Friday Feature: How schools are coming together to support their wider communities
Schools across the country have been joining with their local communities to help the UK’s fightback against coronavirus. Our Friday round-up aims to provide a little light relief, as we highlight some of the great work schools are engaged in...
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'Despite the disruption to their education, young people are showing their resilience and compassion by helping others' - ISC chief executive @JulieR_isc praises pupils for their inspiring community support efforts during the #COVID19 pandemic: pic.twitter.com/JHaUqa2GOG— Independent Schools (@ISC_schools) April 9, 2020
Truro School is working with Cornish charity The Hive Cornwall to provide meals for those suffering from food insecurity. Utilising the school's catering facilities, cookery staff are working with the charity to produce up to 4,000 meals a week for the elderly and children eligible for free school meals. Read more about this initiative here.
“It is a privilege to be working alongside The Hive to produce food for those who would otherwise struggle during this period. The catering facilities at Truro School are perfect for this project and with the school moving to remote teaching during this period they are facilities that would otherwise be sitting empty."
--- Alistair Turner, assistant head of cookery at Truro School
Abingdon School has been working closely with its partner schools and the Open Learning Partnership to produce an array of invaluable online learning resources for pupils.
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"The true value of the relationships built through Abingdon School’s partnership work has really come to the fore in present circumstances, with local and national partners working closely with the Abingdon Science Partnership to produce remote learning resources."
Schools across the country, regardless of sector, are doing their bit to help others during the pandemic. Ben Bartlett, a former Latymer pupil who is now head of a state school in Surrey, is leading a campaign to encourage schools to donate science goggles to frontline NHS workers. So far, 7,500 pairs of goggles, plus gloves and visors, have been delivered to hospitals around Surrey and London.
"These are coming just at the right time. Thank you so much! You cannot imagine what a difference your donations have made - you have definitely restored our faith in human kindness!"
--- Feedback from a hospital consultant after receiving donated goggles and visors
The ICT network manager at Bedales School is a volunteer sergeant with Hampshire Police. In addition to providing extra support during the pandemic, Shane has also been encouraging the public to adhere to social distancing guidelines as well as responding to day-to-day emergencies.