12th February 2019
In these days of ‘challenging’ educational funding, school maintenance and caretaking can be even more challenging than normal.
For site teams to be effective they need the tools to do the jobs and keep the fabric of the school in one piece. Sometimes it takes a bit of ingenuity and cheek to provide these tools, though.
Roy Stone, SHS’s resident caretaker, takes up the tale, “As a site team our responsibilities are wide ranging and asking for better equipment when there is barely enough money to buy books or to employ support /teaching staff would normally get the reply of “Not this time “or “Would love to help but the money isn’t there, “so when we needed a new hoover that was fit for purpose to do a very particular job, we looked outside the box.
That particular job was to hoover the tiered seating in the hall; never an easy job because of the narrow gangways between rows of seats, its steepness, the level of use it gets, and the amount of mud and dirt that gets dragged onto the floor from school shoes and hair….. lots of hair.
We were doing this with a standard hoover which was old, not very powerful and too large to get between the seats. This made a reasonably easy job hard.
I said to my workmate and partner in crime Dave Stannard that I had read about the Dyson foundation and the work they do so, I thought I would email them and see if they could help us out. A bit cheeky, but it was Christmas. And when we returned from Christmas break there was an email from Becky Davies from the foundation giving us the news that a Dyson Dc – 28 had been donated to the School.
As you can imagine we were incredibly pleased to receive the Dyson and glad that I took a moment to contact the Dyson foundation in the first place.
It has made a massive difference when we now do the hoovering of the seating and the whole school is grateful for the donation.”
SHS would like to thank the Dyson foundation for their kindness and generosity.