Year 8 Latin students hold mock election
This week, Year 8 Latin students held a mock election as part of their study of politics in ancient Pompeii. The students have been considering what sways modern voters and comparing this to Romans in Latin stories about elections. They have enjoyed learning about ancient politicians, their responsibilities, roles, and tactics. On Monday, they put their research to the test during their election, while sharpening their rhetoric and oracy skills.
In groups, the students had designed campaigns, including creating posters in Latin for their candidates — in the style of Pompeian electoral graffiti — and speeches, written to appeal to the electorate. On election day, students mingled in the 'forum', ready to make their decision. The candidates worked hard for their votes, delivering speeches, answering questions, and employing historically-accurate shady tactics, in the form of (chocolate) coin illegal bribes and promises! After a close competition, Emily S., whose Roman alter ego was 'Felix' ('Happy' or 'Lucky'), was elected. Congratulations to her group, and their auspicious choice of name!
All the students enjoyed the election, the chance to sharpen their public speaking, and to earn some chocolate coins. Find out more about Latin at St Mary's here.