Cicero just goes from strength to strength!
Anne Dicks has contacted me with the following announcement:
Exciting news from CICERO – we have now expanded beyond our original European boundaries and now have centres in Tunisia and Australia! To celebrate the arrival of our Tunisian partners we have chosen as the cultural topic for 2010 ‘Carthage from Dido to Hannibal’.
At our first international meeting held last weekend at the home of one of the CICERO UK team, our business meeting included partners from France, Italy, the UK and Australia – our new partner Emily stayed up late into the night to join us via Skype!
Our success means that we have had to change the meaning of our acronym CICERO, which now stands for Certamen In Concordiam Europae Regionumque Orbis. Our new website URL is www.ciceroconcordia.com (but the website itself has not yet been updated). Instead, I have created a YouTube account with a few short videoclips ciceroconcordia
Let’s hope that the competition continues to raise the profile of Classical subjects around the world! All entrants will be registered in an Event on Facebook so that they will be able to communicate with each other directly.
There will be three venues in the UK for the competition in 2010 on Saturday March 13th : Cranleigh School in Surrey, Birkdale School in Sheffield and Fettes College in Edinburgh. When I update the website I will upload a registration form which can be posted to me at Malvern St James School, 15 Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 3RZ
Please encourage your students to enter – it is a very enjoyable day out despite the fact that it is less of a ‘fun’ competition and more like two fiendish examinations! The students actually enjoy the challenge and if we get sufficient sponsorship we hope to raise the amount of prize money awarded this year. Any ideas for sponsorship gratefully received! (If you buy a box of 25 Latin diaries, for example, a donation of £7.50 is triggered to Cicero UK: email email@example.com (£60 per box plus delivery)