April 28, 2020
A TEACHER at Northern Education Trust Dyke House Academy has provided much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS – believing students have been shown how important it is to contribute to society.
A total of 110 facemasks produced by Carla Byrne are now being used at the University Hospital of North Tees to help staff tackle the coronavirus after they were collected this week.
Mrs Byrne, who is Head of Art and Technology at Dyke House, used polypropylene for the headband and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for the attached visor, crucial in the battle against Covid-19.
Mrs Byrne said: “I felt it was important to me, being a Design and Technology teacher with the resources and capability, to be involved with the manufacture of PPE equipment to aid front line NHS health staff in the current coronavirus crisis. Being a part of an online Design and Technology community group, it made me both proud and inspired to see schools, colleges and universities come together to share resources in order to help one another turn our classrooms into production facilities.”
Mrs Byrne used a laser cutter to manufacture the facemasks. She wants to follow up the initial batch with more as Dyke House Academy does its bit to beat the coronavirus pandemic. She added: “With support from colleagues I was able to construct the visors within a three day time period required for the NHS to collect. I hope to manufacture more once we source the materials and then we can serve local care homes too.”
Dyke House Academy has shared the efforts of staff and students on its social media channels in recent weeks. Mrs Byrne’s excellent efforts highlight how students can develop their skills and life experiences both inside and outside of the Academy. Students are being asked to email a photo showing a project, activity or a piece of work as part of its Pledges programme, and that links heavily to its Proud Thursday Online, where rewards are handed out for effective work.
Adam Palmer, Principal, said: “I hope the PPE we have provided further inspires students to consider Design and Technology as future careers as they can contribute to the wider context of the manufacturing industry. Design and Technology as a subject has demonstrated an invaluable skill and ability to quickly and flexibly produce products, very much needed during this worldwide pandemic, to support and bridge gaps in the manufacturing of essential PPE for our local hospitals and care homes.
“Along with this, I hope it inspires students to think about how they can contribute to society and their community by developing products that may help or support someone in need. This would coincide with the Dyke House Academy rationale of developing a PROUD culture along with achieving necessary pledges that support their wider learning during their school career.”
Any students with work/activities they are proud of should send an email to [email protected]