The following was writen by Grace, a sixth grader at The Imago School
Welcome to the 1400s, the age of knights and castles. Today we are the honoured guests of King James and Queen Olivia and a small medieval feast. Meanwhile, in a parallel dimension, the 6th grade class at the Imago School is presenting reports on the Middle Ages.
While eight select members of King James’ kingdom and Cardinal William were dressed in their finest to attend a feast in the great hall of the king’s castle, two of the 21st century 6th graders, Nichole and Victoria, gave their history presentations. Nichole began, with a detailed report on her favourite subject, horses. Her report was specifically on the Medieval war horse, which is now believed to be extinct. Victoria’s report was on King Charlemagne.
Back in the great hall, the servants had just served the first course of bread and cheese. A few minutes before, a Latin prayer had been recited for the eight guests, the cardinal, the king and the queen. After a small break, the second course of delicious cinnamon and chicken soup and stewed beef was served. Naturally, this was eaten in the same bowl as last time. The other course’s leftovers were dumped into the slop bucket for the peasants and dogs.
One of the guests, Lady Jazmyn, came forward during an intermission and explained the history of drama, her favourite subject. She also asked everyone to join her in a play. They were to perform the story of Saint George. All of the people at the feast took part, using the space in the upper floor of the castle. It was entertaining, according to an onlooker.
Meanwhile, in 6th grade, Jazmyn had just finished her report. Olivia, who had gone a short while before, gave information on stained glass and its uses. Jazmyn, however, presented her study on medieval drama. After a mock Medieval-style play on the upper floor of their school, it was Grace’s turn. She nervously gave her report on the rough life Medieval people led in a castle. Her report was followed by Josabeth, who had used her amazing calligraphy and art skills to make an illuminated manuscript all by herself. Naturally, her detail made it appear as if she had printed a picture. Joe came next, enlightening the class on the siege weapon, specifically the trebuchet.
At noon, Sir Joseph sent for his father, who arrived from another kingdom, bringing a trebuchet about six feet high. Unfortunately, Sir Joseph’s hand-built trebuchet backfired, literally! The fruits put into the trebuchet rolled backwards out of the sling when it was released. This was because the trebuchet’s sling was too big. Sadly, even after making these corrections, only one fruit flew. The arm that shot the fruit cracked, so Sir Joseph’s father stayed to fix it while the feast-goers returned to the great hall through the minimal amounts of slush and grit.
The main course of meat pies, meat balls, quiche, and spinach quiche was served shortly after this tragic accident. It was quite delicious, especially the meat pie, which the only female hunter, Nichole, and her family both hunted and prepared. The spinach quiche, made by Victoria, was unfortunately not as enjoyed by King James and Queen Olivia. After the main course, a singer was brought in all the way from the land of Austria. The singer, being fluent in Latin, sang a Latin/German song. After this he went home.
A knight, by the name of Sir Josiah, stepped up next to the podium. He was here for an important meeting in defence of a castle. Sir Josiah first explained the defence and siege for the people who didn’t understand it (all of them) and then presented a model castle. In a few minutes, dessert was served. There were pies and a lemon tart, too. All of the dessert was well enjoyed. Then the feast was over. The great hall was empty, slowly fading away in the sands of time. Six hundred years later, the 6th grade created this Medieval scene. The great hall is still there, you see, if you believe.