Representatives from the Royal Society of Chemistry at Warwick University visited the A-Level Chemists with their ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’. The year 12s spent the morning using an Infrared Spectrometer from the RSC to analyse and identify mystery samples of unknown compounds. The students have spent their last few week synthesising, purifying and analysing Aspirin. They were then able to use the Infrared spectrometer to clarify that their synthesis had been successful and confirm the correct structure of aspirin in their sample.
Well done Chemists!
All Year 12 students have experienced a Virtual Reality session from the Warwickshire County Council Driving Ambitions project. The Road Safety Team helped to raise awareness of the dangers of young drivers being distracted at the wheel by their passengers.
Students were transported into a virtual world created with 360 degrees vision. Students put on the headsets to experience a full crash scene extraction reality scenario. The VR film, which is set inside a car, was so convincing that some students actually interacted with the filmed scenarios! After, students took part in a though provoking discussion including the laws surrounding mobile phone use whilst driving.
Thank you to John S and Sam H who have been delivering the highly regarded programme to Southam students with all year groups in Life Skills this academic year. We were pleased to welcome the VR technology in Sixth Form for as it gave students the opportunity to consider what it is like to be a young driver and consider the dangers of driving before they even get behind the steering wheel.
Whether it is road trips, weekend getaways, drives through the countryside, summer driving this holiday can be lots of fun but driving unsafe and your summer could take a wrong turn fast. Please stay safe on the roads this summer holiday Year 12!
The Sixth Form Team
On Wednesday 17th July, selected Year 12 students received an end of year reward to say a big well done for their continued efforts over the last academic year. Fifty students were selected based on achieving 99-100% attendance this last academic year, Top 10 House Haps, Extra curricular, whole school Involvement and also outstanding Character.
Students started off with a Pizza and Pop Picnic spending quality time all together with blankets and music. This was followed with a visit from the local ice cream van! Thanks to Mr Bradbury for leading a brilliant and funny Silly Sports competition including events of the Egg Toss, Hula hoop racing and three legged race. Then the afternoon was finished with rounders led by Mr Lowdon and Mrs Turton.
I am hugely proud to be Head of this Year 12 cohort. As a year group, what has stood out to me the most this last academic year is how incredibly caring, helpful and dedicated this year group are which we felt needed to be celebrated. From this day alone, simply seeing many students pulling together to help me to prepare for the reward afternoon and then again in the evening volunteering more of their time with the well-being team, face painting stall and Amnesty stand at the Southam festival is a testament to the focus, fantastic teamwork and commitment this year group really have. There have already been some huge accomplishments within the group this last year and I’m sure there are many more to come as they go into year 13. Have a safe a restful summer year 12.
All new Year 12 A Level Science students will sit a Head Start test on their subject during their first lesson in September, regardless of their GCSE result. This test will include work from the Head Start books in the form of a bridging topic and all students are expected to achieve a minimum of 65%. It is essential that all students work through these books in preparation for the tests as it forms the science summer project.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics Head Start books are available from the Prep Room for £2.50.
A group of Y12 Technology students took part in the 2019 MAN Challenge today.
The students competed against 12 other schools from across the Midlands and Wales. The challenge involved them designing and manufacturing a friction-less vehicle to be propelled down a track. The competition was of an exceptional standard, the student did themselves proud, working well as a team and competing to the highest level.
Well Done a great day out – Fantastic Effort from all!
On June 27th our Year 13 students enjoyed a stylish Goodbye celebration.
It was a fitting way to celebrate the end of two years of study for all and for some, seven years as a student at Southam College. We hope you look back on these days as a student at Southam College with sentimentality in years to come.
We look forward to celebrating with you on A level results day, Thursday 15th August. All the best for the future.
The Sixth Form Team
D of E Gold Day two update. Beautiful views over the Breacon Beacons today
Y12 D of E Gold Day one in the Black Mountains. Gorgeous weather here in Wales.
The students worked in teams of 6 to construct a marble run, lots of creativity and ingenuity displayed The students worked in teams of 6 to construct a marble run, lots of creativity and ingenuity displayed.
Well done to all the students that have taken part in the A Level Textiles induction lesson, fantastic effort and motivation shown! Students worked in small groups to produce a response to their chosen fashion image, very creative and imaginative outcomes!
he Sixth Form Art of Well-being Team are having a fun packed day at the happiness festival in Birmingham! Some inspirational thoughts from various motivational speakers and authors!
The Chair of Southam’s Amnesty Youth Group met Richard Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy in London and discussed both Nazanin and Richards hunger strike. Southam’s Amnesty Youth Group stand in solidarity with Nazanin and her family during this time.
This morning, Year 12 took part in a workshop delivered by one of the creative directors of the Theatre Company, The Actors of Dionysus.
As part of their Year 13 written exam, they need to practically explore and study Lysistrata which was written by Aristophanes in 411 BC.
The workshop was excellent, giving the students a practical understanding of the context at the time, the Original Performance Conditions of the Theatre in Ancient Greece, and rehearsal activities to build characters and scenes. There are some difficult aspects to their written exam considering how old the text is, but the work was delivered in a fun, accessible way.
They worked really hard, showing motivation and respect to the workshop leader and a good developing knowledge of the play.
Well done year 12! We are really proud of you.
Monday 1stJuly and Tuesday 2ndJuly 2019
Registration: 8.55am promptin the Core on the first morning.
REMINDER: Resources for some subjects will be available to purchase (around £2.50 each) so don’t forget to bring some money!
We look forward to welcoming you on these days!