The college was one of 40 schools across Australia to receive a visit from the rescue helicopter after students successfully completed the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program.
The program is designed to teach primary students the importance of not-for-profit emergency services and the work they do.
Program ambassador and Australian Ironman champion Ky Hurst was on hand to welcome the helicopter and its crew, along with staff and students.
Mr Hurst said he remembers being reassured by the presence of the helicopter as a young child growing up on the Gold Coast.
‘Australians know the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service for the important role it plays in patrolling our beaches, however it’s important to understand that the service’s tireless work extends far beyond the coast,’ he said.
‘They perform lifesaving missions on our roads, in the bush and during natural disasters such as fires and floods and I’m excited to help spread the word about this vital community organisation to Aussie kids.’
Southern Hills primary co-ordinator Stephanie Moore said students put a lot of work into completing the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program, including role-plays of the rescue operations and learning about bush safety.
As a result, the college was selected from more than 300 schools to host one of the helicopters.
‘We are only a small school, so it’s fantastic to have the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter come to the school; it’s very exciting for the students.’
Staff and students were able to chat with the crew and look in the helicopter.
They learnt about safety equipment on board each aircraft, how crews prepare for a real mission and patient transport.