Stu­dents thrilled with fly­ing visit

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

STU­DENTS watched in won­der as a res­cue heli­copter touched down at their Banksia Grove school re­cently.

Banksia Grove Pri­mary School was se­lected from more than 3000 schools across Aus­tralia for the op­por­tu­nity to be vis­ited by the Fre­man­tle-based West­pac Life­saver Res­cue Heli­copter Ser­vice af­ter com­plet­ing its ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram.

Chil­dren were able to meet the heli­copter’s crew and find out more about its res­cue work.

Prin­ci­pal He­len Ab­bott said the pro­gram taught stu­dents the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity emer­gency ser­vices.

“It is im­por­tant for the chil­dren at Banksia Grove Pri­mary School to learn about the not-for-profit emer­gency ser­vices that keep them and their com­mu­nity safe, in­clud­ing this ser­vice,” she said.

“The chil­dren loved their visit, and giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to ask the crew ques­tions and even sit in­side the heli­copter was price­less.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d468517

Pilot Ste­fan Hilde­brand and Banksia Grove Pri­mary School stu­dent Joel Kirk­bright.

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