Teachers Damian Heaney, Ronnie Dott and David Berry.
By Aileen MacLellan
Caring teachers from Oban High School’s Business, Design and Technology Department have now made more than 400 protective face visors for use in their local community.
Damian Heaney, Ronnie Dott and David Berry created a prototype which was approved by the NHS, before setting about creating the visors using materials from the school’s technical department, such as acrylic, acetate and pop rivets.
The completed products are then given to the community hub in Oban for issue to carers, care homes, first responders, surgeries in Oban and Tiree and if required, Oban, Lorn and the Isles hospital.
More than 200 pairs of safety goggles, sanitiser, gloves and aprons have also been donated from the school’s science and technical labs to local groups and organisations in Oban and Tiree.
Head Teacher, Peter Bain said “I’m very proud of the efforts our staff have put into keeping our NHS and care home staff safe and well in both Oban and Tiree.”
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “The Covid-19 lockdown has, undoubtedly, caused a lot of stress and worry for people living in our local communities, however, it has also helped to bring out the very best in people. People are looking out for each other a lot more and there is a strong feeling of ‘togetherness’.
“Damian, Ronnie and David are a great example of this. They have really gone above and beyond for their local communities during this uncertain time and I would like to sincerely thank them for all their efforts. I am beyond proud of the staff and pupils we have. They just go the extra mile and are truly special human beings.”