Fourteen Post 16 students and two members of staff, Mr Tyler and Miss Baker, visited Washington DC and New York as part of a cultural/political enrichment experience over the Easter Holidays.
Three days were spent in Washington DC, where they visited the main National Memorials around the Mall area, as well as the Holocaust museum, Smithsonian museums and galleries, along with Arlington Cemetery and the National Zoo.
Following on from a contact provided by Nigel Mills MP, the group were also able to take in a private tour of the Capitol Building (the home of the US Congress) getting to see areas of the building normally off limits to public tours.
Whilst in Washington they also took in a professional Basketball game at the Capitol One Arena, between the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks.
Later in the week they then transferred by Amtrak (America’s intercity railroad service) to New York where they continued their tour for the next three days.
There they visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum; Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial Museum; then the Empire State Building during the day and the Rockefeller Building at night to take in the views of New York. The group also continued the museum and art gallery theme, visiting the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). They also took a walk through Central Park, visiting Trump Tower and St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue.
They spent the evenings in both Time Square and Madison Square Garden (where they watched the final of the National Invitational Tournament College Basketball competition between Penn State and Utah State).
The group walked miles, (averaging 12km per day!) and had a great time. The students were amazing and were a real credit to themselves and to the school.