Does the thought of spending some time in the bustling Agora of sunny Athens appeal to you? What about having the chance to chat with your friends as you paint a fresco, concoct a herbal remedy or squeeze some juicy olives to make oil for your lamp? In the afternoon, why not watch a play (or two) and admire the well-drilled marching of the famous hoplite soldiers, while feasting on feta, cakes and fruit?

If this sounds the sort of day you would enjoy, then you should have come along to the Year 6 Ancient Greek Day last Monday!

In the transformed setting of the School Hall, the chiton-clad pupils participated in a wide range of craft activities, each producing a bagful of goodies to take home: wax tablets, soap carvings, lucky charms and decorative mosaics to name but a few. Offerings were made at the Temple of Athene to secure the Goddess’s blessings on the proceedings, but for advice on personal or state problems, then the Oracle from Delphi was also on hand with some words of wisdom!

After a brief lunchtime return to the Land of Blue Coat, it was back to the Agora for entertainments and feasting. Once again, everyone was involved, whether as an actor, a soldier or a willing slave. Particular mention must be made of the outstanding performances on stage of the children, whose acting skills would rival those of the greatest in Ancient Greece!

I should like to offer our thanks to the band of parent helpers and former BCS colleagues who so kindly gave their time throughout the day to assist with all the different activities. We really couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks, too, to all the pupils, who participated with such enthusiasm and exemplary behaviour. I’m sure Athene was well pleased!

MISS MERRILL

 

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