2019 Year 8 Classics Camp

Better late than never...enjoy this selection of photos from the Year 8 Classics Camp, held over the weekend of 7-8 September.

This year we welcomed 171 students from 17 schools (this must be a record?!), including 10 students from St Cuthberts' College in Auckland, New Zealand!!

Once again, the camp was a huge success, mainly thanks to the amazing efforts of Neil Peters, helped by Phil Saidi and Dane Drivas. Thank you to all the teachers who attended and contributed to the various activities.

Teachers, if you wish to see all the photos taken, and download any of your students, please head to the Members page where you can access the full Google Drive folder.

Photos: Mary Triantafyllou and Rocco Criscitelli

Year 9 Latin Reading Competition

The Year 9 Latin Reading Competition was held last Thursday 15 August at Cranbrook School. It was wonderful to have eight schools competing this year, with all students reading passionately and at a very high standard. Sydney Girls High School were the winners of the Jeannette Reay-Young trophy and we look forward to heading there for the 2020 competition!

Thank you to the judges, Robert Marshall and Karyn Moon, and to Joydeep Hor, of People + Culture Strategies, who continues to sponsor the event.


Rosemary Davies Art and Design:

  • Apollo Award (People’s choice): SBHS

  • Athena Award (Judge’s award): St Aloysius

Solo verse:

  1. Cranbrook

  2. SGHS

  3. SBHS

Solo prose:

  1. Meriden

  2. SGHS

  3. St Aloysius

Group verse

  1. SGHS

  2. Cranbrook

  3. St Aloysius

Orpheus Award: SBHS

Overall winners:

  1. SGHS

  2. Cranbrook

  3. St Aloysius

Upcoming event: Natalie Haynes - Troy Story

To coincide with her latest novel, A Thousand Ships (publ. May 2, 2019), Natalie will take audiences on a tour around the Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature, perhaps in literature full stop. From the causes of the war (divine displeasure) to its complex aftermath, this show encompasses some of the greatest poetry ever written: The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Oresteia, The Trojan Women and much more. The stories of the women whose lives the war affected have been largely untold, from the Amazon warrior, Penthesilea, to the priestess who saw the whole thing coming, Cassandra. Natalie takes the women out of the shadows and puts them back where they belong: in the middle of the story.

More information here

Upcoming Event: Classical Heritage Forum II: Language and Learning

This evening forum is for teachers, academics, museum educators and all those interested in the Classics at The University of Sydney. Join educators and scholars as we investigate the way Classical language and learning have influenced education in New South Wales.

We will explore the changing nature of pedagogy in the Classics from the early days of the colony to the present, both within and beyond formal schooling, and examine the shifting history of Classics as the hallmark of a liberal education, as it has changed from a field that was conventionally the preserve of the educated few to one that attracts a culturally and ethnically diverse group of students, with as many young women as men. Against this backdrop, our panellists will discuss the rewards and challenges of an education in the Classics, and their place in the school curriculum of the 21st century.

More information here

Rusticatio Australiana 2019 (a message from Anthony Gibbins)

Salvete sodales!

You are invited to join our second annual Rusticatio Australiana, a five-day full-immersion Latin event in a supportive, welcoming environment for Latin-speaking enthusiasts of all levels.

Sponsored by SALVI (The North American Institute for Living Latin), Rusticatio provides opportunities for adult learners to develop their skills in spoken Latin and (re)activate knowledge of the language learned in secondary school or university. This is achieved in an inclusive, growth-oriented manner through involvement in whole group activities, as well as within more intimate small groups appropriately called Greges.

Participants live together for a week while they speak, read, prepare meals, and relax - all while communicating entirely in Latin. Rusticatio offers high-energy conversation exercises and readings from Latin literature. Through a variety of exchanges, including instructional sessions, a common kitchen, daily shared tasks, and downtime, you will enjoy a feeling of camaraderie while experiencing first-hand various teaching methods which are directly applicable to teaching Latin effectively in the classroom.

Experience a welcoming space where a range of Latin speaking abilities are present, allowing you to find your own level of Latin conversation. First-time Latin speakers who have experience in studying Latin but not speaking it will find the activities both enjoyable and appropriately challenging. For experienced and intermediate level speakers, the environment offers the opportunity to improve your speaking ability by taking part in various activities guided by our experienced staff.

Rusticatio Australiana will be held 15-19 July 2019 at the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat, NSW.

 Click here for more information

 Click here to register

 Carpe Diem!


Anthony Gibbins

Overseas Professional Development opportunities

There are a number of conferences and summer schools that happen in the northern hemisphere over their summer period. Find below the links to some available opportunities!

2018 AGM and Dinner

On 30 November we celebrated the end of 2018 with our Annual General Meeting and Dinner.

2018 was another successful year. On top of all our regular events, we ran a successful conference and helped host the first Australian 'Rusticatio'.

At the dinner, Anthony Gibbins was awarded the Raeburn trophy for the advancement of classics for organising the Rusticatio and developing his wonderful website Legonium. Our resident potter, Dorothy Healey provided a beautiful new trophy after the previous statue met an unfortunate end in transit.

We also awarded life membership to Karyn Moon in recognition of her years of service to the profession and the association.

We wish everyone a happy and restful holiday break and look forward to more fun-filled Classics events in 2019.

Hellenic Museum Summer School

This January, spend a week exploring the ancient world with Dr Christopher Gribbin at the annual Hellenic  Museum Summer School. This year's summer school features short courses focusing on four thought-provoking topics:

  • the Minoans and Mycenaeans

  • Cities of the Greek and Roman World

  • Ancient Greek Religion

  • How to Argue Like Socrates.

Classes are informative, relaxed and entertaining, taking place in the heritage-listed Hellenic Museum  and with access to the museum's fantastic collection of antiquities.

The summer school is an ideal way to get to know the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines better or to learn  about them for the first time.

 The Summer School will run from 7-11 January 2019. Anyone is welcome!

 For more details, go to https://www.hellenic.org.au/summer-school-2019 or  contact classicsmelb@gmail.com