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Bradon Forest's Biggest Ever USA Trip!

Miss Cole, Head of Humanities reports: 

Over half term we were delighted to take 77 of our Key stage 4 students to the USA. The trip was about 18 months in the planning, and 6 days in the making! We flew to Washington DC, then travelled by bus to New York, via Philadelphia. In Washington, we spent the first day of our visit taking in the Lincoln memorial, and the memorials to the Vietnam Korean Wars.  We walked the National Mall, and enjoyed the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, before taking a look at the Senate at Capitol Hill. In Philadelphia we took in Independence Hall, where the declaration of Independence was first signed in 1776, and saw the Liberty Bell. A number of us tried the legendary Philly Cheese Steak, and with our arteries challenged, we moved on to New York.

Three nights in the Big Apple allowed us to take in all the sights - the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, the Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, and 5th Avenue. We had many opportunities to learn about life, liberty, freedom, and were often reminded that life is for getting out there, and making the best of it, for yourself, and supporting others to be able to do the same. It was an unforgettable trip, and we have made many wonderful memories.

I would like to include a heartfelt thank you to all who came along to make it so special, and particularly to the staff, Ms Wilkinson, Mr Morris, Miss Mazelin, Mr Hutchings, Mrs Miles, Mr Sturla, Mrs Loxton, Mr Koniarski, and Mr Kershaw, without whom it would not have been possible. They all worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to make sure it was a success from start to finish. Thanks also to parents for supporting the visit, many of whom have sent us messages, cards, and gifts. We really appreciated it, and it has been genuinely lovely to know that the students taking part enjoyed their visit and felt they had learned a lot from it.