After a brilliant weekend by all accounts, the German and English students joined together for a trip to Stratford upon Avon, home of William Shakespeare! They spent the morning at Tudor World, taking part in three interactive workshops; visiting the museum to learn about Tudor history, taking a look at weapons and torture implements used in a crime and punishment session, and perfecting the art of Elizabethan Theatre with a drama workshop! Highlights included…Ellie Whitehead being put in the stocks, and the year 10 girls practising their best Shakespearian English!
On Tuesday, the German students visited Leamington and completed a town trail! Well done to partners of Hannah Wright, Sarah Dimambro-Denson and Beth Ovens, who won the competition for the most correct answers and for finding out so much about Leamington!
To finish off a brilliant week, on Tuesday evening we had a leaving meal and party for all the German and English students, along with their host families and siblings! Thank you so much to the students and parents for providing such brilliant food contributions for this party – they really outdid themselves!
After a teary goodbye this afternoon, the German students (and teachers) have now landed safely in Germany, and arrived in Lauffen.
I hope that both groups of students had a fantastic week, and that they benefitted from the experience! Thank you for hosting, and for your impeccable behaviour this week!
Thank you very much to the host families for being so generous and hospitable, to the PE department for arranging the trampolining, to the languages department for their help, and particularly Miss Galvin and Ms French for taking trips!
We hope to see even more Y9 and Y10 students taking part next year!!
Those students who are attending the trip Friday, please arrive at normal time in non school uniform – you do not need to attend AM registration, simply meet out the front of school where you will be registered on the coaches.
We will be back around 7:30pm, we will let you inform parents or people collecting you on the way back.
You will need to bring your own lunch, or money to purchase lunch on the day – please be sensible with amounts of money.
For students not attending the trip, the arrangements are as follows:
AM and PM register in the Library.
Year 7 Students from WE1 and WE2 to go with WG1 for the day:
3. Life Skills
Year 8 Students from WE3 and WE4 go with GV3 for the day:
Year 9 Students from WE5 and WE6 to go with WG5 for the day:
4. Life Skills
Year 10 Students to attend lessons as normal, AM and PM registration to go to WE8 – ML2
Year 11 Students to attend lessons as normal, AM and PM registration to go to WE10 – E3
Year 12/13 Students attend lessons as normal, AM Registration – Assembly, PM registration to go to WE12 – S2.
Mr Cooper, Head of Webb Ellis
With only 24 days until the Year 11 Mock Exams students should be planning their revision for half term. All students have a copy of the attached revision schedule which they should be completing and having signed each day that they do revision during half term. Completed sheets should be given to tutors on Monday 3rd November to be entered in to a raffle to win a free yearbook and leavers hoodie!
Students should ensure that they have appropriate revision materials and information from teachers before we break up for half term.
This video shows you how to access past papers and mark schemes from the OCR website. The Science Department use these past papers for your mini tests.
Try to complete some of these as part of your revision to help boost your grade.
The Science Department
AQA Higher Language Mock Exam Revision Material Now Available on the English section of the school website.
Please use these materials as part of your preparation for the mock exam. If you have a go at a past question, please bring it in for your teacher to mark.
If there are any resources that you would like to be added or have any ideas for revision strategies, please get in touch – we are keen to tailor the resources to your needs.
The revision section is password protected. Please ask any English teacher for the password.
This week, Y10 and Y11 students of German are hosting 21 lovely pupils from Hölderlin Gymnasium in Lauffen am Neckar, near Stuttgart in Germany. The students will be taking part in a range of trips and activities and we hope they will all benefit from this week, both culturally and linguistically.
The group arrived on Wednesday afternoon and were met eagerly by their English exchange partners (and were even welcomed by a whole host of Y11 students!)
On Wednesday, they attended a get together in the evening, and seemed to enjoy catching up with each other after the 7 months apart, since the English students’ visit to Germany back in March.
On Thursday morning, the students were treated to a session of trampolining, run by Mr. Elkerton and Mr Eadon, and in the afternoon they attended an informative talk at the Grange Hall in Southam and completed a short historical tour of the town! They seemed to understand a great deal of the English spoken, which is a credit to their brilliant English teachers (Herr Holfelder, Frau Wacker) etc!!
On Friday, the German students spent the day in Birmingham, sampling the delights of a certain typically British chocolate and visiting the city! The evening ended with a bowling trip, along with their English partners, where they seemed to have plenty of fun!
We wish them a fantastic weekend with their partners and host families – many of them seem to have some great activities planned for them!
All students welcome
Every Friday lunch time in M4 with Miss Twigg
Ms Fleming’s Year 11 French class will be doing their next Writing Assessment on Thursday 23rd October Day 9 Lesson 5
Topic: School and Career Plans
This is worth 15% of your GCSE so do your very best to prepare!
We travelled across the French border into the Somme for what has been an emotional day.
Our first stop was Vimy Ridge, where the Canadian battalions led the assault on the German frontlines. Students enjoyed being able to explore the preserved tunnels and were shocked that the enemy frontline was within shouting distance. We travelled the short distance to the Canadian monument at Vimy, a colossal structure that really illuminated just how much of a ‘World’ War it actually was.
We made our way to the Thiepval memorial, where over 70,000 British soldiers who were lost to the Somme are remembered. Imagining the scope was almost impossible for the students, but reading the wreaths from visitors, some paying respects to grandfathers who they never met, really brought home that every name inscribed has a story.
Our last stop at Thiepval Wood was a research enquiry, using archaeology to tell the story of the war. Guided by an incredibly knowledgeable Teddy, we explored the recently excavated trenches. Students analysed artifacts found, such as the spoon of a soldier who was shot in the leg. The spoon, found in the trench, contains a whole which the bullet pierced. TJ was particularly fascinated by this, claiming it ‘really brought the human story of the artifacts to life’.
We finished our evening with a demonstration of military equipment by the current soldiers who have accompanied us. Jack Miles was eager to don a spot of face paint and compare current equipment to that used in the Great War.
Year 11 Leave it late!
The Year 11’s are through to the next round of the County Cup after defeating Ashlawn 4-3 with the last kick of the game.
Southam started brightly and Harry Woods opened the scoring, sliding the ball past the keeper after Joe Tresadern had headed into his path.
Joe Squirrell doubled the lead shortly afterwards, calmly slotting home from the penalty spot after the keeper had brought him down.
Southam then allowed Ashlawn back in, a lapse in concentration allowed their winger to cross easily which their striker tapped home to make it 2-1. Ashlawn were soon level, Scott Martin played a heavy backpass to Paul Ibbett who was unable to control and the ball rolled in to the empty net to make it 2-2 at halftime. Southam created a couple of half chances after the break, but it was Ashlawn who took the lead as a midfielder ran untracked passed the defence to volley past Ibbett.
Southam continued to have a lot of the ball, creating a wave of chances without much luck. A change to 4-3-3 allowed Tresadern to place past the keeper with 5 minutes to go and seemingly take the game to penalties. However, Southam and in particular Joe Squirrell had other ideas and with the last kick of the game fired from 25 yards over the ‘keeper and into the roof of the net to put the holders through to the next round . A fine strike to win any game.
Two students from Southam College who were selected to take part in the World War One Centenary Programme have been spending the first of three days in Belgium and France. After meeting with twenty other schools, the students set off on their itinerary.
Jack Miles and TJ Pilgrim arrived in Ypres on Monday. After researching several local soldiers that served in the War, they chose to follow the story of Second Lieutenant Percival Thistlewood from Leamington Spa. Starting from just a name, both boys discovered family details, service numbers and regiments. They later discovered the battle injuries Percival had succumbed to and finally paid respects to his burial site in Lijssenthoek Cemetery. The students added it was ‘great to follow the story through of a soldier who wasn’t necessarily well known, learning about them and remembering them’.
The students then went to the German cemetery at Langemark, which contrasted greatly from the grand ‘English garden’ designs of the British cemeteries. Both were particularly moved by the mass grave containing over 30,000 German soldiers.
The evening was spent at the Menin Gate, commemorating the lost soldiers without a known grave. The ceremony, which continues to be held every night at 8 o clock, was a particularly poignant end to the day. Students met with veterans and current servicemen to remember those who were lost.
Tomorrow, we visit the Somme (Vimy Ridge, Thiepval, Lochnagar Crater, Ulster Tower) and enquire how far the Battle was a disaster for the British Army.
With 33 days to go until the mock exams start make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be by creating your own personalised revision timetable.
34 days and only 19 school days!