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Classics Department Gaining Recognition

There is currently a real sense of anticipation in the world of Classics as a ground-breaking project spearheaded by Professor Edith Hall and Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson from King’s College, London and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council seeks to make Classical Civilisation available to every state-educated child in the country. The project (Advocating Classics Education) has 15 universities from across the country serving as official project partners and 11 teachers serving on the ACE Advisory Board who represent schools currently offering the Classical Civilisation qualification. The Norton Knatchbull School is extremely proud to be involved in this project with Head of Classics, Mr Found, acting as an advisory board member since the first campaign meeting in November 2015.
NKS involvement with the ACE project is largely due to the diligence and enthusiasm of our students. Many become extremely passionate about the subject, as demonstrated by the increasing numbers of our students who go on to university to study for Classics degrees, and it is this passion that has caught the attention of some highly regarded and world-renowned Classics academics.
We were delighted to welcome Professor Edith Hall to deliver a pre-performance talk on our recent play, Iphigenia at Aulis. She was so impressed with the performance and the way our students handled the script that she passed her observations on to the organisers of a workshop on the use and limitations of translations at King’s College and Mr Found was invited to participate in the event delivering a talk on ‘Translations and Differentiation in the A Level Classroom and Beyond’. Speaking to a highly qualified audience of university lecturers and translators of ancient texts Mr Found was spoke about the issues which arise when dealing with such texts i.e. obscure terminology, pronunciation, building student confidence with delivery, and his comments generated useful dialogue that will help our students further, both in the classroom and with extra-curricular activities.
   Translation Workshop at King’s College
Three days later, on Saturday 1st July, NKS was again represented at the highest level when Mr Found was invited to participate in a ‘teacher panel’ for the official launch of the ACE project. The launch enabled teachers to engage in meaningful and constructive discussion with university lecturers to see how each might be of mutual benefit to the other and the outcomes will not only benefit the subject on a national scale but will also greatly benefit our own students through their participation in the project. We already have established links between the school and the University of Kent but these links will become stronger as NKS Classics students play a prominent role in the ACE regional event in the south-east to be hosted by University of Kent in September. Dr Rosie Wyles (Kent) is a regular visitor to NKS as she always supports our drama productions and knows our students will engage enthusiastically and be the perfect ambassadors for Classical Civilisation. 
‘Studying ancient Greek and Roman civilisation, history, thought, literature, art and archaeology is not only exciting and instructive, but confers profound advantages: it hones analytical and critical skills, trains minds in the comparative use of different types of evidence, introduces young people to the finest oratory and skills in argumentation and communication, enhances cultural literacy, refines consciousness of cultural difference and relativism, fosters awareness of a three-millennia long past, along with models and ideals of democracy, and develops identities founded in citizenship on the national, European and cosmopolitan, global level’.
If you would like to know more about the ACE project, you can check the website at aceclassics.org.uk
If you would like to know more about Classics at NKS, please contact pfound@nks.kent.sch.uk

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