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Washington and New York Trip, February 2017

Mrs Cole reports: "Over the half term break, 52 of our students in years 10 and 11 had the opportunity to visit the USA. We flew to Washington DC and immersed ourselves in the nation's capital, first seeing the White House, and taking in the different war memorials in the National Mall area. We visited the Lincoln memorial and had some time for some quiet reflection at the Dr Martin Luther King memorial. We also visited the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, and walked up to Capitol Hill.

From Washington we then took a road trip to New York, via Philadelphia, to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, before spending three nights in Manhattan. We were blown away by the views at the Rockefeller Centre, before taking in 5th Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, the Public Library, walking along 42nd Street to Times Square. We spent Valentines evening on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, seeing New York lit up on a beautiful clear night. Students visited the Statue of Liberty and learned about the experiences of immigrants at Ellis Island, before an emotional visit to Ground Zero. Our final day saw us taking in Central Park before strolling down 5th Avenue and doing some shopping.

"The Trip was amazing and I've made so many memories. I've learnt many things about the American culture, along with new things about myself! It was incredible and I will never forget the experience." - Molly Hamilton

The whole week was documented on our twitter feed - @bfsusa2017 - so parents were able to see what we were up to all week. I would like to thank all the students for their enthusiasm and energy over the course of the trip, and parents for supporting them to make it all possible. A huge thank you should go to the team of staff, without whom the trip would not have been the big success it has been. The students really enjoyed themselves, but also learned a lot about American culture and about themselves."

Thank you to all the parents and students who took the time to thank the staff personally. This comment, written in a card to staff, illustrates the impact that these experiences have on our students:

"I enjoyed every minute of it and have made some amazing memories that will stay with me forever. You have shown me that anything is possible and I have been able to experience a trip of a lifetime."