SHEFFIELD CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION
Sheffield Classical Association
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Caroline Lawrence, Gina Johnson & Georgina Gill:
It’s been an amazing month for the Classics department at High Storrs School. We’re here to give you an update and to post a few answers to questions that keep cropping up about our crowdfunding campaign.
We launched our online crowdfunding initiative on Thursday 28th September and have had an amazing response. Staff, pupils, parents and members of the public have all been wonderfully supportive and our fund currently stands at nearly £7,000 including donations made directly to school. You can visit our page here:
Several people have been asking about the large sum we want to raise (£100,000) and what this will be used for exactly. This sum is aimed at subsiding Latin GCSE and Classical Civilisation classes for the next ten to twenty years. It will enable these classes to run even if numbers fall below the required pupil cohort needed to put on the class – typically between 25-30 pupils. Taking Latin GCSE as the example, were we to have 14 students wanting to do the GCSE and the average size of GCSE groups in other subjects in the school were 28, the school would provide half the staffing costs and we would then provide the other half from our fund thus enabling the group to run. Of course, it won’t always work out as conveniently as that but that’s the principle behind the idea. Broadly speaking, we could say that every £5,000 or so that we manage to raise will enable a smaller group to run.
We also had the author Caroline Lawrence visit the school on Tuesday 24th October. Caroline has written several adventure books set in Ancient Rome for children and young adults (http://www.romanmysteries.com/). She gave a talk to Year 8s and had a book signing in the library. It was a lively and engaging event, one that enthused pupils about classical civilisations. We are so grateful Caroline is enthusiastic about the teaching of Classical subjects in state schools and is supporting our campaign.
The next fundraising event will be taking place on Saturday 9th December at the High Storrs Christmas Fayre. We’re having a ‘Book and Bake’ sale. We’ll be selling lovely homemade buns and cakes and you can grab yourself a bargain on our book stall. We’ll have some Classics books for sale but will have a wide range of every other subject there too including fiction, non-fiction and biographies. YOU CAN HELP!! If you would like to donate some unwanted books (excellent condition only please) to our stall then please drop them off at visitor reception at the school marked ‘FAO Classics’. This would be very much appreciated. Details about baking nearer the time. Miss Johnson and Ms Gill will be at the stall so any information you would like about the fundraising campaign or, indeed Classics in general then please come along and visit us. We hope to see you there!
Dear Members of the Sheffield Classical Association,
I hope that this finds you well! Most of you know me already: my name is Daniele Miano, and I am the recently appointed Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Sheffield. I am writing because I am working on an initiative that I think should be of interest, and for which I might need your help.
As you know, the University of Sheffield has a long history of teaching and learning Classics: already in its first incarnation as Firth College, Greek, Latin and Ancient History were the only subjects taught alongside Maths and Modern History. As we all know, the former department of Classical Studies was sadly shut down in 1987, and most of the academic staff moved to other universities (most notably Nottingham). Now that a post in ancient history has been re-established, I would very much like to reconnect with our alumni.
I know that many have wonderful memories of their classical studies at Sheffield, and I am working with the help of two MA students to create a poster exhibition on Classics at Sheffield (with a related website). We’ll launch the exhibition and the website on 17 March, and for the occasion we will organise an event with talks by former members of staff and alumni. Therefore, if you have studied Greek, Latin, or Ancient History at Sheffield University back in the days, we are very keen to hear from you. We would greatly appreciate to read about your best memories from that time, and we have created a Google form to collect your stories, and potentially use them for our exhibition, that you can access here: https://goo.gl/forms/gpVNatUjw8vU4M0S2 . Please also let us know if you are happy to contact you for an interview, and if you have old photographs or other visual material that you might share with us.
We would also hope that you could make it to the exhibition launch, and to the meal we’ll have afterwards. For this there is a separate form to fill : https://goo.gl/forms/NIGTijHJ9pTu2FpA2 . At the moment, this is more to have an idea of numbers, and I’ll be in touch later on with details. Even if you did not study Classics in Sheffield, please do fill the form if you would like to come to the launch and/or the meal. It should be good fun!
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Here's his Latin Grammar, published in 1816 and still very useable and here's some more information about him.
You can't help but feel that the good doctor-he apparently was of a very amiable disposition'-would have supported the appeal to #Save High Storrs Classics. Pray follow in his footsteps, if you can:
Please donate via:
This link, where you can find more information and an update on how the campaign is going.
Cheques should be made payable to High Storrs School Fund and please write Classics on the back.
One of the reasons why we should fight for and contribute towards maintaining the Classical tradition in Sheffield Education is that it has been there for so long. Young scholars in Sheffield have been studying the Greeks and Romans for ever . . . See below
(Re)discovered this morning in the Sheffield Archives-Musae Sheffieldienses!-somebody's rent book, with the first twenty pages full of Latin elegiacs, copied in beautiful copperplate handwriting. The other two clips from an old history of Sheffield, written in the form of a dialogue between 'ancient' citizens of the city give some information about the poets. At a time when Classical Education in state schools in Sheffield is in great danger (https://goo.gl/J9JfcJ), it's good to know that the city has always been a haunt of the Muses!
To celebrate the establishment of the Sheffield Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood a year ago, the British School at Rome will host Maternitas in Classical Antiquity on 17th May 2018.
This conference aims to deepen our historical, archaeological, and anthropological understanding of maternity in the Greek, Roman, and Late Antique periods. Scholars from different disciplines will focus on the maternal body and the validation of women’s physical, social, and gendered experiences of childbearing in the Classical world. Papers explore themes such as conception and pregnancy, fertility and fertility-related cult practices, health risks to mother and baby, childbirth, and mother-infant relationships.
To book your place at this event, you can register via this link
“Classics was the subject which enticed me to study in High Storrs sixth form. This two year study of the literature and civilisation of ancient Greece and Rome has been truly inspirational…”
Who We Are & What We Do
Classics is for everyone. It is the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans and is hugely varied including, as it does, literature, art, society and culture. It also forms the building blocks of many other modern cultures and languages.
We are the Classics Department at High Storrs School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, an 11-18 state comprehensive school with a diverse student body. Classical Civilisation and Latin have been part of our curriculum offer for many years – a tradition of which we are very proud, being, as far as we are aware, the only state school in Sheffield and the immediate area to make such an offer. All our Year 8 students get the chance to study our subjects before making options choices for GCSE and A level.
Unfortunately, constraints on the curriculum introduced by government in recent years have led to fewer students being able to choose Classical subjects, particularly at GCSE, despite many wishing to do so. Cuts to school funding across the country mean that our school can no longer afford to fund smaller groups of students (usually 15-16 pupils) such as we currently attract.
Without help from external funding bodies and donations from the public, we will lose these valuable subjects at High Storrs School.
We have, therefore, decided to take a new and innovative approach to ensuring the long term survival of our department through launching a crowd funding initiative which will go live in September 2017. We are aiming to raise £100,000 which will be used solely to subsidise the cost of smaller class sizes going into the future.
“We need to support classical civilization qualifications and recognize their excellence as intellectual preparation for adult life and university”. Professor Edith Hall. King’s College, London.
Gina Johnson – Subject Leader Classics & Latin
Gina is Sheffield born and bred, growing up in Ecclesall and Whirlow and attending Silverdale School where she studied Classical Civilisation A Level. Following a gap year, during which she worked on Corfu, she attended Sheffield University (1981-4), reading Classical Civilisation with Latin. After her PGCE year at Nottingham University, she took up a post as a Classics teacher at High Storrs and has been there ever since, becoming Subject Leader in 2000. Gina has always had a firmly held belief that state school students should have the opportunity to study the ancient world.
Georgina Gill – Classics & Latin Teacher
Georgina is originally from Pitsmoor in Sheffield and was a pupil at High Storrs from 1997 – 98 when she studied for a Classics A Level. She graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a degree in Byzantine Studies. She has studied and then worked in Athens, Greece where she lived for 3 years as a teacher. Georgina returned to the UK and worked in the arts & heritage industry as a Gallery Manager before deciding to pursue her love of Classics and teaching in 2011. Upon graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with an MA in Classical Literature she returned to High Storrs as a teacher.