Twelve students, two teachers and a True Adventure leader set off in July for a once in a life time month long expedition to Tanzania.
14th August saw the publication of the A Level results for the class of 2014. Despite the rain, there was a sunny atmosphere in college as students celebrated their success. Students achieved a very impressive 99.2% pass rate with 56.7% of grades at A*-B and 81.1% at A*-C. As they celebrated their success in style with bubbly and cake it was obvious they had enjoyed their time at Carmel and were looking forward to the next exciting stage of their lives.
As part of Enrichment, Health & Social Care students visited Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds to see how medicine has changed over the years. Students were able to immerse themselves in history and science through a combination of stimulating settings and hands on exhibitions.
Students from several high schools attended the annual Arts Festival today.
As well as all the trips outside of college, there are lots of activities taking place in college for Enrichment week.
Yesterday was a lovely sunny day for the Foundation Learning Department's Summer Fair.
The annual Student Health Day was a big success again this year.
Carmel's talented students showcased their work at the annual Creative Arts Evening last week.
Today we say goodbye to our Upper Sixth students as it's their last day in college. The Dalton Theatre was bursting at the seams this morning as staff and students came together to look back on their time spent at Carmel and to think about the next steps in their lives.
Well done to the Carmel Everton Scholars who triumphed last weekend in the final of the U18's Academy League.
Earlier today Carmel's leavers enjoyed a fun packed carnival in the sunshine.
We will be saying goodbye this week to our lovely student Ambassadors.
The work of Carmel’s talented art students will be on display from Wednesday 14th May until Sunday 1st June at the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool.
This year's 22nd French Exchange visit with our partner college in La Roche sur Yon was once again a huge success.
A Young Enterprise team made up of Business Studies students from Carmel have won 3 major awards at the Merseyside Young Enterprise finals.
This week Carmel’s BTEC Applied Science students had the opportunity to look behind the scenes at Fiddlers Ferry in Cheshire which is the 2nd largest coal fired power station in the country.
On a gloriously sunny day, 96 U6th Biology students and 5 staff spent the day at Chester Zoo.
Yesterday the Foundation department held a Spring Fayre in the Forum. On sale were baskets for Mother's Day, Easter egg buckets, plants, candles, picture frames, cakes and sweets.
Congratulations to Mike McCue who has recently been offered a work placement at Vogue Magazine! Mike, who has studied at Carmel since 2010, is completing his first year of the University of Salford BA Hons Graphic Design degree course here at Carmel.
It has been a phenomenal season for the Carmel Rugby League team. The trials didn't show much promise, but after beating local rivals Winstanley 16-0 in the season opener, we never looked back.
'Bipolar weather' was the description given by one of our lovely group. Certainly, the 'polar' bit proved to be true on our final day when it was minus four and windy. During the other three days of the Government & Politics, Law and English trip to the US, we also experienced the other three seasons, each in their turn.
Carmel College student Kimberley Meadows, was chosen to demonstrate her artist's eye to MPs and guests at the House of Commons this week.
Following negotiations with The Merseyside Forest, Ecolibrium and United Utilities, Carmel has recently received a grant of £20,000 as part of the St Helens Landscape Fund Project.
Students in the Foundation Learning Department have been working with St. Helens MBC Travel Training team this week to learn about using public transport safely.
13 of our Maths students have taken part in the Liverpool Mathematics Society Pop Maths Quiz at John Moores University. They worked in teams to answer a variety of mathematical problems, competing against 40 teams from across the local area.
Upper sixth students have been putting their team working skills to the test in their Personal Tutor sessions. They have been taking part in assessment centre activities to help give them a better understanding of the recruitment processes they might experience after they leave college.
Congratulations to U6th student Matthew Berks and L6th student Chloe Clark who have won the annual Essay Competition and earned themselves £50 of amazon vouchers each.
Congratulations to Graphic Design student, Connell Makepeace, who has won the 160th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Poster Design Competition.
Carmel staff and students have been busy promoting Fairtrade this week in order to raise awareness and help farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade is about better prices, fair trading terms, decent working conditions and local sustainability, and as a Fairtrade college, we are very proud to show our support.
Former Carmel student, Helen McCarron, is now touring with a professional dance company.
English Language and Literature students visited Media City to take a guided tour around the BBC studios.
During half term 22 students and 3 staff travelled by coach to Austria for the best skiing trip in Carmel history!
Well done to Carmel's mathematicians who participated in this year's Senior Maths Challenge. The competition is designed to develop mathematical reasoning and this year there were over 100,000 entries from 2,000 schools and colleges across the country. Yet again Carmel students had a fantastic set of results achieving a total of 45 bronze awards, 23 silver awards and 4 gold awards!
A2 Fine Art student Kimberley Meadows has been selected to exhibit her drawing in the Association of Sixth Form Colleges exhibition at the House of Commons.
170 of Carmel's students are taking part in a live project set by the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool.
Carmel's talented Art Diploma students presented a range of fantastic artwork in their exhibition this week.
Avenue Q, the adult themed spoof of Sesame Street came to Carmel for one week and wowed audiences with a highly entertaining musical production.
Carmel's A2 Photography students have been lucky enough to meet the hugely talented Photographer Alex Stoddard this morning. Alex who is a fine art and conceptual photographer living and working in LA was invited into college by Art Foundation student Stephen Maycock who has been in touch with Alex via Facebook and Twitter.
BTEC ICT students travelled to Edge Hill University for an animation taster day at the brand new £23m Creative Arts Centre.
Massive congratulations to student Oliver O'Callaghan who has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools from over 16,000 entries worldwide!
Upper sixth student Chelsea Jarvis has been offered a scholarship to study Actuarial Science at Florida State University. Chelsea who studies Maths, Spanish and Economics at Carmel has been offered the four year scholarship following her outstanding athletics achievements.
Readings, images, music, artwork and dance helped us to reflect.
The Department for Education's performance tables for schools and colleges have been published this week. They show Carmel College is the top performing A Level provider in St Helens and the top performing college in Merseyside and Cheshire in terms of 'academic progress'.
Another seven of Carmel's students could be off to study at Oxford or Cambridge this September.
History students braved the wind and rain to visit our Capital and bring their classroom studies to life.
Last month a group of Carmel students and staff visited Stuttgart in Germany to take part in the increasingly popular German exchange with our partner school, the Ferdinand Porsche Gymnasium in Stuttgart.
Staff and students celebrated the true meaning of Christmas today at the annual Carol Service. Many thanks to the talented band, choir, soloists, dancers and readers who participated and made the occasion so special.
Carmel's Foundation learning department visited the Playhouse Theatre in Liverpool last week for their annual panto trip. This year they watched Aladdin and the show was packed full of rock'n'roll fun.
Carmel's Foundation Learning department was transformed this morning into a festive wonderland! Staff and students have been working really hard to prepare gifts to sell at their very own Christmas Market.
Staff and students attended the college Advent Service this morning where we were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. During the service there was a presentation by Sarah from Hope House telling us about all the help they provide for the homeless in St Helens and how we can help make a difference.
Talented Art Foundation student Megan Giblin has been shortlisted out of hundreds of entries for the 'Young Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2013.' The 'Creative Awards' are part of the Clothes Show Live which starts this weekend at the NEC in Birmingham.
Art and Design students from the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma visited the Manchester Central Convention Centre last week.
Earlier this week a group of Textile Design students were extremely fortunate to attend an inspiring and innovative lecture at John Moores University by the creative pattern cutter and fashion designer, Julian Roberts.
Carmel's A2 Sociology students enjoyed a trip out to Liverpool Crown Court last week as part of their Crime and Deviance module.
Earlier this month the Government and Politics department visited Liverpool Town Hall for the Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA).
A group of A2 Applied Business students and BTEC Tourism students spent the day in Liverpool yesterday to find out how major attractions in the city market themselves.
Carmel College does a phenomenal amount during the year to raise money for charity and Children in Need is no exception.
For this year’s Equality & Diversity competition, Carmel students were invited to respond to the question “What does being British mean in today’s society?” Entries consisted of a range of formats from poems to presentations.
On Wednesday evening 18 Psychology students and staff met up for a tour of Liverpool's most haunted areas.
On 28th October, Carmel's Government & Politics and Sociology departments went on their annual trip to London.
As we returned from the half term break, Carmel was delighted to welcome a group of German Students from the Bil Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. The visit was part of a 7 day trip to St Helens and students were eager to see the difference between a high school and a sixth form college in the British system.
Carmel's BTEC Sport students visited Everton's Finch Farm training complex yesterday.
Over the first half term weekend, 12 students, 2 members of staff and their True Adventure leader set off for a training weekend to Mold, North Wales to prepare for a month long expedition to Tanzania next summer.
Carmel 14 - Oldham 12
46 A2 English Language and Literature students have been to The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to see a performance of Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons'; a drama text studied for their A Level exam. Students enjoyed the secrets, lies and moral dilemmas explored within the play as well as benefitting from the atmosphere and dramatic tension created through this live performance.
One World Day is an important annual event in the college calendar. This year's theme was "More than Enough?" which focusses 'being more' rather than 'having more'. Visitors who came into college to run workshops explored many different aspects of this theme providing students with a very informative and enjoyable day.
The first game of the 2013-2014 season is off to a cracking start with a 16–0 win over rivals Winstanley!
ESFA National U18s Colleges Trophy - Cronton College 1st Team 0-2 Carmel College 1st Team (Joel Donoghue 27, Tak Mbondiah 41)
Arriving for the Rugby 9's tournament with only 9 men, hopes were not high as other teams arrived 18 strong!
Fifteen students, two members of staff and an expedition leader embarked on a month long trip to Vietnam and Cambodia this summer.
The wait is finally over for Carmel's A Level students as they received their exam results earlier today. They achieved a very impressive 99.3% pass rate overall with 57.9% of grades at A*-B and 81.7% at A*-C! This proves yet again why the college has been judged as "outstanding in all aspects of its provision" by OfSTED, with an extremely high standard of teaching and learning. As they celebrated their success in style with bubbly and cake it was obvious they had enjoyed their time at Carmel an...
Each year over 18,000 dancers take part in a series of heats in their own countries to qualify for a place in the final competition which is seen as the highest achievement for the best young dancers in the world!
Carmel's Business and Economics trip to Barcelona has won an Educational Tours Award!
Y10 pupils from Haydock High, St Augustine's, St Gregory's and Knowsley Park enjoyed a Taster Day at Carmel recently.
September 2012 saw Carmel run its first one year full time initial teacher training course. All those enrolled have passed and seven of the eight trainees have already secured jobs!
AS English students interested in a career in journalism and English visited Media City during the Summer Enrichment week.
Last week 26 students from Carmel went to Madrid on a Business Faculty trip.
Carmel welcomed over 1100 students to the annual 'Experience Carmel Day' today.
Recently a group of A2 Textiles students and Art Foundation students attended the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week in London. This is an amazing showcase for the countryâ€™s most talented fashion graduates.
Fifteen students will be leaving college later today to start the adventure of a lifetime - a month long trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. The students, who will be accompanied by two members of staff and an expedition leader, are taking part in a 'True Adventure' Expedition which has been two years in the planning.
During the Summer Enrichment, Music and Media visited 'Create' at the Salford University Campus located at Media City.
Year 9 pupils from De La Salle, St Edmund Arrowsmith Ashton, St Cuthbert's, St Gregory's, St Augustine's, Wade Deacon and St Edmund Arrowsmith Whiston visited college today to sample some of what Carmel has to offer!
Yesterday's annual Student Health Day was a great success yet again. The forum was busy for most of the day with staff from St Helens and Knowsley Health Improvement Teams offering advice and information on a range of different health issues.
We welcomed Year 10 pupils from De La Salle School to Carmel today. All of the 180 pupils enjoyed a tour of the campus an informative presentation and a Question and Answer session with former De La Salle pupils.
Each year Carmel's talented artists get to show off their work at the Creative Arts Evening and this year's displays were fantastic yet again! The exhibition showcased art and design work across fine art, graphics, photography, textiles and 3D.
Before the half term, Carmel's annual Sports Awards Evening was held at Langtree Park. The students dressed up for the occasion to celebrate their sporting achievements during the year.
Lower sixth student, Sean Kirk, was recently named as the top student in Merseyside for this year's Young Enterprise scheme!
Before the half term, the second generation of student ambassadors celebrated a good year's service with a special lunch in the Chaplaincy. Rob Peacock thanked them for all their efforts and for the difference they made to events such as Open Evenings and Interview Evenings.
The Dalton Theatre was bursting at the seams for the Leavers' Service on Friday 24th May.
Carmel's Foundation Learning department had an amazing time on their annual Disneyland Paris trip last week. Nineteen students and staff braved the busy Parisian underground and survived; managing to soak up some of Paris' most iconic landmarks. After the hustle and bustle of the big city, a 2 day stroll around Disneyland was just what everyone needed!!!
Lower sixth student Lucy Renshall is travelling to Kiev, Ukraine today for the 'European Judo Union' Junior European Cup. Next weekend Lucy will also compete in La Coruna, Spain and is hoping to be placed in the top 5 so she can compete in the European Championships later in the year.
Congratulations to former Carmel students Peter Quirke and Andrew Goodison who recently won Gold at the 2013 Roses Student Creativity Awards.
Congratulations to A2 students Rebecca Albrecht, Edward Cooney, Joshua Gornell, Craig Scarisbrick, Thomas Schmidt and Paul Stanford who took part in this year's Royal Society of Chemistry's Olympiad competition.
Congratulations to AS student Samantha Anderton and A2 student Roisin McLoughlin who won the Essay Competition and bagged themselves £50 of Amazon vouchers! The students had to write a 1000 word essay discussing how much they agreed with the statement "The internet has changed society for the better".
The Foundation Learning department has been extremely busy today raising money for their trip to Disneyland Paris next week.
Well done to the AS and A2 Dance students who performed at Carmel’s annual Dance Evening recently. The show, which is held in the Dalton Theatre, is a fantastic opportunity for students to perform their exam work for an audience the week before their exams giving them invaluable experience.
Recently Carmel's finest mathematicians from took part in the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge, a national competition designed to develop mathematical reasoning.
Well done to upper sixth student Laura Driscoll who was awarded the Roscoe Foundation Citizenship award for service to the college and the community at Liverpool John Moores University last week.
Carmel Business students celebrated last week after completing their 'A2 Fast track' course which involved them completing all of their A2 year exams in January.
Upper Sixth Biology students have visited Chester Zoo to find out more about animal behaviour.
A Level Spanish students spent four days in Barcelona seeing the sights, practising their language skills and having fun!
Carmel's annual ski trip this year took place again in Austria, but for the first time was split between two resorts Hochoertz and Solden.
Guys and Dolls came to Carmel College for one week and entertained a highly enthusiastic crowd. From showstoppers like Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat and the Crapshooters Ballet to beautiful ballads, the show proved a real success.
The Duke of Edinburgh Expedition began on March 21st when fifteen students and six staff set sail on Ben-my-Chree, from Heysham Cumbria, on an epic 75 mile journey across the gruelling Irish Sea for the Isle of Man. Little did they know, they were heading into the heaviest snow storm since 1963!
Last Friday evening Carmel College hosted a 25 year Anniversary Celebration. Former students and staff from over the years joined us to mark this special occasion.
Last Friday Carmel's A2 Tourism students invited a small group from BTEC Tourism to be their 'tourists' on their London trip.
There's lots been going on in college today to raise money for Comic Relief.
Congratulations to Michael Causer who is now the U20s Men's Long Jump Indoor Champion!
Today marks the end of a very busy Fairtrade Fortnight at the college. Fairtrade is something which can make a big difference to the lives of producers throughout the world and Carmel is very proud to have been awarded Fairtrade College status for its commitment to raising awareness.
Carmel's first ever careers week was a huge success. The event during February brought together students, local employers and universities through talks, activities, visits and trips.
Last week a group of 8 Government and Politics students visited the Town Hall in Liverpool for the European Youth Parliament Debate.
Before the half term, AS & A2 Business Studies students took part in an educational visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Speke, Liverpool.
Students from Carmel’s Foundation Learning department have been given a fantastic opportunity to run a small market stall in St Mary’s Market in St Helens.
Carmel's Young Enterprise group arranged a 'Speed Dating' session in college today in order to raise money for the production of their college magazine 'Fusion'.
Carmel is celebrating its 25th birthday and to mark the occasion we are having a celebration at the college on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm in the college Forum.
Congratulations to Josh Lister, Jonathan Hall and Chris Audley who made it through to the semi-finals yesterday at the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC).
Seven students at Carmel have just received exciting news! After completing a strenuous application process, they have all successfully received offers for places at Oxbridge Colleges for September!
Carmel College is delighted to have been chosen by Everton FC to provide the education component of their Scholars' Programme. 14 Everton 'stars of the future' attend Carmel College to study the BTEC National Diploma in Sport and a range of A Level subjects including Maths, Chemistry, Biology, History and Business Studies.
Staff and students joined together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this morning in the annual Carol Concert. Many thanks to the college choir, band and all the students and staff who did readings. The concert also gave us the opportunity to present the clothing, food and money that has been collected for Hope House Homeless Centre. Thanks to all those who donated. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The college's Christmas celebrations got off to a great start this week with two fantastic performances from the Foundation Learning department. The X Factor show, expertly hosted by Phil Kearsley, had its very own Carmel judging panel and was supported by the extremely talented AS and A2 Level dance students. Both performances were a complete sell out so well done to all the staff and students involved for all your effort and hard work!
Earlier this month Carmel’s BTEC Health & Social Care students visited the ‘Bodies Revealed’ exhibition that is currently on display in Liverpool One.
After a very early start on Monday 10th December, a group of Creative Media students and their teachers travelled down to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios in London. It was an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films - the most successful film series of all time. The unique VIP walking tour took them behind-the-scenes and showcased a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props.
Congratulations to students Russell Jones and Jessica Southward who were nominated by staff at college to receive awards from Kier North West. The construction company who built the new facilities at the college presented Russell and Jessica with a certificate and cheque for £500 each.
The annual Biology trip to London saw 40 students enrich their A Level studies and come home feeling festive.
Seven A2 Performance Studies students brought Carmel's Dalton Theatre to life with their performance of Bouncers and Teechers by John Godber.
Earlier this week, students in the Foundation Learning department shared with us some of the work they have produced during a four week project working alongside our student teachers. On display was a range of poems, music, animations and arts and crafts all with a Christmas theme to get us in the festive spirit. Well done to everyone involved.
ICT and Business students gave their studies a boost on their visit to Cadbury World in Birmingham.
Last Thursday the Government and Politics department visited Liverpool Town Hall for the Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA). Over 20 local schools and colleges from throughout Merseyside came together for the day to debate real world issues under the guidance of the local branch of the United Nations Association.
History students visited the Capital in cold and blustery weather but it didn't dampen their spirits!
During this year's One World Day which took place in October, Cafod's James Tyrell asked Carmel students to write letters to some young people he would be visiting in Brazil.
Today we're raising money for Children in Need. There are home made cakes on sale in the Forum which are 2 for £1! There's also face painting and Children in Need goodies on sale from Sue and Val at the cafe.
The Fire Service were in college yesterday speaking to Lower Sixth students about road safety as part of the college's Personal Tutor Programme.
In preparation for the True Adventure month long expedition to Vietnam next summer, 15 intrepid students and 2 members of staff had a training weekend in SNOW-donia!
'Twas the night before Halloween......!
One World Day is an important annual event in the college calendar. This year's theme was "Sharing Destiny Moving Towards One World" and visitors who came into college to run workshops explored many different aspects of this theme providing students with a very informative and enjoyable day.
A group of fifty students and four staff from our Sociology and Government & Politics departments braved the elements of Liverpool's Albert Dock last week.
Each year Carmel recognises the outstanding achievements of its students. In the Foundation Learning department 3 students in particular received recognition for their efforts.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Equality & Diversity competition. Students were asked to produce a poster to promote the inclusiveness of sporting activities.
Oldham 28 v Carmel 36
Carmel College 1st Team 2-2 Hillsborough College - Carmel wins 3-2 AET
Carmel 14 Vs Xaverian 22
Last summer, a group of Carmel students, accompanied by Physics Tutor Ed Swann, climbed Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain/volcano on the planet. The idea for the trip came about through the Carmel Enrichment Programme when 2 years ago, 4 students decided that they wanted to be the first group from Carmel to climb the mountain and their adventure began.
Carmel celebrates its 25 birthday this month. It was back in September 1987 when Carmel first opened its doors to A Level students and a lot has changed since then!!
Another great year for student success at Carmel has proved yet again why the college has been judged as "outstanding in all aspects of its provision" by Ofsted. Staff and students are delighted with the results having worked extremely hard over the last two years to achieve their best.
Carmel welcomed over 1100 students to the annual New Student Conference today.
Earlier this week a group of Carmel students visited the Chemistry Department at the University of Liverpool for a one day conference entitled "Welcome to the Nanoworld".
Business and Economics students enjoyed a 4 day trip to Barcelona last week.
As part of the Summer Enrichment Programme, yesterday 44 students and 9 teachers descended on Go Ape, Rivington for a day of adventure and tree swinging!
We're wishing Lower Sixth student Nitchel Tommy 'Good Luck' for his trip to the West Indies today! Nitchel, who came to Carmel from Cardinal Heenan, is a Fast Bowler for Liverpool County Cricket Club and has been selected for England's U19's Cricket Team.
Last night Carmel's art students got to show off their talents at the annual Creative Arts Evening.
Pupils from De La Salle, St Edmund Arrowsmith Ashton, St Augustine's, St Cuthbert's, Wade Deacon and St Edmund Arrowsmith Whiston were in college yesterday.
A number of guests from the NHS Primary Care Trust and other health organisations visited college yesterday for the annual Student Health Day.
When students on the Philosophy trip to Krakow last week found out they were staying not far from the England Team's hotel, they just had to go and have a look!
Carmel's PE and Sports students, past and present, got together for the annual Awards Evening.
Staff and students gathered in a packed out Dalton Theatre earlier today for the Leavers' Service. Thank you very much to all those who took part. We wish you all the very best for the future!
Earlier this year, a group of Carmel's hugely talented Fine Art, Illustration and Photography students submitted work on the theme "Not Normal" in response to a live brief set by the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool. The work to be exhibited has now been chosen and will be on show in the gallery from 6-24th June.
Students in the Foundation Learning department enjoyed a red, white and blue themed street party this afternoon to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Students stood to sing the National Anthem before tucking in to the delicious patriotic spread!
Students from our Foundation Learning Department have been working extremely hard creating work for their art exhibition on the theme of identity and culture.
Lower sixth student Alex Dunk has received confirmation of his place on the Olympic Torch Relay route on Friday 1st June. He will carry the torch through Knotty Ash, near Alder Hey Hospital at approximately 4.15pm.
Amie Kilkenny, who came to Carmel from The Heath school in Runcorn will be running a mile with the Olympic torch through Macclesfield on Thursday 31st May.
Well done to Joseph Cashman who has been awarded the LJMU Good Citizen Award alongside other students from across the North West for their contribution to the local community. Congratulations Joseph!
Recently Carmel embarked on the second leg of the 20th French Exchange with our partner school in La Roche-sur-Yon. To mark the occasion Principals from both colleges took part and special celebrations were held.
Well done to all the Foundation Learning students and staff who completed a sponsored row and step challenge in the multi-gym to raise money for their trip to Disneyland Paris.
Travel and Tourism students have enjoyed a trip to London as part of their studies.
During the Easter hols, 42 students and 7 staff descended on Saalbach in Austria for the annual college ski trip.
Students and staff at Carmel College have raised an amazing £1700 for CAFOD this year!
On Friday 23rd March 2012, a group of Carmel students visited the BBC Centre in London as part of their BTEC Creative Media course.
All Upper Sixth students were invited to attend a cooking session last week with ABM Catering. The aim of the session was to show students, particularly those leaving home to go to university, how to cook quick, healthy meals on a budget.
The weather was glorious this afternoon for all those who took part in the activities for Sport Relief. A number of staff and students took part in a fancy dress one mile run/walk on the field whilst others battled it out to win table tennis matches on the patio outside the forum. A big thank you to everyone who donated money for such a worthwhile cause!
The Forensic Science Day in the Carmel College science department was again a resounding success. Year 9 Gifted & Talented pupils from 6 different high schools came along to solve a murder mystery, beginning with a good lunch served in the restaurant.
The 2012 performance tables published by the Department for Education, show Carmel College is one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the country for student achievement.
Eight of Carmel's Business Studies students have successfully completed their A Level early and all gained an 'A' grade. The students achieved this by sitting both of their A2 modules in January, following 15 intensive lessons during their enrichment sessions.
On Monday 12th March AS Performance Studies students from Carmel College took part in their performance exam which this year was based in The Beatles. The performances took place outside the Beatles Story Museum on the Albert Docks and lasted all day.
A group of Carmel's hugely talented Fine Art and Photography students have been selected to submit work on the theme "Not Normal" in response to a live brief set by the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool.
Today marks the end of a very busy Fairtrade Fortnight with Carmel's very talented Dance students performing a flashmob for the grand finale! Fairtrade is something which can make a big difference to the lives of producers throughout the world and Carmel is very proud to have been awarded Fairtrade College status for its commitment to raising awareness.
Last week the Government and Politics department made its annual trip to London.
Today saw the blessing of Carmel's new Chapel which was completed last September. His Grace The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly Archbishop of Liverpool was joined by staff, students and invited guests who attended the service and witnessed the Blessing. Water from the Well of Samaria in the Holy Land was used during the Blessing, and the importance of the Spirit and the Community was celebrated. Archbishop Kelly was also congratulated on the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination.
Carmel’s Head of Philosophy & Religion, Paul Griffiths, has organised a book appeal to help retired colleague Ken Townsend.
Earlier this month 7 lower sixth Government and Politics Students took part in the European Youth Parliament Debate for the first time ever at Liverpool Town Hall.
This week saw the Sociology department's annual trip to the People's Museum in Manchester.
On Thursday 9th February, 34 Textile students from AS, A2 and Art Foundation courses went to see a contemporary Textile exhibition in Birmingham entitled 'Lost in Lace'.
Recently 85 of Carmel's finest mathematicians from took part in the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge. This challenge encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using mathematical techniques.
BTEC Creative Media students have designed an exhibition focusing on war correspondents past and present which is on display in the Chaplaincy this week. The exhibition includes artefacts from WW2 and Afghanistan as well as BBC footage from award winning reporters.
Carmel's talented Dance students took part in a Flashmob in Manchester City Centre last week. The performers and people involved had so much fun and the audience loved it!
Budding classical singer, Nathan Blackburn impressed superstar Katherine Jenkins when he met her backstage at her concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall last Wednesday. The VIP concert ticket gave Nathan the opportunity to meet Katherine and when she learnt of his singing talents she asked him to send her a video of him performing.
Carmel's French department has been exchanging visits with a college in Western France for 20 years this year. Lycee de Lattre de Tassigny, in the town of La Roche sur Yon, was a brand new college 20 years ago and as Carmel was only a few years old itself, it was the start of a beautiful friendship! Our French visitors arrived at Carmel today and started their exchange visit with some birthday celebrations!
Please come along and squeeze up to the 'Fat Bottomed Girls', open your eyes, look up to the sky and see 'A Kind of Magic' which will rock Carmel College. Evening performances will be held on the 27th - 29th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are now on sale and are excellent value at £6 for adults and £4 concessions. The matinee performance on Wednesday 28th March begins at 2pm, tickets are only £3 each. For general public ticket sales please ring 01744 452268 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Carmel's third German Exchange took place recently. A group of 14 upper and lower sixth students travelled to Stuttgart and spent 7 days developing their language skills, knowledge of Germany and new found friendships.
Today marks the official start of the Chinese New Year and 2012 is the year of the Dragon. To celebrate, Carmel's Foundation Learning students have spent the day taking part in various activities and learning about Chinese culture.
Last term the ICT and Business Departments visited Cadbury World in Birmingham to see how they make use of ICT within the different departments. The students toured around the factory which showed how Cadbury World has developed since 1824 and how they have increased the use of ICT to make the company bigger and better.
A packed schedule allowed the Law department to cram in visits to Parliament and the House of Commons as well as a walking tour to Westminster and even some Christmas shopping!
Staff and students joined together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this morning in the annual Carol Concert. Many thanks to the college choir, band and all the students and staff who did readings. The concert also gave us the opportunity to present the footwear and a cheque for almost £600 that has been collected for Hope House Homeless Centre. Thanks to all those who donated. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Foundation Learning students once again excelled themselves with a magnificent performance of various current hits based around the X-Factor formula this week. The show, hosted in a unique and effervescent way by Phil Kearsley, was supported by the extremely talented AS and A2 level dance students and tutors from the maths and PE departments. The two performances were both sell outs and standing ovations showed the appreciation of an ever supportive audience.
There's lots going on in college today to raise money for Children in Need. There's a cake sale, treasure hunt, face painting, competitions and live music. Students and staff can also wear fancy dress or just dress spotty for a £1 donation! Every year Carmel makes lots of effort for this worthy cause so have fun and get donating!
Students Ryan Jackson and Hayley Cartwright were nominated by staff at college to receive awards from Kier North West. The construction company who built the new facilities at the college presented Ryan and Hayley with a certificate and cheque each for £500.
Carmel College was presented with the 'Most Creative Show Off' award by Fairtrade Foundation Executive Director Harriet Lamb CBE, at the national Fairtrade Supporter Conference at Aston University. Carmel's Flashmob consisted of 30 dancers all wearing Fairtrade T shirts who suddenly got up in the middle of the lunch hour and danced a routine which took 300 other students and staff by surprise and then sat back down again!
Carmel's recent trip to Oxford and Cambridge Universities was a huge success. Feedback from students was very positive; they found the visit to be very informative and extremely useful for their university applications.
Students from Carmel's Foundation Learning department held the first cake sale of the year recently in order to raise money for charity. As always the Fairtrade cakes went down very well. This cake sale was just the first of many; all the money raised will be collated at the end of the year to be donated to a local charity.
One World Day is an important annual event in the college calendar. This year’s theme was “Living for One World” and visitors who came into college to run workshops explored many different aspects of this theme providing students with a very informative and enjoyable day.
Carmel College has just launched its new smartphone app for Apple and Android to enable students to stay connected.
Recently a group of AS & A2 Dance & Performance Studies students went to the Lowry Theatre, Manchester to see 'Battle for the Soul - Chapter One', a dance theatre piece by Fallen Angels Dance Theatre Company. The students found the piece gripping, exciting, gritty and inspirational and a great time was had by all.
Carmel's football 1st team got off to a flying start in the National Cup on Monday with an impressive 8-2 victory over St Marys College from Blackburn. This was the first time the boys had played together and Carmel made short work of their opponents going in at half time 6-0 up, with four goals from striker Matty Taylor and two from Joey Ubido, the game was rounded off with two impressive late goals from defender Josh Davies. Well done and best of luck for the rest of the season!
Student Matthew Pennington who started at Carmel this September is a rising football star. Matthew, who signed for Everton at the age of 11 as a central defender, said he wanted to come to Carmel because as well as having lots of friends here, the college has been very flexible allowing him to have a tailored programme of study so that he can continue with his football training commitments.
Former Carmel Law student, Amie Kavanagh (right of picture) has been awarded a bursary by top 100 UK law firm, Ward Hadaway. The firm, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, has helped Amie with funding towards the second and third year of her M Law/LLB (Hons) Exempting degree and has also offered her an invaluable opportunity to spend time at the firm undertaking work experience.
The Class of 2011 has continued the tradition of gaining outstanding A Level results. The pass rate is an impressive 99.3% with 60.6% of the grades at A*-B. These are the College's best ever results and provide further confirmation that the College is one of the best providers of sixth form education.
This week 21 Biology students have returned from Yellowstone, USA's premier National Park.
Carmel welcomed over 1100 students to the annual New Student Conference today.
Earlier this week, Carmel students had the opportunity to try out a number of Enrichment activities.
The recent Philosophy and Relgion trip to Krakow, Poland began with the 'Krakow Challenge'. Students in small teams were sent to explore the city to achieve special objectives. They had to navigate their surroundings, converse with locals, get photographic evidence and race back to collect their prize.
Carmel's annual Careers Day was once again an enormous success. Earlier today students were able to speak to representatives from a wide range of organisations to gain an insight into what each career may involve, as well as obtaining advice on how to progress in the field.
The 2011 Student Health Day was a great success. Health Professionals from the NHS, Primary Care Trust Health Improvement Team, Merseyside Police, St Helens Rugby League club and other guests from different health organisations came into college for the day.
Last night Carmel's art students got to show off their talents at the annual Creative Arts Evening.
Congratulations to upper sixth student Tom Syder who was presented with an award at the Roscoe Foundation for Citizenship “Good Citizenship Awards” at John Moores University.
Staff and students gathered in a packed out Dalton Theatre earlier today for the 2011 Leavers' Service.
Fairtrade fans at Carmel College are celebrating after contributing to a world record breaking line of Fairtrade bunting.
Massive congratulations go to Ryan Paladino from the Foundation Department on being selected for the GB Boccia squad for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
As part of the refurbishment of the chaplaincy at Carmel, Graphic Design students on the Foundation Degree were invited to submit presentations for the stained glass windows.
Congratulations to Carmel's Young Enterprise team who secured a hat trick at the Merseyside Finals winning three awards including the prestigious Company of the Year award.
Last Friday, staff and students were treated to a live concert in the forum to raise money for the Lourdes Music Group.
The PE Departments' annual ski trip was a great success this year; the group went to Bardonecchia in Italy during the spring break.
"The sun will come out ....eventually!......Must be Geography Fieldwork Time!"
Carmel's 19th French Exchange took place recently when 31 students and 3 staff set off for La Roche sur Yon where their partners were waiting with a welcome drink and slice of Brioche.
Nine members of staff from Carmel College are taking on a mountain of a challenge in 2012 to raise money for charities close to their hearts.
Lower sixth Law student Russell Jones came first in the regional heat of the Catenian Public Speaking Competition recently.
Carmel's spring term finished in style this year when the Young Enterprise group hosted their own version of the popular ITV show 'Take Me Out'.
Students within the Foundation Department had the opportunity to work with Twin Vision on an enterprise project designing and producing cushions.
Recently 19 students and 3 staff from the ICT department went on a very successful trip to Eurodisney.
On Thursday 17th March 2011, Carmel College students visited the BBC Centre in London as part of their BTEC Creative Media Course.
Student Helen Walsh gives her account of the recent Combined English trip to the theatre.
The A2 Travel and Tourism students enjoyed the delights of Blackpool on their 2011 annual trip.
Staff and Students at Carmel had great fun today raising money for Comic Relief.
In December 2010, a group of 14 students and 2 staff travelled across to Stuttgart in Germany to participate in the second German exchange between Carmel College and the Ferdinand Porsche Gymnasium in Stuttgart.
There have been lots of events in college this week in order to promote Fairtrade Fortnight.
Carmel's A2 dancers were given the opportunity to take part in a full day Dance Workshop earlier this week in preparation for their forthcoming practical exams.
The Government and Politics department's annual visit to London saw 20 students and 2 members of staff make the trip this year.
Carmel's business students got the opportunity to meet Employment Minister Chris Grayling earlier this week.
Yesterday, two of Carmel's upper sixth students, Jessica Rawlinson and Andy Dixon led a very moving service for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Carmel's finest mathematicians recently took part in the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge.
Last week saw the publication of the Post-16 School and College Performance Tables for 2010.
Carmel's talented art students will be exhibiting their work at The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery from Friday 21st January.
Today saw another packed out theatre at Carmel College as students from the Foundation Learning department strutted their stuff in their annual show.
On Friday 10th December, Carmel's BTEC Creative Media students were visited by ‘Young Media Person of the Year’ Mark Worth, from the media and communications agency PHD North.
Eighteen of Carmel's Law students recently took part in the Bar National Mock Trial Competition.
The cast of Me and My Girl were in fine voice at dress rehearsals today!
On Wednesday 3rd November, 43 students and 4 staff from the Performance / Dance department travelled by coach to London’s West End to see two highly acclaimed shows: Wicked and The Railway Children.
The Notre Dame Centre for Art & Design became a shrine to the work of our Graphic Design Degree students today.
Staff and students at Carmel had lots of fun today raising money for Children in Need.
Carmel's very own Head of Art & Design, Steve Bonati has won the Times Photography competition.
Students Andrew Dixon and Jessica Rawlinson give their account of the recent History Department trip to Auschwitz in Poland.
Last night we held the first of our three annual Open Evenings. It is fair to say that we were "inundated" with visitors. This was especially rewarding given that there had been severe weather warnings during the afternoon.
Me & My Girl is a hilarious, upbeat musical about a cockney geezer from Lambeth who inherits a fortune from his Hereford ancestors.
Come and join a winning team and play a vital role in planning the future of Carmel College.
Carmel College has been chosen as the first workplace for GPW Recruitment's Rugby League Recruitment division. The new division is focussed on organising training and work experience for current players in rugby league to give them a head start in their career after professional rugby.
On Sunday 17th October, 2010, four members of staff from Carmel College (plus one little sister*) took part in the first ever Vertical Rush event in Liverpool. With 558 steps in total, the challenge was to race up the stairs to the top of the St John's Beacon, now home to Liverpool's own Radio City 96.7.
On Monday 18th October, 25 Media and Film students visited FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool to attend a screening of the British film 'Shank' accompanied by a presentation from Ian Mashiah who is a BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) examiner.
Our annual One World Day is always a winner with students and this year's was no exception. This year's theme was "Peacing Together One World" and visitors who came into college to run workshops explored many different aspects of this theme.
A group of very talented AS Textiles students have created a fabulous exhibition in the Notre Dame Art Building.
The final building in Carmel's £22m building programme was officially opened on Thursday.
Last year, Carmel became a Fairtrade College and the Fairtrade Foundation has renewed our Fairtrade Status again for the next two years.
Two of Carmel's talented photography students were featured in the Sunday Telegraph earlier this month.
In the summer of 2010 eight students from Carmel went to the Himalayas in North West India and completed an expedition to Chandra Tal (almost 5000m). This was the culmination of the 2-year World Challenge project.
Antony Conboy has graduated from his BA Graphic Design course with first class honours. Former Carmel student Antony was always destined for great things achieving grade A in Graphics and Distinction on the Art Foundation Diploma. Antony was also the first student chosen to represent the college on the British Vogue work experience programme that is unique to Carmel College.
Students at Carmel College are celebrating their successes today having achieved the College's best ever A Level results placing them in the top 10 colleges in the country according to the Independent newspaper league table (20/08/10).
Eight students left college last Friday to start the adventure of a lifetime - a month long trip to India and trekking across the Himalayas.
This week is the Lloyds TSB National School Sports Week which aims to use the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire young people to do more sport and physical activity.
Carmel College welcomed more than 800 students to the annual New Student Conference Day today.
Each year, one of Carmel's BA Graphic Design degree students, gets the opportunity to spend three weeks working at British Vogue in London.
Science graduate ambassadors from Newcastle University visited the college recently to deliver a series of activities for the college's science students. These activities aimed to enhance and enrich the STEM curriculum with some fun experiments.
Another successful annual Student Health Day took place today. Students and staff were given the opportunity to speak to health professionals and get expert advice on a range of health issues.
Carmel's annual Industry Day was once again an enormous success with over 40 businesses attending the event. Students were able to speak to representatives from a wide range of organisations to gain an insight into what each career may involve, as well as obtaining advice on how to progress in the field.
A report published today places Carmel College 5th out of 172 institutions from across the whole of the North West region.
The annual Creative Arts Evening will take place on Thursday 17th June. The Notre Dame building will feature the work of this year's Art Foundation students and the AS and A2 work will be on display in the Forum.
Five of Carmel's talented Photography students have won prizes in the Salford University Colleges' Photography Competition.
From this September, the catering facilities at Carmel College will be operated by abm catering ltd, an independent contract caterer with a highly successful track record in providing services for Colleges across the UK.
A team of A2 Applied Business students from Carmel College have recently been notified of their exceptional two "highly commended" awards in a recent competition run by Traidcraft.
At Easter the biology department took the A2 students to Chester Zoo where they attended lectures in primate behaviour to support the A'level curriculum.
The search for the Holy Grail continued its trail to Carmel College in April of this year as King Arthur and his knights took on Monty Python's Spamalot.
This year's trip was to Zell am Zee and we skied the Kaprun area.
28 of Carmel's Biology students visited Costa Rica over the Easter holidays.
Students taking part in the driving theory enrichment workshops have made a great start in the preparation for their theory tests.
Carmel College was host to a visit by the Mayor of St Helens on 14th April. Councillor Terry Shields was invited to the College to meet a group of nine A2 Applied Business students who worked in partnership with St Helens RLFC to host a Fashion Show last month.
Last month the second leg of the French Exchange took place.
The A2 English Literature students recently visited the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre to see a powerful, vibrant and highly amusing performance of The Canterbury Tales.
Last month staff and students from the Government & Politics, Sociology & Media departments jetted off from Heathrow for the annual trip to the USA.
A massive thank you to everyone who took part and all those who donated to be in the audience for today's 'A Question of Sport Relief' event.
Student Charlotte Green gives her account of the recent Spanish Department trip to Barcelona.
Staff and students will be battling it out this Friday in "A Question of Sport Relief".
Two volunteers from 103, St Helens Centre for the Homeless visited Carmel’s Justice and Peace Group today.
Carmel College hosted a fashion show on Thursday 11th March in conjunction with St Helens RLFC. The event was organised by nine A2 Applied Business Studies students as part of their coursework to showcase the latest kits and new clothing range on offer at Saints.
Carmel's Principal, Rob Peacock, attended a reception at 10 Downing Street today.
Enrichment at Carmel can lead to a formal qualification that will enhance your CV and University application. The Welcome Host Certificate, which is a Leisure and Tourism enrichment activity, is an excellent example of this and today a group of students who recently achieved this award were presented with their certificates by Karl Smith, Head of Faculty for Business.
Last Friday 150 of our Lower 6 students took part in 3 workshops. During each session they were given hints about how to motivate themselves, how to learn, how to study and how to remember - all vital when it comes to preparation and revision for examinations.
Lower Sixth student Charlotte Harris has scooped the 2009 St Helens Young Creative Writing Award.
The aim of the national 10:10 Campaign is to encourage everyone - individuals, companies and institutions - to cut their carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.
AS Level Dance students at Carmel took part in a workshop yesterday delivered by 3rd year BA Hons Dance students from Edge Hill University.
For those on a diet, yesterday was not the day to be in college! Temptingly tasty treats were to be had at two cake sales - and all made with Fairtrade ingredients - delicious!
'Cold, wet and windy! Must be Geography Fieldwork Time!'
A Health and Safety Competition was recently launched at the college and the winners have been announced.
Before the February half term holiday 35 French students and 3 teachers arrived in college for the first part of the French Exchange 2010. This is the 19th year that an exchange has taken place with the same college, lycée de Lattre de Tassigny in La Roche sur Yon.
The Law Trip to New York was a great success with all 22 students enjoying 5 days in the Big Apple.
The local parish Fairtrade stall came to Carmel today and sold out of chocolate cookies in minutes!
A group of A2 Applied Business students, who are also members of Carmel's Fairtrade Committee, are helping to make sure the College meets the expectations of the Fairtrade Foundation.
In 2009, Carmel College went GREEN! For 2010, the Green agenda continues to promote sustainable development and raise awareness of environmental and global issues.
Students and staff at Carmel College celebrated today when they were officially welcomed into London 2012's Get Set network, in recognition of their commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
Carmel's Equality and Diversity Competition has produced two deserved winners this year.
Student Melissa Gorman has created an art installation entitled "Images of Destruction." Melissa, who also studies A Levels in Fine Art and Textiles, was inspired to produce the piece when she was recently studying the Vietnam War in her A Level History classes.
Last week Carmel's students organised a number of events in order to raise money for the Haiti Appeal. The devastating earthquake has caused widespread damage and has left many in desperate need of clean water, shelter and medical help.
Students from Carmel's Essential Skills department wowed audiences recently with their outstanding performances in their show I've got the X Factor........Get me out of here!
Carmel College has won national recognition for the way it uses digital technology, computers and the web to help its learners succeed.
Carmel College has become the tenth college in the UK to be accepted into the London 2012 Get Set Network and only the second college in the North West, the other being Oldham Sixth Form College.
Carmel's Netball team tasted success before the festive period when they took part in the British Colleges North West Competition in Manchester. Our team was a mixture of upper and lower sixth girls who competed against other college teams from across the region in what turned out to be a very successful day!
On Thursday 9th February, 34 Textile students from AS, A2 and Art Foundation courses went to see a contemporary Textile exhibition in Birmingham entitled 'Lost in Lace'.