CLTA Conference 2018 - Doceo et Disceo

Our 2018 conference took place on 17-19 November, providing the Classical Languages teaching community with an unparalleled opportunity to share ideas, network and socialise.

We welcomed members from all over Sydney and formed new relationships with colleagues from Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, New Zealand and Hong Kong! All attendees attested to the usefulness and value of the plenaries and workshops, as well as the opportunities to informally talk and share ideas.

We owe an enormous thank you to our President, Emily Matters, and to the rest of the conference committee for the countless hours spent ensuring the smooth running of the conference. Thank you to all who presented plenaries or workshops and to all who participated with such enthusiasm.

Please check the Resources page to download some of the presentations given and for links to various websites mentioned. This will continue to be updated.

Year 9 Latin Reading Competition

The results are in from last night's Year 9 Latin Reading Competition! Thank you again to Alison Chau and Karyn Moon from Sydney Girls High School for hosting another wonderful evening. Thank you also to Joydeep Hor from People + Culture Strategies for his continued sponsorship of this wonderful evening.

Overall winners:
1st place: Cranbrook School
2nd place: Sydney Girls High School

Orpheus award:
Meriden School

Solo verse:
1st place: Cranbrook School
2nd place: Sydney Girls High School

Solo prose:
1st place: Sydney Girls High School
2nd place: Cranbrook School

Rosemary Davies Art and Design award: Sydney Girls High School
People's Choice award: St Aloysius' College

Kevin Lee Latin Quiz Results

The Kevin Lee Latin quiz was held this year on Thurs 21 June. A big thank you to Jo Whiteman and SCEGGS Darlinghurst for hosting again this year, to our quiz master, quiz writer and judge on the night, and to all of the teachers who inspired their students to attend and compete (including Newington who were competing for the first time). It was a thrilling night as always, with SCEGGS taking home a rare (perhaps first-ever) double double win.

The results of the 2018 Competition are as follows;

Year 7 - 10 Division


  1. SCEGGS Darlinghurst
  2. Sydney Girls HS
  3. aeq.  Newington and North Sydney Boys HS


  1. Frensham
  2. SHORE
  3. aeq.  St Aloysius and St Joseph’s

Year 10 Division


  1. SCEGGS Darlinghurst
  2. Sydney Girls HS
  3. aeq.  St Aloysius and SHORE


  1. North Sydney Boys HS
  2. St Joseph’s
  3. Frensham

James Morwood memorial service

James Morwood’s memorial was held in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Sunday February 4, 2018. A large crowd of people was present, representing all aspects of James’s career as Classics teacher at Harrow, lecturer at Oxford, prolific writer, mainstay of the annual Greek Summer School, theatre and music critic, and very well loved friend. Emily Matters' book, Eureka!, is dedicated to James and was mentioned at the memorial service and put on display.

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Eureka - order online now!

"Eureka - an introduction to Classical Greek for young Australians" by our very own President, Emily Matters, is now available for order. It is an introductory textbook that makes links with Aboriginal culture and Australian history. The price per copy is $35, and $15 for a teacher's manual, with a free PDF of the teacher's manual available with purchase of five or more copies.

Click here to access the order form for EUREKA.

Rusticatio Australiana 2018

Anthony Gibbins, a member of the CLTA, has been working very hard to organise the first Rusticatio Australiana which will be happening in July 2018! Visit the website for information about the beautiful Kangaroo Valley location, as well as the program itself.

Lock the dates into your diary, July 16th-20th. Registration will open in February so stay tuned for further news. The final cost has yet to be calculated, but the organisers are determined to keep the price (accommodation, food and program) below $900.

Tea for Teachers

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney is running a 'Tea For Teachers' event on Thursday September 7th.

This is an annual event for university Classics students, and those with Classical languages degrees currently doing teaching qualifications, to meet practising teachers and to make the sort of links that are ultimately helpful in getting staff for Latin and Greek at different schools and so keep going this wonderful, and expanding, tradition at Sydney schools.

Please register your interest here.

2017 Year 9 Latin Reading Competition and Rosemary Davies Art Competition

We are pleased to announce the results of the Year 9 Latin Reading Competition and Rosemary Davies Art Competition, held last Tuesday 8 August at Sydney Girls High School. It was a lively evening as always, filled with passionate renditions of Cicero and Virgil and some joyous singing. Many thanks to Karyn Moon and Alison Chau for their efforts in hosting, and to our sponsor, Mr Joydeep Hoor for his generous support as always. Thanks also to all the teachers involved who spent many hours training their students to make the night a success.

Solo Verse:

  • 1st Sydney Girls High School
  • 2nd Pymble Ladies’ College
  • 3rd St Aloysius’ College

Solo Prose:

  • 1st Sydney Girls High School
  • 2nd Barker College
  • 3rd PLC Sydney

Group Verse:

  • 1st Sydney Girls High School
  • 2nd Cranbrook School
  • 3rd PLC Sydney

Jeanette Reay-Young Trophy for the overall winner:

  • 1st Sydney Girls’ High School
  • 2nd Pymble Ladies’ College
  • 3rd Barker College

ORPHEUS Award: PLC Sydney

Rosemary Davies Athena Award: St Aloysius

Rosemary Davies Apollo Award: Sydney Girls High School


Legonium, where Latin meets Lego

Legonium, where Latin meets Lego, is the website of one of our members, Anthony Gibbins. Please visit his site and bring your students! Follow the adventures of Claudia, Marcellus and Miranda as they become mixed up in events beyond their understanding. Set in a Lego world, the first story of Legonium uses short sentences, lots of repetition, vibrant illustrations and an engaging story line to help learners read.