The Clyst Vale trip to Washington DC was a huge success this February. The students involved were Mia Hart, Sam Terrett, Owen Potter, Thomas Hannaford, (all from Year 12) and Lewis Haynes, Joe Nisbet, Tom Palmer, Jake Faulkner, Matt Pearse, Hannah Nordqvist, Kelsey Marriott and Eleanor Sansbury (from Year 13)
We were concerned about the US Government shutdown but fortunately all of the federal buildings were open for our visit. On a cold and sunny day we were able to walk to the Lincoln Monument, The Vietnam War Memorial, The Jefferson Monument and the Dr Martin Luther King Memorial. Then we spent a lot of time in the African American Museum and the Museum of American History. On our second day we had a guided tour of the Capitol Building, went to Arlington Cemetery and had a tour of the Pentagon. We had heavy snow on our final day in Washington DC but were able to get in to the Supreme Court and listen to a case being argued in front of the nine Supreme Court Justices. A really impressive way to spend our last day in DC.
Miss Jenkins and I were delighted with the group. They were supportive and positive throughout the trip. They looked out for each other and were interested in all of the places that we visited. They are all superb students and showed Clyst Vale at its very best.
Mrs H Padden
Head of History
Teacher of Politics