JACT President takes on new day job

Congratulations must go to JACT President Boris Johnson on his election as Mayor of London. I make no comment for good or ill about his politics, but he has been an outspoken supporter of the Classics and I hope that he may find occasion to use his high office to promote the teaching of Latin and Greek.

My son was outside the GLA building when the result was announced, and I was able to let him hear it from the TV via his mobile. As he said, it was ironic that he had to get the news via long distance technology even though he was only 50 yards away from the action. He was, as it happens, bitterly disappointed by the result.

I was encouraged by Boris' acceptance speech in which he said he would build on what was good in Ken's work. London is a much pleasanter place to walk and cycle in because of the congestion charge. It would be a foolish man who tried to dismantle that. Whether Boris will try to adopt the Roman law and ban all wheeled traffic in the city during daylight hours remains to be seen.

Biennial JACT/British School at Athens Teachers' Course, Easter 2009

With the latest mailing from JACT/ARLT came this notice. The course seems to be a comprehensive tour of all the sites in southern Greece you will ever want to visit, in the company of learned Classicists, so I commend it to teachers. The cost (£930 excluding travel to and from Athens and apparently also excluding evening meals) looks daunting, but there are bursaries, and school INSET budgets might help, too.

By the way, the itinerary includes two sites I myself have never visited, Tegea and Isthmia. I wonder what I've missed.

Biennial JACT/British School at Athens Teachers' Course, Easter 2009.

Myth, History and Ideology in the Greek City

The course will be directed by Professor Nick Fisher of Cardiff and Dr Gillian Shepherd of Birmingham in association with Prof Cathy Morgan, director of the British School.

The course will include site visits in Athens and Attica (Agora, Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysus, Keiramikos, National Museum, Peiraeus, Sounion, Thorikos, Brauron, Marathon, Eleusis. In addition there are excursions to Delphi and the Peloponnese (including Olympia, Bassai, Tegea, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidauros, Isthmia, Corinth).

Recently trained teachers, and those still in training, are encouraged to apply as well as experienced teachers. The course is designed to be accessible and useful to those who teach Classics Subjects as a secondary expertise, as well as to those teaching a full classical timetable. No knowledge of Greek will be expected. Those unable to attend the two week course may apply for the first Athens-based week.

The two week course fee will be £930 (£465 for the one week course) and will include all accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, entrance charges to sites and museums, travel during the course. In response to feedback the Athens accommodation has been upgraded. Single room supplements will apply and the exact amount will be confirmed nearer the time.

Generous bursaries are available to assist teachers with the major part of course costs. Last time a total of £8,340 was awarded.

To apply for a place on this course, please return the application form now to the Secretary, British School at Athens, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (tel 020 7862 8732; fax 020 7862 8733). Additional forms can be obtained from the Secretary (bas(at)sas.ac.uk)

Priority will be given to early applicants. Last date for applications 30 September 2008.