“Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be; first it killed the Romans, and now it’s killing me.”
NOT at St Aloysius’ College, where we have a thriving, dynamic department which attracts a large number of pupils each year to study Latin and Classical Studies.
By using a wide variety of resources, including the interactive website which accompanies the Cambridge Latin Course, pupils explore the intricacies of Classical languages. In turn, this helps develop a positive attitude to language-learning as a whole.
While learning Latin, pupils also learn about how the ancient Romans lived. As they progress through the school, pupils are given the opportunity to learn about the system of democracy developed by the Greeks in the fifth century BC. By studying ancient societies and gaining a deeper insight into how they organised themselves, pupils are more able to develop an appreciation of their own culture and heritage.
An exciting part of learning any language is to experience the culture of that society, and to this end the Department organises regular excursions. As well as highly successful trips Rome, the department has taken groups to Hadrian’s wall, and to the Pompeii exhibition at The British Museum in London. Most recently we enjoyed an excellent trip to southern Italy, where we climbed Mount Vesuvius and visited the archaeological remains in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum.
We are lucky in our central location which allows us to attend exhibitions and theatre productions in Glasgow and other nearby cities.
Pupils regularly perform exceptionally well in SQA courses. It is not unheard of for all pupils at all levels to attain A grade in a particular year. In 2018, for the second year in a row, 100% of pupils studying National 5 Latin attained A grade.