In May 2019, a group of 15 pupils visited New York for five days. After checking in to a central Manhattan hotel, they spent the first evening sightseeing in Times Square.
During the trip pupils visited the Federal Reserve to have an educational tour that details how financial decisions influence commercial banking, interest rates and exchange rates. Soon after pupils had a tour of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange where pupils learnt the history of the American economy and how it impacts daily life. The tour included a visit to the 9/11 memorial site where pupils could pay their respects. Dinner was at the world famous Serendipity 3 Restaurant where celebrities such as Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and even Donald Trump Jr visit frequently. The day ended by going up the Top of The Rock where pupils could take in the breath taking 360 views of New York.
Pupils took full advantage of the sightseeing with the open top bus tour of Uptown and Downtown New York. 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. The group had time to unwind from their busy start by enjoying bowling at Lucky Strike. The evening ended with a trip to the world famous Carlos Bakery in Manhattan for a spot of dessert.
Pupils enjoyed the visit to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where they learnt about the history of American immigration. Pupils were eager to try the various street foods on offer in New York ranging from Indianan, Jamaican to Mexican. They were excited to go shopping and spent time to visit some retail businesses they are familiar with due to studying Business Studies such as Macey’s, Sephora and the NBA Store. During the evening the pupils watched ‘Aladdin’ musical on Broadway.
All enjoyed going to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for Breakfast where the food was served with a song and dance! They were all intrigued with how learning inside the classroom can be seen in practise in the busy streets of New York.
- ‘The best part of New York was visiting the Federal Reserve and learning about all the gold!’
- ‘I was amazed that 25% of the world’s gold is registered at the New York Federal reserve.’
- ‘I really enjoyed watching Aladdin at Broadway, it was great comparing it to the London West end.’
- ‘I loved visiting the 9/11 memorial site as it was a great experience.’
- ‘I enjoyed Ellen’s Stardust Diner!’
- ‘I enjoyed the Top of The Rock as the views were amazing.’
- ‘I enjoyed eating the street food.’
- ‘I enjoyed the open top bus ride taking in the sites of New York.’
- ‘The United Nations tour was really interesting how Business Studies links in with History.’