Classical Languages Teachers Association

Calendar of Events

• Student Activities
• Teachers’ Professional Development


Student Activities

Please Note: full details of venue, cost and registration deadline are provided in CVLTA Online.

Cicero Concordia Competition
2017 Competition: Saturday, 25 March, 4-00 PM,

CICERO international competition in Latin and Classical Studies for Years 11 and 12.

Senior Studentsí Dinner
2017 Dinner : Thursday 4 May, 7-00 PM

Over 150 Latin and Greek students from Years 11 and 12 and their teachers get together each year to enjoy a sumptuous meal, hear a talk on a aspect of the Ancient World, participate in a Classical Quiz and generally to enjoy a stimulating evening.

Photos from the 2015 Dinner (three pages)

Years 7-10 Kevin Lee Classics Quiz
2017 Quiz: Thursday 8 June, 7:00pm

This fun-filled and intellectually stimulating evening pits teams of students from various schools against one other as they use the latest "buzzer" technology to answer question on Latin culture, grammar, vocabulary derivations and related topics. The MC is a personality of note and perpetual trophies are held for one year by the winning schools.

Professor Kevin Lee was, until his untimely death in 2001, Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney. An inspiring classicist and teacher, he was a strong supporter of activities raising the profile of Latin and Greek in NSW schools. The perpetual trophy is named in his memory.

Photos from the 2016 Quiz:

Year 12 HSC and IB Latin Seminars
2017 Seminars: Wednesday, 21 June, 9-30 AM

Up to 120 Year 12 HSC and IB students and their teachers gather for a day at a centrally-located school to hear addresses on the prescribed authors, texts and genres, Syllabus themes, examination hints and unseen translation technique.

Year 9 Latin Reading Competition
2017 Competition: Tuesday 8 August, 7-00 PM

This lively evening sees students from participating schools compete in three sections : solo verse reading, solo prose reading and group recitation. The great works of Vergil, Cicero and other classical authors have never sounded better!

Jeannette Reay-Young was, until her untimely death, a Classics teacher at Sydney Boy's High School. An enthusiastic classicist and inspiring teacher, she was a stauch supporter of many school student activities and the perpetual trophy, awarded to the school gaining the most points over the three sections, is named in her memory.

The winner of the Jeannette Reay-Young perpetual trophy for 2013 was Pymble Ladies College

Year 8 Classics Camp
2017 Camp: Friday 8– Sunday 10 September

Now running for more than 30 years, this weekend provides a wide range of activities designed to foster interest in the Ancient World. They include getting-to-know-you activities, Latin singing, Latin Lotto, video clips, a classical bushwalk, Latin design (including t shirt design and badge-making), a Roman Army presentation, a "Capua" gladiatorial school, a play night, Olympics and classical trivial pursuit. It is attended each year by over 200 Year 8 students and teachers from around NSW. The venue is a charming conference centre in Sydney, located close to beautiful bushland.

Click here to see some photos from recent Classics Camps.

Carol Manners Memorial Essay Competition for Year 12 students

This annual essay competition is conducted for Year 12 students of Latin and Greek who may write an essay from a rage of topics related to the HSC and IB Latin and Greek prescribed texts. Winning students receive cash prizes and their essays are published in Classicum.

The late Carol Manners was a renowned teacher of Classics in New South Wales. As both Head of Department and later school Principal she was the mentor of many younger teachers.

Rosemary Davies Classical Art and Design Competition

Students are invited to submit art and design items for this competition conducted annually in memory of the late Rosemary Davies, an outstanding Latin teacher. Finalists' works are displayed at the Year 9 Latin Reading Competition and the winner is announced that evening.

The late Rosemary Davies was a Latin teacher much esteemed by her students and colleagues. Her particular interest in encouraging students' love of Classical Art inspired this competition.

Drama Productions

2012 Drama Festival: Cupid and Psyche
12-13 October
Years 9-11 and all years as audience

CLTA periodically conducts drama productions in Latin or Greek, such as the successful I Clodia.


Teachers’ Professional Development

Annual Events:

Annual Teachers' Professional Development Scholarship

A payment is offered annually to assist a teacher to travel inter-state or overseas to attend a conference or workshop or other Professional Development acticity or to engage in research or similar work related to Classics teaching.

Full details are supplied in the Members' Area.

Raeburn Award for the Advancement of the Classics

Presented annually to a person who, in the opinion of CLTA, has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Classics. The trophy is named in honour of distinguished English  teacher and classicist, David Raeburn, who who has travelled a number of times to Australia to produce plays in the original Latin or Greek.

   Classics New South Wales