Thursday 24th January
Our last full day at Ingestre Hall dawned; children stirred in their beds and tired teachers stretched their limbs. This was the big day – The Sharing Day. It was what the Ingestre experience was all about. The children woke very excited as they prepared for their final workshops and presentations. The art group were still producing yet more new ideas; the music group were learning the art of live performance; the drama group were piecing together all their scenes and the dance group were polishing their routines.
The children should be so proud of the work they have created. After final preparations we went to look at the artwork. You can see a small selection in the photos. They have clearly gained so much from working with a professional artist and their confidence has grown throughout the week.
Then came the work of the dance group – energy, control and superb storytelling through the medium of dance. They really have worked so well and all that effort paid off in a powerful and emotional piece of creative dance, finishing with a section to the war poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
Finally, we had the excitement of music produced by two new bands. Having created their own lyrics and melodies, they added drums, keyboard and guitar accompaniments. Their live performances had the whole group clapping along, whilst their lyrics told an important story.
We have been incredibly well fed, and today was no different. Lunch was a wonderful chicken pie with lashings of lush gravy. It was eagerly devoured by children and staff after a busy session of workshops.
Next we were treated to a moving performance from the drama group. Goodness gracious me – they have made so much progress from Monday! All the ideas were their own and told the story of life during The First World War. By the end there was tear in my eye as they finished with a Remembrance Day poem.
We must say a huge thank you to the whole team at Ingestre Hall for giving our children such a memorable and worthwhile learning experience. They are a highly talented team and know how to bring out the very best in children. All the children have shown our 4 values – Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Resourcefulness and they should be extremely proud of themselves.