Lodi slide show

Some of the pictures from the CICERO competition at Lodi

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Hot on the heels of her first email came this from Anne Dicks:

Here you can see photos of the school itself, pictures of some of its
past pupils and a current English class who showed us their wall
display about the history of Britain. It was unfortunately not
possible to get all of our Italian hosts together on one photo, which
is a great pity, since the level of hospitality and friendship shown
to us throughout our stay was almost overwhelming! We had extensive
tours of this beautiful town and the oldest hall in the Library was
opened up especially for us so that we could see its most precious
treasures. Here you can see us in the Headmaster's study with our
huge pile of presents, (we are the ones sitting down) and outside a
restaurant at the end of our stay. Most of the teachers had had to
rush away to a Parents' Consultation on the Saturday afternoon before
we thought of taking a photo.

We are really grateful to Gigliola for inviting us and several of her
colleagues to her home for a banquet of local delicacies – and of
course the chance to meet her two dogs Black and Nero as well as the
elderly cat who keeps them in their place. We felt as though we had
known Alessandra and Annalisa for years: they looked after us so well
and it just isn't possible to express how everyone took us to their
hearts without reservation.

We advertise the CICERO competition as an illustration of how a study
of the Romans provides an opportunity for young people to meet their
counterparts across Europe – but it is doing the same thing for their
teachers as well! We will treasure our memories of our Italian
friends and I am certainly looking forward to meeting the rest of my
fellow-organisers in the not-too-distant future.

Anne Dicks

CICERO competition – report on the Italian and French sections

Good news from Anne Dicks. (Photos will follow shortly)

I have just returned from the town of Lodi, not far from Milan, which hosted the Italian CICERO competition on Saturday 29th March at the Istituto Sperimentale Statale “Maffeo Vegio”.

The competition itself was held in a very prestigious location – the town's beautiful Library, a former monastery which houses some of the most ancient books in Europe. In this selection of photos you can see the Headmaster, several of the school's seven Classics teachers, the teacher in charge of the school's twinning projects and myself with the students. I congratulated the students on their enthusiasm and dedication and presented their school with a framed picture of my own school, Malvern St James. I then gave them all a souvenir pencil and ceremonially opened the question-papers to start the competition. The final two photos show the second part of the competition.

The competition had to be held earlier than in the UK because many of the students involved will be on a trip to Ireland at that time, so they joined France, where there were competitions in Paris and Strasbourg during the afternoon. Both the French and the Italian centres will be in touch with us, Spain and Andorra by video-conferencing on Friday 18th April.

It was a wonderful experience for me to meet Classics enthusiasts in Italy and to see how they inspire their students, who are a delightful group of young people. It is also very exciting to see how the CICERO competition is gaining momentum in different countries and to know that it is raising the profile of Classics internationally. Patrick Voisin, the Director of the project, and whose idea it was, deserves to feel very proud of his achievement and I consider it a great privilege to have been involved from the start and to have contributed to its success by creating the multi-lingual website. (particularly since the RSI it caused in my right wrist has more or less gone now!)

Entries for the UK competition are still coming in, but as far as I know we shall be able to use the same room as last year; we do however have contingency plans to move to the main school hall if necessary.

Anne Dicks

Pyrrha's Roman Pages http://www.pyrrha.me.uk
CICERO Latin competition http://www.ciceroeuropa.eu
Suki's own website http://www.pyrrha.demon.co.uk/suki.html