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Crawley students win fundraising award

Thomas Bennett Community College has for the fourth year running taken part in the St Catherine’s and NatWest Youth Enterprise Five O Challenge.



A team of 6 students who named themselves Thomas Bennett Cat’s Champions (TBCC) were set the task in January of using a £50 stake from NatWest to invest that money in enterprising fundraising ideas over an 11 week period to reach a target of £1,500 to be donated to the Hospice.

The students and staff at Thomas Bennett got behind the team and took part in a wide range of events from cakes sales, pancake days to very embarrassing Lip Sync Battles!  The students exceeded their target and raised an impressive £2,033. 

However raising money was not the end of the challenge they also had to prepare a presentation to deliver at the awards ceremony held at Christ’s Hospital on the 25th April in front of Hospice trustees, NatWest staff, friends and family.  The team put together a presentation that involved all of the team and displayed in pictures and video their fundraising journey. 

The judging panel on the night, on the basis of a unanimous vote, awarded the Thomas Bennett Team with the prize of the Best Presentation.

Stuart Smith Headteacher at Thomas Bennett said.

“The group of students worked incredibly hard and were totally committed to raising money for such a worthwhile charity.  The team did a fantastic job of putting together a presentation representing their fundraising journey to deliver at the ceremony.  The whole school community is incredibly proud of the students for being unanimously voted to win the Best Presentation award”.


Local musician holds workshop with Crawley school promoting Anti-Bullying

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Workshops at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven primary school were led by local musician Ollie Heath, who used the unifying and all-inclusive medium of music to get everyone fired up chanting values of team spirit, resilience, focus and respect.

The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, mirroring the type of experience you usually get in a sports arena, with Ollie using his guitar and loop station to whisk up on the spot beats, the type of which you’d usually only hear at an Ed Sheeran concert! 

Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the special event with one pupil commenting, ‘today was an interesting, exciting and really enjoyable day which I will remember for a long time – thank you, Ollie.’

In response, Ollie said,
“when you hear an entire arena clapping and chanting in a concert, it’s electric and unifying. I use that same power to remind children how amazing they are and that anything is possible when people work together.

I’ve been coming back to Our Lady’s for years leading themed days and always have the best time! It’s an incredible school with phenomenal pupils, parents, Governors and staff!”.

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