School choirs, singers, readers and musicians from Mount Carmel High School and primary schools; St. Mary’s Oswaldtwistle, St. Oswald’s, St. Mary’s Clayton-le-Moors, St. Anne’s & St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart all came together in Mount Carmel’s school Hall for the annual Catholic Schools’ Partnership Carol Concert.
Mount Carmel Head Boy Matthew and Head Girl Caitlin welcomed visitors at the beginning of the evening. The beautiful voices of 200 pupils in the school choirs sang individually and also collectively and the congregation joined in with the carols.
Headteachers, teaching and support staff from all the schools along with family, friends and local residents came along to watch the concert, filling the school hall to full capacity.
Advent poems and readings were read by pupils from all schools as candles on the Advent Wreath were lit. Fr. Stamp from St. Anne’s Parish read a final prayer and blessed candles for each visiting family to take home with them and light on Christmas day.
Mount Carmel pupil Sana outlined current fundraising for the charity Epilepsy Action. Mount Carmel have to date raised over £800 towards this charity in memory of a dearly loved ex-pupil Millie Ashworth who very sadly died recently aged just 19. They appealed for any loose change to be donated at the end of the evening.
Mount Carmel’s Parent Teacher Association served mince pies and refreshments in the school ‘Twelve Star Diner’ before the Carol Concert and held a prize raffle.