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Crawley School gives West End a run for its money



School productions are a part of a tradition we all can relate to. It’s something we remember well, whether we participated or not.

But there has always been an underlying smirk on peoples faces when a parent announces they are off to see their child in their schools production.

Even Hollywood portrays these productions as something parents have to ‘endure’ as opposed to get excited about.

And whilst it can be a thrill to see your little one stood on the stage, after an hour of cringe worthy singing you start to wonder why you’re sat in the middle instead of at the end of an aisle near a door.

With a huge amount of pomp and social ceremony St Wilfrid’s have been advertising their latest production, Grease, to the world of Crawley and through it’s superb imagery and photography have really inspired excitement.

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We were lucky enough to be allowed to see the schools first full run through before their debut performance this evening and without holding back any longer and certainly without trying to sound too dramatic…WOW!

Every single analogy, every single thought of dread, of being bored vanished.

What we saw wasn’t a school production.  What we saw was a full on professional performance that would compare equally to a West End show.

The incredible orchestra who are performing live every single night.

It wasn’t just because of the superb acting. It wasn’t just because of the fantastic musicians and backstage team. It wasn’t even because of the brilliant set and incredible car they built.

What makes this such a good production was the way that every element seamlessly fit together – and that is what makes something become professional and not amateur.

Some of the backstage and technical crew.

The auditorium was filled with younger students from other schools, almost as a way of testing an audience.  These were children at an age where being restless 24/7 is a given. If ever there was a more demanding audience it was these pupils and given the fact that at no stage were they anything but 100% engaged is more than enough proof of how captivated they all were.

It would be unfair to single out any one person for their performance, but the way the school has blended in students from all years makes the show very believable.

With such a famous show you would have thought the school would have had so much material to help bring it all together.  But, on speaking to staff it turns out even the script wasn’t what they expected.  In-fact, a huge amount of time had to be put in to just get the script fitting with the original film.

Mr Hadden, Subject Leader for Drama comments,

“After years of being asked by students “can we do Grease?” we have finally succumbed and we are now hard at work in rehearsal. The auditions took place over 3 days and over that time we had over 160 students audition. It was one of the hardest shows to cast with so many talented students and even with casting almost 90 students, there were still a huge amount of talented students that we simply could use.”

St Wilfrid’s is gaining a reputation for its incredible standards with media and this is having an obvious effect in all aspects of this production.

If you are looking for something to do this week then we cannot recommend anything more exciting than going down to St Wilfrids with the whole family.

How to sum up something this special?  How about this? I want to go to this school!

The production will run over four nights from Wednesday 21st February until Saturday 24th February 2018 starting at 7.00pm with an extra matinee performance on Saturday 24th February at 2.00pm.  It is sold out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but they still have tickets on the door tonight and for the matinee performance.

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £5 and are available by contacting the Student Services Office on 01293 421421.


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‘We need to do what we can to help others in our community’ – Crawley pupils put others first during Children in Need day



The words are few but powerful and spoken by a pupil at a Crawley School as they joined other pupils to take part in Children in Need Day 2020.

On Friday 13th November 2020, Children at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Crawley spent Children in Need Day 2020 putting others first. 

As well as donating £1 to come to school in their own clothes, raising over £355, the children and Teachers spent time looking at the work of Children in Need and other charities, such as Cafod. 

As one pupil noted ‘now more than ever, we need to do what we can to help others in our local and global community’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, commented:

“As ever the OLQOH community have stepped up to help this hugely important cause.  Well done everyone & thank you!”

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