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Crawley Mayor attends Southgate Primary leavers show at Cineworld

An end of year project completed by leavers of Southgate Primary culminated in a visit to Cineworld to watch the premiere of their very own movie, and a visit from the Mayor.



As the school year comes to an end, many Year 6 groups across the country will be performing their leavers shows and assemblies. But one school in Crawley is doing things a little differently.

The Year 6 children at Southgate Primary have been hard at work; creating a short film, around 40 minutes long, based on “The Greatest Showman”.

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Year 6 pupil Jack Watson took on Hugh Jackman’s role as showman, ‘Phineas Taylor Barnum’ while Emily Race played Zendaya’s, ‘Anne Wheeler’ and Rhys Furber kindly took over from Zac Efron as ‘Phillip Carlyle’.

The screening for the Year 6 film, aptly titled “The Greatest Yeargroup”, was attended by Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro.

Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro with Year 6 teacher, Chris McGivern and some of the Year 6 Southgate Primary students.

Speaking to CN24 yesterday (16 July), Mayor Castro said:

“Everything that I try to do, for me, kids come first. So, as busy as the Mayor role can be, I try to do everything in my power to try and be involved. Because if they don’t get this sort of community sense in the early ages, when will they get it?

“We need the community to stick together and obviously, the younger the better to get more involved [in the community], so hopefully, wherever they may go, they will continue to make a positive influence in the world.”

The movie displayed a highly positive message. It teaches the viewer to always persevere: to remain positive in times of hardship, and to pursue dreams.

The message is one that Year 6 teacher, Chris McGivern hopes will stay engrained in the students:

“It’s been an absolutely amazing ride at school: many highs, many lows. But it was great to bring them all together in this way with such a powerful film that they all know well, with a beautiful message.

“We quite enjoyed taking that message and just making it our own to explain the children’s journey through school and to come out the other side much stronger and happier.”

Left to right: Rhys Furber, Mayor Carlos Castro, Jack Watson as “The Showman”, Chris McGivern and Emily Race.

Before the film was shown to the Cineworld screening room full of parents bursting with pride, Year 6 teacher, and organiser of the project, Chris McGivern and the Mayor of Crawley said a few words.

The Mayor’s speech was in keeping with the theme of the show: chasing dreams, facing challenges head on and never giving up.

Mayor Carlos Castro speaking before the movie and Chris McGivern (right).

He said:

“You guys made it through [primary school] so congratulations. You’ve never given up and that’s really the key there. You find challenges in pretty much anything that you will put your mind to. And the trick is never give up, when you have a dream, chase them and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, do what I do – don’t listen to them, because otherwise I probably wouldn’t be here.”

After sitting and watching the premiere for their own movie, the kids were off to Hollywood Bowl next door. The second part of their treat was there waiting for them.

Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro with Southgate Primary’s Jack Watson.

The day was surely an experience none of the students will forget in a hurry. And this achievement will inspire them to pursue their dreams as they take the next step in their school lives.

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Open days announced for new Faygate School

A brand-new school on the borders of Crawley and Horsham will be opening its doors to children next year and prospective families can learn all about it at three upcoming open events.



Kilnwood Vale Primary School will offer a purpose-built environment for
children to ‘grow, learn and flourish’ in Faygate as part of the GLF Trust,
which already has two schools in West Sussex. The school will join Forge
Wood Primary, which opened in September 2016 and Southgate Primary, both in

The new school will be become part of the wider group of schools across
Surrey, Croydon, Wokingham and Oxfordshire, and will benefit from the
Trust’s experience of opening new schools. The most recent GLF school to
have an Ofsted inspection was Chestnut Park Primary in Croydon, which
opened in September 2015 and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in every
category when the report was released June 2018.

Kilnwood Vale Primary School will open next September with a class of 30
Reception children. The school’s nursery will also open in September with
places available for two, three and four-year-olds.

“Our new school will benefit from sharing outstanding resources and support
in every aspect of school life,”  said Jon Chaloner, CEO of GLF Schools.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the first families to the new school which
will be at the heart of the Kilnwood Vale community. Opening a new school
is always an exciting time and we are delighted to have this opportunity.”

Planning permission for the single-storey free school was granted in the
summer and work is underway on the Faygate site with construction team
Wilmott Dixon working on the project.

The school will ultimately be two-form entry, with associated nursery
spaces. There will be drop-off access at the new building which will be set
back from the road. Further parking will be provided in the neighbourhood
centre with a park and stride in the next phase of development.

Applications for places at Kilnwood Vale Primary School have already
started rolling in after the first open event last month, and there are
three more events before applications for places close.

The next open event will be held on Saturday, November 17 at Bewbush Barn
Church, Frances Edwards Way, and prospective families are invited to attend
the session which starts with a presentation at 10am.

There will be further events on Wednesday, December 5 at Forge Wood School
at 2pm and 4pm, where there will be the opportunity to see another of GLF’s
new schools.

The final session will be on Tuesday, January 8 with a
presentation at 4pm at Faygate Village Hall. The closing date for
applications to join the first cohort is January 15, 2019, with offers
being made on April 16.

Further information about the school and how to apply for places can be
found on the website at

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