Articles for the Month of March 2015

Beyond Schoolwork: Tae Kwon Do

Greyfriars Classical Academy (GCA) has a unique model of education with a university schedule that allows students to plan their responsibilities so that they have time for various outside interests.  GCA students participate in a wide variety of activities in the arts, sports and in the community.  One such student is Matthew Thomasson, in 9th grade at Greyfriars.


Greyfriars student, Matthew Thomasson (on the right, wearing the red vest), sparring

Matt has participated at Sangrock Black Belt World in Wesley Chapel for the past two years.  In that time he has tested and achieved the rank of high red belt.  He is one belt away from deputy black belt, with a goal of achieving his first dan (meaning “step” or “rank”) black belt soon.  Participating in Tae Kwon Do has taught him a great deal about perseverance, the value of hard work, commitment and respect.  Sangrock Wesley Chapel has a homeschool class on Mondays and Wednesdays, which is the class Matt started in at the training center (called the “dojang”). Matt was recently invited to join a demonstration team called the Wesley Chapel Tigers. This group demonstrates the basics of Tae Kwon Do to those who are interested in learning more about the sport. They also participated recently in a local tournament and won 1st place.  They will be traveling to Raleigh in April to compete in a statewide tournament.


Beyond the Classroom: Aesthetics


The Greyfriars senior Aesthetics class recently traveled to Durham for a tour of Duke Chapel, a neo-Gothic cathedral, and then on to Raleigh to the North Carolina Museum of Art to view modern artworks and early American paintings.