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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. 
 
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