Thank you for all of the feedback we received with regard to the introduction of a set skirt for girls as of September this year. We have been speaking to current students to gain their opinions and a range of students have tried on sample skirts to ensure that new skirts are fit for purpose. We have been really pleased with the constructive feedback students have given and their positive feedback on the style of skirt finally selected. We will be releasing details of the new skirt after the Easter break and it will be available from our usual uniform suppliers.
The Year 9 Rugby Team wrapped up an unsettled season on a high with a 59 point drubbing of Kineton. Our hosts were short of numbers, so we had to play a 10 aside game, thus allowing us to rotate a few players. Following a faltering start we soon got into our stride, giving the weekend’s 6 Nations games a run for their money! We ran in 11 Trys shared between 7 players including 4 from Dean Jordan, first trys for Hugh Cave and Oli Haynes and an amazing jinxing run passed what seemed the entire Kineton team by Louis Etienne.
Despite their dominance, the team were praised for their excellent sportsmanship and attitude by the opposition coach, and were outstanding ambassadors for Southam College.
Well done to all the team and hopefully we’ll be able to start next season with renewed vigour in September.
Battling Year 9’s do Southam College proud!
The Year 9 Rugby team produced two committed and powerful performances against well matched teams from Myton and North Leam. Fielding a team with a number of late call ups following drop outs from some key players, the spirit and discipline of our team was a credit to all who played. Southam 0 – 5 Myton Our first match was against Myton, and although we had the majority of the possession and territory we were unable to convert this into points. They had one sustained attack on our line and, despite some solid defence, managed to get over the line for the only score of the game. Southam 7 – 5 North Leam Again this was a game against 2 well matched teams, but this time following a great solo run and finish from Dean Jordan we were able to make the early breakthrough. Dean was also able to convert what was to prove the all important kick, and although North Leam pushed hard towards the end and managed to score in the corner at the death, it wasn’t enough and we held on for the win! Congratulations to all the team, and we are looking forward to finishing the season on a positive note with our last game of the year against Kineton on Monday. We all are wishing Jacob a speedy recovery following a crunching tackle that left him with a fractured collar bone, and hope to have some of the other missed players back to bolster the squad for the Kineton game. Well done to you all, Mr MacGibbon
To kick off Science Week at Southam College Year 9 pupils were taken to the NEC ‘Big Bang’ Fair as a reward for hard work in lessons. This involved multiple different experiments, demonstrations and stalls at the fair. The students enjoyed visiting the stalls and exhibitions and some of them managed to top the leader boards (staff included!) and win some prizes. They some saw an interactive show about food science on the big bang stage, where audience members ate mealworms and bug blood.
All in all this was a great day out and it was absolutely fantastic to see Southam students and staff so enthused and engaged with Science.
Over the last term, a group of keen and enthusiastic photographers from Year 8 and Year 9 have been working on a brief set by Southam Online, a website that provides news, information & entertainment for Southam and the surrounding area. They were asked to create a series of images based on the theme ‘What Southam Means To Me’. The students have been working very hard to shoot photographs of Southam at specific locations that are important or inspiring to them. In our Photography Club sessions, the students have been learning how to edit their images on Photoshop using techniques such as layering, adding photo filters and altering exposure. Students have been uploading their images on to the Southam Online website and can be viewed on http://www.southamonline.org.uk > Southam in Pictures. We are looking forward to seeing how their photographs change as they continue to capture Southam over the Summer Term. Visit the website and the blogs to see their progress.
Year 8 and 9 had a very tough match against two very well trained Kingsley teams.
The year 8’s played extremely well throughout the game, but unfortunately a few silly mistakes meant that Kingsley could turn over the ball. The defence of Katie and Clarice had a very tough game on their hands, battling with the GA and GS throughout. In the second half Southam seemed to calm down their play seeing some success in the form of goals from Marie and Hope. With the final score being 12-3, a very good battle girls.
The year 9’s faced a similar battle with the year 9 Kingsley team being equally as strong. Southam showed a very good and disciplined performance throughout the first half however did see Kingsley take a big lead. An unfortunate fall from Elouise in the second quarter saw her having to be replaced by a year 8 due to a blood injury. Elouise was patched up on the side of the court and managed to make an appearance in the final quarter to score the only Southam goal of the match. Final score 14-1, good fight girls.
Well done girls and good luck tomorrow.
Miss Warman and Miss Evans
We will be setting off soon, due at Southam College at 10pm.
We will keep you updated!
Yesterday (and this morning) the students started the day visiting the local bakery in Lauffen to see how various types of bread and pretzels are made. Der Bäcker Clauß is a popular bakery and small café with the school’s students and has been run for several generations by the same family! The Year 9s were even lucky enough to meet the son of the original founder of the bakery, and have a photo taken with him! They enjoyed watching how the bakers made Brötchen (bread rolls), Croissants and Bretzeln, and this morning the Year 10s even saw how the Berliner (doughnuts!) were filled with jam! Then they were all treated to a fresh warm pretzel and a heiße Schokolade (hot chocolate) or Kaffee (coffee).
In the afternoon we went by train to Heilbronn to have a Stadtführung (town tour) – and learnt about the history of the town and saw some of the places of interest such as the archives and memorials!
In the evening we had a lovely Abschlussabend (farewell evening / goodbye party) with all the English and German partners and their host families! Again the families outdid themselves with their delicious home made food, and everyone had a lovely time!
This morning both the German and the English students arrived bright and early at the station for a full day trip to Heidelberg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, with a very important and historic university, which has a similar status to Oxford or Cambridge in the U.K. They all had some great stories to tell about their weekend activities: many went swimming, played mini golf, went shopping or bowling or to the zoo and several of them met up in bigger groups – all of them had a brilliant time!!
After a slightly delayed (and therefore very untypical of Germany!) train journey, we arrived in Heidelberg and had a tour of the Altstadt (old town), seeing parts of the university and plenty of Sehenswürdigkeiten (places of interest) such as the Studentenkalzer (student prison; to which naughty or rowdy university students used to be sent!) and the Alte Brücke (old bridge), which has beautiful views over the river!
Afterwards we took the funicular railway up to the Schloss (castle) and continued our tour, with again even more beautiful views! Later the students had some Freizeit (free time) with their partners to explore the main centre of Heidelberg, before returning home mit dem Zug (by train!).
Tomorrow: Bretzeln backen (pretzel baking) and Heilbronn visit. Bis später!
On Friday some of the students experienced some German school lessons (mostly Französisch (French) and Latein (Latin)!) Then we all headed to Stuttgart to visit the Mercedes-Benz museum. The students enjoyed a really interesting and informative tour and learnt a lot about the history of the cars, as well as seeing some (very expensive!) vehicles! The students are all now off to enjoy their evenings and weekends with their partners and host families, and seem to already have some great plans.
Well done to the year 9 pupils selected for the Big Bang Trip, on Friday 13th March, as a reward for your hard work! It is vitally important that you arrive to school on time (in uniform) so that you can be registered and can leave swiftly at 9am to get the most out of the day. Please remember to bring a packed lunch.
Take part in over 150 activities – crawling through a giant nose to find out what makes us sneeze, watch TV on a T-shirt, build a car and test drive it in a wind tunnel or navigate home from distant galaxies.
There were also be live shows available including:
- Supertasters – From BBC’s Gastronaut
- Heavy Metal Marine Biology
- The Human Guinea Pig
and many more!
Take a look at the big bang fair website to see what is available.
This has been our first full day in Germany and it has been jam-packed full of activities! This morning we started off with some icebreaker activities (including some very amusing seat-switching games!), allowing the German and English students to get to know each other a bit better! To accompany this, the German students and their families had baked a variety of different German specialities and delicious food including cakes, biscuits, bread and of course Bretzeln (pretzels!).
After this we walked through sunny Lauffen am Neckar (the town in which our exchange school is situated), lead on a short tour by Herr Holfelder, all the way to the Rathaus (town hall) where we were due to have our reception with the Bürgermeister (the current Mayor of Lauffen). Here the students were treated (in German!) to a range of historical facts and stories about the town. Some were even brave enough to ask questions (once fuelled on more Bretzeln, Bionade and other soft drinks!).
We then met up with the German partners to go to Heilbronn to go Eislaufen (ice skating!) – and some of the students really impressed us with their skills on the rink! On the way back to the train station there was even enough time for Eis essen (ice cream eating!) – which seemed to be a hit, despite the cold weather!!
This evening, after a tiring day, the students still had just about enough energy for our Karaoke/Singstar evening, and treated us to some hilarious singing (and dancing!). Dan Ridges and Adam Draper shone particularly with their renditions of The Final Countdown, Cotton-Eyed Joe and Uptown Girl, whilst several of the Year 9 girls performed beautifully to Umbrella, in a sing-off versus their German partners!
Tomorrow: Stuttgart! Gute Nacht!
Miss Mulligan, Miss Galvin, Mr Robson
We have arrived safely in Germany and are on the way to Lauffen to the meet the German partners!
A fantastic effort by both the Year 8 and Year 9 netball teams tonight. The Year 8’s had an excellent 17-0 win over Kenilworth, seeing Marie Pavey scoring some brilliant goals. The defence of Clarice Ellis Greenway and Katie Cummings ensured that Southam kept a clean sheet.
The Year 9’s had a tough battle seeing them lose 24-10, however they put up a good fight. Unfortunately Kenilworth had the benefit of an extremely tall GS which allowed them to take the win.
Two very good matches girls.
Miss Warman and Miss Evans