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Here at Ingestre Hall we have a passion for creativity, and making a positive difference to the lives of young people is at the heart of everything we do. Below are the weekly blogs that we post for the groups that stay with us on residentials. We look for inspiration in our day to day lives and believe it is important to recognise and celebrate talent and creativity. As well as this we post about all things Ingestre as we hope to have a close and personable relationship with visitors both past and present.  
Blog Posts Below 
Myths and Legends with Coppice Junior 
 
British Legends. 
 
King Arthur, Robin Hood, Dragons, Wizards…. Ingestre had it all. This week Ingestre was host to the wonderful children from Coppice Junior School. The week was action packed full of creativity and fun exploring British myths and legends. 
“Some journeys take us far from home. Some lead us to our destiny.” C.S.Lewis 
 
With creative ideas popping in our minds, we were really excited for the theme of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe this week with the children of Moat Farm Primary School. So, after the first Arts Award session of discovering all the other forms of Art we sometimes don’t realize, we set straight to work on creating with the students in our four Arts departments. 
St Peter’s Primary Academy Stonnall 
Theme – India 
 
This week Ingestre Hall was a hive of creativity like never before! The students from St Peter’s Academy participated in a Rotation Week, creating inspiring works in Art, Drama, Dance and Music. 
 
The group expressed great enthusiasm for every aspect of their stay. No matter what the Art form, each student displayed a passionate approach to creativity. The week started with Arts Award inductions, with students completing their Discovery Level by the end of the week. These students left the Hall with more than just a creative flare and inspiration for continuing in the Arts: They now have a recognised Arts qualification and variety of life skills to help push their potential even further. 
The week before half term can be a frantic one to say the least however, this week, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Ingestre was host to a shared residential with both Ferndale and Hanbury creating some incredible work. 
 
The theme for the week was Animals and Habitats, leaving the creative licence wide open for the group to explore. 
After a quick change around on Wednesday, it was time to welcome the children and Staff of Stockton Heath Primary School Warrington to Ingestre. 
 
The children were very excited to get started, so following a quick lunch and tour, we set to work on our theme of Wonderful Water. With ideas flowing, the children were quickly able to start devising and learning stage directions, learning choreographing techniques and trying a variety of styles and new media; planning and brainstorming their ideas for their performances. 
 
With such a broad theme, our tutors were inspired in lots of different ways; the sharing was going to be exciting! 
Guest Blog by visiting member of staff “ James Hawthorn” Sacred Heart Primary School. Written in a diary style to give you a step-by-step look at a week at Ingestre.  
 
Monday 
Hello from Ingestre! All the children have settled in and had a go at making their beds. There were some interesting results, but with a bit of guidance and support, they all now have a bed to sleep in, that looks like a bed! 
 
Following a tour of the building with their tutors, we all had a hearty dinner of sausage and mash with several children going up for seconds. This was followed by discussions about the wide variety of arts and then the children had their introductory session with their specialist tutors, getting to know them and starting to generate ideas and basic skills for their week's projects. 
 
Tea was baked potatoes, beans, cheese and tuna topping, followed by Sam's birthday treat and some chocolate crispie cakes. In the evening after tuck shop the children enjoyed watching The Lion King in the centre's cinema, before retiring to bed. 
During the weekends, Ingestre Hall is occasionally transformed in to one of Staffordshire's premier wedding destinations. In December the Ingestre Weddings website was refreshed to better reflect the unique, personalised, flexible approach to wedding venue hire that we have.... and there's a fancy new video to boot! 
This week, we welcomed back the children and staff from Year 4 at Blakeley Heath Primary School, who were our guests to explore the theme of “Playlist”. So after a quick tour, lunch and meeting the tutors, we set straight to work in sessions to begin creating. 
Forty kids, a four century year old house and lots of arts and crafts. What could possibly go wrong? Well, thanks to the fabulous staff and facilities of Ingestre Hall, Stafford, absolutely nothing as the students of both St. John Plessington, Bebington, and St. Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey – both schools being on Wirral, Merseyside – made full, creative use of the state-of-the-art facilities on offer for three days and two nights. 
St Leonard’s Frist school 
 
A brilliant first week back. This week Ingestre was host to a small group from Staffordshire. With just 17 children, St Leonard’s were able to have Ingestre all to themselves. The groups theme for the week was ‘Wind in Willows’, focusing on expressing this through Drama and Visual Art. 
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