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Bishop Otter College, Chichester was the scene of the 48th Summer School.
Despite difficulties due, mainly to the postal strike, the good attendance of both
old faithfuls, and young initiates was a tribute to the influence of the A.R.L.T.’s
work and the reputation of its conferences over the years. The members are deeply
indebted to the hard work of the imperturbable Miss Allott, the Gravetts (a splendid
team!) and Miss Dorothy Charlesworth who directed with her never-
To one whose first Summer School this was, the programme was a full one,
in which the balance was rightly tilted towards activity. Both the morning class
of girls and their audience soon warmed to Nicholas Dunn’s genial personality and
teaching on the Direct Method. The prose classes were a major attraction, dveloping
at times into a battle between Gods and Giants, in which, needless to say, the Gods
(Boyd and Melluish) won -
A tour of the “circuli” revealed groups working on Medieval texts (fascinating) and Junior Latin, and arguing with lively interest on new subjects such as C.S.E. And Comprehension. A measure of the interest aroused by these discussion groups and the reading classes was the frequent complaint that we could not attend two at the one time. The reading classes are part of the traditional “hard core” of the School, but, after some doubts on the matter, the writer is firmly convinced of their value. The strictures of Mr. Dale and others have made him begin to read Latin with the accuracy and feeling which he had neglected hitherto.
Sensitivity to the meaning of what we read was the keynote of both Mr.
Richards’ Cicero classes and Mrs. Dennis’s sessions on “Aestimanda”. We may have
disagreed, but we could not fail to absorb the method. Under their guidance literary
criticism was both possible and exciting. Dramatisiation of texts with Junior Forms
was the subject of Miss Schaeffer’s seminars -
The rules of a lecture are somewhat different, but while there is less
room for discussion lecturers can choose to stimulate by omission or satisfy by completeness.
In the event we were to sample both types. Mr. Wilkie, in his talk on “Model-
It is futile to say that A.R.L.T. must welcome the discussion of topics
such as non-
The lighter side of things, the social activities and the excursions, were equally enjoyable. We remember the country dancing (organised by everyone who took part in it!), the shopping trips, the Latin Debate (the Common Market proving an unexpected source of humour), the entertainment, and the official excursions, which included some of the most exciting Roman sites in Britain. The highlight was undoubtedly the visit to the palace at Fishbourne, so well displayed under the roof of its new tourist pavilion. To mingle with the crowds there was to experience the feeling that Classics, as they say, had “arrived”. Chichester 1971 had given us the last of its memorable experiences.
(Perhaps there was an even later one -
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