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.

CLTA Teachers Classics Tour - January 2019

The CLTA is offering an exciting opportunity to be a part of a tour to Greece and Italy in January 2019. This is also open to Classicists in Victoria and the ACT. 

The idea is to learn about famous sites, to buy resources, and to gain the experience necessary to lead a student tour in the future. Partners and adult family are also welcome. 

The tour will be run by Angas Travel, a company based in Adelaide that specialises in educational tours. Many CLTA members have used this company to run successful Classics Tours in the past. 

Participants will need to fund the tour themselves.

To express your interest in the tour, fill out this survey.

Download the itinerary for the tour.

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.


Kevin Lee Latin Quiz

Congratulations to all of the schools and students who competed and attended the Kevin Lee Latin Quiz on Thurs 8 June, the results of which can be found below. It was a very exciting night, with three tie-breaker rounds, including a very nerve-wracking one for the Year 10 finals, and all of the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Another big thank you to Jo Whiteman for organising the Kevin Lee Latin Quiz at SCEGGS Darlinghurst this year. There was a very festive atmosphere, a lavish supper spread, and excellent organisation all-round. Thanks also to Robert Marshall for once again enlivening the evening as the Quiz Master, to Harriet Hooke for co-judging, and Rocco Criscitelli for his photographs which you can see below.

Year 7 - 10 Division

Best of the Rest

  1. Kinross Wolaroi
  2. St Joseph’s
  3. St Aloysius


  1. NSW School of Languages
  2. Sydney Girls HS
  3. North Sydney Boys HS
  4. SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Year 10 Division

Best of the Rest

  1. SCEGGS Darlinghurst
  2. Kinross Wolaroi


  1. Sydney Girls HS
  2. NSW School of Languages
  3. SCOTS College aeq. St Aloysius

HSC Latin Extension Historiography resources

The HSC Latin Extension Historiography workshop, held at SCEGGS Darlinghurst on 18 May, 2017 was a great success, with three speakers offering their insights into the texts being studied. Participants in the workshop have created materials such as unseens and short answer questions to share among those who attended. Please see the Members page for further details on accessing these materials.

CLTA Seminar with Steven Hunt a success!

Our seminar with Steven Hunt, 'Engaging students in the early years', held on Saturday 8 April, was a great success! All the members present, from the most experienced teachers to those just starting their careers, agreed that they learned something new or thought differently about how they approach Latin texts in the classroom. Afterwards, we enjoyed a lovely dinner and another opportunity to catch up. Thank you to all who came. The powerpoint from Steven's presentation will be available to download shortly from the Members page.