Children’s dreams sky high as pilot lands for a visit

Excited youngsters are surprised when a Sea King helicopter arrives on their school grounds.

Excited youngsters are surprised when a Sea King helicopter arrives on their school grounds. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pupils at a Lowestoft primary school were treated to a talk from an RAF serviceman, who encouraged the children to achieve their dreams.

Excited and enthusiastic youngsters looked to the skies as a Sea King helicopter landed at Carlton Colville Primary School.

The visit from Flight Lieutenant Dan Easter links in with the school's programme called 'Be the best you can be,' which encourages the youngsters to have dreams and aim high in their lives – something which Flt Lt Easter addressed in his talk.

Carol Child, head teacher at Carlton Colville, said: 'The 'be the best you can be' programme is about getting the children to have bigger aspirations.

'And finding role models that have achieved in their life and telling how they've been successful. It's about being brave and never giving up.'

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Flt Lt Easter, who is a former pupil at the school, has been a pilot in the RAF for ten years which was something he had dreamed of doing since he was a youngster.

He gave a presentation to the school about his life and how the children should work hard to take up their dreams – and Mrs Child believes having someone like the pilot come to the school to visit the pupils can inspire them.

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She said: 'We have very low aspirations in Suffolk and we need to get more and more aspirations into children's lives.

'Dan talked about his whole life, from being a pupil at the school and how he wanted to be a pilot when he was very young.

'He was talking about taking up your dreams and being the best you can be.'

The visit was kept as a surprise as the children were asked to sit outside as the Sea King helicopter from Wattisham airfield.

'The helicopter circled around and the children were all waving,' added Mrs Child.

'They were all over the moon. It's not every day you get a helicopter land on your school field.'

? The school welcomes any ex-pupils to come and talk about their jobs and dreams to help inspire the children. If interested, contact Mrs Child on 01502 572682.

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