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On Thursday 11th February, 80 St. Joan of Arc students (Years 8, 9 & 10) set off on the trip of a lifetime. Flying into Boston Logan International, we made our way up to the White Mountains to the town of Lincoln in New Hampshire. We spent two days skiing Loon Mountain and three days skiing Cannon Mountain. On Sunday 14th February, there was certainly no love in the air as it was -29°C (-41°C with wind chill) – the coldest day in New Hampshire since 1934! Despite this, most students still skied, with a break every 20 minutes to thaw out and drink hot chocolate. Après-ski activities throughout the week included bowling, cinema and ice skating.
On Wednesday 17th February, we made the six hour journey south to New York City – visiting a shopping outlet en route before heading to the district of Queens to see St. John’s University beat De Paul University (from Chicago) in their first victory of the season. Thursday 18th was a pretty hectic day, with all 92 of us walking to, and going up, the Empire State Building, followed by an amazing lunch at Mary O’s (Courtesy of Elizabeth and Thomas McEvaddy’s auntie who owns the bar), a short ride to the 9/11 Memorial to reflect, a short walk to the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Our day concluded with a trip to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square with the highlight of the night being the dancing of a number of students (and staff!)
Friday 19th was our last day in the states and we took in a few of the sights on guided bus tours – taking a walk through Central Park, visiting the Grand Central Terminal, driving down 5th Avenue, visiting Strawberry Fields – amongst other things.
Throughout the trip I was absolutely thrilled to have members of the public, including staff at the hotels, compliment us, not only on our accents, but also the behaviour and attitude of all of our students. All 80 students were an absolute credit to themselves, their parents/carers and St. Joan’s and I hope they all take away hundreds of memories, as well as new friendships and a love for skiing and traveling.