New York, New York (and Washington D.C.)
On Saturday 1st April, thirty-three Year 12 students set-off on a whirlwind tour of New York City and Washington D.C.! Led by Ms Horton and Mrs Turner, the students got to enjoy a variety of sights and cultural experiences linked to some of their A-level subjects, such as: a sociology and history themed visit to Ellis Island to learn about immigration in the past and present; a psychology trip to the 9/11 Tribute Centre to find out about the effects the terrorist attack had on the first responders on the scene; a trip to NBC Studios to see where shows Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon are recorded (linking to media studies) and tickets to see Groundhog Day the Musical on Broadway, which since the trip, has received an Olivier Award for Best New Musical in April 2017.
Another highlight of the trip was Mrs Turner’s love of a good walk, which resulted in the students completing a four-hour walking tour (after all, the average New Yorker walks five miles a day) from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, all whilst Ms Horton and Mrs Turner entertained students with facts about the city – including some not-so-true facts, which students had to spot in exchange for a prize.
The trip came to a close on a gloriously sunny day in Washington D.C., where students walked along the National Mall and took in sights from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.
Over the five days the students were excellent ambassadors for the school, showing enthusiasm and interest in all the activities. Sophie, who attended the trip, said, “Our time on the trip went by too quickly. I loved the atmosphere in New York City and would love to go back one day, as there’s just so much to see and do.”
Meanwhile Mrs Turner said, “We had an amazing time on the trip and I was really proud to see students making the best of all the opportunities they were given whilst we were out there. Their conduct and team spirit was evident each day and after walking an average of 15 kilometres a day, it was great to see them also maintain a sense of humour! I hope the trip has provided them with memories they will treasure for a lifetime.”
Thank you very much to all the staff who supported the trip: Mr Alexander, Ms Horton, Mr Pritchard and Mrs Turner.