“The reason we should boost the study of Latin and Greek is that they are the key to a phenomenal and unsurpassed treasury of literature and history and philosophy, and we cannot possibly understand our modern world unless we understand the ancient world that made us all.” Boris Johnson
It is unsual now, unfortunately, for a school to have Latin as part of its core curriculum; at The Ladies' College, students are lucky enough to study the subject for the first three years. This study is not only valuable in itself, but also promotes habits of clear thinking and close reading which are so desirable in a world where we are battered with information which varies considerably in quality.
Students who go on to GCSE and A Level are enabled to read some of the grandest poetry and prose, and by accommodating their understanding to a world alien to our own, but profoundly influential upon it, they increase their capacity for critical thought.
haec studia adulescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur
These studies nourish youth and entertain old age, they enhance prosperity, they offer refuge in solace and adversity, they delight us at home, but do not hinder us outdoors, they stay with us through the night, they travel with us, they go to the countryside with us. - Cicero