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Crawley College students show they care with first Feel Good Festival

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Last week, students organised the college’s very first Feel Good Festival as a way to show support and celebrate good mental and physical wellbeing.

The festival ran for two days and was created by media and IT students.

The IT Academy at the college hosted a nail bar and a healthy eating area, with free healthy snacks and smoothies, free nail treatments and lots of information about mental health and happiness.

As part of the celebrations, media and IT students also produced a film, which included a multi-camera live production as well as pre-recorded scenes.

Georgia Smith, a level 3 media student, said:

“We worked in groups to come up with an idea for a sitcom. We looked at formats based on ‘Friends’, ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’.

“We then created a script and from that characters and set design, and chose some of our classmates to be the actors. We also did our own artwork production for the titles and graphics.

“One of the things I learnt from this project is how stressful filmmaking can be, but yet how important it is that you stay calm.”

Classmate Joshua Rawcliffe added:

“There was a lot of collaboration – you realise doing a project like this how important teamwork is – you rely have to rely on each other, and it’s important to build bonds in the team.”

This first-time festival was a roaring success, with more than 80 guests visiting the college to watch the students’ film in the evening.

Clive Martin, lecturer in media, computing & IT at Crawley College, said:

“The festival aimed to support good mental and physical health by helping people think about what makes them feel good – be that time alone chilling, friendships, mindfulness, looking after yourself or anything else.”

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Does your family know about the FREE lessons, quiz & games website for 7-14-year-old from UK Power Networks?

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A free website designed to help children stay safe around electricity has seen its visitor numbers rise by more than 90% in the past week.

UK Power Networks, who deliver electricity to 8.3million customers across the South East, East of England and London, hosts its educational website at http://powerup.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup/en/.

Hundreds of families have logged on each day and a Facebook post about the site was shared more than 550 times.

The ‘Power Up’ website is packed with lessons for children aged 7-14 including fun games and quizzes as well as safety guidance on the potential dangers of electricity.

With schools closed because of the coronavirus, many parents are having to teach their children at home and the site, which includes lesson plans for teachers, is a great way to introduce electricity as a topic.


There are special sections for under-11s and over-11s with the older age group given more detail about how electricity reaches homes and how to stay safe around overhead power lines including a ‘spot the hazard’ game and a Power Up quiz.

Emma Palmer, who heads up safety communications at UK Power Networks, said:

“It’s nice to be able to share some good news at this difficult time for everybody. With so much home schooling taking place, Power Up has seen a significant rise in traffic and we have lots of fun resources there for parents and children to enjoy together.

“Because of the current travel restrictions due to coronavirus we haven’t been able to do our usual engagement with children in schools and at other events, so it’s fantastic that the information is still being used to help everyone to stay safe around electricity and we hope even more families will take advantage of it.”

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