A damp 'summers' day but Issy Bergendorff (Year 7, soon to be Year 8) had every reason to be smiling. A recent qualification in the British Show Jumping 'Just for Schools' competition took Issy to the National Championships at Stoneleigh.
MEET THE TEAM
P.E. DEPARTMENT VISION
“To have a relentless focus on the pursuit for excellence, absolute commitment to increasing participation, and pushing Southam to the forefront of regional and national competition”
At Southam College we aim to fulfil each student’s potential, driven by process rather than outcome. Alongside skill development, we aspire to grow character and encourage our students to develop resilience, openness, coachability, initiative and leadership qualities.
Physical Education helps prepare young individuals to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. It helps to instil positive values and it is not only about your physical fitness or your physical structure, it is about your mental development in all aspects of your life. For example psychologically, your social behaviour and how you deal with situations which occur in your life. Many students have found that by undertaking Physical Education they are not only improving their interpersonal skills with those around them but are also increasing their own levels of motivation and pride in what they do.
The department demand certain qualities from our sportsmen and women such as effort, belief, focus, determination, humility, good manners, honesty and punctuality, when we see these actions they are re-enforced and become both habitual and contagious. These characteristics are described as our core values.
We firmly believe that better people create better sports performers.
Our teaching and coaching team believes that Physical Education is about inspiring our students and providing them with the all-round skills needed to allow them to participate in sport for the rest of their lives. We firmly believe in affording every student the opportunity to be physically active and stimulate their mind.
KEY STAGE 3
During physical education students undertake a range of activities, including Rugby, Netball, Volleyball, Swimming, Health Related Fitness, Table Tennis, Football, Badminton, Hockey, Athletics, Cricket, Dodgeball and Handball.
These sports connect movement patterns with motor programmes and increase the rate of understanding therefore speeding up an individuals ability to process information. The activities selected are designed for dual purpose. Firstly to allow every student the chance to participate in a range of activities and secondly to assist in each individual’s long term athletic development in turn benefitting the School’s performance sports.
Whilst acquiring and developing core skills , students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of individual and team games by learning how to devise, plan and implement tactics, act as a coach/manager and be able to umpire or referee.
KEY STAGE 4
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport
- 4 units over 3 years
- 1 online exam
- 3 coursework units
- Units are graded on Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria
Course Content - Mandatory Units
UNIT 1- Fitness for Sport and Exercise
EXAM- Multiple choice and written answers. Online, 1hr, 50 marks
UNIT 2- Practical Sports Performance
Coursework, Several assignments
Course Content - Optional Units
Any 2 of the following:
UNIT 3 - The Mind and Sports Performer
UNIT 4 - The Sports Performer in Action
UNIT 5 - Training and Personal Fitness
UNIT 6 - Leading Sports Activities
These will be selected by the class teacher. All units are coursework based.
Who is the course for
- Is interested in a career or furthering education in sport or coaching
- Plays sport for the school or a club
- Prefers completing work as the course goes on rather than exam pressure at the end of the year
- Has an interest in the theory behind sport
Skills useful for the course
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Positive attitude
- Capable of showing leadership and taking on responsibility
- Good literacy skills
- Independent learner
- Able to work well with others
KEY STAGE 5
Students study the AQA specification at A-level. This offers students the opportunity to specialise practically as a performer/coach . The course also addresses current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport.
Subject content areas
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Skill acquisition
- Sport and society
- Exercise physiology
- Biomechanical movement
- Sport psychology
- Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport
In the spring term of Year 12, students attend workshops at the University of Gloucester; where time is spent in the Biomechanics laboratory, the Sport Science Centre and Strength & Conditioning Suites to develop their knowledge of physiological adaptations to exercise, whilst also gaining an appreciation of degree-level Physical Education.
The sporting year culminated last night with the annual Sports Personality Awards Ceremony.
Prizes were awarded across all sports based on student effort and performances.
Savannah Spilman-Penn excelled herself in the Equestrian world of Showing by being crowned 'Reserve Champion' in the 'Junior small Mountain & Moorland ridden class' at The Royal Norfolk show.
Well done to Year 10 Luke Curtlin who represents Warwickshire County first team in Under 16 and has recently been voted 'Player of the Year' for 2016/2017 by his age group coaches
Team members have been busy competing with some impressive results
Leila Scott (year 9) - a brilliant performance by Leila saw her take 1st place in her 'Prelim 13 Dressage' competition, with a score of 70.38%, at Princethorpe College. It's been a while since Leila and 'Tigger' have competed with the team and what a come back they made.
On Thursday 6th July 2017 the Year 9 Rounders team represented Southam College and the Central Warwickshire area in the County School Games Level 3 Competition. The girls took part in a Rounders tournament which consisted of 15 other schools across the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire areas.
Southam College were represented well in the 'School Games' Handball Tournament. With the squad from year 10 unavailable due to exams, a group made up entirely of year 9 boys and girls set out to try and conquer experienced year 9 & 10 area champion schools.
The afternoon started off well on the track with brilliant performances in the hurdles races. Issie Fairhurst winning her race comfortably in 13.8sec and Owen De'Souza finishing 3rd in his very competitive field.
If you are interested in this fantastic role, please express your interest to your Head of House.The deadline for the brief letter of application is Friday 7th July. We look forward to receiving your applications. The Head of House team.
Bo Crump (year 9) & her pony 'Annie' competed on Saturday in the British Show Jumping 'Just for Schools' competition. Bo's pony is very young & has only recently started competing so Bo is taking her training slowly & not jumping too high. They showed fantastic promise for the future though jumping a great round to win their 70cm class.
Well done Bo!
On Thursday 15th June 2017 the Year 9 took part in the Mid-Warwickshire County Rounders Tournament at Myton Academy. After playing against Campion, Kingsley, Aylesford, Myton and Kenilworth the girls reached the final and came second by ½ a rounder
A big thank you to the amazing sports leaders in year 9 & 10 who helped at the primary school athletics on Tuesday night. We could not have organised the event without you!! There were some fantastic comments from parents and teachers who were really impressed with your mature and professional approach. We were so proud to see you leading warm-up's, helping with the events and supporting the primary school children.
A big thank you to everyone from the PE department.
Half term has been a busy time for some of our Equestrian team members. Hannah Mobbs (year 12) and Jess Warner (year 8) both took part in the schools '2 day event' at Princethorpe College with Hannah coming 6th and Jess coming 11th in their classes - great results at a very competitive event.
During the last week of term the Southam College Athletics teams competed at the Level 2 School Games competition at Edmondscote. The event involves teams of 6 athletes competing across a track and a field event each.
Sixth form student Alex has been named as one of the finalists in the United Autosports Young Driver Initiative, with the prize, a drive in the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship with United Autosports, firmly in his sights.