Kids learn aviation at Rarotonga Airport

Wednesday September 02, 2020 Written by Published in Education
Pupils from Blackrock Api’i Potiki aboard Airport Rescue Fire Service’s boat. 20090104 Pupils from Blackrock Api’i Potiki aboard Airport Rescue Fire Service’s boat. 20090104

Rarotonga International Airport was buzzing with activity on Monday but there wasn’t a tourist in sight. 

Thrilled pupils from Blackrock Api’i Potiki took a field trip to the airport to learn about aviation - part of a three-week learning programme covering the fascinating subject of transportation.

During the trip, children were able to board one of Air Rarotonga’s propeller-powered planes and take a ride on one of Airport Rescue Fire Service bright green, 29-tonne trucks.

The trip concluded with a display of the truck’s fire extinguishing capabilities, as several of the vehicles turned on the hoses, shooting water dozens of metres into the air – much to the delight of the children.

Principal Stephanie Forbes said the trip was part of fulfilling a goal in the Cook Islands Early Childhood Curriculum that lets children experience an environment where “connecting links with the family, the community and the wider world are affirmed and extended”.

“Going on excursions is an excellent way to fulfil this goal,” said Forbes.

On behalf of the staff and students at Blackrock, Forbes wanted to express thanks to the teams at Air Raro, Rescue Fire and Airport Security, as well as Cooks Buses and all the parents and helpers who made the trip a resounding success.

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