Free flight over Derry area for local primary school children

Fri, 24/01/2020 - 07:36 -- Editor

City of Derry Airport and Scottish airline, Loganair, this week teamed up to provide aneducational aviation experience for local school children from the Strabane area. The scheme aims to improve levels of educational achievement for children and young people by providing additionalsupport to help them reach their full potential. On Wednesday 22 nd January, 150 pupils from Strabane Controlled Primary School,St. Catherine’s Primary School in Strabane, and St. Mary’s Primary School inClougher, received an educational talk from a range of departments across City ofDerry Airport and got to experience a pleasure flight across the city ofDerry/Londonderry and the surrounding areas. The pupils took flight from City ofDerry Airport on board Loganair’s impressive Embraer 145 aircraft as part of theiraviation experience. David Gamble, teacher at Strabane Controlled Primary School, expressed his delighton the project: “Many thanks to City of Derry Airport and Loganair for the flightexperience they offered to our pupils from the Strabane Extended Schools Clustergroup. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day at the airport, consolidating theirknowledge on the topic of flight as well as learning about the day to day running ofan airport. Thank you very much.” Extended schools activities are designed to support learning, raise school standardsand promote healthy lifestyles, enabling schools to work closely with members of thewider community and connect local people with local services.  Hannah Campbell, a member of Loganair’s marketing team, noted: “Everyone atLoganair and City of Derry Airport had a really fun day welcoming pupils onboard ourEmbraer 145 aircraft. There are numerous career opportunities in aviation, fromworking in passenger service to aircraft maintenance. Hopefully all of the pupilsenjoyed taking part in the Extended School’s Cluster Project and perhaps some ofthem will now consider working in our industry.” Mr. Clive Coleman, Contracts Director at City of Derry Airport, added: “It’s fantasticto be able to support the Extended School’s Project from The Department ofEducation and I’m proud that the team at City of Derry Airport will be contributingtowards these young people’s education – the young people who are ultimately thefuture of the North West region. And perhaps we’ve inspired some aviationprofessionals of the future!”