Primary School Winner:
The judges were unanimous on this: the imagination of the pottery shard was great, and the accompanying poem and drawing added great creativity to the entry. While her classmates adopted the same technique, Aoife-Mae’s execution of the both the drawing and clay image made it stand out above the rest. Congratulations.
The Ancient World: Egypt
The second place goes to one of only a few who looked towards Ancient Egypt for their inspiration. Zac displayed great artistic talent as well as displaying his knowledge of the modern Egyptian language. This displays how modern and ancient Egyptian history overlaps and are both interesting to learn about. Overall, this poster was very informative and imaginative to look at and it a worthy second place. Well done!
Third place goes to a very creative piece of work. Dylan (with assistance) created a short ‘trailer’ for his upcoming film: The Journey, along with a comic strip and an explanation as to why he chose the story of Odysseus for his craft project. He is a great actor (his trailer was thoroughly enjoyed by all the judges) and his comic strip was very original. He is a deserved winner.
Primary School: Commended Entries
The Snorse: Bethany Shirley
This was again a unanimous vote by all the judges. This intelligent piece of work is not only a well-made Cyclops but Alex also wrote a mini-essay on the portrayal of characters from mythology in art and architecture. Within it he uses examples from the Classical period as well as modern examples from film. He also displayed evidence of the effect of classics within his school and it was a joy to read! This was a huge task which Alex executed well and so deserved the first place within the competition.
Odyssey Board Game
Gian Hernandez and Marricci Basa
This was the only entry of its kind and was a very clever idea. It highlighted every step on Odysseus’ journey and by creating boats as pieces on the board, creating a real sense of adventure when playing. When you complete the game you finish in Ithaca to find your home full of suitors – it’s a pity we couldn’t also overcome those. This game highlights ways in which Classics can be brought into the classroom in a fun way to learn. A fantastic second place entry!
Rowan Challenger-Williams, Year 7. Ffynone House School
This hand-made piece of art was entirely Rowan’s own creation. His task, to come up with a mixed creature, was inspired by the class trip to the British Museum and a great example of classics in school. His Lirgolenake is comprised of a variety of creatures discussed in the accompanying poem (it even rhymes!). The use of colours and patterns made for a very effective piece of work and caught the eye of our judges and so won third place…well done!
Love heart lyric: Bishop Vaughan School
Secondary Latin Commendations: James Knowles
Secondary Greek Winner: Connor Perry
Well done to all the pupils who entered the competitions, and thank you to all the schools that entered into the spirit of it! We will be displaying a selection of the entries in the Taliesin Arts Centre next week.
This competition would not have taken place had it not been for Cassidy Phillips, one of my fantastic students at Swansea University, who has been working with as administrative assistant and who set up the competition. I'm really grateful to her, so a big thank-you to Cassidy! Here are her thoughts on the competition:
"Having been a part of this project from its inception, it has been lovely to see all the final entries and all the creativity and imagination they hold (my personal favourite was the Snorse!). I am pleased to see the impact Classics and this competition have had in South Wales within the classrooms and it is a great feeling to know I have been a part of that. Everyone’s entries were great and it was a privilege to have been able to help judge them."