Ancient History and Classical Civilisation students recently visited the University of Warwick to attend the University’s biggest outreach event, Warwick Ancient Drama Festival.
Staff and students from the University collaborate on producing a play from the ancient past, accompanied by lectures and workshops, and each year over 560 students from across the UK are invited to attend.
The festival provides an opportunity for students to experience ancient comedy whilst enhancing their knowledge to support their GCSE and A Level study.
Reflecting on the visit, Charlie Cooke, who is currently studying A Levels in Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Fine Art at Xaverian, said: “The staff and students put 110% into the performance, which was truly amazing. Not only was it accurate, but it was also hilarious and refreshing to watch after some complex and interesting lectures, delivered by scholars of Greek drama.”
Matilda Crabbe, former Parrs Wood High School student, added: “The highlight of the visit was the performance of ‘The Women of the Assembly’ by Aristophanes, it was so entertaining and Professor Michael Scott’s lecture on ‘The historical context of Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen’ really set the scene. It was a great opportunity to find out more about University and Classics Degrees, whilst creating fun memories with friends old and new!”
Will Dearnaley, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History Teacher at Xaverian College, commented: “We’re committed to enriching students’ knowledge outside of the classroom and each year, as a department, we create a range of fantastic trips and visits that are fun, interesting and educational, to help give students a really fulfilling College experience.
“Our visit to the University of Warwick was invaluable. Alongside the fantastic performances, lectures and workshops, students also had the opportunity to explore the University and get a real feel for life at Warwick.”
If you love thinking deeply about the world around us and are fascinated by culture, then Ancient History and Classical Civilisation are courses you’ll find irresistible. Share your observations, opinions and interests, alongside developing essential critical and creative thinking skills.
As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers an extensive range of A Levels in addition to several BTEC courses.