Shetland College Bridge Building Competition 2017

A team of four S3 pupils from Sandwick (Connor Edwards, Jamie Leishman, Kyle Lucock and Max Orr), were invited to take part in the event, which was sponsored by the Shetland Construction Training Group.

Every secondary school was represented at the competition with one team with the exception of Anderson, which was represented by two.

On the day the teams were given a printout illustrating the span to be bridged and location of test point. The teams were given just three and half hours to design/draw and build their bridge to scale. The bridge had to be drawn to scale to ensure fit and that the load carriage was supported at road level.  The team had to “purchase” materials for constructing the bridge, and using only a handsaw and a hot melt glue gun construct their bridge.

The bridges were load tested to destruction by lecturers, with maximum load carried recorded. The winning bridge was not necessarily the strongest bridge but the most cost effective – with the lowest price per kilogram winning.

Sandwick’s bridge carried the same weight as the winning bridge but cost slightly more. The Sandwick team returned home jubilant, mumbling under their breath that their bridge was still whole unlike the winner, carrying the trophy for the bonniest bridge!

Winning categories were:

  • Most efficient Cost / Load (winning team Brae with Sandwick second)
  • Bonniest bridge CITB Representative vote (winning team Sandwick)
  • Best teamwork CITB Ambassador vote


PC Catherine Hannah’s Visit







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PC Catherine Hannah works for the police force and came in to speak to p5, 6 and 7 about her job and how she got to where she is now.  She also spoke to early years and p1-4 about what the police do.

Catherine got taught in Sandwick and was taught by loads of teachers and staff throughout the school. She enjoyed the school just as much as the Anderson.

PC Catherine Hannah talked to us about her belt and what was on it, there were things such as pava spray, torches and a baton. She showed how to not hit people with a baton unless really needed.

Pava spray is the new pepper spray and can range up to 20 feet if you aim it right. It’s only used 6 feet away from yourself other wise you can really hurt people when you don’t want to even though they’re criminals.

Handcuffs are 2 metal circles for hands to go through so you can’t move too much when caught.

Catherine also mentioned how she didn’t have to go through university to become a police officer and that she only did one year of highers. The course that she had to take was only 3 months long.

The JRSO’s went out to see Catherine after the assembly to learn a bit more about the road safety side of things . They got to go in the van and go in the cellar part. Then they got to use the speed gun on the cars going past. They also took an alcohol test with the breathalyser, thankfully they were all at 0%.

By Kaden & Sophie