Pupils at Middleton St Mary's C of E Primary School were given a special treat when Senior First Officer Sabine Hargreaves from Jet2.com dropped by to support their 'Travel around the World' project.
Sabine from Apperley Bridge is a pilot for the leading leisure airline, based at Leeds-Bradford International Airport. In contrast to the previous day when she flew passengers to Bergamo and Amsterdam Sabine became teacher for the afternoon. Sabine gave the lucky year five and six pupils a unique insight into life flying Boeing 737 aircraft to exciting destinations including Geneva and Salzburg for skiing in the Alps, European cities such as Nice and Amsterdam and the beaches of Spain and Italy.
Sabine was a natural choice for the airline when they received the request from Middleton St. Mary’s C of E Primary School. A gifted story teller, Sabine wrote the book 'Plane Crazy' about her journey to become a qualified commercial pilot.
Sabine said: "It had been a dream of mine to become a pilot after my father took me to watch planes at Dusseldorf Airport when I was six. I love flying and Jet2.com is still small enough to know everyone I fly with, which makes it a really friendly place to work.
"It has been a real privilege to talk to the children about my job and my passion for flying and I hope I have inspired some of them in the same way I was inspired as a child."
Barry Twitchett, teacher at Middleton St Mary's C of E primary School said, "We would like to thank Jet2.com and Sabine for talking to the children today. They thoroughly enjoyed it and asked plenty of questions - I know that the visit will inspire their learning!"
Sabine explained about her job, answered lots of questions from the children and then guided them through a fun role play of a flight to Malaga, assigning the roles of pilots, cabin crew and passengers. The children even acted out radio calls to get clearance for take off, the cabin crew safety briefing, take off, inflight drinks service and made announcements to the 'passengers'.
The children who got were the crew members in the role play received Jettoo the Lion soft toys, which are sold onboard Jet2.com flights to raise funds for Yorkshire Wildlife Park and support the ongoing care for the pride of lions the airline rescued from a Romanian zoo last year. The children who were passengers on the 'flight' were thanked with activity packs or Jet2.com toy plane sets.
Although the children are too young to be recruited by Jet2.com just yet, the airline is currently recruiting staff to join its Leeds-based team with more than 1500 employees - more information can be found at www.Jet2.com/jobs.