Seventeen students from Year 8 to Year 12 embarked on a whirlwind tour of the USA over the school holidays.
The students days were filled with History, Politics, Economics, Geography and Business. We travelled 38,379 Kilometres from Perth to Washington, to New York to San Fransisco, through seven different airports.
The diversity between these three iconic US cities was extraordinary and students were spoilt with a feast of activities and experiences, that started at dawn and didn’t finish until the late hours of the evenings. Highlights of the trip were the history and beauty of Washington, the bright lights of Times Square, the unexplainable sense of loss at the 911 Memorial, the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty, enormity of the World Bank, beauty of Central Park, craziness of Wall Street, bareness and isolation of Alcatraz, engineering genius of the Golden Gate Bridge, the dynamic nature of Silicon Valley, and the shopping mania that is the ever consuming and producing nation of the US. The days were filled with belly laughs and eye widening sights, sounds and tastes. Some of these were seen and tasted at the Yankee game, and the Cats Broadway Show,
I would like to thank the students for their entertaining company and outstanding behaviour on the tour. We all felt a sense of how lucky we are living in Australia, when also baring witness to the economic and social issues facing America. We were hosted at the Burton High School, with a 98% ethnic diversity of Hispanic, African American, Asian and Filipino, in an economically challenged neighbourhood. The hosting students were giddy with excitement to meet their Australian friends and we were taught some cheerleading drills while watching the football team train, and having a tour of the school which was described by Charlotte as “looking exactly like Glee!" It was humbling to be welcomed with open arms and we all left with new friends and stories to tell.
I would like to thank Mr Manchip for his assistance and guidance on the tour, and also to all the parents for providing this thrilling, educational and entertaining opportunity to the students of which they will have many memories of. Look out for the next opportunity to participate in the US Tour, it will be even bigger and better.
Marrissa Pirie :: Geography Teacher and USA Tour Co-ordinator