New York Sixth Form Study Tour 2017

During the Half Term break, a group of 17 Sixth Form pupils spent 6 days in New York City led by Mrs Williams and supported by Mr Kelly and Miss Croucher. The tour included an emphasis on Art History and Business which meant a diverse range of places to see and people to meet.

Art venues included the Metropolitan Museum, MOMA, Guggenheim and the Whitney which shows a fascinating range of temporary art exhibitions focused on American Art. The Business students had two meetings with financiers at HSBC – kindly organised by Toby McLennan (Ra87) – and at Advantage Capital.

Pupils visited the Statue of Liberty

Pupils visited the Statue of Liberty

The trip also included visits to the iconic sights of New York, which on our first evening meant a trip up to the top of the Empire State Building to see the sprawling city at night. Everyone enjoyed the boat ride out to the Statue of Liberty, followed by a visit to Ellis Island to learn about the part immigrants have played in the building of America.

Mr Kelly had organised a tour of the UN kindly hosted by the Peruvian delegation, this was followed by a reception given for us at the Peruvian Embassy. We were graciously welcomed and treated to our first taste of traditional Peruvian drinks and food.

Every evening we dined at a different venue, the highlight being Ellen’s Stardust Diner where we were serenaded by the waiters with hits from Broadway shows. The atmosphere was electric and it was not long before the students were joining in with the singing.

Happy memories!

Happy memories!

We had some quieter more poignant moments when we visit the memorial to 9/11 and celebrated Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral.  There were many more exciting sights in a jam pack itinerary, at the end of the trip, although tired, the whole group had many great memories and experiences which will leave a lasting impression.

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