Chopper’s surprise school visit

STUDENTS at St Nicholas Primary School were blown away when a surprise of sky-high proportions landed on their oval yesterday. 

TOP GUN: Greeting the Westpac helicopter on the St Nicholas Primary School oval are Audrey Lloyd, Olivia Sellers, pilot Dave Davies, senior air crewman Trent Owen, Jordan Butler, Lachlan French and Dominic Haire. Photo: Barry Smith 200614BSB08

TOP GUN: Greeting the Westpac helicopter on the St Nicholas Primary School oval are Audrey Lloyd, Olivia Sellers, pilot Dave Davies, senior air crewman Trent Owen, Jordan Butler, Lachlan French and Dominic Haire. Photo: Barry Smith 200614BSB08

The Westpac Rescue helicopter touched down amidst the waving and screaming of the unsuspecting students. 

Assistant principal Lisa McSweeney said the school had won a competition after participating in a Westpac helicopter education program, but staff chose to keep the prize secret from the students. 

“They thought it was fantastic – they just couldn’t believe that it landed on our oval,” Mrs McSweeney said. 

The children peppered the pilot and crew member with questions and gained a greater appreciation of having a resource like the 

rescue helicopter within the local community, she said. 

“Some of the children said when they grew up they wanted to be a pilot on the Westpac helicopter, so it obviously had an impact,” Mrs McSweeney said.

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