Guidelines

Classics Competition 2019

Guidelines for Entrants and Schools 

The Presentation

The competition is open to all students aged 11-19 years old who would like to research, produce and deliver a presentation on What are your three favourite artefacts from the Ancient World?.  Please discuss your chosen artefacts with your teacher before beginning work on your presentation. The Ancient World may include the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.

Your presentation must be all your own work. Most students deliver a Powerpoint presentation but you can choose any style or format as long as it is suitable for delivery in a school hall setting.  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!

Heats are held within your school and it is up to each school to decide on how this is organized and the winning presentation chosen.

A video of the winning student’s presentation must be uploaded to YouTube and 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, received by the LSA CA Secretary at lsaclassics@gmail.com no later than 6pm on Friday 25th January 2019. Entries received earlier than the deadline are very welcome; entries received after will be disregarded. There is no entry fee.  Finalists must be willing to appear in publicity about the competition.

The members of the LSA CA committee will watch all the videos and select a short list and then choose four Finalists.  Their decision is final. Schools will be informed by 28th January 2019 if their entrant has reached the Final.  All shortlisted video entries will receive a LSA CA Classics Competition Certificate.

Deadlines:

25 January   Winning entry from each school must be received by the LSA CA Secretary

28 January   Schools will be informed if their entry has reached the Final

9 February   Classics Competition Final at AKS Lytham

 The Video

Please upload the video of your school/college’s winning presentation to www.youtube.com Guidance on uploading films is available at http://support.google.com/youtube/ You may find it helpful to ensure your video is under 15 minutes in length; do not worry if this means not all of the presentation is recorded – your student’s presentation will not be penalised.

Please state in the description of your video that your presentation is an entry for the ‘Lytham St Annes Classical Association Classics Competition 2019: www.lsaclassics.com’ 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.

 The Final

If your student is chosen as a finalist, they must be able to deliver their presentation at the LSA CA Classics Competition Final on Saturday 9th February 2019 at 2pm at AKS Lytham, Clifton Drive South, FY8 1DT.

At the Final, a sound system, laptop (for USB sticks), screen and lectern will be provided. Any other requirements must be discussed in advance with LSA CA and may need to be provided by the finalist or their school.  Handouts may be produced, if desired, but the finalist/school will need to provide 80 copies for distribution amongst the audience.

Lunch with Professor Michael Scott

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Finalists and their two guests are invited to a complimentary buffet lunch with Professor Scott before the Final at 12 for 12.30 pm and they will be sent further details of the day’s arrangements. The event is free of charge and all entrants are encouraged to attend with their family and friends to enjoy the presentations and meet Professor Scott.

If travel arrangements mean Finalists cannot make the lunch, this is not a problem but they will need to be at AKS Lytham no later than 1 pm. There is ample free parking. 

The decision of the 2019 judge, Professor Michael Scott, is final.

Prizes:

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

2nd Prize                      £100 and a Classics book and Finalist Certificate

3rd and 4th Prizes      £50 and a Classics book and Finalist Certificate

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The 2017 Finalists with Judge, Winning Teacher, and Chair of the LSA CA

Trophies

The winning student will receive the LSA CA Classics Champion Trophy 2019 which is theirs to keep.

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The 2018 Finalists with their prizes

The school of the winning student 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 safe keeping and return of the Trophy in time for the following year’s competition. Missing or damaged trophies will need to be replaced at the winning school’s expense and two months’ notice given to the LSA CA Secretary to enable her to order a new trophy which is made to order by a craftsman in Athens.

Further Information 

You, or your school, do not need to be members 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 www.lsaclassics.com ) or ask your teacher if your school has Educational Membership of LSA CA.

Please direct any queries to Jayne Kelly, Secretary, Lytham St Annes Classical Association by email at lsaclassics@gmail.com  Please do not contact the venue AKS Lytham.