STUDENTS at King William’s College Castletown stepped back in time to the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
To set the scene, everyone (staff included) dressed in classical costumes last Thursday. Activities included unravelling puzzles using Pythagorean mathematics, using natural dyes to colour clothing, studying Archimedes’ work, and entering Plato’s cave to challenge their understanding of thought and perception.
There were chariot races (chariots made by the design and technology department, that also made the head dresses), and an Olympic Games between year groups.
The language department studied Greek dance and ancient religious beliefs.
The art, music and theatre of the ancient world was also explored with a mosaic master class, two witty numbers exploring Roman and Greek history composed and performed by the music department and a production of one of Aesop’s fables by the English department.
Students also got their hands on the weaponry of the Roman army – armour, shields, sword, pilum (throwing spear), sling and plumbatum (a large throwing dart) – and donned the caligae (sandals) of a centurion or legionary.