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Contio Latina

Head of School, Barimah, delivers the Contio Latina in Speech Room to the Governors.

The history of the event dates back to the 1650s and was an opportunity for boys to show their proficiency in Latin by giving a speech in the language. The first record of Contio Latina was in 1674, when John Dennis (1671-4) gave his speech at the Governors' annual audit meeting.

Traditionally, the boys who were most proficient in Latin would give the speech but in the 19th century, it became the role of the Head of School.