Pupils at Greenacre School Junior Department have spent a full week enjoying a variety of activities and learning to celebrate the Spirit of Rio Festival.
Over the course of the week, girls learned about the history of the Olympic Games and some of the participating nations, with each class focusing on discovering more about one of the more than 200 participating member nations of the International Olympic Committee.
The week’s activities cut across every area of the curriculum with visits from specialist guests who gave the pupils insights into the culture, environment and lifestyle of Brazil.
Local meteorologist Ian Currie introduced the girls to the weather of Brazil and the tropical regions of South America whilst the Brighton School of Samba brightened up our own less than seasonal weather with drumming workshops, at which girls were introduced to the fun of playing and dancing to the famed music of Brazil.
As part of the sports and Olympic theme, girls participated in inter-house rounders and swimming competitions as well as enjoying a tennis workshop at which they learnt that both tennis and swimming had their Olympic debut at the 1896 games in Athens. There was no update, however, on when rounders would achieve Olympic status…
The highlight for many of the girls was, perhaps, the Chocolate Workshop. During the morning, girls learnt about the history and science of chocolate; its Mayan and Aztec origins, the importance of fermentation, the tempering process and the concept of fair trade. During the afternoon session, pupils worked together to design and make their own chocolate with as much being consumed in the process as ended up in the final products.
The week was rounded off with a fabulous closing ceremony involving all of the girls from Nursery to Year 6 sharing what they had researched and learnt over the course of the week.
Pupils considered the week one of the highlights of their year.