Chopper’s school drop in
An unexpected visitor from the skies above caused plenty of excitement at a Tokoroa school.
Students at Cargill Open Plan School were treated to a special visit from a helicopter pilot and his chopper recently when they made a surprise landing on the school’s field.
Principal Rhonda Rayner said the landing was arranged through deputy principal Tracey Gray who was a friend of the pilot.
"He was flying down and was going to do a flyover to take some aerial view photos of our school to put on our website and it just evolved from there,’’
Rayner said the landing was a special event for the school and students eagerly asked questions about it. "They were all very excited as it is not something that happens every day.’’
Students Tobyn Latham and Riley Cawston said they enjoyed looking inside the helicopter and seeing how it worked. "I would like to be a pilot after seeing how all that worked. Looking inside and seeing how the gears worked was fascinating. It was really inspiring," Tobyn said.
"The best part was all the things it had like the rotors. It was interesting to find out the parts inside and outside like what makes it spin," Riley said.
Greece Leilua said: "I thought it was amazing when it flew in because it was the first time I had seen a helicopter up close," he said.
Kaydence Bloor and Jaydis Vaevae- Daniels next to a helicopter at Cargill Open Plan School in Tokoroa.