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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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Celebrations for Crawley school now ranked in top ten

Smiles all round for the Crawley school for making it into the top 10 out of 283 schools.

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Pupils, Parents & Carers, Governors and Staff were all celebrating at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School this week, after it emerged the school, located in Langley Green, has been ranked 7th (out of 283 schools) in this year’s Key Stage 2 West Sussex School League Tables.

Chair of Governors, Maja Jasko, said:

“this is an amazing achievement and the result of the hard work, commitment and determination of the children, OLQOH staff, Parents & Carers and Governors, over many years. The OLQOH Governors would also like to congratulate our Key Stage 1 Pupils and Teaching Team, who also achieved fantastic outcomes in 2017/18, with 93% of children passing the ‘Phonics Check’, and combined outcomes in Year 2 exceeding the WSCC County Average.”

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, went on to comment:

“OLQOH recognises that academic outcomes represent just a fraction of the vital work that all primary schools are doing, preparing our children and young people for both secondary school and adult life. Nonetheless, these result build on the excellent SATs scores achieved at Our Lady’s over the past 5 years and reflect our school mantra ‘Better Never Stops!’.”

 

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