6th Form Football

On Wednesday afternoon the 6th form football team played Camp Hill at Southam.
Southam started the game brightly and passed the ball neatly and threatened down both flanks. Southam had a number of opportunities to score but the Camp Hill goalkeeper was in fine form and Southam couldn’t make the breakthrough.
Camp Hill took an unexpected lead through what can only be described as a wonder strike from 25 yards into the top right corner. This was the only score in the first half.
A few tactical tweaks at half time allowed Southam to get back into the game. The play was dictated by Finn in CM who was linking with both Riley and Chris up front. Southam finally equalised through Owen who had his initial chance saved before scoring the harder opportunity!
Southam had chances to win the game but yet again found the goalkeeper making remarkable saves. The game opened up in the last 10 minutes and both teams had chances to win the game but neither team could capitalise on their chances.
Full time score 1-1.
An entertaining game played at a good tempo by both sets of players. Man of the match goes to Owen for an excellent performance.
Mr Turton

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Spanish Exchange

“El pueblo blanco de Zahara de la Sierra ” was our first stop today: a beautiful white village in the Cádiz province. Students were keen to enjoy the views so had an early morning climb to the castle at the top of the town (1100m-> higher than Scafell Pike!).

Lucy, Daisy and Amy even had enough energy for some dancing with their partners when they came back down, supported by music from Billy.

We then continued our journey to beautiful Ronda where Mrs Spencer spent two months learning Spanish. We walked above “El Tajo” (the gorge) along the “Puente Nuevo”. Students also got to see one of the oldest bullrings in the area.

Our final visit of the day was to Setenil, another “pueblo blanco” which had houses built within the rocks. It is considered to be the most beautiful rural town in Spain.

Tonight, we’re looking forward to a party with our families, followed by a flamenco show!

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Spanish Exchange

Day 3 of the Spanish Exchange saw us visit Seville, the capital of the Andalucía region.

Upon arrival, we had a quick breakfast snack which included pre-prepared “bocadillos” from host families.

We then marched though the rain to “La Giralda”, a gothic style bell tower with a 1200kg weather vane on top. The bell tower forms part of the biggest gothic style cathedral in the world. Our facts were explained to us by the Spanish students.

We then made our way to “El Alcázar” which is a royal palace in the city. The architecture was very impressive and varied due to the influences over the centuries. This was a particularly useful visit for our sixth formers who study architecture as part of their A Level course.

The rain stopped just in time to allow us to put our umbrellas down and enjoy some of the oldest streets in the town. This led to “La plaza de España” which is a spectactular piece of architecture.

We finished the day in Seville with food and some free time in “el centro comercial”.

All of the students are ready for a relaxing night in after a full day which included singing to Queen on the way home!

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Spanish Exchange

We started today in IES Zaframagon (school) with a presentation from the Spanish students about the school and their education system. This was followed by a tour and a traditional breakfast in the school canteen. Joe braved some maths on the chalk board (which Austin and Sion have never seen!!) and was congratulated for his efforts.
We then took a walk up hill in to the town of Olvera. We visited the oldest part of the town which included a hike to the highest point of the town; the castle tower where we enjoyed spectactular views of the town and countryside. Lucy, Amy and Austin decided to try out the “horse”.
Inside the largest church in Olvera, we learned about “la semana santa” and saw some of the figures used in the Holy Week processions.
The mayor and his colleagues kindly welcomed us in the “ayuntamiento” and wished us a good visit.
We enjoyed strolling through some other local, narrow streets whilst learning more about the area thanks to the Spanish students preparation.
Lunch was spent with families with a trip to the park and “Los Remedios” later this afternoon. A few of the boys are looking forward to some football. Students will enjoy dinner together this evening at the Spanish dinner time of 9pm before heading back to bed!

Spanish Exchange

We’ve had a successful first day on our first ever Spanish Exchange.
The students have sampled some Spanish cuisine with their host families; paella and tortilla to name but a few of the foods sampled. Ben has integrated himself well with José and some of the other Spanish boys and Ryan has communicated through the universal language of videogames.
This afternoon we enjoyed a visit to a local olive oil factory where we learned about its production. We ended the visit with a “merienda” of olive oil and bread.

After an early start, we’re all ready for bed!

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