Perse pupils shine in Latin and Greek reading competition
On Wednesday 12 November seven pupils took part in the annual Senior Greek and Latin Reading Competition organised by the Cambridge and District Branch of the Classical Association. The competition took place in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge University and was keenly contested by several local schools. Sophie Littlewood in Year 10 began the competition with an excellent reading of an extract from Homer’s Odyssey in the Intermediate Greek category, and two of her classmates, Charity Pickup and Clara Balon, then gave confident readings of a description of the death of Pliny the Elder in the Intermediate Latin Prose category; all should be congratulated for taking part in the competition during Year 10 against mostly older opposition.
Three Sixth Form students also took part in the competition, with Emily Graham-Campbell and Tilly Thatcher bringing a passage of their AS Latin set text, Cicero’s de Imperio, to life with impressive readings in the Senior Latin Prose category, while Hugo Dugdale gave an accomplished performance of an extract of Virgil in the Intermediate Latin Verse category.
Particular congratulations go to Lucy Binks of Year 11, whose superb reading of an extract from her GCSE set text, Virgil’s story of “Nisus and Euryalus” from Aeneid Book 9, earned both praise and a prize from the judges, who placed her second in the Intermediate Latin Verse category.
All those who took part in the competition enjoyed the experience, as are to be congratulated for the effort they put into preparing for the event and for their very impressive performances.