A Flying Visit for Polwhele House

A Truro school celebrates helpful community members and enjoys a ‘˜flying’ visit from the Royal Navy’s Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter

Polwhele House Preparatory School in Truro held a ‘People Who Help Us’ day, on Friday 19thSeptember, as a chance for its Pre-Prep students to learn about members of the community who provide help to others.

Visitors included the Royal Navy’s Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter. Both the Pre-Prep and Prep pupils were able to explore and learn about the role of the helicopter and its crew when it landed on the school’s tennis courts.

Other guests included representatives from the RNLI, a local GP, a vet, a dentist and a Police Community Support Officer.

Talks outlined the visitors’ roles in the surrounding area and the way in which their jobs can have an impact on the lives of those within the community. There were many demonstrations from the speakers who showed their specialist equipment for the children to see and handle. 

Helen McCullough, Year 2 teacher at Polwhele House, arranged the day, saying: ‘It is fantastic that our pupils will get the chance to learn about the role of these community services through the ‘People Who Help Us’ day, as it is really important that they are recognised and appreciated. We feel that even our very youngest children should be aware of the people in our community ‘who help us’, as well as the services they might potentially encounter in our coastal community.’

Four out of the six visitors are parents of pupils at Polwhele House, with another visit facilitated by a parent, meaning that the event was a real community effort, coming together for the benefit of the children.

Other hosted events at the school include cake sales, parent cocktail evenings and school productions – the proceeds of which go to local charities such as South West Equine Protection, Truro Food Bank and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Alex McCullough, Headmaster of Polwhele House, was delighted with the event and was pleased to see pupils interacting with members of the community. He commented: ‘We want to connect with our local community in order to enhance our children’s understanding of the world around them. We are keen to continue with events like the ‘People Who Help Us’ day in order to strengthen this link.”


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