Pupils from Oakham School enjoyed learning all over the USA during two school trips in half term. Whilst Geographers took to the West Coast, Business, Economics and Politics pupils travelled to the East Coast.
Oakham’s geographers embarked on an exciting 10-day tour around the West Coast of the United States, visiting some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Designed to show pupils the sights, culture and geography of the South West USA, the group flew to San Francisco to take in the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars and a tour of Alcatraz.
They then spent the week on a ‘road trip’ experiencing a wide range of physical and human geography including the Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Monument Valley, Universal Studios in Hollywood, and much more.
Meanwhile, business, economics and politics pupils spent the week on the East Coast of the USA to explore New York and Washington DC.
During their time in New York, they took the ferry to Liberty Island to visit the world-famous Statue of Liberty, and visited Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum to learn more about the journey taken by the millions of immigrants to the East Coast of the USA.
They saw the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and Federal Reserve and visited the World Trade Center site and the 9-11 Memorial.
They also had the chance to visit the UN Headquarters, to take in some shopping, to walk through Central Park, and to visit Madison Square Garden for a guided tour of the world’s most famous arena.
During their time in Washington DC, the pupils saw the White House and many of the cities famous memorial sites including the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jnr gave his most famous speech.
They also had a once in a lifetime opportunity when they met Congressman Leonard Lance, a representative from the State of New Jersey.
“He kindly assigned his personal staff to give us a detailed tour and special access to the US Capitol Building,” said Jeremy Rowe, head of business at Oakham.
“It was a powerful experience to actually visit the building where so many important decisions in world history have been debated, scrutinised and agreed upon.”