Westpac Rescue Helicopter lands at Banks Public School

Banks Public School might be more than an hour away than the nearest beach but that doesn’t mean water safety is forgotten.

Pupils were blown away on Thursday when a Westpac Rescue Helipcopter came to rest in the school oval.

The famous red and yellow chopper visited the St Clair school to congratulate the children for completing the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program.

Banks Public was selected to host the landing from more than 3000 primary schools across the country.

“Everyone was excited, both the kids and the teachers,” relieving principal Trish Clifford said.

“I don’t know which one was more excited actually.”

"The kids couldn't believe the wind it created," Trish Clifford said.

"The kids couldn't believe the wind it created," Trish Clifford said.

The program includes interactive lessons for pupils from kindergarten to year 6 to educate them about how to react in an emergency.

Among road and transport safety, Ms Clifford said there was a particular focus on being careful around the water.

“It looked at what happens when you do go into the water,” she said.

“The trouble is when kids from out area do go to the beach it’s a lot different from swimming in still water.”

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is known for its work in both beachside and more remote areas.

On Thursday pilots and lifesavers talked kids through how the helicopter worked and even winched a few pupils off the ground in its rescue hoist.

“They were all blown away. Just being able to get so close to a helicopter was exciting for them,” Ms Clifford said.

“It’s not every day that a helicopter lands in their backyard.

“It was a real buzz for them.”

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