Fifth Grade Visits Ann Arbor for Annual Pentathlon

Surely you are familiar with the saying, “It’s all Greek to me.”  For the current Fifth Grade class, this could not be more true.

For the past few months, the Fifth Graders have encountered a period of “it all being Greek.”  Our study of Greek Mythology led into a study of Greek history, which introduced us to the city states of ancient Greek, their patron Gods or Goddesses, and the ancient Olympic Games.  Earlier in the month, we performed a Greek play and served a Greek dinner, in which funds were raised to travel to the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, in Michigan, last Thursday, May 20th. Here the Fifth Graders we met with five other Waldorf School Fifth Grade Classes to re-enact the ancient Olympics and perform feats that were judged based on the Truth, Grace and Beauty of the athlete.

After sharing a Greek dinner with all of Pentathlon participants, the students of our class were split up amongst six city states (Athens, Sparta, Thebes, Corinth, Delphi, and Mycenae), which were comprised of Fifth Graders from schools throughout Ohio and Michigan.  On Friday , the Pentathlon began with all of the students singing “Glorious Apollo”, before taking an oath.  With a trumpeting sound off, and a salute of arrows, the Games began.  Each city state rotated through the following events:  javelin, discus, 50 yard dash, long run, long jump and wrestling.

At the conclusion of the Games, each city state was called forth to be presented with a medal of honor for steadfast participation on the games.  The judges also presented nine laurel wreaths to the following Waldorf School of Pittsburgh students:

  • Frances Davis was recognized for her grace and beauty in the long run
  • Pierce Fitzpatrick was recognized for his grace and beauty in wrestling
  • Orli Maia Bernstein was recognized for her grace and beauty in wrestling
  • Jesse Weideman was recognized for his grace and beauty in the long run
  • Avalon Perdriel-Arons was recognized for her grace and beauty in wrestling
  • Liam Gannon was recognized for his grace and beauty in both javelin and discus
  • Alex Korzinewsky was recognized for his grace and beauty in the long run and to his truth in the 50 yard dash.

The experience of staying with host families, meeting new friends, and striving to do their best are just a few of the highlights of this amazing event.  Congratulations to the Fifth Grade Pentathletes!

Ms. Robyn Thomas, Fifth Grade Teacher

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