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Hagley 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 Cluster Schools, one of the larger school groups that we accommodate for. 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. 
 
During the evenings the group made the most of our grounds and the mild weather and sang around a campfire, and took part in exciting Forest School activities which were led by staff from one of our sister centers: Frank Chapman Centre. They also danced the night away in our disco, and visited Ingestre’s Church and Orangery to discover more about the history of our gorgeous buildings! 
 
As part of their visit, the groups were able to complete their Arts Award: Discover, meaning that each student left with an accreditation from Trinity College. 
 
The schools were on a rotation week, meaning that students took part in two of the available art forms, and shared their work on Wednesday and Friday morning. We were blown away by their creativity, confidence and dedication during their sharing and the quality of their work was outstanding. 
 
It was a pleasure to work with such dedicated students and we hope we’ve inspired them further and fuelled the children’s passion for the arts allowing them to pursue a innovative and creative future, whilst embracing difference.  
 
Below a picture of the orangrey redevlopment in progress.  
Orangery Redevelopment
Tividale Community Primary School 2018 
 
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. 
 
In art the group designed chairs inspired by the stories of Medusa and Pegasus (shown below) and students also used a variety of techniques including brusho and watercolour to recreate their own versions of Pandora’s Box. The drama students focused on the theme of ‘individuality’ expressing that people’s differences make them who they are, whilst in music two unique compositions were composed and performed, which were a creative mixture of rap, rock and pop. 
 
The children produced work of the very highest standard and were diligent, focused, respectful and enthusiastic in all the week’s activities “a credit to the school and their community” comments Felix Pepler, Head of Centre, “we were thrilled to have Tividale stay with us again and cannot wait for their next visit”. 
 
Hello and welcome to Ingestre Halls first Blog! Here we shall be sharing weekly educational and general information giving you an insight into the various projects and arts created at Ingestre Hall. For enquires feel free to call on 01889 270225 or email us at Ingestre_Hall@sandwell.gov.uk 

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