Governors, teachers and pupils from Builth Wells High School and the New Mid-Powys Secondary School were delighted to welcome one of its past pupils Mr Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to Builth Wells High School on 7th February 2018 for a demonstration of the new equipment which has been purchased from money raised by pupils, parents and teachers during the annual litter picking event at the Royal Welsh Show. Funds raised during this and other events by the Friends of Builth Wells High School has enabled the school to purchase much needed equipment including a 3-D printer, IPADS and a new Laser Cutter for the Design & Technology Innovations centre. Mr Hughson was able to witness first hand many of the new creative ideas that pupils were working on and see the final products emerge from the 3-D printer.
Mr Hughson said:
‘The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society plays a significant role within the infrastructure and success of Mid Wales, both as a major employer and through the significant contribution we make to the rural economy. The Society is also keen to support local good causes by way of direct donations and also through the work of our Feature Counties and works within local communities to offer support to local initiatives and good causes.
Each year the Society engages the support of staff and pupils of Builth Wells High School as part of the litter picking after the Royal Welsh Show, for which we pay a significant contribution to school funds. Since the 2017 Show, the Society has funded the purchase of a new CAD Laser Cutting Machine, 3D Printer and other items within the Design & Technology Department, which I was delighted, as a past pupil to witness in action. It was a great opportunity to see the outcome of our support and to discuss ways in which we can continue to work together to help the students develop skills and knowledge that will stand them in good stead for the future.
I am also proud that the Society has agreed to play a leading role in the forthcoming Powys Careers Fair on the Showground on the 7th March, which will be a great opportunity for young people to consider future career options.’
This was also a great occasion to strengthen the existing links between the New Mid-Powys Secondary School and the RWAS and build upon the close working relationships that have been developed over the years at Builth Wells High School. Speaking of the future Mrs Ionwen Spowage, Head teacher, New Mid-Wales School said:
“The purchase of this equipment offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products. The Innovation Centre will prepare learners to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Working with The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, learners will be able to learn from wider influences on design including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.
The support of The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has been an important factor in enhancing provision at Builth Wells High School and I am delighted to have the opportunity to build upon this relationship to support learners across mid-Powys when the New Mid-Powys Secondary School opens its doors in September 2018.