European Languages Week – Classics in Reading

On Thursday afternoon, the boys from 8EHL ventured out into the windy and rainy streets of Reading to promote Latin, Greek and French as part of European Language Week.  The boys greeted the public with informative card, stickers, games and songs to demonstrate the short and long-term benefits of language acquisition.   The boys made many people’s day by explaining Latin sayings and mottoes they have been learning.  These included the following:

  1. Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem – Horace
    “Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”
  2. Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur – Unknown
    “Even a God finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time.”
  3. Semper inops quicumque cupit – Claudian
    “Whoever desires is always poor.”
  4. Si vis amari, ama – Seneca
    “If you wish to be loved, love.”
  5. Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem – Seneca
    “As long as we are among humans, let us be humane.”
  6. Ubi concordia, ibi victoria – Publius Syrus
    “Where there is unity, there is the victory.”

The boys were accompanied by Managing Grants Director of Classics For All , Hilary Hodgson to promote the outreach of Classics to a wider community.  To end the day, the boys warmed up with some hot chocolate and pastries in celebration of all their preparation, hard work and indefatigable spirit! Well done to all the boys – they did a great job!