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Crawley College celebrates the ‘Stars of 2018’

Crawley College celebrated a host of exceptional achievements at their first Star Awards ceremony which took place on Tuesday 27 November at The Hawth Theatre.

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Around 50 students and staff scooped awards at the ‘Stars of 2018’, where the college paid tribute to their hard work, determination and accomplishments over the past year.

The ceremony, which was supported by City and Guilds, opened with a fashion parade showcasing the artistic talent of the Chichester College Group’s hair, beauty and fashion students.

Vicki Illingworth, Principal of Crawley College, said:

“Tonight was a real showcase of student talent, and a celebration of our dedicated staff who work endlessly to ensure we can offer our students fantastic opportunities.

“We say our aim is to change lives through learning, and nights like this one help us to see how we are doing just that.”

Performers from Theatre Inc, a specialised training company created by Chichester College to support young performers living with disabilities, also took to the stage to perform ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.

The college’s hair and beauty students worked behind the scenes, working together to ensure all the student performers dazzled with theatrical make-up and glamourous hair styling.

But the night belonged to Adam Stepek, who was named the college’s Brightest Star of 2018.

Adam, 17, Business Administration student, was praised for his unwavering dedication to his studies and positive approach to improving life at the college.

Speaking moments after receiving the surprise award, he said:

“As the type who continuously pushes to improve myself and others, despite self-esteem issues, I honestly did not expect to achieve the Brightest Star of 2018 award!

“But I did, and I am extremely grateful to the college for giving me space to get on my feet and allowing me to achieve lots beyond my course via Crawley SU, all in only the matter of a year. I will forever treasure the award and I’m already planning to improve the college even further.”

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Crawley students take home win at regional robotics competition

This week saw four Year 8 students from Thomas Bennett Community College attend the STEM Club Robotics Regional Competition organised by Tomorrow’s Engineers and in association with the RAF.

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It was an exciting day for all four students and the day was made up of several parts.  The students were tasked at the start of the day with the building and programming of a robot to carry out a number of specified tasks based around the idea of humanitarian aid. 

They also researched and made a presentation on current and future use of technology, for this they chose to do prosthetic limbs.  The final part of the competition was a teamwork challenge, for which they had to solve a simple engineering problem using Lego.

The day ended marvellously with the team winning the prize for the best research presentation.  They also qualified for the national competition to be held at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

Stuart Smith, Head Teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College said:

“We are incredibly proud of the team who did an exceptional job on the day.  We’re very much looking forward to the team competing at the Big Bang Fair and we’re hopeful for another win!”

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