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6th Form Classicists at the Ashmolean

On Tuesday, 22 November, all the Sixth Form classicists journeyed to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as part of their Classical Art and Architecture course. When we arrived, we first had the opportunity to see some Greek sculpture and vases in the main gallery, some of which we have been studying in our Art and Architecture module. After this, we were given exclusive access to a ‘behind-the-scenes’ room containing many statues and sections of friezes from Greek temples which are not on display to the public. Mr Ives talked us through the identification and analysis of figures and reliefs, discussing points such as the ancient practice of painting their statues in bright colours.   Here we saw one creation from the ‘Gods in Colour’ collection, which reimagines original Greek statues by painting them with vibrant colours and the same pigments believed to be used when the statues were originally made in Ancient Greece. To finish off our day, we visited Blackwell’s book store, where we browsed their large collection of classical literature. Overall, we all had a fantastic day and enjoyed the great opportunity to view a selection of the Greek art we are studying in our Classics course.


Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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