The School of Classics regularly organises and participates in events involving local schools.
Science Discovery Day, March 2020
Classics had a strong presence at the University’s Science Discovery Day this year with two stalls and two talks by Sophie Schoess on Greek myth and Percy Jackson.
The Archaeology stall was run by Rebecca Sweetman and Alison Hadfield with help from Andrew Welser, Carolyn La Rocco, Christina Cao, Florence Felsheim, Katy Lamkin and Thomas Bender. Activities included: handling potsherds and replica artefacts; examining virtual 3D digital models in our Bridges Collection; and a pottery seal-making activity where kids could stamp their own designs into clay.
The Greek Myth stall was run by Nikoletta Manioti and Sophie Schoess, together with our Undergraduate Research Assistants Ali Caimi and Sorcha Eble, and with help from Carlos Machado, Edward Armstrong, Eleni Giamarellou Bourmpouli, Emma Buckley, Erika Radaelli, Larisa Ficulle, Meg Finlayson and Rebecca Hachamovitch. Activities included: match the gods of Olympus to their attributes; make your own monster; guide Theseus through the labyrinth; create a constellation; and a hero quest to find the Twelve Gods across the whole exhibition area.
We got some great feedback too: "I had a great day and absolutely loved the archaeology and myth stalls! My kids are obsessed with the myths and the past and loved learning more about it. I'm going home now to wash the pottery out my hair! Thanks so much for the great day!"
CPD sessions, November 2019
The Through a Glass Darkly project ran continuing professional development (CPD) sessions on teaching drama and literacy using the Bridges Collection. These were open to primary school teachers and took place in the Archaeology Room on 13, 19 and 22 November 2019. In each session, teachers handled original artefacts and participated in literacy and drama activities.
Literacy Day, 31 May 2019
As part of Rebecca Sweetman‘s project Through a Glass Darkly: Perceptions of Art, Artefact and Context, the School organised an event at the University of St Andrews to promote the theme of literacy in the Curriculum for Excellence
Pupils from Crail, Denbeath, Falkland and St Agatha’s primary schools were offered a workshop by Dunbar-based poet Hannah Lavery before being split into groups for parallel sessions on archaeology (run by Rebecca Sweetman, Eleri Cousins, Alison Hadfield and Nikoletta Manioti) and drama (run by Stephen Jones, Jon Hesk, Eilidh Lawrence and Leah Neiman). The School used items from the Bridges Collection as inspiration for pupils to come up with:
- a poem about a lost possession
- the story behind a character who owned an ancient lamp
- descriptive words to recreate the shape of ancient objects on the page.
Menaechmi, 30 April 2019
As part of the activities of the Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama (CPUGRD), pupils from St Leonard’s, Dundee High, and Greyfriars were invited to the Byre Theatre for a performance of Menaechmi, a Roman comedy by Plautus directed and performed by 3rd and 4th-year Classics students under the supervision of Giuseppe Pezzini.
See the CPUGRD’s Plautus Menaechmi page for more information about the play, a video from the school event, and the research project behind it.