March 2020: Students amazing New York trip makes lasting memories

A TRIP of a lifetime saw 25 of our students spending time in New York.

They toured the sights, including seeing the Statue of Liberty on a visit to Ellis Island, Central Park, dined in the Hard Rock Café and Bubba Gump, visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and went to the Empire State Building.

They also saw a stage show of Dear Evan Hansen, which students described as ‘amazing’.

Budding photography director Caitlin Woodend also celebrity spotted in Manchester Airport and had her photograph taken with reality star Scarlett Moffatt.

Caitlin, 15, said: “I really enjoyed the workshop; we went to the film academy because I want to go into film and we got to use professional cameras. It was a proper workshop on cinematography.”

The students were mostly from Year 11 with a few from Year 13 and Year 10.

Caitlin, and Bryony Booth, 15, both enjoyed the visit to the Empire State Building and as the lift was going up a film was shown on the ceiling showing the building’s construction.

Bryony said: “It was terrifying for me because I am extremely scared of a lot of things: I don’t like flying, big crowds and being away from my family.

“However, I am so glad that I went on this trip, because going with school as a large group meant I got to do things I wouldn’t have had the chance to do if I went when I am older.

“Both Caitlin and I were in tears after visiting the 9/11 Museum; it was really beautiful.”

The plane took eight hours to get to New York, their return trip was in a storm so, although that made the flight turbulent, it meant they arrived back about 90 minutes earlier than expected.

Bryony added: “Caitlin and I only knew about four people on the trip before we went, but we came back having made three more very good friends. We had such a good time making new friends and having a laugh.”