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The School of Education & Bristol Classics Hub involved in the inaugural 'Ovid in the West Country competition'

11 December 2017

On Wednesday 6th December 2017, the university hosted a prize-giving event at the Wills Memorial Building for the inaugural 'Ovid in the West Country competition.'

The competition was part of an initiative set up by the Cambridge Schools Classics Project (CSCP) to promote Classics in state schools. The Bristol Classics Hub collaborated with the School of Education’s Lorna Smith and Joan Foley (UWE) to run the competition for Year 7 and 8 students from local schools. The schools involved were Wyedean, Patchway, Broadoak, St Katherine's and Orchard.   

Students were asked to respond creatively (in any medium) to any one of a selection of tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses 

The prize-giving event celebrated all the hard work that students put into the competition and displayed their artwork throughout the evening. Katy Cawkwell, a professional storyteller, performed one of Ovid’s stories and Ben Kane, the best-selling historical novelist, also talked about why he chooses to set his novels in the classical world. Many thanks to Katy, Ben and Caroline Bristow, from the Cambridge Schools Classics Project, for supporting our event and presenting the winners with their prizes.  

Prizes were awarded in three different categories:

  • Best written entry: Max Stevens
  • Best video entry: Alex Cook
  • Best artefact: India Sydenham 

The judges were so impressed by the high standard of the entries that they also awarded five additional ‘highly commended’ prizes to Joel Wardingley, Lauren Bennett, Bethany Martin, Henry Bending and a team of students from Broadoak (Hannah Downward, Amelia Groom, Faye Hill and Laura Hill). 

View photos from the event on our Flickr page.

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