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Rooks Heath student wins GOLD

Noor, a Year 12 Latin student, won a gold medal at this year’s Classical Association Reading Competition.

Noor, a Year 12 Latin student, won a gold medal at this year’s Classical Association Reading Competition.

The competition, held on Tuesday 15th March brought together schools from around the country to share their readings of Latin and Ancient Greek stories, many of which were written by Greek and Roman authors more than 2000 years ago.

Noor entered the Latin Open category and performed the tragic tale of Pentheus’ death, which was written by the Roman poet Ovid. In this passage, King Pentheus, having dishonored the Roman god Bacchus, is given a cruel punishment; his entranced mother and aunts think he is a wild animal and tear him limb from limb. In the passage, King Pentheus desperately calls out to his mother and aunts for them to recognise their son and nephew; they tragically do not recognise him and his family instead wildly celebrate their kill.

Noor performed the horrific 2000-year-old myth to an audience of other students and teachers. The candidates were judged on their Latin pronunciation and for their ability to bring this tragic and dramatic story to life. The judges, both eminent academics in their field, were impressed by Noor’s ability to characterise the shocking ecstasy of King Pentheus’ frenzied mother. Noor’s reading brought the ancient characters to life and her performance of Pentheus’ mother’s valiant cheer, ‘Io!’, conveyed how terrifying this story is and could scarcely have been matched by the poet himself.

This was the first year we have attended the competition, and we were the only comprehensive school to enter. The competition was fierce, but Noor rose to the challenge and did herself and the College proud. We are planning to return next year and hope that Rooks Heath students of all years will enter other rounds of the competition, including Ancient Greek!

Congratulations Noor!!

Mr Macaulay.