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There’s more to life at Carmel than just getting your qualifications. We want you to achieve your potential and flourish both academically and personally. So we encourage you to get involved and complement your academic studies by taking advantage of the many opportunities that are available at Carmel.
You can choose from over 70 crosscollege activities as part of Carmel’s Enrichment Programme such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Kite Making, Team Sports, Choir or Russian to name but a few. Some activities will support your career or university applications; others will
allow you to broaden your horizons; and some may introduce you to a new hobby. During your first two weeks in college, you will be given information about the Enrichment Programme and invited to sign up for your chosen activities - you’ll be spoilt for choice! There are also many opportunities throughout the year to enhance your studies by taking part in subject specific enrichment activities both in the UK and abroad. Subject areas aim to bring the classroom to life: this can involve offering trips out of college, taking part in competitions, or departments may simply invite a guest speaker into college. This booklet will give you a flavour of the wide range of activities you can get involved in at Carmel, but we haven’t got room to include them all – there are far too many!
10 Reasons to take part in enrichment and extra-curricular activities: 1 Impress University Admissions Tutors by demonstrating not only your academic ability but also your social and personal development. 2 Stand out from the crowd and enhance your job applications by showing potential employers that you have developed personal skills such as the ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team. 3 Try something new, learn a skill or develop an existing hobby. 4 Take a break from your studies to do something different. 5 Gain valuable work experience to suit your career aspirations, essential if you want to follow a vocational career like teaching or nursing. 6 Feel part of the wider community and make a positive contribution to your local area. 7 Get an additional qualification – some enrichment activities, like the Cabin Crew Diploma, provide the opportunity to gain a valuable recognised qualification. 8 Go on subject trips to enhance your studies and experience different cultures.
10 Meet people with similar interests and make new friends.
Matt McNamara Studying : Politics, Combined English, Chemistry, Psychology
9 Build your confidence and get a sense of achievement.
The Enrichment Programme has given me a chance to learn skills and take part in activities I would never have considered before coming to Carmel.
YOUNG ENTERPRISE This is about young people taking the opportunity to work together to come up with a product or service that they can make and sell. The teams meet during the enrichment sessions and also attend a few other events outside of college over the year. Young Enterprise gives you the opportunity to get a qualification as well as developing your team-working skills and it’s a great addition to your CV! Over the years Carmel’s Young Enterprise teams have always been very successful.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD This is a programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for young people. Available at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, this prestigious award will enhance your CV or university application.
WORK PLACEMENTS & COMMUNITY SERVICE Work placements These can be tailored to suit specific university course requirements and career aspirations. Community Service You will have the opportunity to work with different groups in society and various charities across the region.
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VOCATIONAL Primary School Project Gain an insight into the rewards and challenges of working with Year 6 pupils in a local primary school with the ultimate aim being to help develop their confidence and raise their aspirations. Cabin Crew Diploma For students interested in entering the Aviation industry as a Cabin Crew Attendant.
of Edin burgh R esiden Laura Eaton tial Studying: Business Studies, Media Studies, Fine Art, English Language
The Young Enterprise enrichment was beneficial to me because it enabled me to see what it would be like to set up my own business. It also helped with my confidence too, as our Team won three awards in the St Helens Final.
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PERFORMANCE & DANCE You don’t have to be studying Performance or Dance to take part. Over the years, performances have included The Crucible, Singin’ in the Rain, Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Buddy, Bouncers, Sweeney Todd and most recently Spamalot.
The search for the Holy Grail continued its trail to Carmel College as King Arthur and his knights took on Monty Python's Spamalot. DANCE SOCIETY Learn a wide variety of dance styles during these dance technique classes.
MUSIC You have the opportunity to practice your music skills and perform during the weekly lunchtime concerts or perhaps take part in one of the many college productions. Music Enrichment activities include:Drum Kit Music Theory Singing Choir Recording Studio
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ART & DESIGN Art Experience Enjoy a mix of activities including drawing, painting, glassware, textiles and 3D Design.
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History through Film Be a film critic whilst finding out about different countries’ past history.
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Abbie-Jane Coughlan Studying : Dance, Biology, Combined English
I have chosen to be in the College Production each year as an enrichment activity and it’s been brilliant! Working together with such talented performers has made me a more confident performer myself.
What’s up Doc? Extend your mind and discover fascinating aspects of the world we live in through the media of film/documentaries.
Daniel Antonio Studying : Music, Performance Studies, Combined English
The highlight of my college experience would have to be playing the title role in ‘Sweeney Todd’ and being able to work alongside a professional conductor.
Philosophy at the Movies Look at some of the big ideas explored in films.
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COMPETITIVE TEAM SPORTS You can represent Carmel College at Football, Rugby and Netball playing in matches in the North West Colleges’ Leagues.
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5-a-side Football, Running Club, Badminton Club, Table Tennis, Basketball, College Gym, Volleyball, Crazy Catch.
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Andrew Harper represents Great Britain at Table Tennis.
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Mike Mellor has represented England at badminton many times and is currently in the Top 20 players nationally. Owen Livesey, Silver Medal winner at the National Judo Championship.
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Emma Shallcross Studying : Chemistry, Maths, Spanish, PE, Critical Thinking
I have achieved the Community Sports Leader Award through Enrichment. It was a perfect opportunity to interact with other students, learn new skills and gain a qualification along the way.
Jack Graham won the 2009 Gold medal at the British Catholic Colleges Football Tournament in Portugal.
As part of the national programme to get young people more involved in sports and exercise, Carmel College has a Further Education Sports Co-ordinator, Garth Thomas. Throughout the year, Garth organises a whole programme of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved in: Intra-college competitions (student v student) • Dodgeball, Netball, Uni Hockey tournaments • Staff v students charity competition • Fun Sports Day Inter-college competitions (college v college) • A variety of competitive sports have been introduced such as a Merseyside Badminton League, Basketball Competition and a Girls Football League. Last year the Football team reached the Final of the North West Colleges’ League and the Rugby team won the Rugby League Plate.
Rhiane Forber Studying : P.E., Leisure Studies, Business Studies, Psychology
I play in the college netball team and our matches count as my enrichment activity. This has really benefitted me as I have a healthy balance between study and leisure activities.
Community Sports Leader Award Level 2 • The Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful candidates to independently lead small groups of people in sport and recreational activities. The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification. Last year Carmel College joined the London 2012 Get Set Network and as part of this, local primary schools were invited to take part in six Olympic themed workshops. This enabled the students to gain the valuable practical experience they needed for the Sports Leader Award. FA Football Coaching Badge
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• This course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for young players. It is ideally suited to those working with groups of young players and/or teams. • As part of the course students attend Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children courses. • The course is provided at Carmel College. College/Club links • Students gaining their coaching and sport leadership qualifications are actively encouraged to assist in after school clubs and local clubs to enhance their knowledge and experience.
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MORE CLUBS AND SOCIETIES … Student Council
Debating Society Split into teams and debate hot issues! You will learn new skills such as how to structure a persuasive argument. The Mock United Nations General Assembly Chess Club
Writers’ Club Especially beneficial for students applying for journalism or creative writing courses, the Club covers journalistic writing, short stories, travel writing, dramatic monologues and haiku poems. You will also look at a wide variety of novels and have a go at writing in that style. The Interact Club
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TAKE PART IN COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Public Speaking Competition Chemistry Olympiad Merseyside Young Analyst Competition Liverpool Mathematical Society Nuffield Bursary Scheme Science students can gain valuable experience over the summer holiday working in leading scientific industries, research institutes and UK universities. Senior Team Mathematics Challenge Each year Maths students team up to compete in the regional heats held at the University of Liverpool. National Schools Analyst Competition Writing Competition
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Holiday Spanish, Italian and Russian Learn phrases for meetings and greetings, shopping travelling, eating and drinking.
MATHS / SCIENCE Extraordinary Science Forensic Science Learn some basic techniques such as fingerprinting. Research a crime and identify the perpetrator from a list of suspects. Engineering Challenge
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ENRICHING THE LIVES OF OTHERS World Challenge Take part in a Team Challenge to the Himalayas in India. Leadership Challenge In association with St Helens Chamber and Raleigh International, students took part in the 2010 Challenge in Nicaragua. La Sallian Developing World Project Justice and Peace Group People and Planet Group
Introduction to Counselling Skills Transcendental Meditation Learn this world famous technique and reap the benefits of deep relaxation and improved brain function. Aromatherapy Nails and Manicure Board Games Sign Language Bookworms We love to Knit!
Interior Design Regency Dance Driving Theory A Time for Reflection Carmel’s Meadow Personal Finance
Parapsychology Explore the psychology of “paranormal experience” and uncover the reality of the paranormal.
Christopher James Applied Business, Law, Accounting
The range of enrichment activities ensures that you can take part in something which is either totally different to your subjects or which complements them. I have taken part in Sign Language and I’m also now a qualified First Aider.
EVEN MORE ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM….
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TRIPS & VISITS AT HOME AND ABROAD In a typical year there are approximately 80 trips out of college. The vast majority take place locally or nationally with around 12 visits abroad. These trips include attendance at conferences, study days, events, exhibitions, competitions and performances and most are aimed at students studying particular subjects. Some, however, are cross college events such as the annual ski trip which is open to all students. These are some examples: Auschwitz, Poland (History and Philosophy) USA (Government & Politics, Sociology & Media) Spanish trip to Barcelona French Exchange to La Rochelle German Exchange to Stuttgart Maths trip to Barcelona Art and Design trip to Paris
Geography Field trip to Iceland
Ski trip to Austria
Law trip to New York Biology trip to Costa Rica Sociology / Government & Politics trip to London Essential Skills trip to Bendrigg (Duke of Edinburgh) English Department theatre trips
Travel and Tourism trip to London
Phil Green Studying : Philosophy & Religion, Sociology, Psychology, Computing
I went on the Sociology trip to New York and Washington. The trip was a great life experience, as the best way to truly learn about society is to go out and experience it. This is an example of the great personal side of things at Carmel.
The highlight of life at Carmel for me so far would have to be taking part in the French Exchange trip which was a whole new experience. You really begin to realise how many real-life situations you are able to cope with in another language.
Rob McFawn Studying : German, French, History, Maths, Critical Thinking
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