Guidelines

Classics Competition 2021

The Presentation

The competition is open to all students in years 7-13 (aged 11-18) who would like to write and deliver an interesting presentation on ‘If you could travel back in time to one day in the ancient past, which would it be and why?” Please discuss your chosen day with your teacher before beginning work on your presentation. You may travel back to one twenty-four hour period in any part of the ancient world prior to 5th September AD 476.

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Your presentation must be all your own work. Most students deliver a Powerpoint presentation but you can choose any style or format you like as long as it’s suitable for delivery on an online platform such as Zoom Webinar (you will have the ability to ‘share your screen’ to present a visual aid). It must be delivered in 15 minutes or less. Please note that if you reach the Final, in order to be fair to all contestants and for the Final to run on time, you will be asked to stop after 15 minutes whether you have finished or not so please practise and time your presentation to ensure this doesn’t happen to you!

There is no entry fee. Finalists must be willing to appear in publicity about the competition. Heats are held within your school and it is up to each school to decide on how they choose their winning presentation.

The Video 

Please upload the video of your school/college’s winning presentation to YouTube as an UNLISTED (not public or private) video. Guidance on uploading films is available here. Please state in the description of your video that your presentation is an entry for the ‘Lytham St Annes Classical Association Classics Competition 2021’ and include the following disclaimer: The views and opinions in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association.

Please email the LSA CA Secretary with notification of the title, and the name, school year, age and school/college of the presenter, as well as a link to the YouTube video, by 6pm on Thursday 11th February 2021. Entries received earlier than the deadline are very welcome; entries received after the deadline will be disregarded.

Deadlines:

11th February (6pm)   Winning entry from each school must be received by the LSA CA Secretary

23rd February Schools will be informed if their entry has reached the Final

4th March (from 6.30pm)       Online Classics Competition Final

The LSA CA committee will watch all the videos, produce a shortlist and then choose four Finalists. Its decision is final and no feedback about the entries will be given to schools.

All shortlisted entries will be invited to attend the Final as audience members and will receive a LSA CA Classics Competition Certificate.

The Final

If you are chosen as a Finalist, you must be able to deliver your presentation at the LSA CA Classics Competition Final, held online, on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 7pm. All of the finalists will be invited to join the webinar panel from 6.30pm for a welcome chat with Professor Scott. 

The decision of the 2021 judge – Professor Michael Scott – is final.

Prizes:

1st Prize                     £200, a Certificate, book voucher, LSA CA Classics Champion Trophy and the LSA CA Classics Competition School Trophy

2nd Prize                   £100, book voucher and a Finalist certificate

3rd and 4th Prizes  £50, book voucher and a Finalist certificate each

There will also be the People’s Choice Award of £50 and a trophy, chosen by the live audience on the night.

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2019 Classics Competition Finalists with VIPs and Judge Professor Michael Scott

Trophies

The winning student will receive the LSA CA Classics Champion Trophy 2021 which is theirs to keep. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also get to keep their trophy.

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The 2018 Finalists with their prizes

The school of the student who wins the overall competition will also be awarded the prestigious LSA CA Classics Competition School Trophy to be held for one year. Schools will be responsible for engraving their name and year, and for the safekeeping and return of the Trophy in time for the following year’s competition. Please let the LSA CA Secretary know in good time if she will need to order a new School Trophy for any reason.

Further Information

You do not need to be a member of the LSA Classical Association to participate in the competition. If you wish to join, student membership is £5 per year (further details are available at http://www.lsaclassics.com) or ask your teacher if your school has Educational Membership of LSA CA.

Please direct any queries to Jayne Kelly, Secretary, LSA Classical Association by email at lsaclassics@gmail.com.

We hope you will have a go at entering this year’s Classics Competition, and we wish you GOOD LUCK!