In the spirit of Socrates – “One thing I know – that I know nothing. This is the source of my wisdom” – Year 8 set out on Thursday to know more and increase their wisdom by spending the day studying the Ancient Greeks. Working in their Form groups, they competed at the Olympics in running, standing long-jump, horse-racing, hoplitodromos (running in armour), and the ever-dangerous chariot racing. Athens, a.k.a. 8R, triumphed.
They then spent an hour or so discovering how much Greek language and culture underpins our modern world – from the ancient Athenian voting system used in the Brexit referendum, to naming US College Frat and Sorority Houses. They worked hard on writing the Greek alphabet, researched history and literature, acted and filmed 5-Minute-Myths and constructed model Trojan Horses. All in all, a very educational but enjoyable day.