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Crawley College students create a virtual reality Christmas tree

IT and Media students at Crawley College use cutting-edge technology and software to create a virtual reality Christmas tree, as part of the annual Christmas tree competition set by Principal Vicki Illingworth.



Students produced the virtual reality Christmas tree on Unity, a cross-platform game engine, with baubles featuring the students’ faces. To bring the immersive virtual reality experience to life, students exported their project to the Oculus Rift system and put on 3D headsets.

Crawley College Music students took one step further and created a Christmas tree made by sound effects and music only.

Dan Creed, Head of Learning for IT and Media, said:

“The competition was incredibly challenging and a great opportunity for the students to test virtual reality technology through the Oculus Rift. It was definitely a really fun, interactive and inspiring activity.”

Speaking to students in the IT Academy, they described the competition as “encouraging to think about projects in new and different ways.”

Liam Daley, Level 5 HND Media student, said:

“When you look at history, you can see the importance of how technology drives us forward as filmmakers.”

Crawley College continues to offer a modern and interactive learning environment, complete with an impressive range of specialist computer software and hardware courses.

For more information regarding IT, Media, Music or any other courses at Crawley College, please visit:

Applications for September 2019/20 are now open.


Chelsea FC Foundation brings initiative to Crawley school

The Chelsea Champions Programme is a Premier League funded project that enables Chelsea FC Foundation to place full-time staff within secondary schools and Thomas Bennett Community College was chosen for their programme.



The aim of their programme is to increase physical activity, support leadership qualities and improve social, emotional wellbeing and increase resilience of pupils through a number of universal, targeted and individual initiatives.

Cutting through the jargon it is an exercise on both educating and motivating young people, in particular those who may be finding it harder than others with everyday situations

A spokesperson for Cheslea FC Foundation said:

“Here at Thomas Bennett Community College (TBCC) our Chelsea Champion is; Lauren Owens, who is supported by a Chelsea mentor; Yannick Jean. The Chelsea Fc Foundation Sussex department have taken over the old youth wing attached to TBCC, rebranded and relaunched it as the Community Hub. Open every day after school from 3-5pm, Monday-Thursday to TBCC students and Primary School students on a Friday. During half term, we open the Hub for Holiday Activities.

As part of support offered at TBCC, Chelsea FC Foundation have developed the Skills School project. An alternative learning provision that is to encourage positive behaviour in a group of ‘high profile’ students that struggle within main stream lessons. They take part in a variety of different activities and topics from English to Health and Wellbeing, Maths to Personal Skills. The aim is not only to help improve their behaviour in and around school but improve their self-esteem and resilience.”

Last Friday (15th March), the u18s Chelsea Academy Scholars delivered a session based around raising aspirations.

The foundation said the session was something planned out by the U18s Chelsea Academy Scholars based on information that they were given about the group of students.

The activities included looking at questions to encourage conversations around the following; ‘what being a role model was?’, ‘what qualities does a good role model have?’ and ‘what does aspirations mean?’ The main message they  put across to the students involved in the activity was that hard work pays off.”

For more information on how Chelsea FC Foundation can support your school, club or community please contact them on

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