Sheffield’s Hollie wins chance to ride in helicopter

School Run with a difference..Brother & Sister Hollie & Joshua York arrive at Halfway Junior School by Helicopter along with their mum Rochelle
School Run with a difference..Brother & Sister Hollie & Joshua York arrive at Halfway Junior School by Helicopter along with their mum Rochelle
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It was back to school with a bang for eight-year-old Hollie York and her five-year-old brother Joshua when they hopped into a helicopter.

Together with mum Rochelle Tatnell, the pair dropped into classes quite literally at Sheffield’s Halfway Junior School.

Hollie had won the chance of a chopper ride in a prize draw held by Hallam FM at the nearby Crystal Peaks shopping centre.

And the trio took to the skies by taking off from the Porsche garage at Meadowhall for the short flight to school.

“The whole school was really excited to see the helicopter arrive overhead,” said the school’s headteacher Rhea Kurcewicz.

“Hollie was full of it, although for some reason one of the things that really stuck with her was that she’d enjoyed a glass of Vimto before they’d taken off!”

Rhea said both children thought the flight across south Sheffield had been a fantastic experience.

“All the other pupils were amazed - we hadn’t explained what was going on and they all assumed that Hollie must be very rich, and that the helicopter must belong to her family!

“They must have wondered where she’d suddenly got all this money from - but they were delighted by the day and they were really proud and pleased for her.”

Coincidentally the helicopter’s arrival tied in with the first of Halfway Junior School’s new ‘wow’ days, designed to spotlight exciting new curriculum ideas for the forthcoming half term.

Youngsters were invited to dress up to mark a school investigation into the dastardly world of dragons, giving pupils the chance to become qualified ‘dragonologists’.

“The children found that a dragon’s egg had been left in the playground, which later hatched leaving goo and bits of shell behind,” Mrs Kurcewicz said.

“In fact it all made for rather a busy day for us all.”