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Crawley school remembers those lost in touching Remembrance Service

Ifield Community College joined schools across the town as they held their Remembrance Service this morning.

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ICC student Rhys France

Joined by Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro and WWII veteran Kenneth Ashby, the service began with the names of 83 Crawley soldiers that were lost and who are remembered on the war memorial in town.

Yr 9 student Jordan Barrett signalled the start and end of the service.

There then followed an emotional speech by Crawleys Mayor before a large plaque was unveiled.

The plaque has poppies that are made with fingerprints of every student and staff member at the college.

A Crawley Battalion of army cadets made up of students from the college then led a march down the main hall of the school before a wreath was laid by Rickesh Nayee (Yr 13) and Kayla Halpin-Tester (Yr 7).

ICC Head Robt Corbett, Mayor Carlos Castro, WWII Veteran Kenneth Ashby joined by Army Cadets.

After the minutes silence a poem called ‘If Poetry Could Tell It backwards’ by Carol Ann Duffy was read out by students.

Finally 6,000 poppies were released from the top of the hall in a very touching move.

The school also created a memorial tree at the entrance where tags, written by every student, were hung.

One of the tags written by a student that hangs on the memorial tree.

The whole ceremony was very touching and the silence throughout by every single student showed the level of emotion felt by each and every one.

 

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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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