Stu­dents in a League of their own

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS en­joyed a truly out of this world ex­pe­ri­ence when they vis­ited St James Palace.

Pupils from The Douay Mar­tyrs Catholic Sec­ondary School at­tended a re­cep­tion cour­tesy of Bri­tish Air­ways and The Air League to cel­e­brate a train­ing pro­gramme aimed at en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple into avi­a­tion, es­pe­cially those who would not other­wise get the op­por­tu­nity.

The Air League ed­u­cates young peo­ple about the world of avi­a­tion and its im­por­tance and to get them in­volved as much as pos­si­ble in this ex­cit­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Orig­i­nally, 16 stu­dents from the school were taken up in glid­ers on a taster day and as their con­fi­dence grew they cov­ered a range of ma­noeu­vres from spins to stalls – one stu­dent, Rupin­der Loyal, even flew solo.

The cel­e­bra­tion be­gan with all stu­dents re­ceiv­ing cer­tifi­cates, fol­lowed by a speech from Prince Phillip as pa­tron of The Air League.

Adding to the ex­cite­ment was the un­ex­pected call from space from Cap­tain Tim Peake, who had him­self re­ceived an award for his work en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to get in­volved in avi­a­tion.

Tony Cor­ish, the head teacher of the Douay Mar­tyrs Sec­ondary School, said: “I am de­lighted to see so many of our young peo­ple en­gag­ing with such ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing pur­suits.

“They are a credit to the school and I wish them well in the world of avi­a­tion should they de­cide to em­bark upon a ca­reer in this field.”

n EX­CITE­MENT: (Above) Prince Phillip meets visi­tors at the re­cep­tion and (be­low) pupils from The Douay Mar­tyrs Catholic Sec­ondary School re­ceive cer­tifi­cates

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