2019 Classics Competition, 9th February
AKS Student Makes the Final!
Anna from Year 8 (pictured here with Prof. Michael Scott, President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association and her sister, Penelope, from Year 4) has been shortlisted as one of four finalists for this National competition for students aged 11-19 years old. The competition is run by the Lytham St Annes Classical Association and open to pupils from all schools. For their submissions, students were invited to research, produce and deliver a 15 minute presentation on ‘What are your three favourite artefacts from the Ancient World?’ (Including the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt).
Judging was rigorous, with the panel reviewing the video entries independently to assess: evidence of research; accuracy and knowledge; concept and themes; style of presentation; structure; passion; engagement with the audience; clarity and adherence to the question set and the information imparted. The full committee then met and watched and discussed each video together again before the final selection was made.
The committee noted that they “very much enjoyed watching [Anna’s] presentation and was very impressed by her research and passion for her subject… the standard of entries was again very high…” which reinforces how well Anna has done to have been awarded a place in the Grand Final.
The Committee stated, “Professor Scott joins us in sending Anna his warmest congratulations on winning not only her school's heats but also a place in the Final, and thanks you and your school for encouraging and supporting her”.
We very much hope Anna's fellow students and friends will come to the Final to support her, as well as wider members of our school community. We are incredibly lucky to host the Classical Association at our school and to welcome prestigious speakers through our doors. Similarly, we’re also very lucky to have students like Anna who have the passion and confidence to bring their learning to life in front of such an esteemed audience - it's #AcademicAmbition in action!
This event is open to all who wish to see the finalists in action and if Anna's entry is anything to go by, it promises to be both entertaining and inspiring for anyone wishing to follow in Anna's footsteps in subsequent years. Although the event is free to attend, those wishing to come are requested to pick up a ticket so that the organisers can ensure they cater appropriately (available from AKS senior school reception, or via the @lsaclassics Facebook page).
The usual refreshments (including the infamous Classics cakes!), raffle and bookstall will be available from 12.30 onwards and the actual presentations start at 2pm.