Four very talented budding classicists from Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful evening out at Canford School, as finalists in the annual Canford Classics essay writing competition. They were treated to a the world premiere of a stunningly original cantata on the story of ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, followed by dinner and a highly entertaining lecture on mythological beasts from Mr Maurice Walters, Head of Classical Civilisation at Canford. This all served as the entrée ahead of the main event, in which prizes were awarded for the best essays in the competition. Jemima scooped the prize for the best essay about mythological beasts in her age group: the judges particularly liked her imaginative approach in pitting various beasts and monsters against each other to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses, thereby determining an overall winner. Jemima was rightly very pleased to win this prize, confirming the strength and depth of classical interest in the school. As Mr Walters commented: the study of classics is thriving, and the legacy of that world is safe in the hands of pupils like these.