On a wet day on Friday the 11th of May Reservoir High was home to an assortment of Medieval characters, activities and specially designed lessons. Yes, the school took a colourful time trip back to the Middle Ages.
All Year 8 classes attended the day and the timetable was carefully designed to insure their day would be completely devoted to history. It started by breaking the Year 8 group into three. Each group rotated to specially prepared rooms to participate in sessions on: Crime and Punishment, Weapons and Armour and Troubadours. These sessions had professional presenters who used a variety of media, and real artefacts, such as swords and armour to really engage students interactively. The sessions culminated in a Tournament in the Performance and Arts Centre, where students could literally ‘have a bash’ against a terrific real knight in armour.
After lunch, students watched the movie ‘A Knight’s Tale’ for the first time together, in the new Performance and Arts Centre. This movie was recommended by the organization that staged the above and teachers will be doing follow up activities on it and the day in their classes.
This Medieval day was fun because many Humanities teachers and other staff dressed up in period costume. Many teachers taught normal classes in Medieval dress and deserve points for being really good sports.
Thanks need to be given to the daily organizer Ms Christine Reilly who helped with the intricate organization required for the day and the Drama Coordinator Ms Heather Wilson who found really great costumes for the staff in the drama department props.
Ms Ros Pizzey was also a tireless organizer.
The Humanities staff were also great in their dedication to make the day the real success it was.