Food preparation and nutrition

This week our Year 9 Food students have been doing experiments looking at the effects of Enzymic Browning and how to prevent it.  Enzymic Browning affects some fruits and vegetables for example; bananas, apples, pears, potatoes and parsnips.   Enzymic Browning is the unattractive browning of fruit/ vegetables, which results from the flesh being cut open and exposed to Oxygen. Students sliced apples into even thickness pieces and then looked at different ingredients which might prevent browning.  Lemon juice and vinegar were two as they both alter the Ph value of the apple, being acidic.  A sugar and water solution was another option, which coats the exposed flesh preventing Oxygen from getting to it.  Students used timers to periodically check progress of the apple slices and noted the appearance. 

Well done on a well executed experiment. 

Mrs James


Please attend a short meeting on Friday 26th May at 12:45 in ML1 to secure your requests for room allocation on the Germany trip.

Rooms available are as follows: 

Year 8

boys -1 triplet, 1 double

girls -8 doubles                

Year 9   

boys – 2 quads

girls – 3 doubles

Year 10

boys – 5 doubles

girls – 4 triplets        

Please come prepared with the name(s) of student(s) (same gender and Year group as you would like to share with. First come first serve. If you do not get your first choice, do not worry, you will only be in your rooms to sleep and we will have lots of fun! 


Frau French

Bronze DofE

Year 9 students successfully completed their Bronze DofE qualifying expedition at the weekend.

There was a range of weather conditions, but all students remained positive and resilient. Well done to all for completing the hardest part of the award. We hope to see as many as possible staying on and completing Silver next year. 

Congratulations from the DofE team at Southam College and Chase Training Solutions. 


Five Southam college students took a trip to Pingles Stadium on Thursday afternoon to compete in the second day of the Warwickshire combined events championships.

All 5 girls represented themselves and the school brilliantly and had a blast on a sunny day as the rain held off! Esme went into day 2 leading the group and demonstrated amazing performances combined with determination to maintain the lead going into the last event where she was able to hold off a rival in the 800m event as she picked up the gold medal at the end of the day. Isabelle put in some outstanding performances, also coming 1st overall with 2864 points and smashing some PBs. Xanthe, Bethan and Tilda competed in the minor girl’s competition and did themselves proud all day with some extremely impressive performances in the 80m sprint, 800m and the long jump but also gave the shot put a real good go! Bethan just missed out on the bronze medal, but everyone contributed to the team coming 5th out of 14 teams.

Charity Week 2023

Next week is our annual charity week where we will be raising money for our chosen charity Dogs for Good.  We are also celebrating the King’s Coronation and supporting acts of volunteering. 

Please see the schedule of events taking place on Weds – Friday. To pay £2 for tickets to the ‘Lunchtime Live’ concert on Friday 5th May, please go on ParentPay.  We ask that all students bring cash to spend next week for the cake sales, raffles and other activities taking place. 

It is also non-uniform day on Thursday 4th May.  Please pay your donations on ParentPay by this Friday.

Thanks to all students and tutors for planning the fun 

Warwickshire RFU Junior Cup

It was my pleasure to bump into a plethora of Southam College students this weekend at Barkers’ Butts Rugby Club, where Warwickshire Teams were competing in Cup and Plate finals for Years 9, 10 and 11. 

Students representing Harbury RFC, Old Leamingtonians RFC and Leamington RFC showed real resilience and team work, with their family and friends creating an atmosphere of friendly competition.  Well done to all teams that made it to the Finals Day and the Southam College students within them for a great display of competitive rugby, I was proud to see some of your efforts outside of school.  Photo of Callum (Year 11) who, alongside his team, won the U16 County Shield.

Miss Mason


Our school charity are bringing in some training dogs and puppies at lunch next Wednesday.  if you would like the chance to meet a puppy, and learn about how they are trained, please click the link and fill in the form.  This is open to students in all year groups.    

Places are limited to 100 students.  In the event of over subscription, names will be picked at random. Please see your HOH if you have any questions


Our school charity are bringing in some training dogs and puppies at lunch next Wednesday.  if you would like the chance to meet a puppy, and learn about how they are trained, please click the link and fill in the form.  This is open to students in all year groups.    

Places are limited to 100 students.  In the event of over subscription, names will be picked at random. 

Please see your HOH if you have any questions

Year 9 Trip to Macbeth at the RSC 

The English Department and pleased to announce that they have secured 200 tickets to the RSC’s 2023 production of Macbeth on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 (matinee performance). The trip is now up on parent pay for you to book your child onto the trip. All details can be found on the trip letter that will be coming out via School Comms.

This performance will support your child’s study of Macbeth in Year 10. Please get in touch with Mrs Green if you have any questions. 

Competition Winner!

A huge congratulations to Lucy in Year 9 on her winning entry in the Child Friendly Warwickshire Competition for the age 12-15 category. The judges were so impressed with Lucy’s winning submission and so are we – an outstanding piece of work!

As the winner of the competition, Lucy’s entry will be displayed at the 2023 Warwickshire Youth Conference in November and Southam College will receive £2,500 to spend on activities or projects related to Child Friendly Warwickshire and the themes of the competition.

We are so proud of you, Lucy, well done from everyone at Southam College!

Webb Ellis information

Any student not going on the trip should go to the Gym am registration.

If you are going on the trip you need to be in the hall at 8.45am ,no later than 8.50 am when the assembly will start. If you have a bus that is late, it is worth getting in earlier if you can. 

Important information about the day will be delivered in the assembly. The quicker we get through this the quicker we leave so be prompt.

Food   – food is expensive at Alton Towers. It may well be worth bringing a packed lunch to eat there. You may bring money at your own risk. 

Clothes – it is non uniform, but the same rules apply to a trip as if you were partaking in a non-uniform day at school. 

Return to school – please have your phone with you to inform parents of estimated time of arrival. This can vary based upon traffic. Parents should not park in the bus bay. We hope to be back from 6.15pm – 6.30pm but again this is dependent upon you being on time and the journey back.

Year 9 Football

Southam V Princethorpe

The year 9s took a short trip to Princethorpe as they looked to bounce back after they suffered a tough loss against Kenilworth last week. The year 9s started well and clearly full of confidence as they created some good chances early on but failed to convert. Princethorpe took the lead after a composed finish by their number 9. Southam were battling up the slope in the first half and managed to gain a goal back via a deflected strike by Ethan who claims it was going in anyway. Southam went into the break level at 1-1 and confident as they were going to be kicking downhill in the second half. Southam played some much better football in the second period, but Princethorpe always looked dangerous going forward. With 10 minutes to go a lovely reverse through ball from Jamie set Alex through on goal which he managed to slot effortlessly into the bottom left corner. Southam managed to hold out for a 2-1 win in a brilliant comeback.

Some outstanding performances from Frankie (had to leave before the end so not in the team photo) in goal who made some top saves and some brave claims and Jack who defended brilliantly all game, but everyone played their part!

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