IS IT a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s PolAir2!
The NSW Police Force helicopter visited North St Marys Public School last Tuesday. Youngsters from the nearby preschool joined the entire school to see PolAir2 land in the playground.
A few excited pupils from each class sat inside the helicopter during the 90-minute visit.
Relieving principal Ann Kitchen said the visit created a buzz around the school. ‘‘It was nice to seeing the police walking around the playground, chatting to the children,’’ she said.
Year 6 pupil Braiden Burns felt as though he was the most popular kid at school. The visit was part of his prize won in a year 6 writing competition run by StMarys police to celebrate 150 years of policing.
Braiden was an honorary crew member for the day.
Five of the 11 competition finalists were from North St Marys Public School.
‘‘It gave the children a chance to research and write for a purpose,’’ Mrs Kitchen said.
St Marys Acting Superintendent Jason Green said: ‘‘It was pleasing to see the excitement on the faces of the children, interacting with their local police and welcoming PolAir2 to their school.’’
After the visit, PolAir2 went to the Blue Mountains to help search for a man who had fallen into a valley. The PolAir2 crew found him and guided paramedics and local police officers who got him to safety.