Back to school

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times. It is hard to gauge the full impact that the situation is having on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing (   

Pupils’ experiences of the lockdown period will have been very varied. For some, it will mostly have been a safe and enjoyable time. For others, it will have been challenging or traumatic. Schools and teachers are used to supporting their pupils through challenges that they face in life – the current situation will amplify those situations many times over. Lucy Lang (headteacher at Fair Furlong Primary School) brought to us a project this year which she championed to encourage outdoor activity and positive mental health.

Fair Furlong are an Ofsted outstanding rated school based in Withywood Bristol. Sadly, many of the pupils at Fair Furlong haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy many of the activities some of us may take for granted (such as taking a boat trip or making a sandcastle) so Lucy worked with us to create a booklet which would be given to new starters to take through school with them.

The brief was to design the booklet and illustrate 50 icons to represent each of the activities the children aim to complete before leaving school. We suggested stickers to be placed on each icon in the book once the children had completed the activity to (hopefully) create a full sticker booklet by the time the children left the school.

As part of the project we also recreated Fair Furlong’s school logo. There was only a small, low resolution version available which had deteriorated over the years, so we suggested getting this recreated as a vector graphic. The results were a big improvement and now the school has the ability to print this at any size without the logo losing resolution. 

Pictured above are some of the icons we produced and also a before and after shot of the logo we created.

Next month, staying on the education theme, we will be talking about some of the core values projects we have worked on with Mary Elton, Northgate and Fairlawn Primary School. All three projects were collaborations between our design team and teachers and pupils from the school, some as young as 4!

COVID-19 Update

Like everybody else, we are following the COVID-19 situation closely.

We are still open for business but offering delivery for those within a 10 mile radius of Clevedon.

Advice on keeping safe is changing daily but here are a few things that will help.

1) Wash your hands frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue.

One of the ways we become infected, or pass on viruses to others, is through the droplets in coughs and sneezes – for instance through someone who has a virus, coughing onto their hand, then touching a door handle.

A simple and effective way to protect yourself and others from coronavirus is by making sure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser if you are out and about. It’s particularly important to wash your hands once you get home or arrive at work or before you prepare or eat food.

2) Be prepared to self-isolate.

As COVID-19 is now spreading in the community, people with symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate at home.

This means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people for seven days after the onset of symptoms (new, continuous cough and/or high temperature). People can return to normal activity after seven days if they do not have a temperature and feel like they are improving.

3) Plan Ahead.

There are a number of ways to slow down an infectious disease outbreak. Well-established tactics include self-isolation as mentioned above, as well as measures sometimes referred to as “social distancing.”

One example of social distancing could be encouraging more working from home for instance, or another option could involve urging people to continue to go to work or school as usual, but reduce social activity or non-essential travel.

4) Use health services wisely.

Now that COVID-19 is considered to be spreading in the community this could mean the NHS is busier than usual so it’s important to think carefully about the NHS services you use.

If you start to experience symptoms and believe you could have coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you could pass the infection to others. 

Visit NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Services like 999 or Accident and Emergency should only be used for genuine emergencies.

5) Stay up to date using trusted sources of information

Since COVID-19 began to spread quickly in China, it has been a major global news story and with this level of media and public interest it’s inevitable that myths, misinformation and rumours will be shared online.

The UK Government and the NHS will keep people informed of new advice and developments. Please check the following sources of advice:

Eco-friendly printing services from thatcopyshop

At thatcopyshop we take our role in the environment seriously, as we know many of our customers do. These days, the impact on the environment in all of our day-to-day lives and businesses is a big consideration and concern.

This is why we want to let you in on some of the initiatives we’re part of, and the difference this has made to our carbon footprint and the environment as a whole.

Carbon Capture

We got involved with Carbon Capture in April 2016. And from that time we’ve 

captured approximately 11.557 tonnes of CO, creating around 288.92 sqm of new native woodland simply through buying our printing paper from Premier Paper.

The Woodland Trust calculates planting approximately five trees per 25sqm, depending on species and terrain, which means we’ve helped to create a whopping 57 trees since we started this initiative – something we’re hugely proud of. 

Together with the Premier Paper and the Woodland Trust, we’ve helped to raise over £1million, planting over 230,000 trees and capturing 59,000 tonnes of CO₂. We’re super proud of that too!

Tree planting

Premier Paper held three planting days last year, with the most recent one being in November 2019 in the heart of the picturesque Derbyshire countryside. Despite the cold weather, hundreds of people came together to plant a staggering 13,000 trees in an area that’s been developed to create a giant classroom for children and young people to learn about nature. The saplings planted included maple, oak and silver birch, hawthorn and hazel – all of which are broadleaf trees native to the UK.

We’ll be posting more details on our environmentally friendly printing services soon – so watch this space!