Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Castra Latina MMVIII

Five things we learnt at Latin Camp:

1. We’re allowed to call Mr Morrison ‘Joel’
2. Water pistols get confiscated
3. The food is quite nice
4. A three-headed Cerberus race results in really bad carpet burns
5. The number of cute boys that study Latin is 0

Last Friday evening 160 Latin students from around NSW arrived safely at Elanora Heights conference centre. We were divided into tribes and after some te cognosco (getting-to-know-you) games, we learnt how to rap, Roman style, then we watched some film clips to study their depiction of ancient Rome, including Monty Python and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum… When we were finally sent to bed at 11:00pm we were all too exhausted to hold the parties we’d planned.

The next day included a bushwalk full of Roman and Greek mythology, a presentation on Roman weapons by James Adams, gladiator training at Capua gladiatorial school, lottus (bingo using Roman numbers) and a session of design where we made badges and painted t-shirts with Roman phrases. Some memorable slogans included ‘I’m with Grumio →’, ‘Veni, Vidi, Voravi’ (I came, I saw, I ate), and ‘Hercle! Quid tui vultui accidit?’ (By Hercules! What happened to your face?).

After dinner was the moment we’d all been waiting for… The Roman Concert! This involved everyone dressing up in old white sheets arranged as togas and acting out the myths we’d been rehearsing during the day. The best performances included ‘Zeus Visits Earth’, performed by the gallant Gauls, and ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ by the amazing Amazons.

Once the concert was over and we’d changed back to our 21st century attire we were given supper and watched part of a movie about Odysseus and the Cyclops, Polyphemus. Then we sat back and listened to the lesser known story of Cephalus and Procris. This concluded Saturday’s program and we were sent back to our cabins. However, once again, the busy day (along with the teachers’ patrolling) prevented us from having some really good parties.

Sunday dawned bright, filled with new adventures. But first we had to drag ourselves out of bed (the twelve hours of activities we’d completed the day before were starting to kick in). After breakfast a trivia competition was held to test us on all the things we’d learnt over the weekend. There were 50 questions and the winning tribe happened to be the only tribe in which there were no St Georgians. The next scheduled activity was to be the mini-Olympics, but unfortunately due to bad weather the events had to be abandoned for an indoor competition. We were nevertheless still able to compete in the indoor javelin (with foam tridents replacing the javelins) and plastic-plate-discus (taped together and thrown frisbee-style), the Oedipus hopping relay, the Cerberus three-headed race (like a three-legged race, but with three people crawling) and the Ben Hur chariot race, in which two ‘horses’ dragged a hessian sack up and down the hall with someone sitting on it.

So, Castra Latina MMVIII was lots of fun, and a big gratias maximas goes to Mr Morrison for organising it for us, and helping with transport.

All in all, Latin camp was truly optime!

Yr 8 Discipulae Latinae


Anonymous said...

1. We’re allowed to call Mr Morrison ‘Joel’

we are?

Anonymous said...

only on Latin Camp...

That Girl said...

oh my word!! a Latin teacher?!?!! i laughed so hard at the title of your blog!!! but ,.,im not laughing AT you ofcourse!!! its funny!!
* i promise im not a jerk!*

Anonymous said...

Hey JOEL how come we never got to go on Latin camp? Far out, after missing out on all these enricihng activities, is it really any wonder I failed?

Anonymous said...

Hi sir. I'd just like to point out that you have set a new doctrine of precedent which was not set last year when your favourite latin class attended the camp. Our little Latin Camp report was not published anywhere! Oh and by the way, many people in year 9 who attended this camp last year would very much appreciate it if you could add last years pictures back onto the year 9 folder. They were all deleted at the begining of the year and I could only save a few. Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

sarah, latin camp is only for year 8 students. i didn't teach you in year 8.

my favourite class? which one? i have so many favourites... (the photos are back on the network)

Anonymous said...

needless to say who you're fav class is ;)

odi et odi... veritas?

Anonymous said...

Well, your favourite latin class I was talking about was last year's year 8 class. And by the way, the 'favourite'part was meant to be read with some degree of sarcasm.Thanks for the photos.
From Bandaid and Loz.