There were no back-to-school blues for two pupils of a Sheffield school.
Eight-year-old Hollie York and her five-year-old brother Joshua arrived in style for the autumn term at Halfway Junior - by helicopter.
With mum Rochelle Tatnell, they dropped into classes after Holllie won a prize draw held by Hallam FM at Crystal Peaks shopping centre.
The trio took off from the Porsche garage at Meadowhall for the short flight across south Sheffield.
“The whole school was really excited to see the helicopter arrive overhead,” said 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!”
Mrs Kurcewicz said both children thought the flight 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 the school’s new ‘wow’ days, designed to highlight new curriculum ideas for half term. Pupils, who will become ‘dragonologists’, found a ‘dragon’s egg’ in the playground, completing a memorable day.