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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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Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society

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Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

To donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccg2021

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