Fifth-grade students from seven Waldorf schools from Maine, New Hampshire and Quebec Province gathered at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Center May 20 to participate in a Greek Pentathlon.

According to Ashwood School Enrollment and Marketing Director Jana Herbener, the Pentathlon is a group re-enactment of the ancient Olympic Games. Student activities included javelin and discus throwing, long jumping, wrestling, sprint and relay racing, and Greek dancing.

Participants arrived the day before to share artistic offerings and performances, be separated into “City-State” groups for the field competitions, and spend the night on Ashwood’s campus.

The May 20 event began at 8:30 a.m. with a processional, reading of Odes, and the lighting of the torch. Games culminated at midday in a sprint final and a relay race for all students. After a Greek Feast, students took part in a Greek Dance and Closing Ceremony.

Waldorf fifth-graders study Greek history and myths, as well as the ancient cultures of India, Persia and Egypt, as a part of their curriculum.

The schools participating in Greek Pentathlon 2011 were Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport; Ecole de la Roseliere in Cambly, Quebec; Ecole Les Enfants de la Terre in Waterville, Quebec; Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport; The Bay School in Blue Hill; White Mountain Waldorf School in Conway, N.H.; and Tidewater School in Eliot.

The Ashwood School’s end-of-year assembly will be held in the Camden Opera House on Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. Eighth-grade graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

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