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For the Whole of Their Life.

Year 8 Medieval Day

On Tuesday 14th March, Year 8 turned up to school as a colourful mob of knights, merchants, peasants, kings, queens, lords, ladies and even horses.

On Tuesday 14th March, Year 8 turned up to school as a colourful mob of knights, merchants, peasants, kings, queens, lords, ladies and even horses. 

In small groups, we had been preparing museum displays on important aspects of Medieval Europe such as food, military, the feudal system, crime, punishment, the Roman Catholic Church, the Crusades, and significant individuals. A couple of weeks earlier we had Ben and Dianna, medieval historians, come all the way from Sydney to present to us and share their knowledge on Medieval Europe. 

My Museum display informed people about a significant individual, Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was born the Duchess of Aquitaine but became the Queen of France and later England, where she was charged with treason against her husband, Henry II. 

After Recess, we took part in some medieval activities including throwing rotten fruit and vegetables (water balloons) at criminals (teachers) in the stocks, jousting, archery, firing a trebuchet, maypole dancing, Heraldry, and King of the Hill. My friend and I had a go at jousting but our "horse" may have gone a little off course… I got a rotten potato (water balloon) straight in Mr Connett's face, Bullseye! Archery was fun although I didn't manage to hit the target, and my friends and I managed to actually tangle and untangle the maypole and learn the dance. 

The maypole is like a pole with ribbons hanging from the top, which medieval girls used to dance around braiding their ribbons with each other's. 

After the medieval activities the best dressed competition was held, Ainsley won with her jester's costume, it looked great! After that, a King and Queen were chosen for our royal banquet along with three ladies in waiting and 3 sergeants-at-arms. The medieval feast was delicious, of chicken, meatballs, bread, grapes and potatoes, which is what medieval lords, ladies, kings and queens would have eaten at medieval feasts.

Over all, we had an incredible day and learnt so much about medieval Europe thanks to our amazing, generous, and creative teachers and parents!

By Tyla Hardy

Year8 Medieval Day