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In what was a busy rotation week, Ingestre was host to a shared group made up of Brickhouse and Lyng primary schools. The groups worked together to create and perform in dance, drama, visual art and music. All students took part in a rotation this week , meaning that they participated and performed in two separate art-forms. There was also time for the two schools to socialise with games in the Great Hall and grounds, treasure hunts, visits to our WW1 exhibition, 3D movie nights and even a disco to end the week. 
The theme for the week was Harry Potter, which offered some spellbinding and magical narratives for the students to create with. 
Drama students re-told the story of Harry Potter setting off to Hogwarts, with Sorting Hats, spells and all manner of wizardry. The children concentrated on projection and “signposting” their way through a scene by knowing how to jump from one part of a scene to the other without learning lines. With two performances throughout the week the drama students captivated the rest of the school with some powerful storytelling. 
In Music, both groups made some cracking tunes which they all had a hand in playing, singing, producing and performing. The sharing of both tracks was like a trip to the wizarding world itself. It takes a lot to be able to create a song in such a short space of time, let alone to perform it for the first time in front of all of of your friends! 
Artists this week produced some beautiful work creating Hogwarts painted in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, wands, clay owls, huge spell books and letters from Hogwarts. Both exhibitions at the start and end of the week were unique and gave artists a chance to talk about their creative process whilst their peers looked around the exhibit. Both groups of artists should be extremely proud of what they achieved and should enjoy taking their artwork home to show the rest of their school and families. 
The Dancers this week took us on a trip to the Forbidden Forest really making us feel like we were apart of the magic. The group choreographed all of their own work, taking tips from Tara to improvise, lift, lunge and roll. The final performances were faced paced and full of creative flair, taking some audience members by surprise. It safe to say that the large round of applause received by both performances were well deserved indeed. 
All in all the week was the perfect collaboration of creativity. Two different schools mixing together to create, perform and socialise represents what Ingestre is all about. Thank you Brickhouse and Lyng! 
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