On Thursday 26th of November, the Year 5’s embarked on a journey back in time, to the golden age of the Ancient Greeks. Having had their first Latin examinations in the previous week, this came as a welcome break for the boys.
Once taking our front row seats at G-Live in Guildford, we were greeted with a ‘bang’ and all the lights went out: Zeus the god was talking from the clouds! The play had four actors who took on numerous roles and had many costume changes. The background to the stage was a large screen with visual images that moved and drew you into certain aspects of Greek life. The first half was packed full of information about Greek theatre, philosophy, slavery and other aspects of everyday life. We were left on the edge of our seats at the end of the second half, for we were warned a great mythical ‘beast’ was coming.
At the end of the interval we were given some 3D glasses. The second half opened with the story of the minotaur and the labyrinth. We were able to walk through the maze with Theseus which came out in a 3D effect. Suddenly bats, spiders and all sorts of horrible creatures jumped forward and appeared right in front of our eyes! The 3D glasses really helped the boys feel part of the story. The second half finished with the famous battle of Thermopylae between the Greeks and the Persians. Again, boys were able to feel part of the battle, with arrows being pelted towards us from the oncoming soldiers!
The boy’s behaviour was exemplary and they were a real credit to the school. I must thank Mrs Thorowgood, our librarian for organising excellent displays and activities for the boys throughout the day, Miss Reevey, Mrs Hand and Miss Hawtone for their help and support on the trip. A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining morning!
Meanwhile in school ....
Throughout the day some teachers chose certain aspects of Greek thought, culture and history to include in their lessons, from Mathematic symbols to famous battles.
Dave and his team provided a wonderful Greek lunch accompanied by ‘Zorba the Greek’ playing in the background. We were treated to lamb, kebabs, pitta bread, dips and wonderful salads. I must say the SHS boys have quite a fondness for olives!
Mrs Z Francis