New York Trip

Posted on: 11/06/2018

In half term, ten pupils and two members of staff headed off on the first GTS visit to New York City. 

Mr Pluckrose, Head or Performing Arts gives us an insight into the trip.

The highlight for me as a school trip was the 9/11 memorial. We sat between the two pools and stayed there for a while as the students had that many questions about what happened that day and since then. They asked a lot about the designer’s choice of memorial. The vast emptiness of the pools represents all of the lives lost and the trees surrounding them (which there were loads) represented each of the firefighters and other emergency staff who lost their lives. There were a some tears in the eyes of the students and a noticeable moment of reflection as we left and considering they seemed to know very little about this event, as they weren’t even born then, was quite something.

My personal highlights were the musical School of Rock. I was amazed at the talent of the children in the cast. I would guess they were around 9 or 10 years old and could play their instruments better than most musicians. I also couldn’t believe the views from the Empire State and Top of the Rock, simply stunning.

Upon arriving passport control took over 2 hours and getting out of the country wasn’t much easier. The accommodation was nice and central. With the exception of the Statue of Liberty, everything else was only a 15 minute walk away. The weather was perfect with the exception of the last day. We were surprised at how quickly it went from blazing hot sunshine to non-stop heavy rain. Students loved the shopping time in Macys and Times Square. Central park was a welcome break from the city with gorgeous walks. The subway to Battery Park (Statue of Liberty) was an experience as we were like sardines in a tin. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island focused on America’s history of emigration. The vastness of the emigration hall really put things into perspective.

We walked a lot and by the end of the week I don’t think we could have managed another day. That said the students rarely complained and were always up for exploring more. I often heard. ‘We are only here once, we can sit down on the plane home’ although to be fair, whenever we stopped they seemed to have a talent for finding somewhere to sit down.

Overall this was by far the most inspiring, exciting and slickest trip I’ve been on.

Joshua Perkis thoroughly enjoyed the visit ‘Last week I went on holiday to New York and it was probably the best experience of my life! My favourite part was definitely the Broadway show ‘School of Rock’, the show was amazing especially how the children played their own instruments.’

Emily Sargent would love to go again, “My trip to New York was amazing, I really enjoyed all of the sites we visited and loved the experience of going to another country.”


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