New York – Art & Social Sciences Trip

Miss Grey with this trip report:

“So with much excitement 26 students and 3 staff met at Terminal 2 and were ready for the much anticipated trip to New York! ………….and we were off!

The coach trip in from JFK to our hotel offered us our first glimpses of the infamous skyline, and despite the rain, we spotted landmarks like Grand Central Station, Radio City, the Chrysler building and so much more!

The rain put a dampener on our evening visit to the Empire State building, for the time being, but after a good night’s sleep we started our exploration of this amazing city!

As Mrs Taylor-Crooke has written on our first full day, her group had a talk from a leading expert in the Civil Rights movement, Mark Levy, and tours to see and understand it’s impact. Meanwhile the artists went to view two internationally renowned collections of Art.

First stop, The Guggenheim, oh be still my beating heart! It was glorious, with its beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed curves and spiral, just looking at it was a delight. We saw amazing works following the spiral down by artists including Hilma At Klint, Picasso and Brancusi. The students were amazed by the building and inspired by the work.

A beautiful walk down 5th Avenue then took us to our next destination, MoMa. Excitement was high! Many of the students excited to see Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ in real life and many pieces they have used as inspiration. We saw works by Klimt, Frida Kahlo and Kandinsky as well as the Pop Art favourites like Warhol and Lichtenstein. 

I can’t wait to see the student’s responses in their sketchbooks of their visit. Many of the pictures and artworks we saw can be seen on the Art Department Instagram account.

We all then met together and went off for our meal and then finally we had our trip to the top of the Empire State building. It was a bit windy, but the view was magnificent! Even Mrs T-C bravely ventured onto the viewing platform and loved the view!

Day 2 and it was off to see the Statue of Liberty, she looked amazing as she came into view on our boat trip. We also filmed a Christmas message to the rest of the 6th form, full of good will and certainly not to instil any jealousy, with the stunning skyline of New York behind us!

Moments of reflection were taken, visiting the 911 Memorial and Museum, such a powerful and poignant place to see.

The evening meal was at the Hard Rock Café, and we then walked up to see the Rockefeller Gardens and Christmas tree. A photo opportunity if ever there was one. We were also witness to a bit of romance and saw a proposal, which made everyone’s night!

Our final day was topped off with Ice Skating in Central Park, or clinging madly to the sides in some cases! It was a beautiful day and romance stuck again with another proposal right next to us! There was definitely something in the air! The students then had some free time shopping, seriously if there was an A-level in this, we would be A* all round! From Yeezy’s to Tiffany, purchases were many and joy endless.

Then we said our fond farewell’s to New York and made the long journey home. The students were a joy, a credit to the school and their parents, so a huge thank you to them. Also many thanks for the help and support from wonderful Mrs Taylor-Crooke and Mr Manifould. Lots of memories made and inspiration gathered.”