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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.
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920