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Week after week Ingestre is home to groups from all over the country however, this week was one of the most enjoyable we have had in a long while The delightful group from Summerhill Primary created beautifully together, working in Art, Drama, Dance and Music. Summerhill also enjoyed some lovely weather, making the most of Ingestre’s 20+ acres with all sorts of summer sporting activities. 
 
The theme for this week was ‘War’, more specifically WWI & II. This provided the artists, musicians, actors, actresses and dancers a whole host of interesting and exciting material to create with. 
Heather and her artists worked to create poppies on a brusho backdrop, using coffee filter papers which they then dyed and manipulated into poppies. The atmosphere in the art studio this week was a relaxed but concentrated one, with the artists working together to create emotive and intricate work of which they should be extremely proud. 
 
Tara and her dancers had the huge task of creating 10 minutes of choreography to be performed at the end of the week. Not to be put off by the task in hand, the group made all of their own dance moves whilst taking tips from Tara along the way to add lifts, jumps, vaults and some innovative facial expressions telling the story of war, peace and remembrance. Their final piece was fabulous; if not only highlighted their concentration and focus, but also their ability to work collaboratively and sensitively as a group in both paired and group choreography exercises. 
 
Richard and his drama students developed their ideas into a fantastic performance. Telling the story of children being moved to the countryside to avoid the bombings of major cities. Considering the historical significance of the topic and the fact that they devised it themselves using their own ideas and inspirations, the final performance was incredible. 
 
Ollie and his musicians worked on writing, recording and performing a five minute track telling all the trials and tribulations that men, women and children of all ages faced during war time. The students displayed some fantastic vocals mixed in with some creative instrumentals performing in synergy to massively impress their audience. Their final performance in Studio 3 had the crowd clapping along and cheering at their success. 
 
The group also enjoyed their topical trip to our WWI interactive exhibition, learning all about what it was like to be in a field hospital on the front lines. The visit to the exhibition might just have given the group a little more inspiration whilst working on their various projects.  
 
What impressed us most - apart from all the amazing art work that the children produced through the week - was their attitude to learning, their impeccable manners and their ability to embrace new ideas and friendships. All of the children learned something that they can take back school or on into their futures and that is what Ingestre is all about! 
 
Thank you Summerhill it was a pleasure having you at Ingestre. 
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