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 Friday29th 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 – Hughes.email@example.com.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Onside coaching are offering Yr10 Southam College students Summer work experience placements. If you would be interested in a sports coaching work experience placement send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The year 10 netball team last night headed to Princethorpe for a friendly match. The team had a tough match with Princethorpe players dominating some of the play, however a huge team effort meant Southam never gave up!! Some amazing shooting from Madi Smith and Cara Andrews with the support of Carmen Ellis Greenway, Cerys James and Kacie Morby meant that the team worked well together working the ball through the court. Lucy Parker, Alice Dillon and Ruby Cole had a tough time in defence but worked together to pressure the Princethorpe attack. The whole team kept their heads up throughout and although lost overall, there were some positives to take away! Looking forward to the next few games before they head to PGL on their Netball Trip.
English had a great turnout to our PPE revision event, with over 70 students learning relevant reading skills for paper 1. Next Wednesday, we are hoping for a similarly impressive attendance to our writing session. Keep up the hard work year 10!
iDEA is a programme that helps you develop digital and enterprise skills for free. Through a series of online challenges and events, you can earn career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd.
Discover skills you never knew you had and hone the ones you’ve already got by taking a series of online challenges. The challenges are split into four main categories and will help you show off what you’ve learned and could, when the time comes, help you land the job you want.
iDEA aspires to be the digital and enterprise equivalent of The Duke of Edinburgh Award. To find out more, and sign up, access the website here: idea.org.uk or see Mr Sycamore in IT1
Southam College are collecting for the homeless this Christmas. With recent weather conditions, you could make a huge difference to someone’s Christmas. We are asking all students and staff to donate at least one pair of gloves for someone less fortunate than ourselves. Together we can change someone’s Christmas! ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can achieve so much’. #BritishValues
Do you have what it takes to have a career in Cyber Security? Does the world of Cyber Security interest you? The Government Cyber Schools Programme are looking for future Cyber Security experts and would like you to apply!
This opportunity is open to anyone in Years 10 to 13 and does not require you to have studied ICT or Computer Science. Interested students should come to a meeting in IT1 on Monday 11th Dec at the beginning of lunchtime. Parents can also sign up to support their own children who would like to join in independently. To find out more visit this link: https://www.joincyberdiscovery.com/
Congratulations to the following students for being awarded the English Department’s Student of the Half Term in Key Stage 3, 4 & 5: Joshua Middleton, Stephie Proctor, Lauren Boote, Morgan Leigh, Amy Mazurek and Harriet Byerly.
Please be aware that contracts and invoicing has been delayed due to changes in the finance office. The majority of students are having the instrumental lessons that you have requested and the final contracts will be sent out accordingly as soon as possible. Once contracts have been signed and returned, the payments will be set up on Parent Pay. We apologise for the delay.
To help students come to lessons with the correct equipment for their GCSE Textiles course, the Design and Technology Department at Southam College have put together a clear pencil case that includes paper scissors, fabric scissors, 1 stitch ripper, 1 pack of needles 1 tape measure, 1 fineliner, 1 glue stick, 1 tacking thread, 1 tailors chalk and a pot of pins. The cost of the pencil case will be £10.00.
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.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Technology Department.
Boys II Men, but it is just the start of the road!
The Year 10 Rugby team came of age on a wet, cold morning on Saturday at Southam. Against a strong Lawrence Sheriff team, that had comprehensively beaten us last year, it would have been easy to have put in a half-hearted display, but this year we have developed a mature resilience and tenacity, giving us the belief that we can complete on a level with any team.
A spirited front row, fierce tackling from our forwards and centres, some excellent kicking under intense pressure and great support, kept Lawrence Sheriff out until right at the end of the first half. Still a score of 0-7 was a massive improvement on their last encounter.
With a couple of changes at the break, we started with the same endeavour, taking the match to Lawrence Sheriff, but some of the relentless contact was starting to take it’s toll. They crossed a few more times with some well executed moves, but with the clock ticking down, we were able to exert some pressure of our own and when Alfie Potter crossed at the end we got our just rewards for a wonderfully spirited display.
It was a mightily impressive effort from all the team, and picking a Man of the Match impossible, from the tireless tackling of Freddie hart and Ben Irving, to the line busting runs from Charlie Thwaites, Joe Bramley and Mackenzie Spillman-Penn and some fantastic last-ditch tackling from Greg Virr.
Well done to you all and I am looking forward to our next match against Princethorpe College on Sat 16th Dec.
Yesterday a group of Year 10 students visited the Skills Show at the NEC. The skills show is the UK’s largest skills and career event. Students were able to engage with many employers including BAE systems, IBM, Severn Trent and the Armed Services. Student experiences included laser cutting, stage make up and virtual reality design.
Today Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust is launching a Photography competition to celebrate the life of a beautiful, inspirational young lady, Sabrina Jones that attended Southam College.
Sabrina had a passion for Photography and it was her wish that we annually run this competition.
Please send your entry to email@example.com, label your picture clearly with your name and school.
Winners will be announced on the 18th December, all entries must be emailed by Thursday 14th December.
No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone has the power to do something that enhances the life of another. Whether it’s starting a conversation that can make a difference to someone, fundraising for charities or giving your time to benefit others within school or the community, every contribution makes a difference.
Here at Southam College, we are having our own ‘Make a difference day’ on Friday 17th November. We are looking for a selection of volunteers to help lead and support events throughout Mental Health Awareness week and on Make a difference Day. We hope the day will be filled with positivity, appreciation and compassion for all but it will only be successful if we have student volunteers!
What events can I sign up to lead/support?
Whole School Community Clean up
Positive Pledge Wall
Engage with the Aged residential care home visits- Sixth Form only
Involvement/attendance to the with the Mental Health Micro Sessions #inyourcorner
Baking cakes for our staff wellbeing ‘Tea and Talk Tuesday’ event.
‘Crafter noon’ volunteers – making products to sell on the Friday with Mrs Keech’s Craft club.
Creation of resources to support the promotion of the Mental Health
You can create your own ideas too!
If you are interested, please see Miss Campbell or any Life Skills teacher. A meeting to sign up to events is this Wednesday 8th November, room S2- Prompt 12:30 start please.
At Kings High playing fields the Year 10 League Night Round 2 took place on the 2nd November 2017. The team played Kings High; Myton and Kenilworth to finish off their matches. All the girls played brilliantly and as result they won two of the three games. The game against Myton was an unfortunate loss and not deserved! The team were fantastic and worked so hard throughout; they fought back to nearly win but just missed out at the final whistle.
Results as follows;
Southam vs Kings High = 7 – 6 Southam vs Myton = 4-6 Southam vs Kenilworth = 12 – 5
Well done to all the team, proud of you all! Good luck with the rest of the season. Miss Evans
We are excited to announce our Sports Captains for 2017-2018. Our new Year 7 Captains are Zak Benson and Amelia Blumberger. Well done for your great interview and applications for the role. We are excited to welcome Megan Free in year 8 to for the girls Sports captain role, alongside Ben Kay who has decided to continue his role again this year for the year 8 boys. For year 9, we are pleased that Louie Bulyka and Megan Hughes still wish to continue as they have been fantastic over the last few years. For year 10, we look forward to another year with Alice Parsons for the girls and we welcome Ryan Alexander who is our new year 10 captain for the boys. For year 11, we are very pleased that Max Hurtubise and Shauna O’Neill still wish to continue with their captain roles. I know these students will be excellent role models and will do their best to engage with all students within the House.
Once again, a big well done to Webb Ellis for becoming the House champions at the end of the last academic year. I hope to see your passion, enthusiasm and positive attitude shine through again for 2017/2018 Webb Ellis!
Our Yr 10 Football team successfully negotiated a potentially tricky trip with a comfortable 5-1 win over Mr Southall’s Harris team in the Cup.
Missing a couple of 1st team players and with some last minute sign ups, we dominated possession and territory through out and only had ourselves to blame as we only led 1-0 at the break. An early Armstrong cracker in the second half eased any tension, and relentless pressure, notably from Oscar Bailey, kept that chances flowing. Morgan Jones was able to profit from a fabulous ball from George Pope, and a fortunate deflection to bring up his hat-trick.
A momentary lap from our otherwise solid defence, and a well taken speculative shot, suggested a way back in for the Harris team. Man of the Match, Oscar Bailey, however, had other ideas. A trade mark bustling run down the right took him past 3 players and through on goal. Keeping his nerve, Oscar smashed the ball emphatically into the net past a rooted Harris keeper to complete our scoring and secure the game.
Hopefully we’ll be back to full strength for the next round, but the team today did the Year group proud. Well done, Lads.
Muggle students thoroughly enjoyed learning a trick or two in the Harry Potter studios, made gains in their wand skills, had a lesson in the magic of film making, enjoyed some butter beer and then displayed their new talents on a beautiful autumnal day. ” Du bist ein Zauberer Harry!”
Congratulations to all students who have been awarded the English Department’s Student of the Half Term in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.
Well done to Sid English, Amy Latus, George Iacovides and Isabella Cuffaro. A fantastic start to the academic year!
Southam College celebrates Diwali from Friday 13th October. We are running a number of events throughout next week for students to be able to explore the traditional, cultural and social elements of Diwali.
Congratulations to the Yr 10 Rugby team, who despite missing a few players, put in 3 great performances against Alcester Grammer School, Henley-in-Arden School and Studley School. They won 2 games and lost 1 to finish 2nd overall, with tries coming from Lucas Evans (3), Jacob May and Ben Irving. There were notable performances and moments all over the pitch, but special mention goes to Charlie Thwaites, who led the line well and Mackenzie Spilmann-Penn, who managed to keep his physicality just the right side of legal, wrestling possession back for Southam.
Our next game is a Varsity Game Vs Bilton (H) next Thursday 12th October.
The Year 10 Netball team was one of the four teams to start off the first round of Varsity fixtures versus Bilton. The girls played excellent Netball both in attack and defence! In attack Cerys James, Carmen Ellis and Cara Andrews worked the ball from centre court brilliantly into Maddison Smith who scored some cracking goals. Cara who also plays GA supported a strong score line of 31 goals. In defence Kacie Morby, Lucy Parker, Ruby Cole, Alice Dillon and Lily Fraser-Pope put immense pressure on the Bilton attack keeping the score line down. The interceptions and marking was fantastic by all and this was reflected in the final score Southam 31 Bilton 10.
Well done girls, another amazing result on the board for 2017/2018 season. Keep up the wonderful hard work and effort! So proud of you all yet again. Miss Evans.
The Year 10 Netball Squad got off to an amazing start to the 2017/2018 Netball league winning all three of the matches they played at NLS on Tuesday 3rd October. The girls in the team played brilliantly; showing amazing skill and excellent teamwork. Final results were as follows-
Southam Vs Campion 13-1
Southam Vs NLS 21-1
Southam Vs Aylesford 15-1
Well done to all the girls who played; you never fail to let me down and as always I am extremely proud of every single one of you! I would also like to say a special well done to Ruby Cole who played amazing in defence on her first appearance with the Year 10 Team.
The Year 10 Football team had a tough start to the season with a home match against a perennially strong Myton team.
We started well, competing for each ball and winning many 50/50’s. An excellent finish from Rob Armstrong put us 1-0 up and then a superb effort from Dan Turner, to create some space and finish from the edge of the area put us 2-0 up at the break.
However, with a stiff wind in their backs, we knew that Myton would come out strongly in the second half. the task of preserving our lead was made all the more difficult when some absent defending left their main striker clear through on goal after 30 seconds! 2 more goals rapidly followed and we were left with a ‘mountain to climb’ chasing the game. Although under constant pressure from Myton, we did start to offer some more resistance, and some solid defending from Jacob May, kept the scores close. Eventually our goal was breach once again to leave the score 2-4 at the end. Credit is due to the majority of the team who kept battling to the end, but a team is only as strong as it’s ‘weakest link’ and we can’t afford to let some players ‘go AWOL’ against quality opposition.
IMPORTANT REMINDER- Webb Ellis winning House rewards trip
The deadline for all payments and slips to be able to go on the trip was Friday. Afer discussion with the finance office, as a gesture of goodwill we will accept final payments until breaktime on Monday morning (2nd October). This is the absolute cut off point. Spare letters were put into registers again last week and are still in the student office if you have misplaced it. The trip takes place on Monday 16th October, it will be a fabulous day out! The payment system will close on Monday breaktime as all payments to Thorpe park and transport are taking place on Monday. Reminder- the Blue Peter badge is no longer accepted, a message went out over parent pay about this and also if you have a Merlin pass this must be brought in on the day of the trip.
Year 9 and 10 have their first Varsity fixture against Bilton (Away) on Thursday 5th October 2017. All students need to check the ECA notice board situated in the sports hall for the team sheets and further details. If there are any problems please see Miss Evans or Miss Maclachlan ASAP.
Dance Production Auditions Tuesday 17th October and Wednesday 18th October 2017
If you wish to Audition for the Dance Production you MUST sign up for an Audition on the sign up sheets that are situated outside SP1 (in the Pavillion Block). Please make sure you complete all the details on the sheet and do not add any additional time slots; this must be authorised by a member of the P.E Department.
I am currently the 6th best Dressage rider out of the whole of the ‘Dressage UK’ community and I am also currently 2nd place on the leader board for the Prelim section.
My horse ‘Tigger’,is also 2nd best horse in the Prelim section. I am so proud on what I have accomplished with ‘Tigger’ this year in Dressage and I will hopefully do well in the championships in October!
Year 10 students and their parents have attended a really informative Core Subjects Parents Information Evening, with presentations from Science, Maths and English. Slides from the evening, with key dates and important details about English Language entry in Year 10, are available for you to download here.
Thanks to everyone who attended, we hope you enjoyed the evening!
The MFL department would like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered a tasty dish into the European Bake off competition. We have had a record number of entries and we look forward to the judging at lunch time today.
The P.E Department, with help of some sixth form students are hoping to re-start the Cheerleading Club.
If you would like to take part in this club please express your interest by attending a meeting in the Gym on Wednesday 4th October 2017 after school.
Due to Open Evening there will be no Netball Training after school on Thursday 21st September 2017. If you would like to help out and take part in the Netball session at Open Evening (6.00-7.30) please see a Mrs Turton, Miss Evans or Miss Maclachlan for a letter.
The Year 10 Rugby Team had their first match of the season at Coundon Court. It was great to see so many student out and they started well at a high intensity, to take a deserved lead and boss the territory and possession. Coundon hit back with a well worked drive and then we fell behind after a few handling errors and a gifted interception try.
We stayed competitive throughout the second half, with our ‘bench’ making an impact and some excellent individual efforts. In the end, with both teams pushing for a decisive final score, it was Coundon who crosses at the death, but if we can show the same levels of determination and effort throughout the year, I am sure successes lie ahead for us.
Year 9 had a rousing final assembly to cap another successful year at Southam College for the year group. ‘Park Lane’ , our very own Southam’s Got Talent winning band, played us out, and we wished Mr Morgan and Mr Sheppard all the best for their new adventures and thanked them for all of their hard work this year.
Have a Great Summer Everyone and looking forward to see you safe and refreshed for another great year in September.
Our Gold and Silver HAPs rewards winners enjoyed an hour of fun on the inflatables as a reward for all of their hard work this year. Competition was fierce in the Sumo Dojo, on the Gladiator Duel and on the Bungee run, but some high energy sweets and drinks kept them refreshed. Well done to you all. A well deserved treat, and keep it up next year!
Congratulations to all those students who took part in the Tutor Debating Competition. The standard was very high and the final between 9WH5 and 9WH6 was very close, with well researched and argued points for and against Homelearning from both sides. 9WH6 just edged it in the end, but it was very close. Well done to both teams again!