Pupil ambassadors for Ysgol Harri Tudur in Pembroke visited the site of their old school hall to see the construction progress of their new school's sports fields.
Seven students, aged from 11 to 16, had the opportunity to measure the site with a theodolite and hear about the process Bouygues UK is going through to demolish the old school and carry out drainage and remedial work to make way for a new sports field.
Bouygues UK has worked with student ambassadors in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) on projects at schools in Margam, Port Talbot and Penarth. The student ambassadors are given training and have made regular visits to the site throughout the building phase, allowing them to report back to their fellow pupils on the progress being made on the school campus.
Ysgol Harri Tudur was officially opened in November last year to replace the old Pembroke School. It provides education for around to 1,400 pupils, as well as housing a 30-place autism centre.
The state of the art, £38.3 million project was funded jointly by Pembrokeshire County Council and the Welsh Government, as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. Bouygues UK is now working on the final stage of the project, building a 90 x 65 metre multi-sport fields, which is a WRU approved specification pitch allowing high level competitive junior and senior games to be held at the school.
Former Pembroke School pupil Chelbie Jones is the trainee site manager on the project and has been leading on the Ysgol Harri Tudur ambassador scheme for Bouygues UK.
Chelbie said how great it was to invite the ambassadors to the site to see the next stage of construction:
“We have engaged the pupils along every step of the build and they have then worked with us on letting their peers know about how the build is going, so to be able to invite them back when we are putting the finishing touches to the project was great.
“It was also wonderful to hear what they like about their new school, such as the great new resources, the study areas and new drama and sports areas.
They were very happy with their new school and were excited about seeing the new sports fields take shape – especially when they realised they were actually standing in the school's old canteen.”
The sports field side of the project is expected to be finished on schedule by the autumn.