Philosophy and Ethics

The Philosophy and Ethics department have launched their October half term revision packs on ‘Everything you need to know about Christianity and Islam’

See your Philosophy and Ethics teacher for a pack.

In your pack you will find key beliefs and practices for each religion, revision activities and key words lists for both religions.

Both packs will support your revision for the November PPE on Wednesday 21st November.

October half term revision by numbers Christianity and Islam

OCT Islam2 everything you need to know

OCT Everything you need to know about Christianity

Islam beliefs and practices KEY WORDS

Christian beliefs and practices KEY WORDS


German Exchange

Day Trip to Stratford
Southam and Hölderlin students experienced a Shakespearean lesson in the actual schoolroom were the Bard of Avon himself was taught once as a boy. The students made gains in Latin and enjoyed their quill skills. We discovered that Mr Holfelder looks a little like Professor Snape in an Elizabethan school teacher’s dress. A day in Stratford would not be complete without a stroll to the RSC and Shakespeare’s birth place, and the Exchange would not be complete without Mrs Martin, who nurtured German and English relations successfully for years. Much fun was had in the evening at ten pin bowling.
Ein schönes Wochenende!

Year 11 Netball

Year 11 have their second Netball League night on Thursday 18th October 2018.
Please see ECA noticeboard in the gym for the Team sheet and further details.
If you can not play please see Miss Evans ASAP.

Year 11 Philosophy Boost

Boost your CONFIDENCE, knowledge, understanding and exam technique ready for your November PPE

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in P1 at 12:45pm

Reward: A philosophical and chocolate boost

All Year 11 students welcome

See your Philosopher and Ethics teacher for more information



A fantastic first evening of netball for the year 10 and 11 league night.

The year 11s played 3 games, first game against a strong Kenilworth team. Some fantastic shooting from Maddie Smith and Cara Andrews and outstanding feeding from Katie Morby led the girls to win 11-6.
Second game saw the girls come up against Kings High, the defensive unit of Alice Dillon, Lily Fraser-Pope and Lucy Parker kept the score low finishing at 12-5.
Final game of the evening saw us face Aylsford the girls played some scrappy netball but Cerys James continued to feed Maddie and Cara to see the end result 18-6 to Southam. 

A great start to the league with 3 wins, well done girls.

Mrs Turton

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Shakespeare House Trip Friday 5th October

Meet at the bus bays at 8.45am

Bus lists will be up by student office for the week – please check which bus you are on

Non-uniform for the whole day

Bring some money or food for your lunch

Make sure you go round Alton Towers in  groups of no less than three people

Return to Southam College approx. 7pm

Dance Production 2018

It’s that time of year again – Dance Production 2018 is back!

This year we are hosting the ‘Greatest Show’ yet with a celebration of all styles of dance.

If you want to be a part of the show, sign up for auditions outside the gym from Monday.

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Year 11 Philosophy and Ethics students

Please keep up to date with the latest philosophical revision activities and resources via the Philosophy and Ethics tab on this Year 11 Blog.
We will continue to add ideas and activities throughout the year.
Speak to your Philosophy and Ethics teacher for more information.

Year 10 & 11 Netball League Night

Year 10 and 11 have their first league night on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at NLS.
Please check the girls ECA noticeboard for further details.
If you can’t play please see Miss Evans, MIss Maclachlan or Mrs Turton ASAP.

Year 11 Success Evening

One day to go until our first Year 11 Success Evening! We look forward to welcoming parents and students between 5pm and 7pm in the Hall and Core on Thursday evening. Tickets have been distributed today in registers to all those who requested a seat at the Elevate Parents’ Seminar, starting at 7pm in the Core.

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The world’s biggest coffee morning

We are taking part in the world’s biggest coffee morning on Friday 28th September.

We need staff and students to support this event by baking the cakes.

The cakes will be sold during break time and lunchtime on Friday with all money going to Macmillan cancer trust.

See Mrs Thomas for more details.


Student Success Stories – The Employability Skills topic, Life Skills.

Read the write up from Ryan in Year 11 describing his amazing work experience placement at Aston Martin. Well done Ryan for taking the time to share your Student Success Story.

Both the Life Skills and Careers department have been hugely impressed with the passion, drive and hard work students have put into the whole topic area. The feedback that we are receiving from companies is fabulous and students should be proud of themselves. There will be an awards assembly in the near future and certificates for your efforts. There will also be a trophy for the overall highest scoring student during this topic.


Year 11s Win the Central Area Netball Tournament

On Wednesday the 19th September 2018 the Year 11 Netball Team took part in the Central Area Netball Tournament.

They played outstanding Netball and as a result they won all the games they played.
(Southam vs NLS – 9 -5; Southam vs Campion – 8-2; Southam vs Aylesford – 20-0; Southam vs Myton – 11-5 and finally Southam vs Kingsley -14-12).

The team spirit and work ethic for every single match was amazing!

A well deserved win! Thank you to all the girls who played; Cerys James; Kacie Morby; Madison Smith; Alice Dillon; Cara Andrews; Lucy Parker; Ruby Cole and Lily Fraser-Pope.

As always you make me so proud! Well done Miss Evans!

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Global Virtues Ambassadors

All students are welcome to our first Global Virtues meeting on Monday 17th September 2018 in P1 at 12:30pm. We will be discussing how we can implement these key virtues across the academy.Global Virtues Ambassadorsv3.png

German Exchange

The German exchange return visit to Southam College will be taking place from Wednesday 10th of October to Wednesday 17th of October. More details to follow shortly. Please contact Mrs Dias -French if you have any queries.

GCSE in Design and Technology

Reminder – All students completing the GCSE in Design and Technology (Textiles and Resistant Materials classes) have the option to purchase a revision guide.

For more information, please ask your Design and Technology teacher for a letter, payments can be made on parent pay.

The deadline to pay, ready for collection in September is Friday 13th July.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Our fanatastic Year 10  Food Preparation and Nutrition students have been focusing on food styling in recent weeks. They started with the basic skills such as julienne carrots, tomato roses and apple swans. They then moved onto decorative techniques such as piping, smearing and crumbs. They then did ready, steady cook with 3 cheddars, mayo and ketchup and finally had to present a fine dining breakfast to include and egg and one slice of bread.

So proud of them all

The Food Team

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Cricket – Southam V King Henry VIII School

A stalwart Yr 10 Cricket Team hold firm against Henry’s!

Well done to all the boys who played in our match against King Henry VIII school this afternoon. In breezy conditions we produced our best performance in a few seasons to hold firm and draw a very close game against a competitive Henry’s side.

Southam batted first and put on 29 for the first wicket before a tricky delivery reared up on Aaron Sutcliffe who defended it to their Wicketkeeper. Freddie Hart threatened early on, but was unlucky to be given out to the very thinnest of edges. Ben Leahy batted well for his 16, and Dom Goddard played some solid strokes for his 4, but it was Oliver Clarke who steered us to our total with an unbeaten 27.

Henry’s openers started their reply confidently accelerating to 36 off 6 overs. However, needing 89 to win their wickets started to fall at regular intervals. 3 wickets a piece for both Ben Irving and Louis Pilgrim gave us a chance, but it still looked as though Henry’s would have enough to get their target. However, Man of the Match Oliver Clarke, having played so well with the bat, bowled vital tight overs at the end and it was fitting that he picked up the last wicket when the scores were level.

Congratulations to all the played and it was a fitting way to finish your season and Cricket at Southam.

Well done,

Mr MacGibbon

Life Skills – Year 10 Work & Employability Skills


Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June lunchtime 12:30-1:10 in the ALS.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain further advice and guidance on making a good impression through a CV and a Covering letter. Do go along to these extra sessions kindly offered by Mr Hughes our Careers Advisor to help improve your CV before your Mock interview. 

Your Mock interviews take place on you Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June and you will need your CV and covering letter printed in preparation for this! Look out for the timetable being launched with the time and date of your interview from early next week, speak to your Life Skills teacher and Tutors. 

Don’t forget you can access a range of fantastic support resources to help you write your CV, a covering letter, an application form but also to prepare for a job interview and searching for jobs/apprenticeships.

Best of luck for your interviews. Mrs Campbell,- Birch, Mr Hughes and the Life Skills team. 

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Geography Trip

10A and 10C are getting stuck into their human geography fieldwork in Llandudno. Crossing our fingers for the good weather to continue!


Spelling Bee Heats

Shakespeare and Godiva kicked off the spelling bee today, an amazing turn out from both houses with some incredible spellers! Looking forward to the rest of the week of heats. Whittle tomorrow lunchtime and Webb Ellis on Thursday in M5!

Geography Trip

It’s a beautiful morning in Snowdonia, 10B are going to complete their river study today and 10D are off to climb Snowdon!

Field sketching in the sunshine

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Finishing the day at the impressive Aber Falls!


Beautiful day for fieldwork along the Afon Rhaeadr-fawr and Afon Aber.

Warwickshire Schools Athletics Championships

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Warwickshire Schools Athletics Championships at the Edmondscote Track on Saturday.

There were some great performances, personal and season’s bests and qualifiers for the Warwickshire Team at the Mason Trophy next weekend.

Junior Girls (Yr 8 & 9)

Ruby Wood: 100m 3rd – 13.4 sec (pb)

Georgia Eversden: 800m 2nd – 2.30.7

Elspeth Unitt:1500m 3rd – 5.18

Izzy Alexander: Discus 7th – 15.09m

Inter Girls (Yr 10 & 11)

Rositsa Gugutkova: 3000m 1st – 12.25

Cerys James: Discus 4th 18.52m

Junior Boys (Yr 8 & 9)

Owen de Souza: 300m 3rd – 40.7sec (pb)

Inter Boys (Yr 10 & 11)

Jacob Watson: 1500m 4th 4.56

Will Eadon: High Jump 1st – 1.70m

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English Language Exams – Done!

Well done to everyone in Yr 10 for completing their English Language Exams.

You have conducted yourself fantastically both in the revision sessions and in the exams. You have been a credit to Southam College, and both Mrs Kaye and I are very proud of you. If there is any justice your efforts will be rewarded with some exceptional results in the summer.

All the best and enjoy your weekend. You deserve it.

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English Revision

Year 10, if you collected an English paper 2 from E7 to use as revision you will need to use the top tips sheet to create your own questions. Alternatively, please revise from this past paper which is attached. This one comes with questions. Good luck!



English Language Revision Session

Huge recognition to the fantastic attitude of Year 10 students in attending half term revision for their English Language GCSEs.
Over a hundred students came in to the session lead by Mrs Browne with Mrs Kaye, Miss Clough and Mrs Watkins also in attendance.

We are thrilled that students have such focus on their own learning and this bodes extremely well for final exam preparations.

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English Department’s Student of the Half Term

Congratulations to Owen, Charlotte, Harvey, Jasmine, Jack, Georgia and James for being awarded the English Department’s Student of the Half Term in their year group. The students have shown great enthusiasm towards English in their lessons – keep up the hard work! a1.png

TOWN CHAMPS 2018 (years 9 & 10)

Yesterday teams from years 9 and 10 competed in the Central Warwickshire Athletics at Edmonscote. Outstanding performances from Izzy Alexander in the discus who won, Rositsa Gugutkova won her 1500m race, Georgia Eversden won her 800m with a time of 2:34 and Sarah Costa came 2nd in both her long jump and javelin events. Owen De Souza came 2nd in his 800m race, Oscar Wall came 3rd in the 100m race and Mackenzie Spillman-Penn came 3rd in the shot put.

Overall a great day out with lots of success! The greatest achievement of them all was the year 9 girls team winning the whole competition for their year group! Well done to everyone who took part.

Miss MacLachlan, Mr MacGibbon, Mr Ginger and Miss Chadwick


Year 10 English Language


Wednesday 23rd May in E7 3.45-4.45 English Language revision for paper 1.

Monday 4th June in E7 3.45-4.45 English Language revision for paper 1 and 2 in preparation for your real examinations which are on June 5th and June 8th.

Year 10, please download and print the following resource to revise for English Language over the holiday. If you are unable to print, please ask your English teacher who will assist with this.

Year 10 English Language Half-Term Revision!

Food Students

If you have borrowed a GCSE Food and Nutrition text book from Mrs James or Mrs Wills please could you return it. Thank you

Year 10 Football Team – District Cup Winners!

The Year 10 Football produced their best performance of the season for their biggest game with a stunning 4-2 victory over Kenilworth. In at times atrocious conditions, our whole team performance was magnificent. Kenilworth were probably confident coming into the game, but we started with a high intensity pinning them back from the whistle and deservedly took the lead through a ‘worldie’ from Beau Craig-Shearer. We had a string of further chances and were unlucky to concede an equaliser. This, however, didn’t phase us and we regained the lead again just before the break.

Following a positive half-time talk, we started the second half in the same attacking, high intensity style that had served us so well in the first half. Both teams had chances before an excellent counter-attacking move was coolie finished by Oscar Bailey. We increased our advantage further when some fancy footwork from Alex Costa forced Kenilworth into conceding a penalty, and George Williams, who had just come on calmly slotted it home. Kenilworth did rally towards the end, and although they did score a consolation at the death, were constantly thwarted by our excellent defence and superb Goal-keeper, Jack Pennington.

A huge congratulation to all the team. It is impossible to single out one player as it was a true team performance from 1-12. A great way to end the season and make amend for the final defeat last year. Here’s to Yr 11!

Work Experience 2018

Every Yr10 student has the opportunity to complete a work experience placement during the Summer Holidays – 23rd July to 31st August 2018.

Students are expected to find their own work experience placements and the relevant self placement form, which can be found on the Yr10 blog needs to be returned to Mr Hughes in the Career office by Friday 29th June 2018.

Southam College will be working in partnership with Changing Education Ltd in the delivery of the work experience placements.  Changing Education Ltd will complete the relevant health and safety checks and risk assessments of all host organisations in accordance with Warwickshire County Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance.

If you require any further information on the work experience programme, please contact Mr Hughes –

Year 10 Football

Southam v Kenilworth

A disappointing result from our first match this week. A depleted team of the bare 11 played a strong Kenilworth squad in a league and cup double-header. Although there was no complaints about the level of effort in the first half, some naïve play and poor decision making left us 4-0 at half time. The team started the second half much brighter, showing some of the quality that they are capable of. Our initial pressure was rewarded with a goal, but unfortunately we couldn’t add to our total and Kenilworth ran in a couple more goals towards the end of the match as our concentration and at times discipline deserted us. Hopefully with a full team tomorrow we will fair better!

KS4 and KS5 House Competition -Get caught revising

The English Department would like to encourage an element of competition into revision to spur you on! During English fortnight and the Easter break, can you capture an image of yourself or a friend hard at work revising?
Can you manage to squeeze some revision in, during the most unlikely trips out?
HAPs for all entries and a prize for the best revision picture. Get snapping!

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Year 10 & 11 English Literature Macbeth Trip 

Letters have been sent home to all students who have places on the Macbeth trip on Tuesday 20th March. The coaches will leave Southam College at 6pm, so please arrive before 5.45pm. Please ensure that you have had something to eat before returning to school as the performance starts at 7pm. Due to allergies, please do not bring snacks containing nuts on the coach. Students can come in non-school uniform that is school appropriate. Coaches will be back to school by approximately 10.30pm, if this changes we will keep you updated.


Coach lists will be pinned up outside the English Office tomorrow, please make sure you know which bus you will be travelling on.

We are looking forward to this fantastic performance!

French Trip Day 3

Quel jour gastronomique!
A day full of food, fun and friendship. Lots of proud teacher moments today watching our students make friends at Jean Bosco school in Guines. Finally we got to meet our penpals of the past few months, and students were fab at talking to and meeting their  French friends. Speed-dating and pictionary started our day, followed by a tour of the school and it’s facilities, and then football, rounders table-tennis and Just Dance. Very proud of Louisa Sixsmith, Holly Driscoll, Katie Shilito, Olivia Constable and Emily Lovett who really came out of their shells here! We also experienced lunch in the French canteen before saying a sad goodbye to all of our new friends. The afternoon bought a hilarious and terrifying visit to the bakery, where under the scary French instruction of Bruno the baker, students formed their own croissants (or tried to.. we won’t mention any names here, Luca del Torre). More food followed with our trip to the creperie, where students made their own crepe batter, then all flipped their own pancakes (again with varying success). They also all created together a beautiful marzipan cake topper! On return to the hotel, we were treated to an amazing five course meal – complete with snails and French cheeses!
. An amazing 21 out of 24 students tried the snails – and Louie Bulyka and Rory Stewart were brave enough to blind taste them! As we write, students are completing a quiz on the trip’s events. We’ll all be very sad to leave tomorrow, but hopefully will have lots of happy memories. We will update the blog with travel times as the day progresses. Bonne nuit!

Year 10 English Language

Students can download an electronic copy of the guides given out last night for Paper 1 and Paper 2 for the English Language GCSE in the English Revision area on the website. The pack contains model responses and checklists for each question – a brilliant resource for revision! Snap Collins Revision Guides will be available from the English Department and in social areas next week for only £1.

French Trip – Day 2

L’aventure continue! Students enjoyed a delicious petit-déjeuner this morning with some freshly baked croissants and chocolate chaud, before heading out to experience the market in Le Touquet. Here students completed lots of speaking challenges, and Mme Spencer and I were extremely impressed with the way students threw themselves into these activities – really proud of the amount of French language everyone tried out on the French vendors! Special shout out to Rory Stewart and gang for their efforts, and Mia Russell, Lily Fraser-Pope and Caitlin Neville.

After a quick visit to the beach, it was on to a local biscuit factory where students learnt about production of this local delicacy (and tried some wares). Etaples Military Cemetery came next, and students spent some time admiring this powerful place before moving onto more food at the chocolate factory.

Well done Louie Bulyka and Jack Waterfield for being the first complete the challenges here! We saw lots of chocolate being purchased at the factory – can only assume it’s presents for those at home!

More games this evening, then rest for our visit to school tomorrow! A demain.

Writing to Describe House Competition.

Year 10 – as part of English fortnight, please get involved by entering our writing to describe house competition.
HAPs for the winner and all entries.
This would also be great practice for your English Language GCSE writing section!
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French Trip – Day 1

Un début magnifique for the French trip this year!

After a smooth crossing on le ferry and a pleasant journey through rolling French countryside, students arrived at the musée de la céramique in Desvres, where under careful instruction in French they created their masterpieces. Charlie Parsons broke down the barriers of conventional pottery with Grahame the Gravy Boat, and I doubt anything like it will ever be made again… c’est incroyable! Special mention also goes to the secret masters of ceramic, Thomas Mills and Jack Waterfield, and bien sur, to Lucy Taylor’s turtle. Their creative instincts fulfilled, students then arrived at our beautiful hotel, Le moulin, and enjoyed their first three course meal (but only after learning all of the cutlery in French!). Students’ powers of logic were well tested after dinner with a variety of logic puzzles, that left us scratching our heads and (quite literally) tied up in knots. Quentin, our animateur, is putting all the students to the test as he speaks to them exclusively in French, and today Erin Day, Jodie Bates and Louie Bulyka really shone as helpful students who are rising to this challenge!

What will tomorrow have in store for us?

German Exchange

Tuesday morning was spent with 3D crazy golf where Southam and Hölderlin students enjoyed the illusion of an underwater world whilst playing. This was followed by a visit to the Porsche museum educating students about all things Porsche old and new. Vorsprung durch Technik.

Year 10 & 11 Macbeth Trip

Thank you for all payments for the Macbeth Trip on Tuesday 20th March. ParentPay has now closed – if we have received payment and reply slip this has secured a ticket. Letters outlining the details of the trip will be sent to all students who have purchased tickets later this week. Students will travel to the venue by coach, meeting at the entrance to Southam College at 17.30 as coaches will be leaving just before 18.00. The performance begins at 19.00 and has a two hour twenty minute running time (including interval), coaches will return to Southam College at approximately 22.30. The English Department are really looking forward to this fantastic performance and sharing this memorable experience!

German Exchange

Today we explored the beautiful medieval town and spa of Bad Wimpfen where Southam students and partners learned about German history followed by Kaffee und Kuchen oder heiße Schokolade.  Lecker!


To help students come to lessons with the correct equipment for their GCSE course and exam, the Design and Technology Department at Southam College have put together a clear pencil case that includes 1 ruler, 1 eraser, 4 drawing pencils, a set of 12 coloured pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 4 black pens, 2 black fineliners, 2 highlighter pens and 1 glue stick. The cost of pencil case will be £5.00.

If you would like to place an order, parent pay is available or payment can be made by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Southam College.

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German Exchange

Day 1 at the Hölderlin Gymnasium:
Southam College students were greeted warmly with a delicious German breakfast followed by ice-breaker games for students to get to know their partners in the morning. The afternoon was spent with sports and fun to round up a successful first day.
Auf Wiedersehen morgen in Mannheim!

Apprenticeships with Warwick District Council

We’re looking for people with passion, drive and ambition to kick start their career with Warwick District Council – people like you.
From September 2018 we will be offering a range of exciting Apprenticeship opportunities which will give you the chance to work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills and qualifications – all with the aim of getting your career off to a flying start.

Ski Trip – Day 4

Amazing day skiing at Zell! Students skiing brilliantly, all are making progress with their skills. Both beginner groups are developing their technique on the slopes, the intermediates tackled a difficult red and the advanced have been challenged by the instructor with some mogul techniques.

Only 2 days left! Quiz tonight.

Ski Trip Update

Perfect conditions for today’s lessons! All groups are making huge progress. Instructors have commented on how brilliant the students are being and are impressed with their willingness to learn!
Advanced had a carving clinic, intermediates learnt how to ski in a line, beginner 2 practised their turns and beginner 1 mastered a section of a red run!!
Great day all round.

Ski Trip Day 3

All groups skiing extremely well in the difficult conditions!
The advanced group were practising their short turns, the intermediates did some jumps and both beginner groups made it down their first big run together!
Looking forward to a day skiing in Zell tomorrow.

Ski Trip Day 1

A great first day on the slopes, difficult visibility for all but able to find some sun in the afternoon!

All groups made it onto the slopes, advanced group tackling the major reds of the resort, the intermediates went down some tricky blues and the beginner groups got onto the glacier to practice their turns!

Looking forward to a sunny weather forecast for tomorrow!

Y10 English Language Revision Sessions

Year 10, your English Language Paper 2 PPE is fast approaching. If you would like some support, please come along to E7/E8 and attend the after school revision sessions
Paper 2 Reading Revision = Weds 28th Feb 3.45pm-4.45pm
Paper 2 Writing Revision = Weds 7th March 3.45pm-4.45pm
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