Celebrating the Courage of Amy Johnson
Each class in The Link Secondary School is named after a local inspirational figure. Lynn Shah, 6th Form tutor of Johnson Class, representing courage arranged a visit from the Historic Croydon Airport Trust (HCAT) who came to talk to students about “Queen of the Air”, Amy Johnson.
The Trust delivered a very entertaining and informative presentation entitled “A Life of Flying, Adventure and Courage”, so that students could find out more about the lady their class was named after. They discovered that courageous Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from Croydon Airport to Australia back in 1930. She took off from Croydon in her Gypsy Moth biplane named Jason and flew to the other side of the world on her own. Students were lucky enough to see lots of memorabilia including a model of her biplane, they were amazed to realise that her actual biplane would have fit into their school hall!
Students had lots of questions for the HCAT about Amy’s life and flights and Peter Skinner, Archivist, said: “It’s excellent that The Link Secondary School have named their class after the late Amy Johnson and that they are so interested to know all about her life and achievements. Amy is a great choice of local heroine as she epitomises courage.”
The HCAT kindly presented the school with a collection of books, so that students can continue to learn more about their heroine.