Classics

    The classical world is vibrant, colourful, challenging and very much alive as a result of new research and discoveries made on a regular basis.

    At the heart of our Classics department is an enthusiastic love of Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation and our aim is to make the ancient world accessible to pupils in our school today. Ancient ideas about philosophy, politics, religion, history, maths, science, anatomy and art form the bedrock of so much about Western understanding of the world around us; by tapping into that world we learn as much about ourselves as we do about mankind in general. The rigorous and challenging study of the Classical languages gives pupils the chance to understand the workings of our own and other modern languages. This is in addition to the benefits and pleasures of being able to read for oneself, without translation, some of the classics of Western literature in the original language.

    The aims of the Classics department fall under two simple, yet extremely important, elements: pupils should love the learning they do and through this enjoyment should understand how to take their learning further for themselves. We aim to accomplish this in the following ways:

    • Creating a learning environment in which pupils feel that their contributions will be heard
    • Involving pupils in lessons and give them ownership of their learning
    • Linking pupils' learning to other subjects in the curriculum and to popular culture
    • Show pupils the purpose of learning Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation by making links to archaeological finds and sites, and a wealth of literature and art

    Courses

    We offer courses in Classical Greek at GCSE and A-level, Classical Civilisation A-level and Latin GCSE and A-level.

    Co-curricular Classics

    We understand that the love of a subject has as much to do with what pupils do outside the classroom as it does within the classroom. Therefore we make full and unashamed use of any time we can give to pupils' experiences of the Romans and Greeks that extend and develop their learning, such as:

    • Film nights for each year group showing age-appropriate films
    • House Classical Reading Competition
    • Classics Book and Film Club - pupils from Remove (Year 10) and above meet termly to share film clips, book excerpts and discussion over a pizza
    • Cyclops - a Classical magazine written for pupils by pupils and released annually
    • Year 7 and 8 Greek Club for beginners
    • Roman Afternoon for pupils in the Prep School (Years 6 and 7) with visits from a Roman solider and Sussex Archaeology
    • Visiting speakers - in recent years we have welcomed Dr Gail Trimble and Dr Rosie Wyles
    • HSU (Highly Selective Universities) programme of talks and research for those pupils interested in Classics at university
    • The Classics Twitter feed - we publicise links, news stories, pictures and memes to do with the ancient world

    Trips

    We have a strong tradition of Classics trips which are popular with pupils. In the last two years the following excursions have taken place:

    • Italy: Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and Capri (Shell and Remove/Year 9-10)
    • Greece: Athens, Olympia, Mycenae, Nemea, Delphi, Epidauros, Sounion and Corinth (A-level students)
    • St Paul’s Girls’ School, London to hear Tom Holland speak (A-level students)
    • Cambridge literature conference (Lower Sixth, Latin)
    • British Museum (Upper Sixth, Classical Civilisation)
    • Sussex Classical Reading Competition
    • 'Antigone' at The Barbican, London - starring Juliette Binoche
    • 'Medea' at The National Theatre, London - starring Helen McCrory
    • 'Medea' at The Almeida, London - starring Kate Fleetwood

     

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