Latin Reading Competition 2023

Posted on: February 9th 2023School News

Image 4   winning team

The annual Year 8 Latin Reading Competition took place in the Theatre on Monday 6th February. All Year 8 forms entered a team, with each group presenting a dramatic reading of a story. This year’s piece was ‘in apodyterio’, where two bath attendants had to stop a thief from stealing a merchant’s toga. We were incredibly fortunate to welcome John Taylor, a nationally renowned Classicist currently working at Manchester University, as our judge. There were loads of great performances, with 8W runners up, and 8D (Michael, Leonidas, Yawer, Aarav and Parkman) the winners.

Parkman, one of the members of 8D, said: ‘I found the Year 8 Latin Reading Competition great for improving pupils’ Latin skills because the teachers will remind you about how to pronounce words. It might have been challenging for some, but an extraordinary chance for us to take part in a competition for the form. I think everyone on our team enjoyed playing their characters, and more importantly, I found this event enjoyable, and it was entertaining to watch others’ performances. It was nice that people in our form came as spectators. I didn’t expect us to win. I thought the other forms did well on performing, but maybe the reason we won was our pronunciation of words was best.’

Well done to all pupils involved!