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Middle school students try on medieval life for a day

By Rebekah Schade | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Rebekah Schade Creig Mills, right, and Matthew Blazek of the Society for Creative Anachronism battle in the ring for Oceanside Middle School students.

Rockland — Oceanside Middle School replaced book reports and math tests with swords and kings as they closed out a medieval unit with the annual Medieval Day June 8.

Seventh-graders at the school spent their days this spring studying the Black Death, the Crusades, and the feudal system.

The students chose a specific role from the Middle Ages and researched that way of life. They could choose a person of aristocracy, the clergy or the peasant class. Overall, the students enjoyed the research and taking on the role they chose.

The Shire of Hadchester, a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, visited OMS to educate the seventh-graders about medieval society and culture. The event took place outside on one of the fields where the SCA members shared recipes for medieval food, weaponry and battle strategies, archery and heraldry. At the end of the day, the two seventh-grade kingdoms fought for the throne.

After the students fought for their kingdoms, the two men, Creig Mills and Matthew Blazek, who taught the students about weaponry and fighting, took their turn fighting for each kingdom in the ring created in the field. There was no clear winner of these battles, with each side winning a few rounds.

Creig Mills, right, attacks Matthew Blazek in their reenactment fight. (Photo by: Rebekah Schade)
Matthew Blazek after a quick defeat. (Photo by: Rebekah Schade)
Seventh-grade students battle for their respective kingdoms during Oceanside Middle School's Medieval Day. (Photo by: Rebekah Schade)
John Vastou, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism's local chapter, The Shire of Hadchester, does blacksmithing as well as teaching archery. (Photo by: Rebekah Schade)
Some of the armor that was brought by Blazek and Mills for their demonstration at Oceanside Middle School. (Photo by: Rebekah Schade)
Sally Oliver, also known as Lady Freygerthr of Visby, demonstrated medieval cooking at Oceanside Middle School's Medieval Day. She is also the wife of John Vastou, a part of The Shire of Hadchester, and has been part of SCA for 26 years. (Photo by: Rebekah Schade)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: M Blazek | Jun 14, 2018 13:20

Thanks for the great article!

This was actually a joint demo for the school between the SCA (more information at and my organization The Agincourt Soldier.

I'm currently working on a website, but there is more activity on my Facebook page

I am an amature historian, reenactor and presenter. My goal is to offer high quality interactive talks, demonstrations, and even larger joint events about Medievally History to New England schools, with no cost to the school unless they wish to make a donation.

Anyone can feel free to contact me at


Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 13, 2018 18:09

Kudos! What fun and the children learn!

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