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National Classics Essay Competition Winner

Friday 25 May 2018

Congratulations to Isabella, aged 13, who has won The Jowett-Sendelar national Year 9 classics essay competition.


This year’s categories were Gods, History, Epic and Sport for which there is a top ten, a winner of each category and an overall winner. CH pupils have produced excellent entries in the past but this is the first time one of our pupils has won overall.


Isabella answered the complex question: ‘Which can tell us more about Greek and Roman religion: written sources or physical artefacts?’ in a brilliant fashion. 


Some of the comments by the judges were: "Isabella produced the best kind of academic essay – scholarly and thoughtful and, at the same time, lively and entertaining. She put in place a sophisticated argumentative framework, in which she defined all the relevant terms. Her chosen examples provided a whole range of types of information about the ancient world, and presented some excellent reflections on how they operate as sources (‘An object can convey a different message from the written word simply because it does not have an explanation, or vice versa because sometimes a piece of writing cannot physically convey what it tries to explain’). This was an exemplary response."


Ed Hatton, Head of Classics at CH said: “This is an utterly masterful achievement in a scholarly and independent piece of work.”


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