In May 2018, a group of 33 pupils and 4 teachers from Abbs Cross Academy visited New York for four days. After checking in to a central Manhattan hotel, they spent the first evening sightseeing in Times Square.
During the trip, they travelled downtown on the subway to the financial district of Wall Street to learn about the American economy, before heading to Grand Central station for lunch. While there, pupils learnt about the history that led to modern Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Pupils saw where high-powered business meetings take place and where billion dollar deals are negotiated. Pupils also took part in a trading game to learn about stocks and shares.
Pupils also toured the United Nations NY headquarters where they had a behind-the-scenes view of the UN at work. During the tour, they visited the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber. They also viewed exhibitions on key issues on the UN agenda, such as human rights, sustainable development, climate change, and armed conflict.
Pupils took full advantage of sightseeing opportunities during the trip. They viewed the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They walked extensively around the city and they viewed New York from the top of an open-top bus. They also went to the top of the Rockefeller Center where they saw spectacular night-time views across the city. One of the highlights was the theatre trip on the final evening to watch ‘The School of Rock’ musical on Broadway. Pupils also enjoyed going to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for breakfast.
A trip to New York would not be complete with shopping! Pupils spent some time visiting retail businesses in New York to inform their understanding of marketing techniques. Some of the favourite shops visited include Macy’s, Sephora, Footlocker and the NBA store.
The pupils were amazed by the sights and sounds of New York and shared their experiences with family and classmates on their return.
Quotes from students:
“This trip helped me to think about global brands. It was interesting to see businesses in another country. I loved the shopping too.”
“I liked seeing the Statue of Liberty up close. It was good to see NYSE and Wall Street in real life as well.”
“The Top of the Rockefeller Center was amazing. We were so high up! The view was beautiful!”
“Ms Carrington joining in with the New York street performers was fun.”
“My favourite memory was walking around Times Square. Seeing all the billboards and buildings was amazing. Also learning about Wall Street was intriguing and helpful for the future.”
“I really liked the open top bus ride – it was a sunny day and the city looked really nice.”
“The United Nations was very interesting and it will help with other subjects apart from Business too”
“The School of Rock was cool!”