Celtic Thunder teach BDC students Lilly Batley, Josh Wilson-Douglas and Sam Holland about archery during the school’s medieval day on Thursday.
Celtic Thunder teach BDC students Lilly Batley, Josh Wilson-Douglas and Sam Holland about archery during the school’s medieval day on Thursday.

Middle Ages come to life at BDC

LORDS, peasants, bishops and serfs stood in place of year 8 students at Bishop Druitt College for the school’s medieval day.

History students enjoyed an entire day of role play to complement their study of the Middle Ages.

The day included a banquet, complete with spit roast and apple pie and spectacular visual demonstrations with archery and sword fighting by Celtic Thunder. The students also made a shield wall and danced around the maypole.

History teacher Mark Doran said the curriculum followed life through the Middle Ages and the role play allowed kids to get involved and learn through experience.

“In the course we look at village life, castles, the role of the pope and king and hierarchy to name a few topics. By having a day like this kids learn about the reality of those times,” Mr Doran said.

“When the kids design their own costume and get dressed up they play the part and become more involved in the subject they’re studying.”

Year 8 student Josh Wilson-Douglas made a wooden sword, shield, bow and arrow to go with his costume and said it was great fun to dress up and get in medieval character.

“It helps us learn because being told something or reading it in a text book is nothing like holding a sword or putting on a helmet. You can’t get the feeling from a text book.”



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