A GROUP of Butler College students had their first taste of university life last month after attending a Latin lecture at The University of Western Australia.
One of the few WA schools with a Latin language program, eight privileged students visited the Nedlands campus on September 17 to take part in a first-year Latin class translating Latin texts into English.
It was followed by an information session in Reid Library getting up close with the university’s rare book collection.
Butler College humanities teacher Kane Pittard, facilitator of the Latin program, said the trip to UWA was an amazing opportunity for the Year 8 and 9 students.
‘Learning Latin benefits students with their college studies, improving their understanding of English, the study of science, law and ability to think critically and articulate a clear and concise response to questions,’ he said.
‘For Butler College students to see and touch these books so early in their academic journey, rarely shared even with university students, is fantastic.’