Year 9/10 Girls Football County Tournament

Yesterday A.Bourton, S.Costa, P.Lummis, M.Free and R.Dillon went to Solihull to represent Central Warwickshire for girls football having won their area league in November.

Starting the tournament positively the team beat Etone College 1-0. Into the next match they had tough competition against Tudor Grange Academy where their attack proved difficult and the defence hard to break, leaving the final score 3-1 to Tudor Grange. The next game, Southam needed to win to get into the cup finals and after tough competition ended losing 1-0 after a free kick from the opposition.

Southam then entered the plate where they had 3 opportunities to get into the final round. The first game against Avon Valley saw Southam dominate and the team had more belief that they could win, after pressuring the opposition defence, the team took the lead 1-0. The next match against Henry Newman proved difficult for the team and although the first few minutes were close, Henry Newman took control and the final score finished 3-1. The last match against Blue Coats, needed to finish with a win for Southam to get into the final match. Southam played brilliantly as a team and with P.Lummis making some incredible saves the final score finished 2-0 to Southam!

Southam had made it into the 3rd/4th play off, knowing they had 8 minutes to prove they could do it, the team put out everything to win. R.Dillon made some great defensive tackles as A.Bourton and S.Costa drove the ball forward in attack. M.Free managed to gain the first goal to Southam from a corner kick and S.Costa had a great shot to make the final score 2-0 Southam!

Overall, Southam finished 3rd. A great tournament with some very good opposition. Well done to the whole team and thank you for a great day of football!

German Exchange

Our last full day started in Lauffen and the Hölderlin Gymnasium with a visit to the local micro bakery Clauß where we learnt a lot about making bread, pretzels and the working day of a micro bakery.  Students then rejoined their partners in lessons. The day concluded with the annual farewell party which was much enjoyed by everyone and as we thoroughly enjoyed the company of our Exchange partners it was hard to say: Bis morgen… No doubt there will be tears tomorrow.

A massive thank you to Mr Holfelder, Mrs Brändle, staff and students of the Hölderlin Gymnasium for going above and beyond to make us feel welcome.

Auf Wiedersehen im Oktober!

German Exchange Update

Today students visited the beautiful city of Heidelberg boasting a stunning fair tale castle and the oldest University in Germany (founded in 1386).The ascend to the castle tested our determination and Megan Bargewell and Katie Whatcott surprised themselves  and felt a sense of achievement.   Students of both schools admired the biggest wine barrel in the world and Ten Sullivan became Master in finding Subways whilst Joe Yorath proved to be a fountain of knowledge. After making gains in history and physical stamina we had to embark in some retail therapy and sample more German specialities in the sunshine. Tomorrow we will learn how to make pretzels. Bis morgen!

German Exchange Trip Update

Today’s itinerary ticked many boxes on students bucket list: First students visited the Mercedes Arena which is the home ground of VFB Stuttgart football club, where we had exclusive access to the player’s personal changing facilities, press rooms and an insight into the secrets of German techniques as well as an audience with their mascot. Teniel Sullivan was announced as new coach in Southam’s own press conference.
The next stop was the impressive Mercedes Benz Museum where car lovers were able to admire cars from all eras. Joe Yorath was overwhelmed by German hospitality and Ruby Rynberg, Scarlett Bashford and Megan Bargewell (see video) enjoyed the new tricks they learned of their Exchange partners on the train. All in all a great sunny day was had cementing positive relationships between the two schools and both Hölderlin and Southam students were an absolute asset to both schools and countries.

German Exchange Update

Today entailed discovering the beautiful landscape and history of Lauffen and vineyards on a covered wagon called “Planwagen” in German whilst being introduced to the fabulous grape juice and very tasty German food.

Cam Power took a liking to the German Wurst and Bretzeln, Joe Yorath and Lewis Clifford had a go at driving a tractor.

Bis Morgen in Stuttgart!

German Exchange

After an exciting start to the day all 12 Southam Exchange students made it on our scheduled flight to Stuttgart an then continued their journey to the Hölderlin Gymnasium in Lauffen, where we were greeted warmly with a big hello and a fantastic welcome lunch displaying the hospitality of our hosts. Guten Appetit!