During half term, Sixth Form students from RMS for Girls embarked on an unforgettable school trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City.
The primary aim of the seven-day trip was to enhance the students’ understanding of A-level History and Politics subjects, but it also provided and experience filled with cultural enrichment and enjoyment.
The adventure began in Washington, where the group explored the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, marvelled at iconic aircraft like the Enola Gay, and paid their respects at a World War II Memorial. Guided sightseeing tours led them to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the Arlington National Cemetery, where they witnessed the solemn Changing of the Guard ceremony. The group’s educational experiences continued with a visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a tour of the United States Capitol, and a rare opportunity to witness senators in action.
The students even had the unique opportunity to take a tour of The White House, despite it being very rare for Britons to be admitted here, the group were granted special access thanks to permission granted by Senator Rubio, who received an RMS branded pen along with a letter of thanks from our students. A visit to the National Archives followed, and the group saw the US Constitution and the 1297 Magna Carta up close and personal.
Day 5 marked the transition to New York City, where students explored the United Nations headquarters and indulged in the cultural delights of the city that never sleeps. They attended a Broadway show, enjoyed a special dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and strolled through the dazzling Times Square.
In the following days, the group immersed themselves in the city’s rich history, taking the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, exploring the Financial District, Wall Street, the 9/11 Museum, and Memorial, and crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. They also experienced the beauty of Central Park and visited notable landmarks such as Carlo’s Bakery, the Rockefeller Centre, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Guggenheim Museum.
This educational and eye-opening journey provided students with a deeper understanding of American history and politics, as well as a wealth of cultural experiences they will carry with them for a lifetime.