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From the Tablet, May 1, 2010 -
BY MARIA ELENA GIOSSI
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Let it be known that on the 20th day of April at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, in the neighborhood of Kensington, young lords and ladies gathered to share their knowledge of Renaissance times in a faire fit for all ages.
Dozens of parents and guests arrived for the event, held in the school gymnasium, which had been transformed into a theatre-in-the-round, where costumed students presented two hours of continuous musical and theatrical performances regarding various aspects of the Renaissance period.
For the last six years, the school has hosted an annual interdisciplinary event in which each grade presents something around the chosen theme. Starting in January, teachers of all grades and subjects, from pre-k 3 to eighth grade, found ways to integrate the Renaissance period into English, social studies, religion, mathematics, science, art, music and computer lessons.
Students have studied and undertaken similar performances surrounding the themes Lost in Space, Under the Sea, Ancient Cultures and Birth of a Nation.
On this fair day, Principal Maureen Rooney welcomed all who had come to “see the extraordinary work the students have done. What's wonderful is that this gives us all an opportunity to learn about things we never knew."
As boys and girls filed into the auditorium, Rooney delighted in their medieval garb. "Oh that’s great," she told one student. "Look at that hat," she said to another.
While many students wore authentic-looking period clothing, some recycled Halloween costumes, and others resourcefully combined several items to fashion fitting attire. Fifth-grader Owen Doody wore pants and a shirt he had at home and then purchased a life-sized fake parrot and leather-looking glove to accessorize his falconer ensemble.
Surrounding the seating area were students' handmade felt banners, papier mache replicas of Renaissance architecture, including the Duomo of Florence, ornate Venetian masks, "Wanted" posters for controversial medieval mathematicians, and bubonic plague research projects.
Wee ones kicked off the show holding paper towel roll telescopes as they paid tribute to Christopher Columbus. Pre-k 3 sang, "It’s Home To Me," followed by Pre-k 4's presentation, "Christopher Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue" and kindergartners' recitation of the poem "1492."
Sixty-four pale green and white squares were then spread across center stage as first and sixth grades battled each other in a game of human chess. Sixteen boys and girls stood on either side of the board wearing signs on their necks identifying them as a king, queen, rook, knight, bishop or pawn.
Alice Butler, sixth-grade homeroom teacher, wore a pale violet medieval gown for the event. She was pleased her class had a chance to work with the younger students. "Everyone gets involved and learns something about the theme. This brings the whole school together. It’s exciting but first and foremost, it's educational"
In addition to the chess match, Butler, who also teaches math and computer classes to the upper grades, had students write reports and give oral presentations about mathematicians of Renaissance and how they affected the times in which they lived.
Second-grade boys in faux chain mail bearing plastic swords, and girls in crushed velvet dresses seamlessly performed a well-choreographed "Waltz of the Knighting Ceremony" and educated those in attendance about the everyday lives of knights and ladies.
Expressive third graders kept audience-goers on the edge of their seats with their drama, "St. George and the Dragon". Fourth graders followed with "A Day in the Life of a...", which informed guests about lives of knights, crusaders, and royalty. Their live presentation was further enhanced by a PowerPoint show.
In their skit,"Birds of a Feather," fifth graders declared it was "Monarch Appreciation Day." In search of the perfect gift, the king's daughters visited various members of the royal court to learn about their work and if they had any gifts worthy of the king.
Seventh graders presented "Plague Station 3," a sobering piece about the origins, spread and impact of the bubonic plague before eighth graders closed the show on a light note with their Monty Pythonesque satirical comedy, "How Arthur Became King."
Grandmother Florence Borowski was proud of every child who performed at the faire, particularly her sixth-grade grandson William Borowski, a well-armored knight in the human chess game.