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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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Crawley Junior Citizen returns for 28th year

The event aims to provide information about potentially dangerous situations, in a fun and memorable way to the children of Crawley.



For the 28th year running, Junior Citizen is taking place at The Hawth, teaching local children about safety and life skills.

The event, organised by Crawley Borough Council, is open to all Year 6 children across the borough’s schools, teaching ten and eleven year olds to identify all kinds of potentially dangerous situations, providing advice on what to do and helping them learn valuable life skills to encourage responsible citizenship.

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The aim is to provide important information in a fun and memorable way and more than 1,200 children will take part.

The fortnight long event covers issues such as electrical safety, air quality, consequences of crime, personal safety, fire safety and hoax calls, water safety at the seaside, reducing water use, and waste and the environment.

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Junior Citizen is a fantastic event that has been teaching generations of local children how to be safe and considerate members of the community and I am delighted that it is back again for the 28th year.

“I hope every pupil enjoys themselves while learning valuable life skills.”

This year, Crawley Junior Citizen has been shortlisted for Best Environmental Health Project at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Excellence Awards 2018. The winner will be announced in their awards ceremony in November.

Junior Citizen is supported by partner organisations including West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Luxury Coaches, Crawley Neighbourhood Watch, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute; Southern Water, Crawley Magistrates, UK Power Networks, Sussex Community Rail Partnership and the Probus Club of the Sussex Weald.

For more information on Environmental Health Services at Crawley Borough Council visit,

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