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Celebrating Our Amazing Housekeepers

St Peter's 13-18

Celebrating Our Amazing Housekeepers

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2020 has certainly presented all staff with more challenges than any of us could have imagined. Within the housekeeping department which includes our laundry and boarding staff this has certainly proved to be the case.

In a year that has seen many people either furloughed or working from home, many members of staff have been working in school throughout the last few months. A special word of thanks should go to Ian and Magda both of who helped with the effort of providing education for key worker children and to accommodate NHS staff in Dronfield.

Others were asked to work in classroom-based roles in St Peter’s 2-8 during the summer term: we had boarding house staff, laundry staff and housekeeping staff carrying out duties that ranged from housekeeping to playground duties to classroom assistant. Phil Hardy promised that they would all enjoy working closely with the children but they would be exhausted by the end of the summer term. He was correct on both counts! All of this was part of the team effort to continue to provide education and a safe environment for the children that attended at this time.

More recently, the full reopening of the school campus and boarding Houses has seen various changes to routines and expectations. Some staff such as Jane, Susan, Linda and Josie have taken on additional hours in order to supplement their usual routines with extra tasks such as refilling sanitiser stations, carrying out extra checks and wiping down surfaces in high traffic, high contact areas and generally responding to requests and expectations with good humour and a desire to help.

Boarding House matrons and housekeepers have also responded with characteristic professionalism when faced with the uncertainty of new protocols and challenges of adapting to situations of pupils in self-isolation. Their desire to ensure that our boarders continue to have a full and settled boarding experience is evident.

Chris Alder, Head of Housekeeping, would also like to thank the many people who have taken the time to pass on personal appreciation to the members of his team in recent weeks and months.