On Tuesday 25th March, we, a group of 5th Year Classical Studies students, along with Ms.Potter, went to a Classics Quiz which was held in Mount Anville Secondary school. The quiz is known as “The Ides of March Quiz” because it takes place around the 15th (ides) of March which is an infamous date in Roman History. Caesar went to the Senate that day (despite warnings from a soothsayer(fortune teller) and his wife not to go) and was murdered.
The quiz began at 7.30pm and ended at 9.45pm approximately. There were 10 rounds full of challenging yet rewarding questions. There was an excellent turn out. In total 27 teams made up of a mixture of students from different schools took part. There was clearly a great enthusiasm for Classical Studies. The Loreto Foxrock team, along with one male member, Peter, from 6th Year in St. Andrews came 4th which was respectable! There was a variety of questions asked which were based on Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Classical Studies topics. It was highly beneficial to have Peter on our team as he had covered topics that we weren’t studying. The different types of questions expanded our knowledge on the whole classics course.
To make the quiz even more enjoyable and exciting there were spot prizes awarded by the Quiz-master to students who answered the spot question the fastest. This really highlighted our competitive streak as the prizes were delicious Easter eggs! During the break chocolate and refreshments were given out - this really helped to boost our brain power.
This was a really enjoyable night which showed us the love for Classics that is out there. The encouragement of the teachers and the effort they put into the organisation of the quiz made for a successful and memorable night. We’re really looking forward to bringing home the gold next year!
Elana Murphy & Aoife McLaughlin, 5th Year.