
Scholastic Book Fair 2017
30th October – 3rd November
Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Book Fair held in the Learning Resource Centre. A magnificent £483.00 was raised from the sale of books, posters, stationery and book bags. Carmel received 40% commission from Scholastic to buy new books for the Library during the forthcoming year.
Books for Keeps
Books for Keeps is the UK's leading, independent children's book magazine. Pre-school - Teens. Please click here to view the latest issue.
Family Reading Activity
Take part in a ‘Family Reading activity’. Carmel Library has a collection of books which can be borrowed, two copies of the same title, to be read by student and another family member; e.g. mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent. Read the books at a similar pace and enjoy discussing the best of children’s literature! A list of titles can be viewed here as well additional information about the programme.
Carnegie Medal Award 2018
Eleven students representing Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 participated in this year’s Carnegie Book Award Shadowing Scheme. The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. Those taking part, referred to as ‘Shadowers’, had been tasked with reading eight shortlisted titles over a fourteen week period. This year’s shortlist focussed on stories based on historical events, rites of passage and topical issues. The judging event took place on 18th June.
Shadowers voted Wed Wabbit winner of the Under Teen category, After the Fire winner of the Teen+ category and The Hate U Give winner of the Amnesty category. The official winner as voted by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) was Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean - a story inspired by an historical record from 18th century St Kilda, the book explores the fates of a group of men and boys who find themselves stranded on a remote and inhospitable sea stac after their return boat mysteriously fails to turn up.
The Amnesty Honour, awarded to authors whose books teach children about truth, freedom and justice went to American debut author Angie Thomas for The Hate U Give. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it tells the story of 16-year-old Starr following the fatal shooting of a best friend by a white police officer. For more information of the Award click on the link: