School DT Department manufacturing 200 masks per day for the NHS
Design Technology teachers at a Stamford School are manufacturing 200 protective face masks a day for the NHS, as part of the national effort to increase the availability of PPE for frontline NHS staff.
31st March 2020 — Design Technology teachers at a Stamford School are manufacturing 200 protective face masks a day for the NHS, as part of the national effort to increase the availability of PPE for frontline NHS staff.
Teachers at the Stamford Endowed Schools originally trialled using the Schools’ 3D printers to manufacture visors, but the process was too slow to meet demand. Staff worked over the weekend to prototype and refine a design for creating the face masks using laser cutters. The first delivery of 100 masks, manufactured in just six hours, was sent to the ICU team at Peterborough City Hospital on Sunday.
The Schools’ solution involves laser cutting a polypropylene headband and attaching it to a PVC screen. With his team, Steve Newton, Head of Design Technology at the Stamford Endowed Schools, has set up a production line in their school workshop, with one team member laser cutting and assembling the headband, one person cutting, shaping and punching the screen, and a third on assembly, cleaning and quality control. This process will allow them to manufacture up to 200 masks per day.
Mr Newton said: "Alongside many other DT departments across the country we have approached the NHS PPE shortage as a design challenge.
“At SES we are extremely fortunate to have the equipment and skill set to make a real difference to members of our NHS. The design process took approximately 14 hours from initial concept to final prototype and we are now able to manufacture 200 a day. We will keep manufacturing as long as we have materials and a demand for the product - we're just glad we are able to help our amazing NHS workers"
Staff are currently using materials in stock from previous school projects, but urgently require 0.8mm polypropylene sheet and 0.5mm PVC to continue manufacturing in the longer term. Suppliers who can provide the necessary materials are urged to contact the schools at email@example.com.
The initial delivery of masks was provided to the ICU team at Peterborough City Hospital, and the Schools have now received enquiries from Royal Papworth Hospital and LIVES.
In addition to manufacturing facemasks, the Schools have donated thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment to both Lakeside Healthcare Sheepmarket surgery in Stamford, and Allied Health South Lincolnshire, including 3000 disposable gloves, 3000 disposable aprons, 22 litres of hand sanitising gel, 2000 chlorine tablets and 60 pairs of eye protection.
These PPE donations follow last week’s large donation of food to Stamford’s ‘Second Helpings’ and Stamford Foodbank.
Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Mr Will Phelan, said: “We are doing everything we can to help our community. I’m incredibly proud to see the excellent work of our teams; from the donations of food, supplies and personal protective equipment, to the manufacture of these face masks.
“We all need to pull together in these difficult times, and we are actively looking for ways we can help – if there are ways that our Schools might be able to help, we would urge you to get in touch.”
To contact the Stamford Endowed Schools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stamfordschools.org.uk.
Stamford girls reign supreme as British Schools Team Champions
The Stamford Endowed Schools’ U13 Girls fencing team have been crowned British Schools Fencing Champions 2020 at the British Schools Team Fencing Championships
10th March 2020 — The Stamford Endowed Schools’ U13 Girls fencing team have been crowned British Schools Fencing Champions 2020 at the British Schools Team Fencing Championships, which were held in Rickmonsworth in early March. The Schools entered a Boys and Girls team for both the Under 11 (Years 5 and 6) and the Under 13 (Year 7 and 8) age categories.
The Stamford U13 Girls Fencing Team is made up of Lena Cartwright, Sophia Harper and Tessa Herdale. The team fenced well and in the deciding match against Millfield School, well known as one of the best sporting schools in the country, the Stamford girls dominated the match from start to finish with Lena’s strong attacking, Sophia’s great point control and Tessa’s all around solid fencing securing a very impressive 45-22 to become the Under 13 British School Team Epee Champions.
The Stamford School’s U13 Boys team comprising Rory Dresner, Ethan Mitchell-Clarke and James Simon worked well together despite missing some of their other strongest fencers. They fenced admirably to beat a Latymer boys team in the round robin stage and a fairly tight loss against Wetherby to reach the Quarter Finals mid field in 6th seed. The quarter finals draw was unkind having to fence the eventual champions, Hill House School, to finished in a respectable 6th place. This team will be fencing in the same age category next year so will have an additional opportunity to be in contention for a medal.
The U11 Girls (Lila Rock, Ruby Wright, Madeleine Cartwright and Beatrice Stewart) and U11 Boys (Harry Ainsworth, Alastair Chew and Henry Middleton) teams from Stamford Junior School took to the piste with great determination and tremendous teamwork. The Girls fenced well and having beaten a team from Queensgate School in their second match of the day. However, in the final match of their poule, the team needed a win to take home a medal and were matching a Hill House School team in their final match, up to the 6th of 9 bouts, however were unable to hold on and lost that match to finish in 5th place. The Boys had a good win against Brentwood to qualify for the quarter finals where they drew Packwood School finishing in 6th place.
The British Schools Team Championships is a long-standing fixture in the annual fencing calendar. On average, the Championship hosts 160 teams from schools around the UK, showcasing some top-level fencing, and is regarded as the pinnacle of team fencing for youngsters and future stars.
Chris Howser, Stamford Endowed Schools’ Head fencing coach commented: ‘An excellent performance from all of our school fencers with all four Stamford Endowed School teams ranked in the top 6 in the country on a day that had some of our fencers at the venue for over 10 hours. What an amazing achievement for our U13 Girls! All teams should be proud of their performances, well done!’
“It was an extremely competitive field showcasing the best talent in Britain and they all displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout; replacing handshakes with elbow pumps at the end of matches. Our fencing across the Stamford Schools continues to grow and consolidate. Whilst fencing is an ‘optional extra’ at the Schools, we are starting to make waves against other schools who include fencing in their main curriculum. Watch this space…”
Stamford High School Students invited to ‘Marie Curious’ STEM event
A group of four students from Stamford High School have recently been invited to attend the ‘Marie Curious’ STEM event, held at the University of Oxford. The free one-day event aims to build confidence in girls with an interest in science, and is run by volunteer role models in STEM fields.
3rd March 2020 — A group of four students from Stamford High School have recently been invited to attend the ‘Marie Curious’ STEM event, held at the University of Oxford. The free one-day event aims to build confidence in girls with an interest in science, and is run by volunteer role models in STEM fields.
The girls attending included Year 9 students Sophie Farr, Olga Kryl, Anna Barsham and Ruby Sumner, who recently scored third at ‘Super Physics 2020’.
Sophie has reported on her experience of the day: “A small, but jolly, group of year 9 students got up bright and early on the first Saturday of half term and we were brimming with excitement for the day ahead. Having applied earlier in the year, with guidance and support from Dr Patchett, we were honoured to receive a place on the Marie Curious event hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.
“When we arrived, we were met by 80 other students who shared our wonder when we witnessed fascinating demonstrations of using magnetism and liquid nitrogen to make things levitate, mathematics to help estimate the size of a needle and even a practical where we tested the properties of different materials.
“Our group’s favourite part of the day was a question session with four female scientists. They were incredibly inspirational and urged us to persevere through any adversity we may face as girls interested in pursuing a career in STEM fields. We also got a tour around the stunning St John’s college and got a interesting insight into University life.
“Taking part in Marie Curious at the University of Oxford was an invaluable experience that I am incredibly thankful to Dr Patchett for advising us to apply for.”
Stamford High School achieve third at ‘Super Physics 2020’
A dedicated team of four students from Stamford High School has scored third place in the Super Physics 2020 competition, organised by the Institute of Physics.
3rd March 2020 — A dedicated team of four students from Stamford High School has scored third place in the Super Physics 2020 competition, organised by the Institute of Physics. The competition, held at Leicester Grammar School, saw 19 schools compete in a series of activities designed to test their knowledge and application of physics principles.
The team were required to conduct six investigations, which involved making measurements and interpreting data, subsequently presenting their results with a poster and verbal explanation to the judges.
Stamford’s team comprised of Sophie Farr, Olga Kryl, Anna Barsham and Ruby Sumner, all Year 9 students. They scored third place in the overall competition, with only two points between them and the winning team.
Mr Adam Patchett, Head of Science at Stamford High School, said: “The competition was an excellent opportunity for our students to demonstrate their skills, and meet like-minded students from other schools.
“The investigations they conducted required insight, genuine experimental technique and care. Very well done to all four of them!”
The team are soon to attend ‘Marie Curious 2020’, a one-day science event for girls interested in pursuing STEM, hosted at the University of Oxford.
Seventy Four Students ‘Register to be a Lifesaver’
Seventy-four students from the Stamford Endowed Schools have ‘signed up to be a lifesaver’, following a talk presented by Keith Sudbury on the importance of blood, organ and stem cell donation.
3rd March 2020 — Seventy-four students from the Stamford Endowed Schools have ‘signed up to be a lifesaver’, following a talk presented by Keith Sudbury on the importance of blood, organ and stem cell donation.
Keith and his wife Kay co-founded the charity ‘Register and Be a Lifesaver’ in memory of their son Adrian, who passed away from Leukaemia in 2008. Since setting up the foundation, upwards of 23,000 students have joined the bone marrow/stem cell register, over 7,500 students have joined the organ donor register, above 14,000 students have become new blood donors and more than 82 students have been identified as matches for strangers, and donated either bone marrow or stem cells.
Over 120 performances have occurred across two days of the annual Stamford High School music festival; a musical performance experience whereby students can gain advice from external professional adjudicators, and practice displaying their individual and ensemble work.
3rd March 2020 — Over 120 performances have occurred across two days of the annual Stamford High School music festival; a musical performance experience whereby students can gain advice from external professional adjudicators, and practice displaying their individual and ensemble work.
Students completed from all year groups of the School, in performance classes of strings, woodwind and brass, percussion, singing, piano, and ensemble in three age groups.
Linking to students learning both through the taught subject of music and co-curricular lessons, the festival encouraged performance, enhanced listening skills, helped develop instrumental and musical techniques and vocabulary and provided a platform for evaluation and reflection.