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.

Cicero Certamen 2017

Thanks to Garry Uebergang, of Shore School, for once again hosting the Cicero Certamen for 2017. Enjoy the photos and video from the day below!

NESA Consultation for internal assessments

 NESA has reviewed the Stage 6 Languages course school-based assessment requirements, the draft of which is now open for consultation. The link for this consultation is provided below.

The purpose of the survey is to obtain feedback about the draft components and weightings and any proposed mandatory tasks for all Stage 6 Languages courses.

Access the survey here

We exhort all members to respond to this survey, the results of which will significantly impact on all languages. The survey closes on 9 April 2017.

Historiography Workshop

Jo Whiteman, of SCEGGS, has kindly offered to organise a workshop for teachers of Latin Extension and IB. The workshop is being planned for week 3 or 4 of Term 2. Jo will be approaching different speakers to talk about Livy, Tacitus and historiography in general.

In Jo’s own words:

“Teachers who wish to attend the workshop would prepare the following in advance:

  • One Livy passage with short answer questions;
  •  One Tacitus passage with short answer questions;
  • One unseen for Livy;
  • One unseen for Tacitus.

These should be sent (with answers) by email to me no later than Thursday 27 April. The questions and answers could then be collated into a booklet to be available on the day of the workshop.

I propose a modest cost of $30.00 per participant, which would cover the cost of the three speakers, the photocopying of the booklet and afternoon tea. I am basing this cost on attendance of approximately 25 teachers.”

Expressions of interest, volunteers, and any suggestions for speakers or workshop ideas should be emailed to Jo at JoWhiteman@sceggs.nsw.edu.au.

Vale (Denis) John Cochrane

It was with great sadness that we received news of the death of our esteemed member, John Cochrane, on 14 February 2017, after a short and sudden illness.  He is survived by his mother and sister.  Funeral masses were held at St Mary’s Cathedral, where he was a member of the choir, on 23 February, and at Christ Church St Lawrence on the following day.  There were some fine tributes to John and photographs in the Sydney Morning Herald obituaries during that week.

John gained his degree from UNE and is best remembered for having taught Latin and French at Blue Mountains Grammar from 1983-86, Ravenswood 1987-89 and St Aloysius 1990-2003, where he served some time as Head of Languages.  Those of us who knew John remember him as a fine academic whose greatest passion lay in the field of Medieval French.  After many years of devoted research, his efforts came to fruition when he graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2014 with a PhD, his thesis being upon the life of St Dominic. 

John always found classroom teaching and school administration a challenge and his fine academic knowledge was sadly often lost on his students.  He was happiest and most comfortable in the State Library continuing his research into the lives of the saints, which occupied him until his untimely death.

John was a quiet, unassuming man who never desired to be centre stage; in fact, he shunned attention.  He could certainly be regarded as eccentric and was sometimes misunderstood because of it.  I remember how he would arrive at school every day by train (he never held a driver’s licence) with his folding umbrella in the same Grace Bros bag.  One day, he was so late for school, without making contact (before mobile phones!), that everyone was really concerned.  It seemed that he had fallen asleep on the train and woken up in the rail yards at Redfern where he had to make his way across the tracks to the platform!  The vagaries of modern life troubled him; he did not enjoy good health.

Although John lost touch with the CLTA after giving up teaching, he was a regular attendee at meetings and conferences over the years and will be remembered fondly by all of us who knew him. 

Heather Powell