hot air balloon pilot school visit Newton Primary School in Dunblane started the new term on a high with a demonstration in hot air ballooning from our Scotland pilot Kate Holzer. Kate visited the school just after playtime in-between her scheduled Scotland balloon flights. children wave in hot air balloon basket All 61 primary school children aged between six and eight were taught about the magic and science behind our big red balloons. The demonstration was organised to coincide with Newton Primary School’s Amazing Atlantic Journeys topic inspired by parent Elaine Hopley who is rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland. Newton primary school in Dunblane hot air balloon Jo Clokie, Primary Class Three Teacher said: “To say that the children were excited would be an understatement and they were not disappointed. The children were fascinated by ballooning, asking very considered questions and Kate was superb at explaining and demonstrating.” “As well as sharing her own experiences as a pilot, she also impressed us with facts about pilots such as Steve Fossett who has actually circumnavigated the world in less than 15 days. After the demonstration, the children were able to climb into the basket, giving them a taste of what it’s like to be on a real life hot air balloon flight. They were also given Virgin Balloon Flights baseball caps and activity packs to take home. Jane McManus, Head Teacher at Newton Primary School said: “We were thrilled to have a visit from Kate and her team whose knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise thoroughly enhanced the learning experience for our children. It was a very exciting morning for Newton Primary.” hot air balloon demonstration at primary school Speaking about the school visit, hot air balloon pilot Kate said: “The children were really well behaved, and asked some great questions. I hope we have inspired some of them to think about learning to fly or maybe working in the ballooning industry when they're older. It was certainly a fun treat for everyone involved.” See the full coverage from our Scotland Primary School visit on the Stirling News website. Nominate your school to receive a visit from one of our hot air balloon pilots. Contact: marketing@virginballoonflights.co.uk See you soon!