GGS History Trip to Washington

At the end of the last academic year a number of Grosvenor’s most ardent Historians in forms 3 – Upper 6th enjoyed an outstanding opportunity when they embarked on a week-long trip to America’s capital city, Washington D.C., where they were afforded the chance to visit some of America’s most famous and popular historical landmarks.

Departing from Dublin Airport in the early hours of Saturday 25th June, the action-packed trip featured a plethora of highly educational and experience-broadening excursions throughout its six day duration, beginning on the day of arrival when the party was given the chance to enjoy shopping in world-famous stores such as Macy’s, Nike Town, and the Apple Store, before visiting the Empire State Building in the evening.

Following such a busy opening day, Sunday 26th June then saw the visiting contingent embark on a four hour bus tour of the city during the morning, incorporating such world-renowned sites as Central Park, Harlem, Fifth Avenue, The Empire State Building, Wall Street and The Statue of Liberty, while the afternoon was spent at The Wall Street Experience followed by The 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The following day the group then embarked on a two-and-a-half hour journey to Philadelphia where it visited such landmarks as the must-see ‘Rocky’ statue and steps, before experiencing Reading Terminal Market - the city’s famous indoor food paradise, as well as Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.

Back in Washington, Tuesday 28th featured a further, four hour, sightseeing tour, this time taking in The White House, Vietnam War Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and The Martin Luther King Memorial, while the afternoon was spent at The Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex. On Wednesday 29th, meanwhile, the group visited The Permanent Exhibition of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as receiving a guided tour of the US Capital in the afternoon, before experiencing perhaps the highlight of the entire week when they attended a baseball game between Washington Naconals and the Mets at the Naconals Park.

On the final full day of the trip, Thursday 30th June, meanwhile, the majority of time was spent at The National Archives Museum, which provides a spectacular depiction of the American journey to all of its visitors.

Many thanks to GGS History teacher Mrs Andria Peel, leader of the trip, who invested hours of her own time into the planning and organization of it, as well as fellow teachers Ms Lorraine Gray and Mr Stephen Smith who accompanied her throughout.

Without a doubt all twenty-three pupil participants on the excursion will look back on their week in Washington in years to come on as one of, if not the highlight of their time at Grosvenor Grammar School.

Grosvenor's travelling contingent of pupils and teachers pose at the 'Rocky' statue during their day-long excursion to Philadephia on Monday 27th June.

Grosvenorites pictured outside The National Archives Museum on Thursday 30th June.

GGS Historians under the Washington lights during their trip to the capital last June.