Did ARLT members train these winners?

This is from the Hexham Courant:


Published on Friday, December 3rd 2004

By Kay Cooper

PUPILS from Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School carried off a clutch of prizes in the annual two-county Classical Association Recitation contest.

Nearly 100 youngsters from all over Northumberland and Durham displayed their skills at declaiming the words of great classical writers like Virgil and Cicero, and English translations of Greek playwrights such as Euripides.

With the Hollywood blockbuster Troy not long out of the cinemas, the teenagers had plenty of inspiration to select passages with the theme – Helen of Troy.

Year 12 student Charles Ogilvie won the Senior Latin Recitation with a narration from the Aeneid and Cicero’s Second Philippic.

Robert Earnshaw and Catherine Metcalfe won the Classics in Translation competition for the second year running with their scene from the Greek tragedy Helen.

Ruth Keenan and Lily Jones came second, just pipping Haydon Bridge High School team Graeme Hutton and Heather Pringle.

Also in the Queen Elizabeth High School classics squad were Amy Akino, Henry Collingham, Tom Keys, Lucy Swinton, Georgina Gettings, Robert Brockway, and Bridie Chomse. Pupils Lucy Davidson and Daniel Woodhouse submitted artwork.

The competition was judged by professors and senior lecturers from the classics departments at Newcastle and Durham Universities.


This time-line is illuminating – and there's a history dictionary too.

The History Today site offers a time-line that makes clear some interesting simultaneities (if that's a word).
The above link should bring up the Fifth Century B.C. Sure enough, there is the building of the Parthenon, but what was going on in Africa at the same time? Well, apparently the Bantu-speaking peoples begin to expand from their west African homeland, and Taruga in Nigeria flourished as an ironworking centre.

And in China? China broke into competing kingdoms in the ‘Warring States’ period, and Confucius died. Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, died in India just four years before him.

No, it doesn't prove anything, and it probably won't help get Year 9 through their Classical Civ. GCSE, but it broadened my horizons.

History Today also offers a dictionary of historical people and events. Bear in mind that it's a dictionary, not an encyclopedia, so the entries are short. Themistocles gets four or five lines, Cato three or four. I entered 'Gaugamela' and was shown the entry for Alexander, so the search facility doesn't look just for the headline words.