Dear Members and Colleagues,
In the year which, eheu, seems likely to see the UK leaving the EU, the GCA at least has a post-Brexit plan. So it gives me great pleasure to enclose it herewith, in the form of this year’s programme card. It contains details of our pre and post-Brexit events for the upcoming year, all designed to support and enrich our teaching and the learning of our pupils, whilst at the same time promoting and celebrating the brilliant and varied vibrancy of Classics. This term’s events feature some great speakers, offering different ways of thinking about the Classical world, and are hosted in Guildford alternately by RGS and GHS, both of whom we thank in advance for their generosity.
At the Opening Party, our guest speaker will be our very own president, Edith Hall, whom the USA should immediately swap for theirs, and who is one of the country’s most charismatic, eminent and prominent Classicists. She will be telling us how Aristotle’s ethics can guide us through 21st century life. RGS Guildford, Wednesday 19th September, 7.30 for 8.00 pm.
At our Schools Talk (intended primarily, but not exclusively, for younger students) Dr Mary Harlow from Leicester University will be taking us into the heart of Roman life by (literally) “Unravelling the Roman Toga”. So that GHS can prepare the right number of their legendary cookies, please let Sheila Conway know if you intend to bring a group to this popular event [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Guildford High School, Tuesday 9th October, 4.30 for 5pm.
At our Sixth Form Lecture, Professor Tim Whitmarsh from Cambridge University will show us how Homer was performed in antiquity, a subject which goes to the heart of Greek, and Classical Civilisation A Levels. Royal Grammar School, Guildford, Tuesday 6th November, 5.30 – 7pm.
At this term’s ‘Teach Meet’ Mark Willmore, Head of Classics at Wimbledon High School, will share his vast experience of teaching Classical Civilisation A Level with us, with a particular focus on the new “World of the Hero” paper. Guildford High School, Guildford Tuesday 13th November, 5.30 – 7pm.
Next term’s events to get into your school and personal calendars asap are:
- C.S.E. Conference, featuring Prof Matthew Leigh, St Anne’s College, Oxford, speaking on Virgil: Aeneid 4 and 6, and Dr Dunstan Lowe, University of Kent: speaking on ‘Boudica’ and ‘the Druids’. Notre Dame School, Cobham, KT11 1HA, Thursday 24th January, 1.45 – 4.30pm
- Latin and Greek Reading Competition: St Catherine’s School, Bramley, GU5 0DF Tuesday 7th March, 2.00 – 5.15pm. ** Entry forms will be included in the January mailing **
Details of this year’s programme are also available on our web presence at: https://guildfordca.wordpress.com.
Finally, I would like to ask any members who have moved schools to make sure they contact Marian Wernham, our membership secretary [email@example.com], to ensure she has a current address. Your membership subscriptions fund the free events and the printing costs et al. of running and promoting the association and all its events. Please pay your subscription by 31st October, and please complete a gift aid form, should you be eligible to do so, if you are in any doubt whether you have completed one before, to ensure that we have up-to-date records of members able and willing to gift aid their subscriptions. As you know, this significantly enhances the value of your subscription. Please accept our thanks in advance.
I look forward to seeing you at as many of these events as possible. Please do communicate your views on them to me or any committee members (contact details on the programme card and online).
With best wishes to you all,
Head of Classics, Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey