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'Ovid in the West Country' Prize-giving 2018

The winning entry from Nailsea School; artistic interpretation of the myth of Pandora, complete with poem.

The winning entry from St Katherine's School; scroll depicting scenes from the 'Metamorphoses'.

The winning entry from Wyedean School; Thrace Weekly, a satirical newspaper reporting on mythical events.

12 December 2018

On Wednesday 5th December 2018, the Bristol Classics Hub hosted a prize-giving event at the Wills Memorial Building for the second annual 'Ovid in the West Country' competition for schools.

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 Classics Hub at the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) were delighted to partner for a second year with CSCP to run this competition for Year 7 and 8 students in local schools.

Following on from a successful teacher-training day hosted by UWE in the summer, English teachers in eight schools across the South West incorporated mythical tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses into their timetabled curriculum using resources from the CSCP website. Students were then asked to form a creative response to these classical tales, with each school entering the best three artefacts in November.

The prize-giving event on 5th December 2018 was a celebration of all the hard work that schools had put into the competition, with both the students, teachers, and their parents/guardians invited to share in the array of highly creative work produced. The entries were on display throughout the evening, and prizes were awarded by our panel of judges. There was also a captivating live ‘storytelling’ of a series of myths from Ovid’s 'Metamorphoses' delivered by Riddhi Bhatt, a current student at the University studying theatre and performance.

This year, the level of skill, creativity, and intelligence on show topped even that of the year before. As a result, we awarded prizes to the best entry from each school. These included an working scroll, which not only retold stories from the Metamorphoses, but also spelled out its name. We had embroidery that captured several myths, artwork and poetry, a mock newspaper, 3D models of Minos' palace, stop motion animations, an even a piece of creative writing that retold the story of Orpheus and Eurydice using a contemporary setting. There were two further highly commended prizes awarded to a lego stop-motion animation, and a recruitment video for Jason's Argonauts. Congratulations to all who won prizes, and espeically to all the students/schools who submitted entries. Your work was inspiring.

Many thanks to Caroline Bristow from the Cambridge Schools Classics Project, for supporting our event and providing the prizes.

We will be running the 'Ovid in the West Country' competition again next year, and would be delighted to welcome further schools to participate in 2019.

Further information

If you would like to be involved in next year's competition, please contact us on classics-hub@bristol.ac.uk

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