Sewell gears up for STEM week

Sewell in partnership with Newland School for Girls has planned a weeks worth of activities for STEM week which takes place next week.

The weeks worth of activities will be focusing on the past, present and future development of the school which is currently being built on the Cottingham Road site. STEM week which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a nationwide event to recognise excellence in these fields.

Angela Martinson, Head Teacher said: “STEM Week at Newland is going to be very exciting. We will be using ‘new’ Newland as the focus of our week and introducing girls to a range of STEM based career opportunities.  Thanks to joint planning with the team from Sewell girls will investigate the ‘new’ build and create their own media reports; have the opportunity to shadow people in different employment roles; try their hands at construction skills, and finally take part in a ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the wonderful progress being made with their new school. Newland really is a great place to learn!”

The week long event will see pupils from all year groups spending time on the construction site of their new school or at Sewell Head Office based on Geneva Way, Hull. The week offers a vast range of activities aimed at teaching the girls practical employability skills in a variety of working roles.

Monday – Year 10 (GCSE Media) Media Day, focusing on the ‘New Newland’. The pupils will become journalists for the day, interviewing the site team and producing a newsletter.

Tuesday – Year 9 Media Day, focusing on the ‘Old Newland’. Similar to Monday the pupils will become journalists for the day, interviewing older pupils and staff to produce a further newsletter.

Wednesday – Year 8 Shadowing Day, Pupils will be spending the day at Sewell Groups head office and shadowing staff in various job roles to give the pupils hands on experience of working life.

Thursday – Year 7 rotation of Skills and Site visits, Sewell Groups Skills Academy will be going on the road. The specialist academy is being set up in the new sports hall on the construction site to offer pupils the opportunity to take part in practical workshops including bricklaying, plumbing and woodwork.

Friday – Flag raising event to mark the topping out with pupils and staff on site. New, current and old pupils/staff will join Head Teacher, Angela Martinson, Local MP, Diana Johnson and staff from the nearby University of Hull and Sewell staff to raise a flag to celebrate the week and mark less than six months to go in the project.

Sean Henderson, Project Manager, Sewell Group said: “Throughout the construction process we have formed a really great relationship with Newland School for Girls. We recognise the importance of pupils learning employability skills and regularly go the extra mile to engage with the school with events such as STEM week. We want to create a real buzz around the new school for when the pupils return in September.”