Fairmead’s Primary students took to the skies as Santa’s special guests on Sunday.
Seven of our lucky students were picked to join children representing special schools and charities in the Somerset area on an A-list festive plane flight, courtesy of Thomas Cook Holidays. Pilot Patrick Webster, who lives near Yeovil, invited our students to a pre-flight party at Bristol airport followed by a 45 flight with a surprise guest appearance mid-flight.
Primary teacher Kerri Flynn, said that the students and two members of staff left school at 10.30am on Sunday and checked in at Bristol Airport at 12.30pm. The group went through separate security checks from regular passengers and were taken to a private party in one of the departure lounges. Kerri said:
‘Blaze Bear the Fire Brigade’s mascot was there to greet the children and dance with them. There was face painting, dressing up in hats and masks, lots of cakes and drinks, lots of chatting and getting very excited. It was a lovely party’.
After the children boarded the plane they listened carefully to the safety drill and then prepared for take off! The children flew to Falmouth and kept looking out of the window to see if they could see Santa and his reindeer. They also had a snowball fight with toilet rolls and were served lots of sweets by the air hostesses. But the big excitement occurred when the sound of jingling bells were heard and Santa emerged from the back of the plane!
Student Alex Wright shared his thoughts about the flight. He said: ‘I am not afraid of heights because I am a big boy now. It was great being above the ground and I was very surprised when Father Christmas landed on the plane’.
Student Rio Ward added: ‘I did playing at the party and Father Christmas gave me sweets. I liked the landing and the taking off and the playing as well’.
Kerri Flynn expressed her gratitude to Thomas Cook for providing the children with such an amazing opportunity, and LSA Lindsay Tailby, who also helped look after the students on the trip, said: ‘There were so many smiles and special experiences. It was just such a happy day’.