Dear Classical Friend,
Whether it's because it's exam time, or the beginning of the Silly Season, I haven't so much to report this time. Still, just to let you know you haven't been forgotten, here goes.
One day to let the government know your views
Perhaps you spotted the government consultation document link on the ARLT web site. It could have a bearing on the government's attitude to ARLT and JACT, so you might like to respond, like today! The deadline is June 30th. When? You mean today? Yep! Here's the link again: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations/active/index.cfm?CONID=222
CDs of Set Books
ARLT have just completed three audio CDs of set texts: OCR GCSE 2004, OCR GCSE 2005
and OCR AS 2004. They can be bought from Wilf O'Neill. Cost: £2 (at least that was
the price last year -
A number of people have been working very hard to make the pronunciation on these
CDs completely accurate, and to make the recorded quality first-
Another Classics teacher goes into the Church of England ministry
ARLT Treasurer Robert West and I met this morning near the Tailor of Gloucester's
House. Actually it was in Gloucester Cathedral, at the ordination service at which
Katie McClure, who taught Classics at Malvern and then at Cheltenham Ladies' College,
was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Gloucester. Katie was a frequent attender at
ARLT Summer Schools, where she took a full part, including playing the bassoon at
Friday evening entertainments. She is now Curate of Cirencester -
Fame at last?
Robert West confirmed today something that our President Hilary Walters told me a
little while ago. Both Robert and Hilary took school parties to Greece this year,
and by coincidence the parties met on an island. One of Hilary's students excitedly
said to her, "That's the ARLT Treasurer!" It turned out that the student had seen
I've been busy -
Let me fill in the background. When I was a sixth former in the 1950s our Latin teacher
Michael "Jimmy" Edwards set us to read a few lines of Ausonius' poem on the River
Moselle. The lines described what the poet saw as he looked down into the clear water
Greek Myths at the Proms, and other web sites
Hilary points out that a major theme of this year's Henry Wood Promenade Concerts is Greek Myths. She writes: "The Brit Mus is doing a series of linked events including 10 July: 'Dining with Homer', 19 July: study day. Compass tour on Trojan war on www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass." If you want to jump straight to the Trojan War, then the URL is rather long:
While I was in the British Museum site, I found this link to a section on Greek athletics:
The Olympic Games in Greece next year will no doubt be fertile ground that produces a heavy crop of web sites. If you find one you'd like to recommend, do let me know so that I can pass the info around. I seem to remember that GCSE examiners took the opportunity of previous Olympic years to ask for comparisons between the ancient and modern games.
What response there was to my suggestion in the last newsletter about sharing revision
notes and tests on the ARLT site was positive, but I'm still waiting for your contributions.
Please, they don't have to be brilliantly outstanding, just useful. So if you have
anything on disc (or even disk) that you could quickly send in an e-
Who uses the ARLT site?
In a previous newsletter I listed some of the countries from which visitors came.
Since the beginning of June the site has had 1487 visits and 24047 hits. If you don't
understand the difference, ask a pupil! People came from 39 countries -
"Now I am teaching Latin and Greek at the University of Musashi, a small university
in Tokyo which has only faculties of humanities and economics. There is only one
student in my class of Latin for beginners and three in Greek for beginners. There
are no classes for second-
And we think we are up against it in the UK! Bravo, Akitsugu! Keep going!
Some people have made contact through the Bulletin Board, and maybe we have been able to offer some advice and information, though I fear I couldn't help Olivia, whose message was: "Does anyon e know any good revision sites for me to revise latin the language, i have a test tomorow and i desperatly need help."
Vatican treasures on-
As the ARLT web site mentions, David Meadows (send a blank e-
Lord Wandsworth, here we come
Next time I hope to be able to report on the Summer School at Lord Wandsworth College. If you haven't been able to come to this year's Summer School, may I urge you to put a note at the end of this year's diary, to keep these dates free in 2004: Monday July 26th – Sat July 31st, when the Summer School at Sedbergh will be directed by Hilary Walters.
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