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Trip to New York, USA

During half term a group of students from years 9, 12 and 13 visited the Big Apple as part of their GCSE, BTEC and A Level Media and History courses.

During half term a group of students from years 9, 12 and 13 visited the Big Apple as part of their GCSE, BTEC and A Level Media and History courses.

"Our first experience of NYC was a walk around Central Park which is arguably the most famous park in the world and the most filmed location ever, with our guide pointing out film locations as we walked. We saw where Kevin meets the pigeon lady in ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,’ the fountain from the opening sequence of the TV show ‘Friends,’ Bethesda Terrace from the ‘Avengers’ film and locations from ‘Glee,’ ‘Elf’ and ‘Enchanted’ to name but a few. Before heading to the NBC television studios we made a quick stop at FAO Schwartz, the world famous toy shop where the big piano from the film ‘Big’ is housed. We all had fun running and sliding along it and attempting to play tunes with our feet. You can’t go to New York and not climb to the top of the Empire State building; even though we had to do a lot of queuing it was definitely worth it because the views from the top were incredible.

 

On day 2 we caught the Staten Island ferry so that we could get up close and personal with the statue of Liberty, another landmark that you cannot afford to miss! She was stunning. Next we walked to the site now known as ground zero, where the twin towers once stood. There was a very sombre atmosphere in this area. We all remembered those who had fallen. We admired the memorials and took time to think and learn more about what happened on that day by listening to local New Yorkers who were happy to share their stories.

 

Students enjoyed shopping in New York at department stores such as; Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Century 21. Armed with their shopping lists students went on what could only be described as a shopping spree! William and Vinnie did particularly well! Just around the corner from our hotel was Times Square, the location of the world famous New Year’s Eve ball drop. The lights and screens were dazzling. We were all in awe as we turned the corner into the square itself. The students enjoyed exploring the vibrant area that proved that New York really was a city that never sleeps."

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