Gallery: Helicopter treat for primary school pupils

PUBLISHED: 10:36 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 07:35 30 May 2010

Pupils enjoy the helicopter visit

Pupils enjoy the helicopter visit

AN army of maroon ants marched out onto the playing fields of Dunmow Primary School on Wednesday morning (March 24) to welcome a special flying visitor. The ants were actually pupils wearing their school blazers, but they were described by a pilot of

AN "army of maroon ants" marched out onto the playing fields of Dunmow Primary School on Wednesday morning (March 24) to welcome a special flying visitor.

The 'ants' were actually pupils wearing their school blazers, but they were described by a pilot of a helicopter which was making an arranged visit.

The Squirrel helicopter, operated by educational company Heli-wise, hovered over the school buildings before landing smack bang in the middle of the playground.

In order to guide it in, pupils and teachers formed the school crest, a willow tree, in the playground. This was the idea of nine-year-old Nathan Biggs who won the competition to decide on a welcome logo to assist the pilot.

Headteacher Sylvia Ruck said: "The excitement around the school during the whole morning was great. It really was something out of the ordinary and a great experience for the children."

During the two-hour visit, all of the school's pupils got the chance learn about how the helicopter works and also get their photos taken alongside it.

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