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Visit from Henry Smith
Henry Smith MP, Cllr Duncan Crow and I spent 3 hours with students and the new headteacher of Thomas Bennett school this afternoon. We had a tour of the school to see for ourselves how classes were being conducted, followed by a one hour lunch meeting with about 10 students from all years up to 6th form where we discussed a broad range of ideas, ranging from how students support each other both as fellow students and as young people, to how we can get this positive message out to you all that it's a great school with amazing facilities and brilliant teaching and leadership teams. The students were brilliant!
We then attended the opening of the new 3G football pitch with some of the Chelsea players and trainers, and students and finally had a meeting with the new head, Mr Bianchi to discuss ways in which we can help.
Thomas Bennett is a great school and I would be quite happy for my daughter to go there if she wasn't already in another great Crawley school, and local parents really should attend the open evening because spaces are limited!
I will be supporting the school and the new head in every way I can, as will Duncan and Henry.
And finally, thank you for the invite Mr Bianchi. A wonderful afternoon!
Music Department - Steel Banglez Visit
Thomas Bennett had a visit from one of the UK’s top music producers this week. Steel Banglez spent most of the school day in the music department talking to music students about his music and work as a music producer now working with some of the UK’s and USA’s biggest music stars. His most recent hit was Bad featuring Yungen, MoStack, Mr Eazi and Not3s. He recently performed at this year’s Radio One Big Weekend being joined on stage by none other than Mist and Big Shaq. Since being signed by Warner, Steel Banglez has worked with artists including Stormzy, Rudimental, Jorja Smith, Anne-Marie, Justin Bieber, Mist, Drake, MoStack, French Montanna,Krept & Konan and Abra Cadabra. Future collaborations will see him producing and working alongside Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran and Mo.
Miss Connell says, ‘Steel Banglez whose real name is Pahuldip Singh was a student I used to teach music to at a school in East London before coming to Thomas Bennett.
After many years of hard work he finally signed a major record deal with Warner and then spent time trying to find me saying he would like to come and meet me to say thank you for the stuff I taught him when he was one of my GCSE students. I entered him for his GCSE Music exam in year 10, a year early and he achieved an A*. Whilst there he also taught me how to DJ and in turn, I introduced him to creating music on the only computer in the department.’
Anyway, as promised, he finally found some time in his hectic and extremely busy schedule to visit me at Thomas Bennett. It was a very special moment meeting Pahudip again, he was pretty much as I remembered him and it was great spending time chatting and reminiscing about days gone by. After this he spent time listening to students compositions and giving them expert advice on how to produce music. He also let them hear some of his own tracks including music he had produced for both Anne-Marie and Stormzy.
This was a very special day for myself and the students. They are all very big fans of his music and the artists he produces for. They all enjoyed themselves immensely and loved having their photos taken with the hugely talented and inspirational Steel Banglez.
He has said he would love to keep in touch which I believe he will, so here’s to the next visit. View the Image Gallery
Duke of Edinburgh (Year 9)
Since February the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition groups have been undertaking regular training after school on Wednesdays, and on 22nd April they had their first outdoor training on the Ashdown Forest. The group received instruction in using OS map and compass, and then took it in turns to lead the navigating between points along the route. The weather was glorious, and the team spirit was high, as the groups enjoyed each other’s company and the countryside. Some novice navigators were surprised by their natural aptitude. The Leaders have been both pleased and encouraged by the enthusiasm of the inaugural TBCC DofE expedition participants. They are making very good progress. View the Image Gallery
Williams Sands (Year 7)
A huge well done to William Sands. What a talented Year 7 lad we have amongst us here at TBCC!
William recently attended the British gymnastics team gym championships.
Together with his team, William came a superb 9th position. They were competing against others from across the country and were the youngest team to qualify!
Many congratulations to William and his team from everyone here at Thomas Bennett. We are very proud! View the Image Gallery
One to One Music Lessons with Sussex Academy of Music
Learning an instrument can be a fantastic way to help with confidence, social skills and academic development.
Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a 'first come first serve' basis, if your child is interested in starting lessons, it is recommended to contact SAM as soon as possible on 01273 465 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your child is reserved a space.
Lessons take place Thomas Bennett Community College and are available as one-to-one or paired.
One-to-one 30min lessons are £14.50 per lesson and paired 30min lessons are £10.50 per lesson per person. Lessons are paid for in half-termly blocks. There is sometimes subsidies available if your child receives free school meals.