The inaugural ARLT Latin Reading Competition drew a relatively small entry but we
are well aware that the task set was very challenging. The adjudicators were Wilf
O'Neill and John Hazel who commented that:
"While there were some good performances, the overall standard was a little disappointing.
Candidates need to pay more attention to the structure of the hexameter and how to
phrase it. There were the usual problems over vowel quantities (something which reference
to a good dictionary can sort out alongside the established rules), and the rendering
of 's' as 'z'. The notion of enjambment seemed unknown to some and lines were end-stopped
where hiatus was not called for to the detriment of the flow of the verse. In several
cases there were technical issues with the recordings. While studio quality is not
expected, it might be a good idea to record in a fairly dry acoustic and certainly
not in a room with people typing in the background!"
It was also noted that there was only basic guidance on pronunciation in the "Read
It Right!" program, and that we would remedy this for future competitions. The decision
was made to award only two prizes in the Senior section whilst awarding the full
range of prizes in the Junior section.
Our thanks go to those schools which supported the competition and to those teachers
who gave of their time to coach their pupils. The awards and our congratulations
go to the following pupils: