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Principal and chemistry teacher Mark Jones said the school had been unable to source sanitisers locally or quickly amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and a critical shortage was looming.
So he asked the school’s head of science, Geoff Burn, if it was possible to solve the problem in-house.
The answer was ‘‘yes’’, and now pupils in the chemistry department are making the school a supply, following a recipe from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Mr Jones said the chemistry team was making the WHO’s recommended hand-rub formulations in a fume cupboard (a ventilation device designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapours or dusts) and was creating sanitising wipes for each classroom, to be used for wiping down surfaces and keyboards.
The supply is being refreshed daily.
‘‘The shortages are not something we could have foreseen, but a bit of chemistry know-how is helping us solve the problem.’’
He said the bonus of the initiative was pupils were getting a taste of the real-world applications of chemistry.
‘‘It’s always wonderful to use chemistry for practical purposes.’’