The Perse School

Success for Perse pupils in national classics essay competition

23 Jan 2014

We are pleased to announce that some of our pupils who are now in Year 10 have achieved notable success in the Joint Association of Classical Teachers Jowett Sendelar Competition, which is a national essay competition for Year 9 students.

Alex Hughes-Davies was placed fourth nationally and wrote the best essay in the “Warfare” category, where he compared the ancient Peloponnesian War with a range of modern conflicts. The judges, in awarding a Distinction for his essay, were impressed by his broad range of factual knowledge and his balanced conclusion.

Alex Griffiths and Pierce McLoughlin were both Highly Commended for their essays (coming in the top 20 nationally); Alex also wrote on warfare, comparing the Peloponnesian War with the Napoleonic Wars and World War One, whilst Pierce considered whether the Olympian gods still exist today, albeit in altered forms, in the “Gods” category.

Edward Kilcommons also entered the “Warfare” category, and was Commended (being placed in the top 50 nationally) for his essay in which he compared the Peloponnesian War with the Eastern Front in World War Two.

These are outstanding achievements – well done!

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