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Students from Sutherland House School visited The Oakfield Dance festival yesterday, which is an inclusive event for SEN schools and classes within Nottinghamshire. The event focuses on different themes each year and this year’s theme for the festival was community. Sutherland House School took 26 pupils to take part in the festival which gave them the chance to perform the School’s drumming performance of dance and music in front of other schools.

Sutherland House School pupils had made instruments out of recyclable materials which they played to a backing track. Students at the festival were encouraged to dance in the middle of our circle formation. Opening the show was a nerve-racking prospect for many of Sutherland House’s pupils, but once they were warmed up those nerves soon floated away and the talents of students in music and dance were showcased in the centre of a large theatre space.

Sutherland House School pupil Logan, worked with our Music specialist Rinzing Kelsang to lead the group in playing their instruments and did a fantastic job in directing the group through the performance. Staff and pupils from other spectating schools were dancing and clapping and the School received a huge applause at the end.