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Pupils from local school take over Crawley College kitchens



Year Seven pupils from Oakwood School were welcomed into the college kitchens to take part in a special hospitality taster session.

The ten enthusiastic pupils prepared a three course meal and served them to their parents and carers in 58 Restaurant who arrived in the evening.

With the support of members of staff – Jill Harding, Julian Sims, Catherine Rushton and the leadership of Crawley College hospitality lecturer, Samantha Carey – the students were able to successfully cook, prepare and serve the three course meal.

Samantha Carey, hospitality lecturer at Crawley College said:

“The Students were fantastic and demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for the industry. They showed a professional attitude and behaviour and were a credit to the school. The food also tasted and looked fabulous.”

Oakwood Head Teacher Mr Potten and Deputy Head Joff Easlick also stopped by to see how the students were getting on and to chat to the parents and carers.

The students made a beautiful butternut squash and sweet chilli puree soup with homemade cheese twists for starters, a mushroom, bacon and tarragon creamy pasta with garlic bread for mains and a delicious chocolate brownie with cream for dessert.

After ensuring their parents/carers had their meals, the students had the opportunity to sit down with them to enjoy the food they had made themselves.

Jill Harding, member of staff at Oakwood School, said:

“I can’t thank Crawley College enough for organising this Taster Day. The students learnt so much and it was great to see them using equipment they had not come across before so confidently.

“It really was a team effort and we at Oakwood would love students to take part in this again in the future.”

After successfully completing their hospitality taster session, each student was rewarded with a certificate, a photo of themselves preparing the meals and a Crawley College keyring to take home.


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



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/

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