Year 10 Rugby

Southam V Camp Hill

Year 10’s produce a spirited performance against Camp Hill.

Let down by a couple of team members, we travelled to Camp Hill with only 12 players. Luckily Camp Hill generously gave us 3 players (Ayhan, Sam and Emery) to even the teams up at 15 a side.

From the start it looked an even contest, with both side physically well matched, and it was Emery, one of our gifted players, who broke rapidly down the right hand side, invading tackles as he went to score in the corner.

Camp Hill responded well, showing their superiority at the breakdown, and levelled the scores mid way through the half. They crossed again just before the break to finish 12-5 ahead.

The second half continued to be well contested, but Camp Hill took control with 2 more well worked tries. We persisted to threaten, but some handling errors and infringements at the breakdown halted our progress. With the clock running down, we had one more chance to attack their line, and this time our persistence paid off. A number of strong runs, probed their back line, before a forceful drive from Josh Lee saw him get close enough to stretch for the line. Our try was converted with a drop goal from Ayhan, to finish off the game with the scores at Camp Hill 22-10 Southam College.

Both teams were congratulated at the end for their sportsmanship and attitude, in a game that showed the potential we have if we can get a full team out.

Our last game of the season is against Westwood Academy, Coventry on Thursday 29th Nov. It would be great to see a full complement of players finishing our season on a high!

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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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Year 10 League Night

Last night the year 10 netballers had their last league night of the season. The team worked extremely hard in defence against tough competition from Campion and Kingsley. Rose, Ruby and Amy pressured the attack and helped get the all up the court. Ana playing as ‘C’ kept control of the pace of the game and stuck right to the opposition getting some great interceptions.

Although the team lost both games, there were some great positives to take away for the upcoming tournament. The team finish 4th in their league, I am extremely proud of each and every one of them for their commitment and positive attitude towards fixtures and training.

Well done! Miss MacLachlan

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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!

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!