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St Wilfrid’s open day is coming



It is the season for school open days and Crawley’s St Wilfrid’s is opening its doors to show the town and prospective students along with their parents just what the school has to offer.

St Wilfrid’s is a voluntary aided Catholic secondary school in Crawley, West Sussex.  It is a school where students are encouraged to be the best they can be in everything they think, say and do.

And at St Wilfrid’s they aim to celebrate the uniqueness of every student whilst striving to ensure that they develop socially, emotionally and spiritually as well as academically.

In their own words:

“We seek to inspire students to a standard of excellence not just in their learning but also in their development as whole people.  We foster a “can do” attitude by raising the aspirations of the children in our care leading to outstanding levels of progress, which is the true measure of any school.

The sense of community at St Wilfrid’s is evident on a day-to-day basis through the relationships which exist between students and between staff and students.  The staff of St Wilfrid’s do “go the extra mile” for our students.”

Michael Ferry, Headteacher, comments,

“This is a great school, one where we strive to create a purposeful, accepting and caring environment where students develop and flourish intellectually, morally, physically and spiritually. We believe that true education is concerned with the holistic development of each child; their growth into fine young men and women of integrity, ready to make a positive contribution to society is just as important as their qualifications.

We do this by educating the whole person, celebrating their uniqueness and striving for the highest of standards. Our success comes by challenging every student to be the best they can be in everything they think, say and do.

By doing this within a community rooted in Gospel values, we promote hard work, tolerance, love and forgiveness. The standards we set are high and students really do work hard to live up to them.

The staff at St Wilfrid’s work tirelessly to ensure that our students get the best educational experience possible with the result that students make great progress academically whilst developing into fine young adults ready to make a difference to the world.

St Wilfrid’s is a special place with an amazing atmosphere, but don’t just take my word for it. Please come to our Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019 where you can meet some of our wonderful students and teachers.  We will also be hosting Open Mornings the w/c Monday 7th October.  We look forward to meeting you in the near future.”

Your choice of secondary school is a crucial one for you and your child. which is why St Wilfrid’s is welcoming prospective parents to come along to their open evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019 from 6.30pm until 8.00pm where you can meet some of their fantastic staff and students. 

 The headteacher’s talk will take place at 7.30pm in the main school hall.


‘Feed me Seymour!’ Crawley school brings Little Shop Of Horrors to life



From the moment the lights go down there is a buzz in the auditorium.

Six dancers poised in perfect unison await the build up of the opening number and when those first beats hit and the well rehearsed moves begin you know you are in for a treat.

And when Annie Hitchcock starts the show as Mr Mushnik with his troubled flower shop you are instantly brought into this crazy musical world.

Mr. Mushnik played by Annie Hitchcock.

The Gatwick School may be the youngest secondary school in the town but the talented staff they have brought onboard is very evident in the way the students full potential is wonderfully brought out in public performance.

L-R Wiktoria Nowicka and Joseph Banbury as Audrey and Seymour.

Little Shop Of Horrors has been a roaring success ever since its original film back in 1960. Since then the musical has entertained audiences around the world and when the remake came out in 1986 it brought a whole new lease of life to the story.

It’s a musical that can be a real challenger for a school to put on which is probably why it has already gained so much excitement both amongst students and parents.

Take one ‘geeky’ flower store worker who one day, during a ‘total eclipse of the sun’, discovers a strange talking plant who helps to turn around a struggling business and VOILA! you have the makings of something very original and extremely funny.

Dylan Bendall (L) plays the dark character of Orin Scrivello

The key character of Seymour is played with real gusto by Joseph Banbury who manages to bring the true characteristics of the timid yet secretly brave Seymour to life and who you really feel as he has to contend with all the problems Audrey II brings him.

While Wiktoria Nowicka as Audrey manages to illustrate the naive but loving character even when confronted by the brilliantly nasty dentist Orin Scrivello who is played far too well by Dylan Bendall that you immediately hate the character and can’t wait for the plant to… no I wont say what, you need to watch it to find out.

Katie Steere plays Audrey II.

Taking on the role of Audrey II (the plant) is not an easy task. Shouldering the mammoth task of this character with songs to match, Katie Steere manages to not only bring her own take to the role but invites the audience to join in with some of the biggest numbers of the show, a task that takes some confidence but which she pulls off with apparent ease.

But no show can create an atmosphere without a supporting cast and all of those involved in this production do so with such passion you want to jump up with them and join in.

Director Rosie Townsend and Vince Martin have done an incredible job of engaging as many students as possible within the production and every single one is visually excited and passionate to be involved in it.

But I cannot write a review piece without also mentioning the exceptional work of those backstage whose hard work does not go unnoticed.

Sound Technician Daisy Hitchcock

Daisy Hitchcock on sound, Tyler Kenyon on lighting and Kelly Orchard with makeup are all integral in bringing the production to life and with Muscial Director Katie Boud bringing the voices of the students to life you are left enjoing every single part of this wonderful production.

Lighting technician Tyler Kenyon

To say this is a roaring success of a production would be no lie. It’s a fun, exciting and powerful production and one you should certainly take the whole family to see.

The show starts tonight, 11th Feb and runs 12th and 13th Feb with doors opening at 5:15pm. Tickets are £7 for adults (16+) and £5 for children and you can purchase tickets from the schools website by clicking here.

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