2020 has proved to be a year full of challenges, tempests and transitions. Schools closed and left hundreds of thousands of children without the stimulation and room for growth that education provides. Our schools shut their doors to all but the most vulnerable and the children of key workers but we wanted to keep doing our job. both the schools and children have welcomed our contributions.
Now we are asking you to help us. Throughout lockdown we have sent schemes of work, remote resources, videos and other rich media to our schools across London. In some schools we have been part of their in-school provision. For hundreds of children our efforts have provided a sense of continuity, knowing that we are able to deliver: online, on paper, on time. As we work harder, our future is in jeopardy. schools are anxious about their ability to provide our transformative programme. grants, given in principle, now hang in the balance.
Our work isn't just teaching Latin, it is changing the world, using Classics to redress inequality, provide opportunity and sharpen young minds. At this time we need your help. Improving literacy raises life chances. And your donations will impact the life chances of thousands of young people, equipping them with valuable skills to weather any storm. Please give generously. With your help we can bring the past to life to change the future.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2020:
This year, The Latin Programme is partnering once again with the Classical Association to present the second Latin Programme Summer School.
Due to the ongoing health crisis, we’ve made the decision to move this year’s event online. We are also extending the duration of the course from one week to two!
Sessions will take place every weekday, 27th July to 7th August, from 10am-12pm on Zoom.
The programme will include:
- an introduction to Latin language
- hip hop & poetry
- opera & dance
- creative writing and much more!
We welcome all pupils aged 7-14. Summer School attendees aged 7-10 will work together in one group, while all attendees aged 11-14 will work together in another.
We know that parents and guardians have been working hard to keep their children busy and engaged at home, and so we've spent the past month creating worksheets and video content that we hope will be of some help.
THE LATIN PROGRAMME POETRY PRIZE:
We’ve just launched our very first Poetry Prize judged by the brilliant writers Deanna Rodger, Blake Morrison and Ella Hickson.
The rules are simple.
By 1st December 2020, use the form below to send us your poem using the Latin phrase ‘de rerum natura’ (‘on the nature of things’) as a starting point. How you use the phrase is completely up to you. For example, it could simply be as a theme to meditate upon as you write. You don’t need to use the phrase - or indeed any Latin - in your poem if you don’t wish.
Entries should be no more than 40 lines. The winner will be announced on February 1st, 2021.