Every year, PCA hosts a Greek and Roman olympics (field day) called Greekfest. It is a day the students and many parents look forward to all year. The students dress in ancient Greek or Roman attire and families are encouraged to come in costume as well.
This year the students were split into two teams, the Lazer Spartans and the Trojan Riptide. They started their day with assembly as usual, though it was led by Theophilus of Antioch (who looks remarkably like our headmaster in a toga). The students waited in anticipation and then two visitors arrived.
Marcus Aurelius and Taurentius Downpourus came into the room and introduced the rules and goals of Greekfest. They reminded the students that the purpose of Greekfest, outside of having fun, was to practice good sportsmanship and to treat others as they would like to be treated.
The students were then dismissed to their classrooms to personalize three orange flags, which would later be used to mark their farthest javelin throw and disc toss.
Once the students were outside, Theophilus of Antioch ran the olympic torch around the field and lit the fire pit, symbolizing the beginning of the games. The students cheered and the games began.
The first event was a race around a mud-splattering track between two runners from each team. They continued racing until everyone had run.
Next was one big race with everyone running at once.
The following event involved water balloon launchers and two dads with pickle buckets trying to catch and collect water from each launched balloon.
Next came the decorating of the chariots and the chariot race relay. Though our chariots were not pulled by horses like the ancient chariot races of Byzantine time, our race did resemble the ancient Olympic Games in terms of danger — the head of one of our chariot riders (a blue beach ball) was found rolling on the field mid-race and the race went on!
The games seemed to be concluding with a kite flying relay followed by a popsicle break, but just like the Peloponnesian War that seemed to end with the signing of the Peace of Nicias, yet continued in full force soon after, our Greekfest games soon recommenced.
As the students finished off their popsicles, they joined efforts with their team in a chalk mural contest. The Trojan Riptide, led by student team captain, Zeus, drew pictures of the city of Troy, the Trojan horse and the Trojan War. The Lazer Spartans made an equally impressive mural of the Trojan horse burning and Zeus watching from the sky. All of these ancient Greek and Roman historical events and myths are part of what the students have been learning about this year. It was fun to see them apply them in mural form!
After the mural competition was an egg-on-a-spoon relay.
The egg relay was the second to last event of the day and there was still great sportsmanship and encouragement going on!
The last event was a tug-of-war, followed by a well deserved celebration in the form of a family picnic.
The Trojan Riptide had events they showed superior strength in, and other events were dominated by the Lazer Spartans. In the end, like happens so many years at Greekfest, the two teams ended in a joyous tie with great cheers of encouragement and excellent sportsmanship all around. Hooray for Greekfest!