Young Carmel College musicians celebrate after winning school's highest honour

The Advertiser Series: Chair of directors at the Carmel Education Trust Cyndi Hughes, left, director Maria Matthews, centre, and principal and Carmel Education Trust chief executive officer Maura Regan, with winners of the John Caden Cup, L-R, Tom Bussey, George Ford, Ciaran Ja Chair of directors at the Carmel Education Trust Cyndi Hughes, left, director Maria Matthews, centre, and principal and Carmel Education Trust chief executive officer Maura Regan, with winners of the John Caden Cup, L-R, Tom Bussey, George Ford, Ciaran Ja

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

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

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.”

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