Our eighth annual Classics Essay Competition produced high standards of work and the Classics Cup was won by a Year 8 pupil for the first time.
The competition, which has been running since the 2015-16 academic year, is for Latinists in Year 8 and Year 9. Following a trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace, a 100-room villa near Chichester, Year 8 pupils are tasked with producing at least a 1,000-word project advertising and selling this unique property as it was 2,000 years ago.
Year 9, meanwhile, have to write an essay of at least 1,500 words on a classical topic of their choice. Topics should not be viewed as quaint or remote, as they resonate with contemporary life, such as religion in society; the status and roles of women; the military; slavery; the ancient versus modern Olympic Games; democracy and the Athenians; the development of theatre and its conventions.
In assembly last week, prizes were presented for the 2022-23 academic year, with the Classics Cup being presented to Year 8 pupil Coco and book tokens for the runners-up.
A small selection of pictures from the prizes being awarded is shown. Congratulations to all our winners.