Year 8 students at Ormiston Park Academy in Aveley enjoyed an exciting trip to the USA as part of the Think Global programme ran by Learning Workz.

The unique programme gave Ormiston Park students the opportunity to team up with students from other local schools and to participate in a range of activities focused around ‘global thinking’. Students who took part were encouraged through these activities to think about how their actions as an individual play out in a wider setting.

Three Year 7 students from the Academy took part in the programme, which included two group sessions prior to the trip to the USA. In these sessions, they met students from partnership schools in Thurrock and planned for the trip, which took place on 27th August – 2nd September, in addition to getting to know students who would be on the trip with them.

Students reported that they greatly enjoyed the trip, which featured a host of visits to iconic landmarks in various cities in the USA. Activities included tours of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the United Nations building, as well as a tour inside the Pentagon and a visit to the Empire State viewing platform. In Washington DC, students visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill and the reflection pool.

There was also the opportunity for students to meet a diverse range of people, including survivors of the 9/11 attack, who took them on a guided museum tour before telling the students their stories and taking part in a Q&A session. Students also met the New York Deputy Commissioner, who explained how their role makes a difference in their community.

The students now have the chance to continue the programme by presenting their trip to family members and key stakeholders at the Thameside Theatre in Purfleet on 28th September.

Sarah Tredinnick, Assistant Principal of Ormiston Park Academy, said:

“The recent USA trip was an invaluable chance for our students to expand their horizons, visit some fascinating places and meet people who have faced real challenges and are assets to their communities.”

“We would like to extend our thanks to Learning Workz for offering our students this chance to truly think in a global fashion and take part in some unforgettable experiences through their participation in the Think Global programme. We know our students had a brilliant time, and we are very much looking forward to seeing their presentation.”