Ravaging Romans | School Holidays Workshop | Wednesday 8th January 2020
Ravaging Romans | School Holidays Workshop | Wednesday 8th January 2020
Ravaging Romans | School Holidays Workshop | Wednesday 8th January 2020
Ravaging Romans | School Holidays Workshop | Wednesday 8th January 2020

Ravaging Romans | School Holidays Workshop | Wednesday 8th January 2020

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 New to Professor Plums Experience: Ravaging Romans | School Holidays Workshop | Wednesday 8th January 2020

Ages 6-12

Gloria Exercitus! Spend a day in the life of a Roman legionnaire. Build your camp with your fellow legionnaires. Pay heed to your Legatus (Commanding Officer) David Harrington as he describes the expansion and history of the Roman Empire.Craft your own shield, pilum (javelin) and gladius (sword) then decorate. Learn the complex art of military formation and Ancient Roman combat skills. With special demonstrations from real stunt fighters.

Learning Outcomes:

-Develop knowledge, skills and understanding in making prop replicas and other creative works informed by investigations and sources on the topic of Ancient Rome.

-Use expressive forms to communicate ideas

-Appreciate personal creative outcomes and those of others

-Collaborate with others by taking on roles and creating imagined situations informed by Ancient Roman culture and sources.


830-915: Arrival, registration, meet and greet

915-945: Participants arrive and are organised into different units to build and reinforce a standard roman fortified camp. We’ll use cardboard boxes, tarps, rope and loose parts to create a wall, organised camp, kitchen and supplies areas

945-1015: The Roman Empire, conquering the world! Using chalk and ground mapping Dave will describe the expansion and history of the Roman Empire and the consequent social, technological and architectural changes that ensued.

1015-1045: Morning tea

1045-1145: Shields, pilum and gladius. Each Roman soldier had a standard kit, and we’ll use paints to decorate our shields and weapons, including learning our Roman numerals so we can indicate which legion, cohort and maniple we belong to.

1145-1215: Roman myths and legends. Dave will tell a famous story from Roman myth, and describe the pantheon of Roman gods and goddesses, their role in Roman life and the impact they have had on our world including the planets.

1230-1330: Lunch

1330-1430: Roman military formations and combat skills. The Romans were famous for complicated and sophisticated military formations, often using their large interlocking shields. We’ll learn some of the most characteristic techniques including the iconic testudo, or tortoise.

This section will also involve a demonstration of Roman fighting using steel weapons by trained stunt fighters.

1430-1515: Civil War! The Roman Empire was often riven by civil conflict. Our camp is being attacked by a rebel legion! In teams participants will engage in a ranged weapon duel, one trying to knock down the camp walls and the other protecting their attack using their formation skills. We’ll be using wet sponges for our battle, so bring clothes that can get wet.

1515-1600: Packing up. Romans were fastidiously clean, and so they packed up their camps leaving no trace. We’ll break camp and remove all traces, so our enemies can’t get a handle on our numbers and movements.



About the Instructor

Award-winning Dave Harrington of Stone and Bones is a qualified ethno-botanist and ecologist, specialising in education and science.

Throughout his career he has lectured and collaborated with numerous schools and organisations such as Macquarie University, UTS, UNSW, Australian Catholic University, The Catholic Education Office and numerous high schools throughout Australia

Among his many accomplishments he has worked closely Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Northern NSW regions in collaborative projects aimed to record and preserve Aboriginal culture and practices.

His UNSW lecture series The Science of Indigenous Knowledge profiled the scientific method and practices of indigenous people.

Dave has also lectured at Yalbalinga, the Australian Catholic University's Indigenous Unit where he has taught science for school teachers.

Recipient of the:

Eureka Science Award

The Macquarie University Partnerships award

The National Australian Learning

The Teaching Council Award.