Ancient Greece comes alive at Prep

Dancers perform the story of Persephone and Hades.

Through costumes, drama, dance and food, ancient Greece came alive last week thanks to the efforts of some George Town students.

Cayman Prep and High School Year 5 students put on an action-packed Greek Day on March 9 to wrap up their study this term of the ancient Greeks. Teachers and children went all-out, dressing up as ancient Greek characters.

The day’s activities kicked off with drama against the backdrop of the Dart Park amphitheater. The students sang “Ode to the Greeks,” performed the moving and graceful dance of the myth of Persephone and Hades, and recited a selection of work from Aristophanes’s “The Frogs.”

On their return to school, the students took part in a wide variety of ancient Greek-themed activities. Some had fun deciphering the Greek language and its use in modern day English, while others commanded the Spartan Army in a strategic, mathematical battle-planning game. Others tried their hand at crafting Medusa heads from wire, foil and paper, and designing sandals using ancient equipment. Students interested in performing arts wrote their own songs and raps related to the Greeks, and performed in a variety of drama activities.

A Greek feast followed, featuring traditional items such as hummus, pita bread, olives, dolmades and herbed chicken, followed by peach and chocolate baklava, and honey cake and ice cream for dessert. The day concluded with a mock Olympics.

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