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This was a special week. St Johns International school came to visit Ingestre Hall all the way from Belgium. Being an international school there was huge variety and cultural richness within this group. This was a unique opportunity for children from all over the world to use Ingestre Hall as their hub for creativity and expression. 
What a week; a fantastic group of nearly 80 students from Hagley came to Ingestre and experienced an exciting arts programme jam packed with creativity, fun and performance. The theme for the week was conflict, a powerful and relevant topic, linked to the schools curriculum but also to the lives of the children who, in this climate of change, were helped to understand that in order to build a better future, building dialogue and expression through the arts can generate resilience and opportunity. The group tackled the subject with respect, creative intuition and maturity. 
Another fantastic week full of talent and creativity. Windsor Park school have been visiting Ingestre for a number of years and each year they come they raise the bar for the next. The theme for the week was based on Charles Dicken's ‘A Christmas Carol’. Students produced astonishing work with Christmas wreaths in Visual Art, festive songs in Music, a unique spin on Scrooge's story in Dance and a classic production in Drama. 
Visiting Schools - Mere Green and Curdworth Primary Schools 
 
A fantastic residential involving the very best in Drama, Music, Dance and Visual Arts. Mere Green and Curdworth Primary schools collaborated to create some unique and memorable pieces of work based on the Gunpowder Plot and Time Travel. The work clearly demonstrated how young people could tune into contemporary issues and news whilst find exciting and new creative ways to express their thoughts and feelings through a variety of art forms. The children should be justifiably proud of their achievements; as one of the tutor’s comments “we were absolutely blown away by the quality of their work and the great array of individualism that the children expressed throughout their stay”. 
Ingestre Remembered 
 
Following on from a project between Ingestre Arts and Windsor Park Middle School about World War I and its impact on the local area, a permanent 
memorial has now been installed as a reminder of the project and was a perfect focus for the school’s Remembrance Assembly on Friday afternoon. 
Produced by our Visual Arts tutor, Heather, the mosaic is nearly a metre and a half wide, and depicts the silhouette of Ingestre Hall and three 
stylised poppies. 
Hart School : October 22nd-26th 
 
This week Ingestre was host to the very talented students from Hart School, Rugeley who had the theme of ‘Blues’ to focus on for their week-long stay with us. All the departments were excited to have such a great theme, so work started straight away planning and preparing for performances later on in the week. 
Bleakhouse and Lightwoods October 15th- 19th 2018 
 
Theme - Journeys 
 
This week we were host to two schools who collaborated to create incredible and unique artworks. Both schools participated in Art, Animation, Music, Dance and Drama classes during their stay with us here at Ingestre. Concentrating on the theme of Journeys, the groups expressed their ideas through space travel, personal journeys and their everyday journeys to school exploring the theme in lots of different ways. 
Our associates The Friends of Ingestre Orangery are breathing new life into the Orangery, a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1840, by turning it into a valuable community resource after it fell into disrepair over the last 30 years. 
 
The transformation is taking place over the next 5 months. With exciting additions to the original building, which will house community-led projects; the venue will also be available for Ingestre Arts to use as an exhibition and performance space. In addition to this, the Orangery will also be available for private hire and commercial use. 
Tividale Community Primary School. 
 
Last week we were lucky enough to host an amazing group of 45 students from Tividale Community Primary School, Sandwell. 
 
Art, Drama, Music and Dance were the art forms used to explore the schools theme of Mythology. Tutors and visiting school staff were “absolutely blown away by the talent and creativity” that the students expressed. 
Hagley Primaries Cluster 2018 
 
Schools 
- Blakedown Primary School 
- Clent Primary School 
- Belbroughton Primary School 
- St Kenelms Primary School 
 
Last week we were thrilled to be able to host 77 children from Hagley Primary Cluster Schools, one of the larger school groups that we accommodate. The week was full of activities including Drama, Art, Music performance and recording, Dance, Animation classes, using the theme of celebrating what makes us special, and embracing our differences. The inspiration for the theme came from the children’s book ‘The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket’ by John Boyne, about a boy who floats, and his ‘normal’ parents who struggle to come to terms with their extraordinary child. 
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