This year’s AGM will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7th May at Loughborough High School (Cope Boarders Common Room). The agenda is here. All local teachers are encouraged to come along to meet each other and discuss ways in which EMACT can serve the local Classics community. If you need more details about how to find us, please contact me on hilary.walters at ntlworld dot com
This year’s competition is on the theme of: ‘Heroes for the planet’. Details are available here. Pupils from years 6-9 are asked to consider how their favourite hero from mythology could tackle some of the challenges facing the planet today – an Augean stable of litter, perhaps! The closing date is 28th June 2019.
There is no charge for entry, but schools should be paid up members of EMACT.
This year’s Summer School will be at Cheltenham College from 29 July to 2 August, directed by Ana Henderson, including a trip to Chedworth Roman Villa. Check out the ARLT web site here. There is plenty of financial help available if you would like to attend Summer School and if your school is unable to contribute.
Thanks to Phil Harper for an excellent ARLT Refresher Day at Loughborough Grammar School on 2 March. Details available here. Next year’s Refresher Day will be held on Saturday 7 March at a London venue tbc.
The ARLT online Reading Competition 2019 closed on 22nd February. We had an excellent 50 entries from 15 schools. Categories are: Junior (Years 8 & 9), Intermediate (Years 10 & 11), Senior (Years 12 & 13). Details and recordings of the winning entries are here. The competition will run again next year – watch this space!
On Wednesday 6th February The Classics Department at Nottingham High School hosted the EMACT Sixth Form Study Day. We welcomed 100 students from schools across the East Midlands, and well beyond, for a day of lectures and seminars, rooted in the syllabi for A Level Classical Civilisation, Latin, Classical Greek and Ancient History. Our speakers inspired, educated and entertained on a range of topics from Greek Art to understanding the world of the Classical hero to Latin love poetry. The day was rounded off in wonderful style with an effervescent talk from Dr Emily Hauser, who elucidated the facts behind her the trilogy of novels set in the ancient world, but also encouraged us to think about where chinks for imagination and creativity lie. Based on feedback we have received we are confident that it was a worthwhile and enjoyable day for all involved. Huge thanks to everyone who attended and especially to the Nottingham High School hospitality team, who did an excellent job of looking after us. Jane Packer, Nottingham High School Classics Department (@Classics_NHS)
Thanks too to NHS Classics department, Ben Harrison and Jane Packer for running the whole day.
Full details of the programme are here. We expect to run a similar day at around this time next year.
We had a fantastic day at the EMACT Reading Competition at Leicester University! Over 140 competitors attended from nine schools. The standard was very high and the competitions were hard-fought, as people had obviously put in a lot of work preparing for the day. We congratulate the winners, and thank everyone who attended, whether as competitors, staff or judges. A full list of prize-winners is available here.
This event is supported by the Classical Association.