New York Trip October 2013

I am planning to run a trip to New York City in October 2013. The trip will run during the half term holiday and it will be open to all pupils in Years 9 and 10 (next year’s 10 and 11).

I hope to fly from Manchester to New York (possibly via Heathrow), departing on either Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th October and returning back in Manchester on Thursday 31st October or Friday 1st November. This would give us 4 nights in New York and one night on the plane flying back from New York.

The cost of the trip would be £1200. This would cover coach transfers in the UK and in New York, flights, 4 nights bed and breakfast in New York, 1 additional meal per day (either lunch or dinner depending on the schedule), New York metro pass which gives us free travel around Manhattan, New York Pass allowing access up to the top of the Empire State Building, ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Museum of Modern Art and the Natural History Museum, a guided walking tour of Harlem to look at the struggle for Black civil rights, a guided walking tour of Manhattan, a visit to Ground Zero, a coach tour of famous TV and film sites in New York and much more. We may also be able to arrange a visit to a Broadway show or a sports event but this will depend on the final cost of the flights. The visit will be organised by Equity Travel and the trip will therefore be fully insured and ATOL covered.

I hope to stay at the International Youth Hostel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I recently stayed at this hostel and was very impressed with the atmosphere and facilities. It has 24 hour security, a cafe; that is open all day, free WiFi, a computer suite and a film room. There is also a welcome night at least twice per week and evening entertainment is often provided. (See website for more details – At the moment the hostel still has rooms available for October half term but if the hostel does fill up in the next week Equity will arrange similar accommodation.

I will be running the trip and Mr Fenton will be my deputy. I have been organising and running visits to France and Belgium for the last 8 years and Mr Fenton has also organised many trips. He also organises the Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions for the school. In addition, we have both assisted on the ski residential for the last 4 years and we have both previously been to New York. We therefore have a lot of experience of taking part in and running school trips.

Ideally, we would like to take 32 pupils at a ratio of 1:8. We will therefore be taking 2 senior female teachers with some experience of taking part in or running school trips. I appreciate that this is not a cheap trip but I genuinely believe that this would be a trip of a lifetime.

If you would like your child to be considered for the trip please complete the tear off slip and return it to Mr Curtis by Monday 10th December.

The accommodation for October half term is rapidly being filled and I also need to secure places on the flights as soon as possible. If you would like your child to be considered for the trip you therefore need to pay a deposit of £150 using Parent Pay. If your child is successful this money will be used to pay the deposit. The second instalment of £150 will need to be paid on Monday 4th February 2013. The balance will need to be paid before the 19th July. Once your child has secured a place on the visit you will be able to use Parent Pay to pay instalments at your own convenience.

If your child is unsuccessful the deposit will be refunded immediately. If your son / daughter is successful I would like to hold a meeting after Christmas to discuss the trip. We can then discuss whether we want to try to add a show or sports event. (NB – if there is any spare money this will be returned when we arrive back at school.)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at school.

Yours sincerely

Mr Curtis

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