One of our nine values is being kind and we would now like to encourage every one of our pupils and all members of our community, to get involved in our Acts of Kindness challenge.
An Act of Kindness might be drawing pictures for someone who faces isolation alone, donating to a food bank, sewing scrubs or fundraising for charity, let our memories of this time be of helping others and the good that each of us can do in our community.
So far, we know that pupils and families, as well as staff, have been helping others in a variety of ways, including:
- Robert (S3), Anna (S1), together with their parents and younger brother Thomas are among the latest volunteers to join the South Queensferry 3D Printing Collective’s PPE production line efforts, an organisation that has been generating donations and amassing volunteers to support the production and distribution of robust face shields for key workers over the last few weeks. Read more about the Miller family's efforts here.
- Matthew Beaton, a member of the ESMS ICT Department, has also been helping the same Printing Collective using the MES Product Design 3D printer. Together, they have managed to distribute over 5,059 face shields to key workers and have raised a further £6,999 to continue the PPE production line. Read more.
- We have been inspired by Samuel (S6) and Libby (S3) who along with their mother, Catherine, have been encouraging their neighbours to donate to local food banks and have recently delivered three full carloads to the Community One Stop Shop in Broomhouse. Read more about how you can take part here.
- Following an appeal for schools to donate science goggles and other apparatus to the NHS due to a nationwide shortage of PPE, MES Biology teacher Mrs Horrix was quick to think about how ESMS could help. With the full support of ESMS, Mrs Horrix collected and delivered over 300 pairs of science goggles, several boxes of gowns, disposable gloves and additional toiletries from her own home to the Western General. Read more about how Mrs Horrix decided to help.
- Head of Home Economics, Mrs Campbell, has been sewing medical scrubs from home to help out a friend who was unable to get hold of any due to widespread PPE shortages. After managing to source appropriate material and downloading patterns online, Mrs Campbell sewed the scrubs and is now encouraging other members of the school community to get involved. Find out how you can get involved here.
- Finally, we are really proud of our ESMS Former Pupil health workers, who have been fast-tracked through to graduation to support our NHS during the Corona crisis. They have now started work in hospitals around Scotland and we wish them all the best of luck in their medical careers.
We would love to hear about how you get involved with our Acts of Kindness Challenge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tagging us on social media.