Students bring Lapland magic closer to home

North Lindsey College students re-created the experience of going to Lapland for primary school children
North Lindsey College students re-created the experience of going to Lapland for primary school children

Students at a Lincolnshire college have made dreams come true for 40 school children from St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy with an annual make-believe trip to Lapland to see Father Christmas.

The joyful treat was organised by travel and tourism students at North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, who were assessed in events management for providing this merry service.

Festive fun was experienced by the children, who experienced a pretend flight on Iron Air on the college’s real aeroplane cabin which had been fitted into a classroom.

Each child received their very own Iron Air passport, as the children stepped on board for the imaginary trip to Lapland.

The in-flight visual programme consisted of a scenic view to the winter wonderland after being supplied with refreshments on board the airline.

After the flight had ended the children arrived at Santa’s grotto to pay him and his elves a visit before having a festive story and articipating in Christmas crafts.

Kimmy, one of the children on the trip, commented: “I enjoyed going to see Santa and him giving us a present.”

Students helped the children in Santa’s workshop make magic reindeer food, decorate biscuits and make Christmas decorations.

Courtney Lowe, one of the travel students involved in the event, said: “This is the first time we have planned an event like this, I was nervous at first but now I’m more confident.

“The children were very excited and loved meeting Santa.”

Kayleigh Parker, travel lecturer at the college, sadded: “The students have grown so much in confidence since starting in September.

“It’s really positive to see them use their skills in practice and engage with such a young audience.

“The children have really enjoyed it too and left with big smiles on their faces.”