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In what was a brilliant first week back from our Easter break, Ingestre Hall hosted the children from the Nishkam Primary Schools, Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The 59 children arrived at the hall having never been here before; the children were full of excitement and energy. 
Once the group had their initial welcome, they then proceeded to settle into their dormitories before starting a tour of the building. After tours it was time for lunch and then an action packed week of workshops, discos, movie nights and creativity. After some initial team-building activities, and a workshop about their theme, the group split off into Drama, Dance, Visual Art, Music and Animation art form groups, all focusing on the shared theme of Contentment and Optimism, working towards a final sharing of all of their work and performances on Friday morning. 
With such an interesting and diverse theme, the range of work created was staggering. In Visual Art we had weavings of colour associated with optimism, pessimism, contentment and discontent, powerful images of people being sheltered by an umbrella of optimism under clouds of pessimistic thought, complimented by brusho splashes on a backdrop of creativity. In Dance the group had choreographed their own motifs, putting them together with some fantastic vocal recordings to create a truly captivating performance. Our Drama students told the story of some farmers who were dissatisfied with their lot, decided to sell their farm and then, when searching for a new farm, discovered that their own advert for the farm they were selling was the perfect place for them. Being satisfied with what they have made them realise that they had everything they needed and should be content with that. Our Musicians made an amazing song with John about their optimism for our world, keeping it and themselves safe for the future, which certainly had us all clapping along and will remain as a tune in our heads, whilst reminding us all of our duty to keep the planet safe. 
No sooner had they arrived, than it felt like it was time to go and the children were sad to leave, but had a fantastic time with us, taking with them lots of new skills and a lust for trying something new, which they had never done before. 
Just time for us to catch our breath over a Bank Holiday weekend before we welcome the next group of creative children on Tuesday…watch this space! 
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