American tour is an eye-opener for History pupils

History pupils had a trip to remember when they travelled to the United States of America recently.

The travelling party were staying at a hotel near Times Square and after checking in the pupils had a walk around the surrounding area before stopping for tea.

USA trip - New York

Fourth year pupil Janna Wong was really impressed with the scenery: “The views were amazing, especially at night since the area was so brightly lit that it felt like there was still daylight outside. I guess it’s true what people say, New York is the city that never sleeps.”

The pace of the Big Apple was a new thing for the pupils to get to grips with and taking photos or just marvelling at the views required a lot of multi-tasking!

The following morning, fuelled by a breakfast buffet in the hotel, the pupils undertook a walking tour around the theatre district and upper Manhattan before being taken to Grand Central Terminal to have lunch and Buppa Gump Shrimp Co for dinner.

USA trip - food centre

The last few days in New York included another walking tour around lower Manhattan and the financial district as well as taking a ferry to Ellis Island, passing the Statue of Liberty.

Next up was Washington DC via Philadelphia. The pupils found the pace of life in these cities a lot calmer in comparison to New York but the views were just as stunning. In Philadelphia the tour party visited the town hall to learn all about the history of the Declaration of Independence.

Upon getting to Washington the voyagers were taken on a coach tour, visiting many memorials of different presidents and motivational speakers such as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. They also saw the White House and visited several museums.

USA trip - landmark

It turned out to be a great time to visit the capital with Janna commenting: “We were lucky enough to come to Washington in the season of the cherry blossoms, everywhere you went you would see them. They were so delicate and made the whole city seem like a picturesque painting.”

The outing was a great experience for pupils and teachers alike and it is sure to give pupils a better understanding of the context and environment about which they are learning.

Mrs Heather Ashton, Head of Upper Sixth, concluded: “It was a pleasure to spend time with the pupils in the USA. They were enthusiastic and behaved extremely well. They represented themselves and the school as we would expect, whilst enjoying the sights and having a lot of fun.”

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