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2024 Ski Trip

Dear Parent/Carer,

The school had traditionally run a ski trip for Year 10 students each year. For the coming trip in 2023 we moved from Europe to the USA as travel time was slightly reduced with flights, and it also enabled us to go over the Easter holidays allowing students to still have time at home over this break. For this trip the cost deference between Europe and the USA was not significant. 

We have looked at possibilities for 2024, and the cost has risen significantly from previous trips. We know that this is something we are seeing in all areas of life currently and the challenges that families are facing. Having said that we would still offer a ski trip 2024 if there is the demand for this. 

If you are interested in your child taking part in this experience, could you please complete the very short form below with your preference. This is not a commitment for them to attend or a guarantee of a place, no money is being taken at this time. This form is simply to see if this is an activity we should move forward with in the planning stage for 2024.

Year 9 Netball

Southam V Campion

On Monday the Year 9 netball squad had their first game of the season at home to Campion.

The first half started strong. The defensive end consisting of Lily, Matilda and Isla worked well as a team, making lots of interceptions and putting pressure on the feeds going into to circle. This continued into centre court where Louise and Olivia put some lovely balls into our shooters Charlotte and Neve. The score after the first half ended 10-4 to Southam. The great play continued in the second half with Eva coming on as GD forcing the opposition to make errors. Phoebe came on and worked with the attack and defensive to as a team only allow Campion 1 goal in the second half. The final score ended 20-5 to Southam.

Well done team you should be really proud of yourselves. It was nice as a coach to see the work we do in training being used in the game!

Oppositions player – Lily

Miss Carro & Miss Murphy

Year 9 Rugby

Southam vs Kenilworth

The year 9 Rugby team played their first home fixture and their second fixture after suffering a tough loss against Lawrence Sheriff last week, the team were buzzing to get their year 9 campaign back on track. Southam started as they meant to go on as they were applying pressure throughout the whole first half which was rewarded with a try and a conversion to go into halftime 7-0 up. Kenilworth battled hard but could not stop Southam’s pressure who managed to continue to score tries into the second half including impressive tries from Cory M, Jamie M and Tom O. The game finished 31-7 in an impressive victory. Southam’s attitude was brilliant the whole game and both teams gave each other guards of honour as signs of respect. The team spirit from our year 9 Rugby team was clear throughout. From our captain, Joe C to the last member of the squad, everyone in the team gives their all for each other right to the final whistle which is great to see. Southam hope to make it two on the bounce as they travel to Fairfax for their first Saturday morning fixture of the year after half-term. Watch this space!

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Our Year 9 Food Preparation and Nutrition students are continuing with their cereal topic specifically focusing on different types of pastry.  Today’s pastry was choux.  We are proud of how well the students took on the challenge by making fantastic profiteroles.

Well done year 9.  Mrs James Head of Food.

Girls Football

On Tuesday evening, the year 8/9 girls football team travelled to Market Harborough to play Robert Smythe Academy in round 2 of the ESFA National Cup.

Despite a long journey, this didn’t deter the girls. Southam kicked off and within 45 seconds had taken the lead after a powerful run from Evie before a great strike into the far corner. Southam continued to play attacking football and created a number of chances through Eva, Holly and Ella. Grace saw her double effort brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper but the ball did fall to Connie to score with a lovely strike from 20 yards. The defence made up of Sophie, Rosa, Bella and Edith protected Frankie in goal and the score was 2-0 at half time.

The second half continued in the same way with Southam playing lots of attacking football. The opposition keeper continued to make lots of saves. The third goal came after a corner was palmed down to Faith to tap in from 3 yards. Robert Smythe did get a goal back but almost instantly Southam attacked and put pressure on the defence which lead to an own goal. Southam saw the game out with good defending from Ariana and Edith. A fantastic team performance and a 4-1 win.

Player or the match- Ella for tremendous work rate and lots of excellent hold up play!

Roll on round 3.

Mr Turton and Miss Owen

House Cross Country results

283 students completed the famous Southam house cross country course. Some fantastic performances, support and effort shown from all of the four houses.

The year 7’s were the first to tackle the course, with fantastic numbers tackling the course. Harvey was the fastest round the course closely tracked by Adrian both representing Webb Ellis. Daniel (WH) completed the top 3 for the boys with a great finish running through the line. Even though Webb Ellis took the top 2 places they struggled in the team event, where Godiva took a blistering win ahead of Whittle, Shakespeare and Webb Ellis in forth.

Webb Ellis took 1st and 2nd in the girls event too with a fantastic run by Bethan and Xanthe. Whittle managed another  3rd place with Isabelle finishing strongly just ahead of her team mate Olivia. Whittle managed a great turn out for the girls event and this time managed to nudge ahead of Godiva in the team event closely followed by Shakespeare and Webb Ellis.

The fastest time of the day went to Charlie (GV) in the year 8 boys race, making Mr MacGibbon have to work the whole way round the course. Emilio (WH) tried to chase him down but the 9sec gap was too much to close down in the final stages , the 3rd and 4th spots went to Fin (SE) and Tom (WH) finishing in quick succession. The whittle boys turned out in force for the event and saw them sneak another win for the house in the team event, with Godiva in 2nd, Shakespeare 3rd and Webb Ellis in 4th.

The year 8 Godiva girls put on a show for the other houses, fulfilling 5 of the top 10 spots. Bella was the fastest of the girls on the day, followed by Holly and Tammy. The girls went straight out from the whistle and held their lead over the field, chasing Mr MacGibbon down. The Godiva girls steamed to victory in the team event, Webb Ellis took 2nd, with Shakespeare and Whittle in 4th.

The year 9 girls race finally saw the Webb Ellis house get rewarded in the team event thanks for amazing runs by Rosa (1st ), Grace (3rd), Phoebe (5th), Lily (8th) and Edith (10th) all finishing in the top 10. Eva managed to sneak on the podium for Whittle adding vital points to her houses score. Webb Ellis took the win, followed by Whittle, Shakespeare and Godiva in 4th.

The most competitive race of the day was the year 9 boys race, it was finally won in a sprint finish by Alex (WH) nudging Jacob (GV) into 2nd and Jamie (WE) into 3rd. The team event was also closely contested but the Whittle boys managed to take another win, Godiva finished in a close 2nd with Webb Ellis in 3rd and Shakespeare in 4th.

Everyone should be extremely pleased with their performances; it was a great show of resilience and fitness.

The overall results for the day:

1st Whittle

2nd Godiva

3rd Webb Ellis

4th Shakespeare

Year 9 score fab 5 in Tuesday Triumph

The year 9 Footballers took the field at the college vs Kineton on Tuesday evening. Lads sorted out kit, haircut clashes and boots in readiness for their opening game.

Once Southam settled into a pattern of play, pushing wide and then back inside, they dominated possession. 100 % effort was the number one request as we assessed strengths and weaknesses. The press of Alex M and Reece S, saw midfield domination. This resulted in Alex winning the ball high up the pitch and calmly slotting the ball into the corner. The ball went wide to Tom F  several times as he provided much for the opponents to think about. It was a great fight between him and the Kineton right back who also deserved credit for his physicality.  Jamie M was solid at the back and shepherded an inexperienced but hard working back 4. Jack R and Zac G were excellent out of position, whilst Owen D, showed no nonsense clearances at right back. The second goal was a hooked through ball from Jamie M to Ethan M. He drove the ball on 20th minute into the back of the net. Domination did not quiet produce goals for the rest of the half . The release needed to be quicker for the through running Tudor C. 2-0 half time.

The second half saw Kineton come back into the game as Southam flagged with fitness after such hard running. Kineton get one back with a looping shot over the top of an unlucky Archie J. Archie was unflappable at the back and communicated well. He deserved a clean sheet. Aadi P grafted well on the right for not much result, but Southam struck back after Ethan M’s mazey run on the right, squaring the ball for Jacob S. at the far post, who powered it in running from deep. This gave the team a boost and Reece began to show the touches he dominated with in the first half. From this Ethan released Luca V who took a sweet strike to make it 4. Moments later Jacon S skied the ball from 5 yards, ( Ronnie Rosentilesq for those parents and grandparents that remembered it) in a carbon copy move of his goal, but the nature of the lad was so commendable as he smashed through the defence from the goal kick prodding the ball through for Luca to make it 5. Jacob could have been man of the match for a goal and two assists.  Equally, Reece, Ethan and Jamie were all in a shout for man of the match today, but the inspiration for the result was Alex M who was a tireless engine and provider in midfield. 5 – 1 final result. 

The whole team worked hard but the squad needs strength in depth so more training for all on Monday please all year 9 lads. 

strengths: spirit, lines of running second half off the ball, physicality and calmness of finish and pace.

development: touch at times, delivery slightly earlier through the lines. Shape in transition for defence.