The cross country season has snuck up on us and today was the first round of the ESAA Cross Country Cup at Princethorpe.
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.
Some outstanding performances from all year groups: Abbey Griffiths-Standage came 1st in the year 7 girls with a time of 5 minutes 51 seconds, closely followed by Scarlett Sanders with 5 minutes 55 seconds!
The PE department is proud to announce that Southam College has achieved the Silver School Games Mark award for commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport for 2017/18.
Wednesday afternoon Sam May from Wasps Netball Team came to coach some of the Southam Netball Players.
Congratulations to Elspeth Unitt and Alex Ibbs, who braved the artic conditions at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds competing for Warwickshire in the English School Cross-Country Championships.
Eighteen students represented Southam College at a rugby festival held in Coventry.
Well done to Jess Warner (year 9) who braved a cold, frosty morning on Sunday to compete in the Bloxham School Eventer Challenge at Aston le Walls.
Thank you to all students who sent an entry in for the Get Active Competition. We had lots of entries and was an extremely hard decision to select the top four images.
It is lovely to see the range of activities that students from Southam are participating in. Well done to everyone who entered.
The P.E. department want to encourage you to be active this winter!
Please send in an action shot (max of 3 entries per student) of you being active or playing sport.
HAPS for every entry.
Congratulations to Jess Warner (yr 9) and her horse 'Mr Softy' who were placed 14th at the weekend in a very competitive class of 62 riders at the Bloxham Schools Eventer Challenge series held at Aston le Walls.
Great performances for Equestrian members at the weekend. Issy Bergendorff (yr 8)and her pony 'Dolly' maintaining their run in the ribbons with an individual 1st in the Intermediate class, qualifying her for the champs at Hickstead in May 2018.
Mrs Mellor and Mr MacGibbon took part in the Green Leek 10.5 Km Multi-terrain race over the weekend. The route from Burton Green to Leek Wootton, passes down the Greenway to Kenilworth and then across country, through fields, gates and woods before finishing around the Warwickshire Golf course.
Tuesday 26th September
Year 8 period 1, Year 9 period 2, Year 7 period 3
HAPs for everyone that takes part!
Mr MacGibbon completed the 22 mile challenge up and down the hills from Caernarfon Castle to the summit of Mont Snowdon, descending down to Llanberis and then tackling the Vertical Kilometre, Abseil, water slide, quarry jump and various other obstacles.
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.