As our 300 Spartans returned from their Easter Holidays they began their final campaign for their own Peloponnesian War. The end of primary assessments is nigh and our troops have begun to rehearse their battle formations. They have been drilled into a well-oiled machine ready to attack the SATs with a relentless vigour. They have been churning up and spitting out previous exam questions with an insatiable appetite.
With the London Marathon just passed, it seems only fitting that we commend our own troops like those that history has remembered. The term Marathon comes from the battle between the ancient Greeks and the all-conquering Persian Empire. Which took place in 490 BC, during the first Persian invasion of Greece. The mighty Greeks which numbered 10,000 defeated the Persian hordes of 125,000 soldiers. With the Persian forces driven out of Greece for 10 years there was peace. At the end of the battle of Marathon, a runner was sent to the city of Athens. This runner ran the 26.2 mile distance before crying out “Nike!" , which was the Greek god of victory. This signalled victory. With his task completed, the runner collapsed. Dead. His mission completed.
Our own warriors have been working relentlessly since returning. Their attitude to learning is nothing short of exemplary. They have begun to take responsibilityfor their own learning. We are becoming familiar with a range of questions that may be asked and are increasingly confident that we have a a range of strategies to approach them with. We are enjoying the new challenges that present themselves daily and strive to improve every day.
We have also began our PSHE topic on transition. We are beginning to look at how we can be secondary ready and relish the prospect of a new and bold adventure.
Our Spartans leave you with this Latin.
Acta non verba .
(Deeds not words)