Head of the nymph Terina, Greek stater c. 425 BC.  Afrikaanse weergawe

Cape Latin learners recently had a very enjoyable excursion to Stellenbosch University's Department of Ancient Studies for the annual Latin Day of the Western Cape branch of the Classical Association of South Africa.
   Beside lectures on the Olympic Games (by Mrs Carina Malan) and on Egyptian obelisks in Rome (by Dr Christoff Zietsman) they were taken on a guided tour of the University Museum by members of the Museum staff.  
 A highlight for many learners was the opportunity to exhibit their own classroom projects. Models, posters and reports produced in Grades 8 to 10 were displayed, and prizes for these were awarded in each grade. Such projects have been the standard in Latin classrooms for many years, and are now also expected in other subjects within the new "Outcomes-based" educational approach. The reports and essays in some cases were of almost university standard. Models ranged from a reproduction of a Roman shield to a clay model of Odysseus, to a replica of a Roman temple. Posters depicted Greek myths, Roman housing, or ancient forms of entertainment, including the Olympic Games. A fourth, open category drew a variety of entries, one of which was a display by the Grade 8 and 9 boys of Paarl Boys' High of labels bearing the brand names of well-known household articles all derived from Latin. The runner-up in Grade 9, Julian Hellig, also from Boys' High, rendered a well known fairy tale into Latin. The "open category" in Grade 8 featured a series of very sophisticated board games based on Greek myths, devised by learners from Rustenburg Girls' High. The prize for the best artistic effort overall went to Camilla Christie from Rustenburg Girls' High.
 Jo-Marie Claassen
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