Greek Olympics return to Jacksonville Country Day School

Greek Olympics return to Jacksonville Country Day School
San Marco residents and Jacksonville Country Day School fifth graders Norah Kobrin and Nina Pradhan

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, Jacksonville Country Day School’s Greek Olympics have returned. The school’s students spent the past few months exploring ancient Greek cultures, traditions and mythology in their global studies class, which culminated in a day of ancient Greek fun including the Greek Olympics, Greek skit performances and a Greek food tasting.

“I enjoyed all of the events, but I would have to say my favorite was Tug-of-War. This event taught me that to get further you have to work together as a team.” said Nina Pradhan, a San Marco resident and fifth grader at JCDS. Pradhan was on Team Megara which took first place in this year’s JCDS Olympics.

Following the Greek Olympics, students participated in “Bring a Myth to Life” Greek performances. The students had been reading myths connected to the major gods of Ancient Greece, and their job was to rewrite the myths in skit form and perform them in front of their classmates. 

“Fifth graders spent about a week working on these skits. We chose to do this because it offers our students cross-curricular connections and Reader’s Theatre enhances student’s reading skills and confidence,” said David Sandlin, who teaches sixth grade at JCDS.

Nina Pradhan participates in the school’s Greek Olympics.
Nina Pradhan participates in the school’s Greek Olympics.

“It was really fun practicing for these skits. We got to separate into groups during class and take a deeper look into a specific myth,” said Pradhan.

To wrap up their study celebrations, students tasted some Greek-inspired dishes including lamb, pita, olives, pepperoncini, hummus, and tzatziki sauce made by the JCDS dining staff.

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