With the slowdown in flights caused by the Covid-19 travel bans, the Apii Te Uki Ou new entrants class enjoyed a rare opportunity to go air-side at a working international airport.
They visited the terminal, and boarded one of Air Raro’s Saab 340s – but 5-year-old Kayla had no problem answering the questions about what she enjoyed most.
“Easy peasy lemon squeezy!” she said. “It was playing with the hose. Because when I squirted the water a beautiful rainbow came out.”
Not many people in the world are boarding planes these days – but these children got the chance.
Teacher Donna Watson thanked Air Rarotonga’s Anand Naidu, Ingrid Kelly, Dave Leeming and the other airline, Airport Authority and Fire Rescue staff, for arranging the visit.
“While everyone loved the session at the fire station learning about the importance of being safe with fire, it was their turn on the fire hose that will stay in the minds of these young learners.”
Then they collected their boarding passes and crossed the tarmac to the Saab 340. “The boarding passes had our names and allocated seat numbers which we had to find – more learning in real life context.
Air Rarotonga’s Ingrid and Dave fielded questions like, “why does the front wheel lift up first?” and “how do the pilots know when they are safe to land?”
Jaxon Cryer, 5, said he enjoyed spraying the fire hose, too. “I sat next to Apenera on the plane, it was cool. My number was 5D.”
Watson said experiences like these made learning memorable, and brought learning from the community into the classroom.