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On Friday 16th February 47 students and five staff members met at 4:30am in Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport to head out to the bright lights of New York City. An uneventful set of flights with only one boarding pass lost and a race through immigration in Dublin, we all arrived on time at JFK.

On checking into our “luxury” hotel on West 94th Street, we walked along Central Park to Columbus Circle, taking in the sights and sounds of a busy Friday evening.

Saturday consisted of visits to the Statue of Liberty, South Sea Port, The Financial District, The Charging Bull, and finally the 9/11 Memorial. Students showed a lot of  respect and behaved impeccably whilst taking in the eerie feeling of being stood by the footprints of the twin towers.

Sunday morning involved a nice snowy walk through Central Park, ending in a snowball fight against a rival American school. Next, we caught the subway to Queens to visit the Museum of Moving Image, followed by an afternoon of shopping down 5th Avenue and dinner in Times Square.

Monday began with a tour of the NBC Studios, visiting the sets of Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon, ending with students producing a short interview and news article in a real TV studio. The creativity continued with students visiting the Apple Store on 5th Avenue for a range of workshops. To finish the visit we spent the afternoon/evening at the top of the Empire State Building. Tuesday was our final day in the Big Apple and was spent doing some last minute shopping at Macy’s before our afternoon flight back home.

A big thank you goes to Mr Bolton, Mrs Sullivan, Miss Giblin and Mrs Chrimes for helping to run the visit and to all the students involved for their great behaviour and participation in the range of activities offered.

Mr Nolan, Head of Media Studies

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