For Year 9 and under: choose one from the
following categories and write approximately 1,500 - 2,500
words. Illustrations (with captions) are welcome.
Imagine that you are a modern psychologist asked to write a
character report on Julius Caesar. Present your findings, and
suggest what aspects of his character led to his successes and to
In your answer, you should include details of his early
career, his campaigns in Gaul, his invasion in Britain, and his
role in the civil war, amongst other details.
Imagine that you are Odysseus, sitting inside the wooden horse
at Troy. Write a letter to your wife, Penelope, explaining
what you have gone through since leaving home, and setting out your
hopes for the future.
You should include details of the journey to Troy, and of
key incidents during the ten years fighting there, amongst other
details. You should bear in mind Odysseus' current situation,
and what he knows, or does not know, about the situation at home in
'The Greek gods cause more trouble than good when they intervene
in the lives of mortals.' To what extent do you agree with
You should refer to a range of Greek myths to support your
argument. You might consider the assistance given by the gods
to epic heroes, the intervention of the gods in the Trojan War and
the role of the gods in Greek Tragedy.
d) ART AND
A proposal has been made to the Ancient Wonders of the World
Selection Committee to include the Parthenon as the eighth wonder
of the Ancient World. As leader of the Athenian delegation
present your case in support of the proposal…
You will need to include reference to the temple's
architectural design, and the statues and other works of art that
adorned it, amongst other things.
e) ROME AND
Rome and Alexandria were two of the largest cities of the Roman
Empire in the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD. In
which would you have preferred to live as a citizen and
You should include reference to social and living
conditions, entertainment and leisure, public buildings and
amenities, and the status of the cities as centres of trade and
administration, amongst other things.
Entries MUST be of A4 paper format (not on
disc); printed, or written, in black or blue ink. Please do not use
difficult-to-read fonts (e.g. all capitals).
Candidates MUST put their
name, date of birth, and
school on their entries. Please put name
and school on the front page as well. The judges would
like to see a bibliography or a list of the sources consulted. A
word-count should be given.
Entries should be marked "Jowett Sendelar Essay Competition" and
sent to: Ms K S Wrathmell, Bolton School Boys' Division, Chorley
New Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 4PA. The closing date for entries
is 1st August 2011. Candidates will be notified in
Please remember it is essential to include a stamped addressed
envelope for the return of scripts, reports and any prizes.
PLEASE attach the correct