Pupils from two primary schools in Helston were treated to a very special surprise this week.

On Monday, children from Nansloe Academy and St Michael’s School were asked to put on their coats and hats and wait outside for some special guests.

As the children waited patiently and wondered who this special guest might be, a Merlin helicopter from RNAS Culdrose which was carrying the guests flew low to the school grounds before landing on the school’s respective football fields.

Falmouth Packet: The helicopter hatch door opens, and it's Santa! The helicopter hatch door opens, and it's Santa! (Image: St Michael's School)As the school children and members of staff watched on in suspense, out came Father Christmas and an Elf, much to the delight of everyone watching on.

Father Christmas and his elf spent some time with the pupils at each school and spoke with them about Christmas before flying off again.  

Falmouth Packet: Santa greets the children at Nansloe AcademySanta greets the children at Nansloe Academy (Image: Pete McQuie - Culdrose Station Community Engagement Officer)A spokesperson from St Michael’s Primary School told the Packet: “As far as Mondays go, this was one of the best.

“It’s not every day you get a surprise visit from Santa and one of his elves, to deliver a treat for all the children!

“The children loved watching the helicopter land on our school field and couldn’t believe their eyes when they spotted Santa waving.

“Thank you to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and Mr Carter, for organising for Santa to come and visit. You have made 340 children’s (and staff!) day!”

Mrs Lucy Swiggs, headteacher of Nansloe Academy added: “It was a really special visit, and the children loved it!”