Shrewsbury School

vēnimus, vīdimus, docuimus – We came, we saw, we taught!

Friday 16 January 2015

Five students from Shrewsbury School have taken the plunge and are experiencing the educational equivalent of ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’ – giving a weekly Latin lesson to a class of children at a local primary school.

The Upper Sixth formers – Olivia Bradley, Jamie Nugent, Esmé O’Keeffe, Hannah Sanderson and Miranda Woods are teaching elementary Latin to the whole of year 6 at Coleham Primary School in Shrewsbury. The Salopians teach two sets of children – some 60 pupils – as part of the Thursday Afternoon Activities Programme.

The initiative was set up by the Head of the Classics Faculty, Paul Fitzgerald: “There’s no better way of improving your grasp of a language than by teaching it; but these boys and girls are learning valuable life skills too – communication, thinking on your feet, adapting to different circumstances – and simply being out of your comfort zone; these will stand them in good stead in later life.”

For most, it was a daunting but exciting afternoon. Jamie Nugent said, "The kids were so enthusiastic about learning Latin, having never learned it before. It was a very different experience from being taught at school, and I have finally appreciated how difficult it can be as a teacher, as well as how much fun it can be!"

Olivia Bradley agreed: "It was great to teach kids who seemed so enthusiastic about Latin and to approach a subject I've been studying for so long from such a different angle."

Head of School Esmé O’Keeffe added, "Teaching a language to others, especially to such a receptive audience, helps to consolidate it and to understand it better yourself".

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