From 26th to 28th August we we were delighted to run our very first classics summer school at the East Oxford Community Classics Centre! The school offered Beginners Latin and Ancient Greek classes to ages 7 – 10 and 11 – 14, as well as a range of themed stalls and activities. It was attended by children from a range of local schools as well as a few who travelled from further afield to take part. Everyone was split into four groups – Apollo, Artemis, Athena and Poseidon - and given gift bags on arrival.
The groups attended fun and lively classes from 9.15 – 10.30 and 11.15 – 12.45 each day. Each group made progress with learning Latin or Ancient Greek, alongside exploring the rich and fascinating culture of these two civilisations. Students got to try on full Roman armour and work out modern Greek shop signs, make their own mythological stories, and other fun activities, alongside their language learning.
At the break time each day there were stalls, activities and refreshments available. Every day of the school was themed on a different aspect of the classical world, and the decorations, stalls, activities and refreshments were changed each day to connect with these themes. Ancient Athens, Roman Medicine and Ancient Astronomy-themed stalls were enjoyed by all, offering the chance to make a paper orrery, create a Greek vase, take part in daily quizzes, and many other opportunities. Roman and Greek-style refreshments were served each day, featuring Roman pancakes and Greek 'cake', amongst other things.
The classes were delivered by local classics teachers from Headington School, St Helen and St Katherine's School, Magdalen College School and Oxford High School. We are very grateful to all the teachers involved, as well as our two assistants, Tarika Sullivan and Harriet Heyworth.
The summer school was a great success and we plan to run another one next summer! Thank you very much to everyone who took part and supported.