Graphic: RFDS Aircraft with pilot holding Queen's Baton
The RFDS was honoured to fly the Queen’s Baton to the remote Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg, 125 kilometres west of Alice Springs, marking the start of its time in the Northern Territory ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Queen’s Baton was welcomed into the community, who gathered at the Ntaria School, with huge smiles. The students learnt about the global journey the Queen’s Baton has been on since leaving Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017 and its distinct elements. Senior student Noel carried it through the assembly so all 70 students could get touch it and see the Queen’s message up close.
Assistant Teacher Maxine Malbunka said the children had been looking forward to the Queen’s Baton visit. “The kids feel proud to have some special visitors here. It’s very good for our community and the young kids here at Hermannsburg Ntaria School. Noel is a very lucky person. He comes to school every day and the teachers are proud of what he is achieving.”
As part of the visit, the RFDS set up a plane simulator so the children, most of whom have never been on a plane before, could see and feel what it’s like inside an aircraft.