We were very pleased to see an increase in numbers (41 entries) and thank everyone
who entered. We would still welcome more candidates, and we encourage colleagues
to enter their pupils. We were also pleased with an improvement in standards: in
the Intermediate and Senior competitions, the focus on enjambement helped entrants
to read more meaningfully. There were some good, lively versions which also enhanced
We encourage staff and pupils to use the on-line help provided by ARLT( here). Pronunciation
was sometimes a bit too ‘English’ and some entrants did not observe the macra (long
vowels) which are printed in the text. There was less of a tendency to ‘z’ the letter
‘s’. It is worth knowing that Latin words are stressed on the penultimate syllable
if this is long, or the ante-penultimate if the penultimate is short; this still
applies when reading verse. Pupils should also be reassured that a slow or moderate
pace is most effective; some readings were too rushed.
On the technical side, please check that the reader is not too close to the microphone.
Ideally the microphone should not be held but should be kept static in some way.
Background noise was evident in some recordings. As with last year, some recordings
were not complete, so please check before submitting. If possible, please record
in MP3 format.