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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 put a literary spin on their ‘lockdown’ life

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Crawley College students have been putting a literary spin on their lockdown life.

Last month, the Maths & English team dared their students to enter a college-wide ‘LockDown WriteUp’ challenge.

Students studying GCSE English or Functional Skills were invited to write 250 words, either fact or fiction, about the lockdown experience and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Around 50 stories came in, with a selection of them chosen to appear on the college website. Amazon vouchers were  also up for grabs as prizes for stories that impressed staff the most.

David Towsey, Head of Learning for English & Maths, at Crawley College, said:

“We were delighted with the response from our students. Many of the entries came from our GCSE English students, which – for me – makes their accomplishments all the greater as many of them previously had less confidence in their writing ability.

“The aim of the competition was to provide an opportunity for us to share our stories in this unique time, and to make people smile and feel more connected to each other and to their college community.

“The variety of entries was fantastic, and it was inspiring to see how the students really tapped into their imagination and left us wanting more – the aim of all good storytellers!

“We’re proud to share just a small snapshot of these on the website, and hope people enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

You can read a selection of the ‘LockDown Write Up’ Crawley College stories at https://www.crawley.ac.uk/lockdown-writeup

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