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Medal wins at Classical Reading Comp 2017

Students from Year 8 and Year 10 recently competed in the Classical Reading Competition, with all walking away medal winners!

The students took on mostly independent schools, where there tend to be much larger Classics departments, and walked away with Gold, Silver or Bronze – a progression on the last competition where students took home Bronze. 

The Year 8s were up against 14 other schools, while the Year 10s had to perform solo on very little practice with Latin subject leader Mrs Sillis, and no practice the week before the competition due to a language trip. One student recited a Greek poem after only a few hours of Greek lunch club!

The competition was held in March at prestigious Queen’s College in London and was judged by John Taylor, author of many Greek and Latin text books, and Gail Trimble of Trinity College Oxford.

The competition was in six sections:

Beginners’ Latin, open to pupils who have not yet completed 5 terms of Latin (either an individual or group of 3 candidates): Cambridge Latin Course, Book I, St 5, page 61, Poppaea, including all the narrator’s words and stage instructions.

Beginners’ Greek, open to pupils who have not yet completed 5 terms of Greek: Anacreontea, The Grasshopper

Pre-GCSE Latin, open to pupils who have not yet taken GCSE in Latin: Virgil’s Aeneid Book 4, lines 305 – 324.

Greek Dialogue, open to an individual or a pair of candidates at any stage: Sophocles’ Antigone, lines 502 – 523

Open Latin, open to one candidate at any stage: Tacitus, Annals, Book 1, Ch 17.

Greek Chorus, open to a group of six to 10 pupils at any stage: Sophocles’ Antigone, lines 332 – 375.

Well done to all those who competed, what remarkable talents you have!

Silver medal winners Grace, Charlotte and Tiana with competition judge and classics legend John Taylor (author Latin to GCSE, Greek to GCSE, Latin Beyond GCSE, Greek Beyond GCSE)

Leanne and Georgia showing off their Silver medals in a Harley Street doorway