Year 11 Latin students at Bennett have won prizes in the 2017 Classical Association Jowett Sendelar essay competition, which is a tremendous achievement. Students from schools across the nation enter this annual competition with 100-200 entries in total.
Joseph Sparke won the whole competition, and a £50 book token! Joseph’s essay on epic poetry, ‘Who best deserves the title ‘hero’: Achilles, Hector or Aeneas?’ was, acclaimed the judges, ‘a remarkably personal and well-written response, demonstrating an excellent knowledge and understanding of epic poetry,’ the essay ‘coming together wonderfully to produce an honest, complex and thoughtful conclusion’.
Evie Langford’s essay on ‘The relevance of Aesop’s fables to the modern world’ won a Highly Commended prize. Her essay was singled out in this category and praised by the judges as offering some ‘creative modern re-tellings of the stories, in which ‘the Fox and the Grapes’ became a tale about a window-shopper and ‘the Boy who cried Wolf’ became a story about a juvenile security guard’, linking them convincingly to modern life’.
Also ‘commended’ as prize winners were Erin Leahy, who won praise for her ‘highly convincing and thoughtful argument’ in her piece on the Greek Gods, ‘Ancient myths present goddesses as more unpleasant and vindictive than gods’; Leah Carpenter and Emily Corby on the same subject and Oliver Tomkinson who wrote on the ‘hero’ in Epic.
Many congratulations to all six students and Mr Bryant hopes very much that other Bennett students will be similarly inspired to display their interest and passion in the ancient world by submitting essays in the competition in the future.