Letter about our pupils from a fellow passenger on a flight back from Barcelona

Dear Mrs Dobson,

First of all I’d like to apologise for taking so long to send this email as the occasion I’m about to refer to happened a couple of months ago now but let me explain.

My family and I were returning to Edinburgh from Barcelona at the beginning of the summer holidays on a RyanAir flight which had been delayed for around an hour for boarding and (to our horror) a further 3 hours once we were all boarded and the doors were locked. This is never welcome news and my 3 year old daughter didn’t cope particularly well which resulted in her bumping her head and tears ensued. It was at this point that a pupil from (one of a group who were celebrating a successful performance of Hairspray – I think)

Dalkeith High School stepped forward to offer her cuddly toy dog to my very upset daughter. This act of kindness saw my daughter not only calm down but actually sleep for most of the delay such was her delight and resultant comfort. For this act alone I can’t thank this pupil enough, it was a truly selfless gesture which made a little girl (and her parents) very happy and sets the young lady in question out for particular commendation. We didn’t catch her name but she and her friends will know who she is and I hope our gratitude can be relayed to her.

That’s the main part but a special mention is deserved for all the young adults in the group and their teacher. Those are tough circumstances for any traveller and there were several ‘adults’ on the flight that dealt with the situation poorly while every pupil from Dalkeith High was polite, well-behaved, courteous and considerate from start to finish and I can’t tell you how impressed we were. The teacher in charge was also notable for her calm yet firm approach in ensuring her charges comfort and safety whilst this was all going on.

As I say it was a while ago so I apologise for the delay in contacting you but young people are too often misrepresented these days and I couldn’t let this pass without comment.

All the children and staff were top-notch and an absolute credit to the school, I wish them all the very best for what I’m sure will be a bright future!