Coming soon: BGS Classics

As we look forward to the New Year, I thought I would share some of our plans at Bristol Grammar School for Classics in 2015…
Circus Maximus: January should see the first publication of our Classics magazine Circus Maximus (and hopefully also the junior version ‘Circus Minimus’! This has been run on Friday lunchtimes by Miss Cox and the Classics scholars…
Classics Reading Competition: this is always a great event, and is gaining in popularity. There are three categories: Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation, and various different levels, plus the fun Year 7 Latin duologue. We are hoping to enter students for the ARLT national Latin Reading Competition again this year, having missed it last year!
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Junior Italy Tour: we are going to Pompeii, Vesuvius and the other treats of the area in May half-term this year, and it’s as popular as ever amongst Year 7s. We are using the brilliant Hellene Travel for this trip for the first time.
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CICERO competition: the annual Sixth Form Latin and cultural competition will once again be happening in March (21st in the UK). Bristol Grammar School and a few other schools around the UK will be representing their country. I am running the UK section of the competition for the first time this year, having taken over from the brilliant Helen Chambers. For more details go to the CICERO website.
Cirencester and Chedworth: all Year 9 Class Civ students go to Corinium museum in Cirencester, and Chedworth Roman Villa in the summer, and base a Roman Britain project around it.
Hadrian’s Wall: I am taking two weeks off to do a ‘mini-sabbatical’ walking along Hadrian’s Wall from East to West in June, hoping to make some exciting videos and Skype students in lessons back in Bristol! I will be keeping this blog updated throughout the trip!
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Serbia: this year we are working with schools in Spain and Serbia to try to run a European Heritage week in Serbia in July. If we get the European grant to do this, it will involve spending a week in Serbia making a film about our European cultural and linguistic heritage, and visiting Roman sites in Serbia.
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Athens 2015: we are hoping to run our second annual trip to Greece for students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form – this time Athens and Delphi will be our focus. Again, we are using Hellene Travel, who have been excellent.
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Bath: our annual Year 9 Latin trip to Bath is planned for November 2015.
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Other exciting things are happening, of course… We have two prospective Oxbridge Classicists in the Lower 6th, and one of those is hoping to do a fantastic Extended Project involving composing a Latin speech to present to the Mayor of Bristol! More news coming on that…! I would also like to do a full day’s performance of Homer’s Odyssey, from start to finish (in English translation) at some stage…

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