It was the turn of Charterhouse this time to host our annual Reading Competition on March 12th. Although overall numbers were slightly down this year, we heard a good balance of candidates in each of the eight Sections. The passages chosen for the different age groups (Years 6 – 13) reflect the length of time the students have been learning Latin or Greek; there is a short play and lively dialogues for the junior classes, and solos from Greek and Latin literature for senior candidates.
Our experienced judges give up their time each year to share with us their expertise and encourage the students to improve their pronunciation and expression: theirs is not an easy task to judge between the good and the outstanding. This year the standard was very high and competition fierce. We are especially grateful to Miss Sarah Parnaby and Mr Jeremy Antrich who worked exceptionally hard to compensate for the absences of two colleagues through illness.
We congratulate all the candidates who practised diligently with their teachers to give a polished performance, in recognition of which everyone received a certificate – a smart new design for 2020. The very best received a substantial book token as a prize, and we extend our thanks to the Classical Association for their financial support in making this possible.
We also thank our hosts, Charterhouse, for making rooms available to us and for the provision of very welcome refreshments at half-time. We had a great afternoon!