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On Friday 17th of February 2017 some Sixth Form and Year 11 students went on a trip to New York. After a long day of travelling and, after having to be at school for half past three in the morning, we checked into our hotel and explored Times Square before getting some well-earned sleep.

The next morning, after breakfast, we took the metro towards Battery Park to go and see the Statue of Liberty. On the way, we walked past the 9/11 memorials. It was really interesting to see such a lovely memorial to the tragedy that had filled our news screens at the time. We were then given time to explore South Street Seaport where we could go shopping.

The following day, we went for a walk through Central Park, past where John Lennon was assassinated and past the Natural History Museum (which I knew I was going to have to visit properly at the earliest convenience). We then had a free afternoon exploring around New York. Sunday evening, we were lucky enough to go up the Empire State Building and see some incredible views.

On the Monday, some of us went to the Natural History Museum where we got to see some ancient dinosaur bones and fossils. The other half went to Radio City; We were then left to begin exploring the wonders of New York.

On the Tuesday, we were given a whole day to explore; I went to the Museum of Modern Art and saw lots of different exhibits - from Van Gogh to Jackson Pollock – brilliant!

The Wednesday was our final day in New York we were given this time to do any last minute things that we hadn’t managed to do during the rest of the trip. After this, we headed to the airport where we said goodbye to New York and set on our trip home.

Overall, I had a really good time and I am sure that many people on the trip did as well. I for one am so glad I went.

- Reported by Joe Caldwell

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