Most of us are aware that the origins of History, Philosophy, Drama, sporting achievement, the greatest genres of literature and incredible feats of Science, Technology and Engineering are to be found in the classical world.
The ancient languages – including Sanskrit – have intricate, but clear grammatical structures, which makes learning them challenging but all the more rewarding. The study of languages that put a lot of information into word endings encourages close, careful reading. Seeing the different grammatical categories and forms first-hand makes distinguishing them in English, where they often are not distinct anymore, much easier.
The stories we find in Sanskrit literature provide us with (world)views that complement those we encounter in Western civilisation and literature. We would like to think that our pupils will develop a respect for and an interest in cultures other than their own, and that this will influence their attitudes and their appreciation of life.