In February, Mr Tebbutt and Miss Allen lead a trip to New York and Albany.

On an early Wednesday morning, a thirty-strong army of students and staff from Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy set off on a trip of a lifetime to New York City after a short journey over the Atlantic Ocean.

Immediately, they headed to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and surrounding counties. That evening, the group were warned of adverse weather conditions for the following day, however the mood was not dampened as they looked to make the most of their time in the City. Upon awakening, the aftermath of a six hour blizzard was evident; twelve inches of snow had fallen!

Determined to not let the snow stop them, the staff and students headed to the busiest train station in the country, Grand Central Terminal. Whilst mingling with local commuters, students were able to appreciate the celestial ceiling murals above the vast main concourse and explore the many passageways. With the snow continuing to fall, they ventured to Central Park to be consumed by the pure white scenery around them.

That evening they had the opportunity to watch the New York Rangers compete against the Nashville Predators, in a National Hockey League fixture, at the iconic Madison Square Garden. The sell-out arena generated a fantastic atmosphere; the New York Rangers were eventual 4-3 winners!

On the final day in Manhattan, everyone headed south to visit the 9/11 memorial, Ground Zero, and to travel on the Staten Island Ferry, where views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty were breathtaking. An evening trip to the American Museum of Natural History, and Times Square, ensured their final day was crammed full of activities that would live long in all of their memories.

On Saturday the group travelled north to New York state’s capital, Albany. They headed straight to Hudson Valley Community College, where they explored the grounds, before settling down to watch the Crofton Park Dynamo U13s Ice Hockey Team in action. Upon conclusion of the match (where Crofton Park Dynamo were 3-2 winners!) they headed across the concourse to observe the Hudson Valley Vikings in a College Basketball League fixture. The visit to Hudson Valley was a fantastic experience for all students and gave them the opportunity to analyse competitive American sports, recognising similarities and differences within the delivery of sports education between two of the world’s major countries. We would like to thank Hudson Valley Community College for their hospitality.

For the duration of the stay, our students were an absolute credit to the Academy.


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