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18 July 2017

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the Bristol Classics Hub. The summer term has been the busiest period of the academic year for the hub and there is a great deal of exciting Classics activity to report on this month.

In this month’s newsletter:                                          

  1. The year in review: school updates       
  2. Advocating Classics Education (ACE): University of Bristol launch event
  3. 'Ovid in the West Country' 2017 competition
  4. New 'Access to Bristol' Classics & Ancient History stream for 2017
  5. The Actors of Dionysus perform Antigone in Bristol
  6. Antigone Project, Centre for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University
  7. The Electra Programme: supporting Greek in schools
  8. Events for next year
  9. Essay competition
  10. Sign-up online and join the hub network

1. The year in review: school updates

Since September 2016, the hub has supported the introduction or development of Classics in 12 secondary schools and 8 primary schools across the South West region. This year, over 60 teachers have received training in Classics through the hub and, as a result, from September 2017 over 1500 students in local schools will have the opportunity to study a classical subject for the first time.

Classics is thriving in the South West and this is a testament to the ambition and enthusiasm of committed teachers across the region. It has been a real privilege to work with you all this year and we look forward to providing further support to new and existing partner schools next year.

For a brief snapshot of just some of the work that has been going on in schools this term, please read the full article on the website.

2. Advocating Classics Education (ACE) project - University of Bristol launch event

The University of Bristol is delighted to be an official partner of the ACE project. This ARHC-funded project is being led by Professor Edith Hall and Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson and aims to extend Classical Civilisation and Ancient History qualifications across the secondary sector. More information can be found on the website:

In collaboration with the ACE project, we will be hosting an event at the Roman Baths on January 29th 2018 to promote and raise the profile of classical subject qualifications across the region. More information about the event in Bath will follow in due course but please put the date in your diary!

Edith and Arlene are also looking to gather information from teachers and students who are studying/have studied/would like to study Classics. Please do fill out the short online survey and encourage your students to as well – it only takes a few minutes! You can also keep up to date with the ACE project by following them on Twitter (@ClassCivAncHist) and Facebook.   

3. 'Ovid in the West Country' 2017 competition

The 'Ovid in the West Country' competition is part of an initiative set up by the Cambridge Schools Classics Project (CSCP) to promote classics in state schools. The University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are delighted to be partnering with CSCP to run this competition for Year 7 students in seven local schools. Students will explore a number of Ovid’s stories in their English lessons or creative writing clubs in the Autumn term and will then come up with their own creative take on one of these stories. A celebratory event and prize-giving ceremony will be held at the University of Bristol on 6th December.

After this initial trial of the competition in 2017-18, we hope to expand the competition to involve more local schools in 2018-19.

4. New Access to Bristol Classics and Ancient History stream 2017-18

We are delighted to announce that from October 2017, there will be a dedicated Classics and Ancient History stream in the Access to Bristol scheme.

Access to Bristol provides local students with an unprecedented opportunity to experience life at the University of Bristol. Students attend a series of sessions held at the university during which they have the opportunity to work with academics and current students.

The Classics and Ancient History stream will run on Wednesday afternoons in the Autumn term. The scheme is open to all students in their first or second year of A Level study (or equivalent) at a state school or college. To be eligible, students must live within an hour’s journey of the University of Bristol.

For more information, please visit our website.

5. The Actors of Dionysus perform Antigone in Bristol & Monmouth

This blistering new adaptation of Antigone by the Actors of Dionysus sees Sophocles’ tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies. You can see the performance at Bristol Grammar School on Monday 25th September at 7.30pm and at the Blake Theatre in Monmouth on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30pm. For more information and to book tickets, visit the websites for BGS and the Blake Theatre.  

6. Antigone Project, Centre for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University

Sophocles’ Antigone has been challenging performers and audiences for thousands of years. In collaboration with Hour 25, Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies is piloting an innovative program that invites young people to engage with the ancient drama through performance and through meaningful dialogue with fellow students from around the globe.
Participating schools perform and film a small excerpt of approximately 150 lines from Antigone, and then talk afterwards over Skype or Google Hangouts to share their impressions and feelings about the impact of their performances on their overall engagement with the text. This year schools in Greece, India, the Netherlands and the United States participated in the project, with each school devoting three to five hours in total, to meet, practice, and film the final performance.
For more information about the project, please visit the Kosmos Society website.

If you would like to find out how your school can participate, please contact Paul O’Mahony ( who is involved in the project in the UK. Alternatively you can contact the Antigone Project Coordinators at Harvard: Christina Lafi ( and Jessica Eichelburg (     

7. The Electra Programme - supporting Greek in schools

Thanks to a generous grant from the A. G. Leventis Foundation, Classics for All can provide free training and support for state schools interested in introducing or developing the teaching of Ancient Greek, either as a club or on the mainstream curriculum. We are also in the process of developing additional resources to support the teaching of Greek at both primary and secondary levels. If you are interested in participating in this funded project or would like to find out more about the resources available, please contact Hilary Hodgson ( or Hannah Walsh ( at Classics for All.

8. 2017-18 Events Programme

We are currently in the process of finalising our programme of events for the 2017-18 academic year. A full programme of events (to include a GCSE and A Level Classical Civilisation conference, the ACE event, a Teach Meet evening and workshops for school students) will be available on our website by September so please do check back then. 

9. Essay competition

The Jowett Sendelar Essay Competition for 2017-18 invites students in Year 9 or below to write essays of approximately 1500-2000 words on one of the following topics: Gods, Epic, History, Tragedy or Sport. The deadline for entries is 31st January 2018. Full information about the competition can be found here(scroll to the bottom of the page for information about the 2017-18 competition).

10. Hub network

Our website now features a searchable map showing the schools in the South West that are already part of the hub network. If you would like to join the network please fill in your details here. If your school currently offers a classical subject or embeds the teaching of classical texts into other curriculum areas, we would love to include your school on the map.

Well done for making it to the end of a bumper edition of the newsletter. Thank you for supporting the hub this year and we hope you have a wonderful summer break!

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