GHS in the community

The staff, parents and pupils of GHS have always shared enthusiasm, a passion for learning and facing new challenges. In the last few weeks, staff and pupils, both together, and separately have undertaken several initiatives to support the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first week of school closures, our Science Department packed up and donated their goggles, gloves and remaining hand sanitisers to the Royal Surrey County Hospital and other local NHS providers. Other staff have also been turning their skills – professional or amateur – to helping plug gaps in the supply of equipment to the NHS.

Mr Chris McGhee, our Head of Design and Technology (along with the help of our Care Takers and Facility Manager), designed face shields to be used on top of fabric face masks, for added protection. He spent the Easter holidays manufacturing the shields in school using leftover materials in the school workshop.

I’d like to think I’m in a really fortunate position to help. When I spoke to doctors on the frontline I thought even if it was providing a stop-gap and creating something that would save a life it would be worth it. One life is worth the time I have given up, it’s not comparable really. MR CHRIS MCGHEE, HEAD OF DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

A total of over 200 face shields were produced and delivered to Surrey NHS staff for protection on the coronavirus frontline. In addition to this, teaching staff have also been experimenting with a free sewing pattern to create fabric face masks with leftover materials from home.

In their ASPIRE lessons, our pupils have been writing letters to the elderly members of our community and we hope we will be able to host a tea party when back at school and provide an opportunity for them to meet their pen pals! One of our pupils has also been working with her mum to create things to bring a smile to their local elderly residents. They have made cupcakes for over 70 people and flower arrangements that have been left on their neighbours’ doorsteps.

The school has also been working with other local schools to share resources and best practice. We have invited pupils from United Learning academies into our virtual classrooms to share our lessons.

I would like to thank our staff, parents and pupils for the calm and supportive way they have approached this challenging and unsettling time. Our strong sense of community holds firm and continues to inspire.Mrs Fiona Boulton, Headmistress.

You can find out more about our virtual school by clicking here.