We are a Classics Department here at Saint Olave’s in the sense that all members of the department teach Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation. Consequently all pupils at some stage in their careers at this school can come into contact and learn in depth aspects of the Greek, Roman and Near Eastern worlds. Yearly there are strong numbers of boys sitting GCSE Latin and many of these continue into the sixth form where they are joined by girls and boys who have entered the school in year twelve. For those with a very strong linguistic inclination Greek GSCE and AS are offered to the pupils in the sixth form especially with those whose aim is to continue with this subject at university. Without fail every year we see pupils leaving the school to study Classics at the best universities in the country. However for those who are less linguistically inclined we offer the enormously popular Classical Civilisation AS and A level in the Sixth Form where the pupils come to grips with Greek and Roman epic, the Greek comedies of Aristophanes, Greek Tragedy and the development of Athenian Democracy. All of these topics are underpinned and further engendered by the annual trip to Greece for sixth formers in the summer term. This particular trip is remembered with deep affection by those who have attended.
The department is a very strong and the pupils at this school embrace the subject with genuine enthusiasm. It is brought to life by effective and stimulating teaching and the pupils thoroughly enjoy grappling with something which is intrinsically difficult. The department has an active society which meets every Thursday with speakers with a broad range of interests. This society also produces a magazine of illuminating articles. This and many other activities such as visits to the British Museum and Portchester work towards the creation of what is a thriving subject in this school with its long classical tradition.
Mr D. Craig
Head of Classics