Building bridges at Howell’s School

Engineering was the focus of the day in the Sports Hall at Howell’s School, Llandaff, on Tuesday 6th December. The school welcomed construction and civil engineering firm Costain Construction to lead its annual Bridges to Schools event.

Costain brought along a model suspension bridge which was then constructed by pupils from Year 3 at Howell’s, plus children from local schools Herbert Thompson and Radnor primary schools. It gave them to opportunity to learn about bridges, civil engineering and health and safety as well as a chance to develop their team work skills.Their confidence in those newly acquired skills was amply demonstrated when they walked over the completed bridge!

In total, more than 90 children helped to combine their practical talents to build the 12 metre long and 3 metre high cable-stayed bridge, which is the same general design as the second Severn Crossing. 

Andrew Nicholls, a Year 3 Teacher from Radnor Primary School, said:

‘On behalf of myself and the children, thank you very much for such a fantastic event yesterday! The children were all so enthusiastic and loved every minute!  Thanks again, I can’t stress how much the children (and I) enjoyed it!’