Year 6 - Greek Day

Great Greek Experience
         by Finn (From Turtles Class)

Stepping into the classroom, I blinked. One small step for me was equivalent to going 3,000 years back in time. Gazing in disbelief, I saw so many Ancient Greeks, A.K.A my class in Greek costumes. Me? I was one of the only children not willing to sacrifice a bed sheet or curtain, so I remained costumeless.

There were Greek soldiers parading after a gruelling walk to school, citizens in clustered groups, talking about how they, or their parents, made, or obtained their costumes. Most costumes had been bought and, luckily, none of the swords were made of iron or copper!

After a normal assembly, terrific Turtles’ class of almost all groovy Greeks went to the ICT Suite to research about ancient Greece’s Olympics. I learnt that winners of sections of the Olympics got crowns! ... Of olive sprig leaves. From a holy tree! I also learnt that the first Olympics had fewer than 10 events, and that women weren’t allowed to see the Olympics, on a penalty of death! My brain was out of breath by the end of the lesson, as i had exercised it so much!       

The next task we did was drawing pictures of cards with statistics, like top trumps, describing height (in meters) Good deeds, kindness, intelligence, beauty, and more. My favourite one was Medusa, who was a gorgon that was so ugly, her face turned people – or animals – to stone. Luckily the hero Perseus killed her. My team of four (including me) managed to do most of them, ranging from Zeus, king of the gods, to Cerberus, a god’s three headed dog. Since Medusa is dead two and a half thousand years ago, I will never need to have a highly polished shield next time I look around a corner. I hope.

Wait... Was the reason my best drawing was of Medusa, as she was a vile ugly beast?

Just before lunch and after the “Top trumps” there was a taster session, literally, of some Greek foods. There were olives, the proud signature food of Greece, pita pyramids towering almost a meter high, that were so tasty they were so tasty they were gone in seconds! All of it was decorated elaborately, with leaves draped purposefully and plates carefully placed, positioned perfectly.

Marching in a beeline, like a squad of ants, the rest of the class and I went to the hall, where an acting group called Rainbow Theatre were waiting for us, to perform stories, which my class helped in, for example Theseus and the Sphinx, and the minotaur. We also reacted what it’d be like to be an ancient Greek.

WAD                                                                                                                                      What A Day!

That was my fantastically fabulous groovy Greek delightful day.

AvTio! (Bye in Greek)