Chop­per’s school drop in

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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