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Term 3 starting 9 September 2014.



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It's been a long 10-hour flight! You've completed your arrival card and your Boeing 777 aircraft has taxied up to the air bridge.

Welcome to Christchurch International Airport! During this field trip you will journey as an international traveller through the airport terminal. You will present yourself and your passport to Immigration staff at border control, claim your luggage, get sniffed by an MPI detector dog and see how Customs work to keep our country safe.

You will discover the airport is one large community supporting you as a traveller, arranging freight movements and contributing to the economy of the city, region and country. You also have special and rare permission to ride in a state-of-the-art fire truck, see how well prepared the airport is for emergencies and explore how the environment is cared for.

Airports are fascinating places and on this trip you will get to visit places the public aren't allowed.

Where you will go

Your journey starts on your arrival at 9.45am, Tuesday 9 September on an international flight from Singapore. We have arranged special security clearance so you can go 'airside' and see behind the scenes to discover how airports really work!

In preparation for this field trip you will inquire into:

  • our border and border control
  • immigration
  • tourism
  • biosecurity
  • air traffic control
  • communities
  • environmental protection

During the field trip you will:

  • play the part of an international traveller
  • join the hunt for illegal imports
  • ride in a massive fire truck
  • see how air traffic control works
  • re-fuel a plane
  • park a Boeing 777 (well almost!)
  • observe how wildlife is managed and how the airport helps protect our environment from contamination

Learning Areas/Levels

Mathematics and Statistics Levels 3-5; Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-5, Physical World Levels 2-4, Material World Levels 2-4, Living World Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 1-3

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