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As part of the enrichment programme of the Therfield School Sixth Form, the Bi-Annual USA Trip took place over February Half Term; 3 days in New York City, 1 day via Philadelphia and 3 days in Washington DC. A record breaking number of 50 Sixth Form Students supported by 5 Staff, travelled to JFK New York on Sunday 16th February, returning back to Heathrow on Sunday 23rd February 2014; more tired, wearier but delighted by all of the memories and stories they had to share!

The Trip exists around the aims of allowing our students the opportunity to visit New York and Washington DC as a Cultural Experience, so as to visit major points of interest such as the Empire State Building, Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty; Washington DC offers the chance to further explore the historical and political life of the USA through memorials, the White House, Congress and the Smithsonian Institute. This year, the students additionally enjoyed the opportunity of watching a Show on Broadway and eating at the Famous Planet Hollywood Restaurant on Times Square; as well as watching an American Collegiate Basketball Match between Georgetown and Xavier Colleges, and visiting historic Georgetown and the amazing Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington Nation Cemetery.

Catherine Cowley: “It was the best trip of my life!”

James Young: “I just loved it all!”

Hind Omer: “It was amazing to walk in the footsteps of the History books we’ve learned from!”

Briony Palmer Teacher of History: “It was amazing, incredible in every way!”

Gayle Rennie Assistant Head Teacher: “It is always an absolute honour and a privilege to spend the week with our students; they are always a credit to us all. Their excitement and enjoyment is evident for all to see and share!”

Whilst visiting Washington DC, the Therfield Students were given the opportunity to visit the plaque on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, and this really did bring home the importance of such a significant place. The group were able to visit the Lincoln, Washington, Korean and World War II Memorials, all before attending the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  The students had previously been the first group from Therfield School to visit the 9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pools at Ground Zero in New York City; and hearing from the guides that on that day back in 2001, the soldiers at the tomb had refused to leave their posts and even under attack had continued to guard their precious colleagues, proved a fitting finale to a wonderful trip for all 55 involved. All had truly experienced the work and the beliefs of the major American Political Leaders, stretching back to George Washington himself and all left the Country a little wiser and a little more inspired by the sights and sounds they had experienced.

Collectively, the group developed independence, understanding and a real sense of adventure and excitement. The next Sixth Form Trip is provisionally planned for February 2016; though it will take a great deal to beat the Fabulous 55 of February 2014.