What is Crestwood CONNECT?
In 2014 we created Crestwood CONNECT. The plan was to launch a community arm of the school and ensure that the school’s facilities were accessible to our community outside of normal school hours.
At the time very few people used the school’s facilities and there was no dedicated team to serve the people that were attending activities at the school. We created the following Brand Promise:
Since the start of Crestwood CONNECT we are happy to report we have successfully delivered our promise to our community and will continue to be driven by this. The Crestwood CONNECT reputation and influence within our community continues to grow with an incredibly diverse offering of activity and wellbeing provision taking place in our school’s facility.
We have 4 different types of martial arts, 16 junior football teams, 2 football coaching organisations, including one by a former professional and international footballer, 2 dance and musical theatre groups, amateur dramatic groups, toddler multi skills sessions as well as Swimming, Netball, Zumba, Bootcamp and Pilates sessions. The number of people that visit our school each week is forever growing, meaning that more and more local families are able to spend quality, healthy time together in a time where it is so easy to become disengaged with friends and family.
We have over 3,000 members of our community now using the school’s facilities outside of school hours, all participating or spectating in the activities delivered by over 40 different organisations. This has allowed us to build strong relationships with a number of these organisations, providing opportunities in
terms of activity provision and in some cases work experience and employment for our students. The heart of Crestwood CONNECT is the team itself, we currently have 30 current or former students that occupy all of the positions within the team. 13 members of the ‘Class of 2015’ are now paid team members, 5 students from the ‘Class of 2016’ also recently became paid team members and we have 11 volunteers from the current Years 10 and 11 who will gain valuable experience and training during the academic year of 2016-2017. The Crestwood CONNECT Team form part of the Student Leadership Pathway at the school.