The Hills School tours airport

Air time: Students from The Hills School navigated Sydney Airport's tarmac in their newly purchased school bus.

Air time: Students from The Hills School navigated Sydney Airport's tarmac in their newly purchased school bus.

Students from The Hills School at Northmead have taken a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Airport in a new bus presented to them by children’s charity Variety.

The bus was purchased with funds raised by the airport’s Christmas giving appeal, to help them access the wider community to develop life skills.

The Hills School caters for 120 students aged four to 18 with physical and intellectual disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour.

Principal Peter Gurrier-Jones said 14-seat bus has also been modified for wheelchair users.

It will be used to take the students on school camps and for excursions to sports venues and parks. ‘‘We are so grateful for Sydney Airport and Variety’s generosity and for the very special opportunity for our students to see an aircraft up close and drive along the tarmac in our new Sunshine Coach,’’ he said.

‘‘We focus on teaching functional skills for life and this tour  is a once-in-a-lifetime experience our students can’t get in the classroom.’’

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