Windsor High School LatinFest 2010

A Student's-Eye View of LatinFest 2010

     On Monday,  March 15, at Windsor High School, Mr. Wickenden’s Latin Two and Latin Four classes participated in a Roman celebration day.   That morning the students made Roman garments such as headpieces and togas. The togas were draped properly around the students and were worn throughout. Afterwards, the students took part in physical activities outside of the school. The teams had shields made out of wood that they ran and raced with, and they also threw discus and javelins for accuracy.Soft mats were placed on the floors so that the students could recline similar to the Roman couches. The movie  Julius Caesar: His Time Has Come  was played in order to relate the circumstances and give the students a better idea of how the Romans lived. Lastly a Roman banquet was organized. Roman dishes such as hummus, honey cakes, and pitted dates were present for the students to taste. During the banquet entertainment was performed by some of the classmates. Examples were singing, dancing, and Roman tongue twisters. Overall, the day was very fun and educational at the same time for everyone.       L.A.

     On March 15, 2010 (the day Julius Caesar was assassinated) all Latin classes had the opportunity to participate in a Latin field day.   To start the day off, we all made leaf garlands for our heads. We also made togas out of two sheets.  After that, we went outside and played Latin games which included a hoop race, a discus toss, a shield race, and a javelin throw. Then, after the games, we came inside, relaxed, and watched a movie about Julius Caesar. For lunch some people prepared some food that Latin people ate back then, including big black olives, honey cake, vegetables, salad and much more. But if you weren’t all into those kinds of food, we also ordered pizza. Shortly after lunch we had an entertainment section that we enjoyed very much. This portion included singers, dancers, guitar players, and standup comedy acts. When lunch and the entertainment section was over, we held a tongue-twister contest. The participants had to memorize and recite a Latin saying correctly in order to win. After all this, our day was over. We cleaned up, said goodbye and went home.     M.P.

On March 15, 2010, Mr. Wickenden’s  Latin classes took a day off.  We stayed at school and had a Roman/Greek festival…First we came to the classroom, picked teams, made a wreath to wear on our heads, and put on our togas.  Then we headed outside where we played Roman games like the javelin toss, throwing the discus, and we had a shield race. After that we took team pictures. When we got back into the classroom we straightened up the floor to put mats down to watch the movie about Julius Caesar. After we watched a good portion of the movie, we started to prepare for the feast. We had figs, grape juice, honey cakes, salad, nuts, grapes and pizza. After everyone ate, we started the entertainment portion where many people participated. We had dancing, singing and comedy acts. Then we watched the rest of the movie about Caesar. It was very fun and I think everyone enjoyed it!     E.B.

Yesterday in Windsor High School, a deranged, out-of-his-mind teacher, who normally gives his students far too much work, turned over a new leaf as he threw a wonderful party for all of his Latin students...The party not only gave Latin students a day off (for once), but also provided them with a learning experience unlike any other.  This took place throughout the entire school day on March 15, also known as the Ides of March.  Nearly the entire duration of the gathering took place in Mr. Wickenden’s classroom and the remaining time was spent outside playing games. It seemed  that his Latin class very much enjoyed it.  I’m sure that if a survey was taken, many of the students would have chosen the party over their teacher’s excessive amounts of work. It was a great, fun, and enjoyable learning experience for all the Latin students at WHS.       C.S.

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