At the Museum
By Matrona Mavrakis, School Principal at Démosthène Campus of École Socrates-Démosthène
I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the exhibit: “The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” at the Pointe- à-Callière Museum with the grade five and six students of the Démosthène Campus of the École Socrates-Démosthène.
It is needless to say, that being surrounded with such breathtaking artefacts, priceless treasures and fascinating archaeological discoveries was nothing short of an enlightening experience for all that attended; children and adults alike.
However, what was most remarkable was living this experience with the students from École Socrates-Démosthène! Their genuine interest in the many milestones of Greek and human history and their fascination with the many heroes in Greek mythology was inspiring.
The children were exemplary visitors of the museum. They asked poignant questions and actively participated in the educational activities that were organized. They even took the time to sketch some of the works of art!
Nevertheless, what was most memorable was the children’s knowledge! The students were connoisseurs of Greek history and mythology. It was not uncommon to see several hands go up when the guide would ask a question. Beaming with pride they would share the information they knew about their ancestor’s history. This pride and tremendous aptitude in Greek history and mythology, at such a young age, is truly a testament to the Greek program and the tremendous work the educators do.
It is clear that this was a wonderful experience for our children and evidently one that will remain most memorable.