Merlin’s Magic Wand
23rd March 2015
On Monday 23rd March, we unveiled our latest Taking the Magic to the Children project at Victoria Education Centre in Poole – Merlin Entertainments inspired changing rooms and a magical sensory installation!
Merlin’s Magic Wand was inspired to transform the existing changing rooms after some pupils were unable to attend a series of visits to SEA LIFE Weymouth due to the seriousness of their disabilities. Merlin’s Magic Wand decided to ‘Take the Magic’ to them by designing and funding Merlin Entertainments inspired changing rooms and an immersive, exciting space within the school for all the children to enjoy.
Key features include light displays that move when the children interact with them, beautiful underwater visuals and a sensory submarine!
Employees at Merlin Entertainments Head Office have worked hard to fundraise for the project, holding a spa evening, bake sales and taking part in cycling challenges.
Simon Brown, Head teacher of Victoria Education centre said ‘As a school we were very fortunate to have a wonderful new pool which opened in September 2013. The pool itself is amazing but the changing rooms were clinical in appearance with everything painted white. Some of our students have enjoyed visits to the SEA LIFE Centre in Weymouth and so when Merlin’s Magic Wand suggested a SEA LIFE theme for the changing rooms we were very keen! This project has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an incredible multi-sensory changing area, and their smiles really show us all that Merlin’s Magic Wand really have brought the magic to the children.’
Sandra Hazel, Charity Manager from Merlin’s Magic Wand, commented: “We are delighted that the children of Victoria Education Centre will be able to experience first-hand the magic of Merlin. Creating a fun environment with the sensory elements of the project will inspire them and help the children to achieve their educational goals.”
Elly Turner, Project Co-ordinator from Merlin’s Magic Wand, said “My favourite part of working on this project has been meeting the pupils of Victoria Education Centre. Their unfailing positivity has been an inspiration to me and the creatives from Merlin Magic Making, and I can’t wait to see their faces as we unveil this incredible project.”