The Perse School

Year 5 Egyptian Day

28 May 2012

On Tuesday the Prep school hall was transformed into the busy market place of Thebes in 1347BC. The Year 5 Egyptians, fabulously attired, were preparing for the festival of the Nile at the court of Queen Nefertiti. Activities included making Egyptian bread, fine fragrance cones for the ladies to wear in their hair (frangrance released as the wax melted and dripped throughout – yuck), clay canopic jars for storage of those vital organs needed for the afterlife, clay lucky charms and frescoess, mummifying 'bodies', soap sculpting, archaeological digging and writing hieroglyphs.

The afternoon saw a Nile festival of epic proportions, attended by the Pharoah and his Queen, Nefertiti. There was much quaffing of wine (blackcurrent) and munching of authentic Egyptian cuisine (cheese and bread). Entertainment was provided for the wonder of all, and especially the royal party, by storytellers and dancers.

The festivities threatened to turn sour when a lowly wretch was found to have been robbing tombs but he was quickly denounced, tried and found to innocent, phew! Another was not so lucky…She was accused of stealing Queen Nefertiti's jewels, found guilty and sentenced to having her fingers cut off to stop her from snatching again in the future. A disobedient slave tried to run away so the Mistress ordered for her feet to be cut off so that she wouldn't attempt escape again. Gosh, the Egyptians were a cheery bunch!

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