The Paragon School was delighted to welcome Flight Lieutenant Joe Hourston from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
Flt Lt Hourston came along with Group Captain David Catlow, father to Thomas and Maggie, to deliver an assembly to the whole school. Flt Lt Houston started by showing the children some truly breathtaking videos of the displays that the nine plane formation perform all around the world.
He then spoke to The Paragon children about his RAF training and the selection process into the Red Arrows. He also spoke about the values that are at the heart of the Red Arrows: trust, teamwork, responsibility and opportunity. These values are also at the heart of everyday life at The Paragon.
The children had the opportunity to ask the Flight Lieutenant a number of questions including “How fast do their planes fly?” (“Nearly, half the speed of sound!”), “How much training do you do?” (“Over six months of training, practising the same manoeuvres and formations.”), “Are girls allowed to fly in the Red Arrows?” (“Absolutely!”), And probably the trickiest question of the day “What does flying feel like?” (“Incredible. There is nothing better. When I am up in my plane, there is no time to think about anything else. I switch off and concentrate on my flying.”).
Flt Lt Hourston finished his presentation by showing the children a map of where he had been able to fly as part of the Red Arrows team. He had been as far afield as China to help promote the RAF, British values and British initiatives.
Year 6 were lucky enough to also have a workshop with Flight Lieutenant Hourston and Group Captain Catlow where they learnt more about leadership.
The Paragon School is a forward-thinking, co-educational independent school for 3-11 year olds based in beautiful Bath. We believe happy children learn best… and have the results to prove it!
The Paragon is an independent, co-educational day school based in a beautiful Georgian house a mile from the centre of Bath. We have eight acres of our own gardens and woodland and, at our senior school, Prior Park College, access to superb science, sport and other facilities. Catering for more than 270 children aged 3 to 11, we offer a broad curriculum taught in small classes by teachers with a real passion for their subject.