first_imgGabriel commented, ‘More than any open day or Oxbridge talk the course was responsible for my application to Oxford as a pupil from a state school.”“It gave me the confidence to know that I would be able to embark upon a degree at Oxford, a degree heavily weighted towards language learning, and be able to hold my own amongst some students who had enjoyed teaching in ancient languages consistently since primary school.”French and Italian student Emma Obertelli also took Latin at GCSE and A-Level. She thinks the subject is good training for any budding linguist.She told Cherwell, “Latin gave me a really good grasp of language and structure. The history and literature are also really interesting. Most people don’t get to study the Romans in much detail after primary school so it is a good opportunity.”Emma wasn’t sure that Latin was the best way for the university to use its outreach programme.She said, “While I really enjoyed studying Latin and got a lot out of it I think there are loads of other areas that are more important and would be more beneficial to state schools.”Many other current Oxford students claimed they hadn’t missed much by not taking the ancient language at GCSE.St Edmund Hall Pharmacology postgraduate Tom McLean studied Latin for a year at Whitney’s The Henry Box School but decided not to pursue the subject at GCSE.He commented, “I enjoyed the part of Latin where you learned about civilisation but I found the language study pretty dry. I had heard that the GCSE was really hard and I didn’t really want to take another language because I didn’t really see how it would benefit me in the long run.”“These days I kind of regret not doing the GCSE. It’s not because it would have helped me, but I liked the history and it might have been interesting to learn more about that.”St Hugh’s PGCE student William Irving, who took compulsory Latin lessons between Year 7 and Year 9 at Reigate Grammar School, regretted not appreciating the subject’s benefits when he dropped it before GCSE. William, who read Biology at Leeds University, said: “I didn’t enjoy studying Latin when I was at school because I thought it was a dead language that I wouldn’t ever have to use.“I didn’t realise that studying it would help with my other languages at school. Now that I’m a bit older I have a better appreciation of how helpful it can be to study Latin.” Latin GCSE is staging a comeback in Oxfordshire in 2015 thanks to an innovative outreach programme being re-launched by Oxford University’s Classics Faculty.The notoriously difficult subject is currently only taught in three Oxfordshire state schools but Oxford Classics Faculty Latin Teaching Scheme (OXLAT) will offer support to 17 local state schools that want to start teaching the subject. The scheme was originally established in 2008, but was suspended in 2012 when its funding was withdrawn. The Stonehouse Educational Foundation is funding the re-launch as part of a wider national initiative to increase Latin study.Oxford’s Regius Professor of Greek, Christopher Pelling, was appointed by former Education Secretary Michael Gove to lead the nationwide increase in Latin study. He praised OXLAT’s potential to broaden Oxford’s undergraduate admissions and enrich state school education. He said,“I was very lucky myself to go to a terrific state school which gave me my own opportunities, including that of learning classical languages. I am so pleased that we can offer something similar to a new generation.”“We regard this scheme as very important because we know that there are many children out there that don’t have the same opportunities to study Latin or Classics as their counterparts would have had a generation or so ago.This programme is at least something we can do for those in our own back yard.”The 30 participants will be taught two hours of Latin every Saturday morning for two and a half years before taking the exam. It is hoped many of them will go on to study the subject at A-Level or university.Gabriel Naughton, who is reading Classics at St John’s College, took part in the original scheme and earned an A* in Latin GCSE in 2010. He said the program contributed significantly to his subsequent academic success.last_img read more


first_imgA new year and new opponents await the University of Wisconsin football team, and many critics are saying this year is going to be a walk in the park for the Badgers.Many people, however, seem to have forgotten that nothing ever seems to come easily for this Wisconsin team. Starting off the season with the departures of some of the most talented players and injuries already plaguing this team, this year seems like it is going to be a bit of a struggle for UW.Football: Jack Cichy to miss 2017 seasonThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced Thursday morning senior Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season due to a Read…The problemsFor starters, there are not that many games against any of the major Big Ten East teams. With Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State all missing from this year’s schedule, the Badgers are not going to get much quality experience from the Big Ten East.This experience is necessary for the Badgers if they want to make it back to the Big Ten tournament this year — and win. With so many power schools missing from this year’s schedule, Wisconsin will find themselves going into Indianapolis this year with little practical experience against the team they will be facing.One of the other problems is their opening, non-conference schedule. The Badgers are facing three relatively inexperienced schools who will offer little to no insight on UW’s weaknesses. Schools like Florida Atlantic, who the Badgers will play Sept. 9th, will most likely be a walk in the park.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…This does not help when you consider that after these three games, Wisconsin will face Northwestern in their first Big Ten game of the season. Northwestern has an even better non-conference schedule than Wisconsin, playing Bowling Green, Duke and Nevada within the first three weeks of play — which will help them in the long run.This means that the Badgers will have to fix their mistakes immediately if they want to keep their Big Ten record competitive enough to ensure their spot at the Big Ten Championship game. That kind of pressure could be suffocating for the team, and it means that one small mistake could be a disaster for this teamThe benefitsSince Wisconsin doesn’t see much of the Big Ten East, that also means they will save their record from some potential losses. Not seeing schools like Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State means Wisconsin will not have to worry so much week to week about their record and their standings within the Big Ten.Another benefit of not seeing the Big Ten East as much this year is that it lowers the chances of injuries happening. Schools like Penn State and Ohio State tend to be aggressive defensively, which can lead to injuries. Injuries like these, which tend to happens late in the season, can be devastating when proceeding into the later part of December.The worst part of the schedule The last two weeks of the regular season are probably the toughest for Wisconsin. The Badgers will close out their home season run against Michigan, which is arguably one of the best teams in the Big Ten. While this game does take place in Camp Randall, it also means that the Badgers could end their season on a bad note while home.The next weekend of the schedule is not much better, with Wisconsin heading to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota. Typically, the Battle for the Axe is an intense game to begin with, but taking on the Gophers at home is going to be one of the more tougher games this season.Football: Chryst’s 100th win begins slowly, develops momentum in second halfWhile the first game of the season might have resulted in a win, the University of Wisconsin football team definitely Read…Wisconsin is looking at taking the Axe home for the thirteenth year, and taking on the Gophers in the heart of TCF Bank stadium is one of the hardest challenges known to Badger football.After those two games, the Badgers hope to head into the Big Ten Conference game, which will hopefully result in the Badgers heading to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl in January.What the Badgers are sayingJazz Peavy“We are in the Big Ten, and it’s not like we’re second class to any division in this league. Any game is a game that we have to prepare for. Nothing is ever going to come easy to us.”Sarah Godfrey/The Badger HeraldChris James“The Big Ten, overall, is well-rounded. Even a 3-10 team can compete [against the best teams]. This is a tough division. The east division is extremely tough, with Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State all in the same division. Ohio State and Michigan used to play in the Big Ten championship game, but now they can’t. Those match-ups cause a lot of ruckus and a lot of upsets.”Natrell Jamerson“A lot of people doubt our defense, especially after losing so many great players. We feel like our defense is even better than last year. People just doubt our team in general. We’re trying to do a lot more than we did last year.”last_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal man has gone on trial today charged with indecently assaulting a 10 year old boy in the summer of 1984.Letterkenny court.The man, who cannot be named during the trial, has denied both charges of indecent assault. The complainant is a man who now lives in New York who gave his evidence by video-link at Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning.The man claims his alleged attacker gave him £5 to row his boat while he was fishing.While out fishing the man is alleged to have produced a condom and asked him to try it on while he exposed himself to the 10 year old boy.The man is also alleged to have produced pornography from a black bin bag.The man also claims his alleged attacker left him off on a small island and asked him to try it on but he could not get it on and he left the island.On another occasion, the man claims that he was offered £20 by the man to turn turf at his bog which he agreed to do.After the work, they went back to the man’s house.The witness then claimed he was given pornographic material and told to go into the bedroom and masturbate.When he did this, he claims the man then came into the bedroom and masturbated himself.However, barrister for the accused, Mr Cormac Ó Dúlacháin said his client will deny all the charges and will say that he did not even know the accused.The trial, before a jury of seven women and five men, continues.MAN ACCUSED OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING YOUNG BOY ON FISHING TRIP was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalINDECENT ASSAULTnew yorklast_img read more