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Visitors from RAF Benson make dramatic arrival to DGS in helicopter!

Posted on: 11/10/2018

For the first time in the history of DGS, we had visitors who arrived at school this week in a helicopter. Unsurprisingly, the field was packed with staff and students who excitedly watched the amazing machine land and a number of female RAF personnel emerge from it. RAF Benson visited us on a Female Inspire Programme to encourage our Year 8 students to think both creatively and ambitiously about their futures. Station Commander Hamish Cormack, a Puma navigator and Qualified Helicopter Tactics instructor, leads RAF Benson Base, and talked to the girls about self belief and confidence. Wing Commander Toria McPhaden addressed many of the stereotypes associated with the RAF and shattered a number of gender based myths about this profession. The morning included eight varied and exciting stalls which the students visited as a carousel and had a brilliant time as they learnt more about career opportunities. Making models with dried spaghetti and marshmallows as well as making helicopters from paper and craft materials were all very much part of the day! What an enriching opportunity for our wonderful Year 8 group - a valuable exposure to leadership and ambition!

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