Worthing pupils excited to use new disco equipment

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PUPILS were ‘amazed’ after their college won flashing lights, a smoke machine and other dazzling disco equipment in a nationwide competition.

Staff at Maplin in Chapel Road, Worthing visited pupils and teachers at Oak Grove College to present them with a range of high-tech disco equipment.

The college in The Boulevard, which caters for children with learning difficulties, has received DMX controlled lights, disco lights, a Bluetooth speaker with built in party light and a smoke machine - all worth £375.

Sarah Collier, who won the competition by answering a question, is a teaching assistant at the college.

She said: “It’s fabulous. I found out we won a couple of weeks ago. If you could have seen the children’s faces.”

Passionate about her job, Sarah has been working at the college for ten years and said she loves everyday.

“I just can’t explain it – I come in in the morning and look forward to see the kids faces and see them achieve something,” she said.

Music teacher Rob Harvey said the children were very excited to see the new equipment arrive.

He said: “It’s quite cool to have it in here because we do a lot of music.

“Also, for the last five years we’ve done a big production at the Connaught Theatre.”

“It’s engaging – they have things to enhance the performance like setting it up with lighting, and make it more real world.

“We’re hoping this competition will raise some awareness and help us get more support.”

Maplin’s Worthing store manager Michael Burrows and sales team leader Gavin Ouslem swung by the college on Thursday (December 10) to present the prizes.

Mr Burrows said: “It’s really exciting, it’s a great school with great students, and I think they’re going to get great enjoyment out of it.

“I know Maplin want to support good causes and we’re more than happy to support the students if they have more questions about the equipment.”

Student Mika Critchley, 16, said the equipment will help all the pupils with their music and drama.

He said: “I love doing drama because it inspires me to do a lot more in life rather than just staying in,

“It helped me conquer my fear of stage fright and it helps with focus as well.”

Another student, Harry Diplock, 15, said it is amazing.

“I’m looking forward to using it,” he said.

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