Day 6 – Reflections

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The following are some reflections from the students on their Arizona visit. Enjoy!

This trip has quite simply been the best school trip I’ve been on.  Everyday has been both fun and enlightening for me and I thank all those involved in leading and organising it, you’ve been great! As an enthusiastic geographer and historian this was the perfect trip for me; the Arizona landscape was stunning.  Covering so many miles in five days, we got to observe some of the most spectacular geology.  What was most special about this trip though was the fact that it oozed education and history which we absorbed sometimes without knowing it.  I was, in a slightly ‘Turnerian’ way, touched by the landscape, the people and the history of the area.  Thank you so much!!! ~ Rob.

This trip has definitely been a once in a life time experience, it has been so enjoyable, I’ve loved every minute of it and would happily do it all again given the chance! Loved meeting new people, everyone has been amazing. ~ Hayley ๐Ÿ™‚

This trip has been one of the best experiences ever. I have loved learning about the Navajo beliefs and have found everything very interesting. Visiting the grand canyon was just unreal for me and I probably speak for the rest of the group on this. Canyon de Chelly was just as good and everyone has got amazing photos. I would like to say a massive thank you to the teachers who supervised us and put up with us for the week. In addition, I would like to say a massive thank you to Lesley our tour guide and Ed our driver for the week, we all really appreciate the effort put into this trip! ~ Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

Im so greatful to have been given the opportunity to go on the Arizona trip, its been one of the best experiences and the best school trip. Ive enjoyed being part of the school group and meeting new people. Also, learning about the Native American culture, visiting the Grand Canyon and horse riding at the ranch! Thank you to the teachers, our tour guide Lesley and others involved for making it possible… ~ Savannah:)

Hi:) its Renal. I can’t believe its over… So many memories and good times, hard to believe we went to Arizona! This opportunity was theee best ever and I enjoyed myself ALL OF THE TIME. Horse riding in the desert was insane, seeing the grand canyon was unbelievable, the Navajo dancing was mind blowing, this trip as a whole was such a pleasure to be part of! We are all grateful to the individuals that made our dreams a reality. Yeah buddy;) Renal:p

Its been a fantastic experience and we would do it all over again. ~ Bill, Pip and Hannah Montana

It was amazing, we learnt a lot, had loads of fun and we loved Lesley. So sorry its over because it was a great experience. Talking to the modern Native Americans made the history really come alive. The grand canyon and the general geography of Arizona was spectacular. Apart from the brief heatstroke I enjoyed myself the whole time I’ve been here, the horse riding was really fun and we also loved the re-enactment and particularly the Indian dancing.  were all so glad we’ve had this opportunity and thank you so much to sir and miss for making this trip special. ~ Love from Alex x Lidi x and Amy

Best trip ever!!! Had a brilliant time in Arizona, should’ve  been a two week trip! The ranch was brilliant, and I learnt so much about the American West and the Native American culture. I WANT TO LIVE IN ARIZONA!!! ‘In our language, we have no word for sorry, because we do nothing we should be sorry for’. ‘What do say when you bump into someone accidentally?’.  ‘Get out of my way!’ ~ Owain ๐Ÿ˜€

Arizona has certainly been an amazing trip, where I’ve seen things I never thought id see (the Grand Canyon) and done things i never thought id do (ride a horse across the Wild West). But what has truly made this trip are the people I have spent it with, from the locals who were always friendly, the other pupils on the trip, who can certainly be described as “interesting” and the teachers, giving up their spare time to allow us the opportunity to go to a place as awesome as Arizona. ~ Nathan

Arizona has been AMAZING. Definitely the best school trip. We learnt so much about the American culture whilst also visiting some beautiful locations. The ranch was sooo much fun and having the chance to ride across the desert is something I will never forget. Visiting the various canyons and the living heritage museum was also spectacular!! The company was also fantastic and the teachers managed to remain calm, even when people were near the edges of the grand canyon. Thank you for an awesome trip. ~ Sally

Amazing trip, that no one will forget….the only time they will is if they become ill.  Full of jokes, laughs tears and smiles. Not to mention the brill fun we had ‘loping’ and herding cattle, looking at the vast natural beauty of the cacti and mountain terrain, the spectacular rock formations, seeing one, of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and most of all realising that there are religious beliefs of the, Navajo, that, actually make, sense and don’t contradict each other ! So a big thank you to our American mum Lesley and our very own wonderful history teachers ! ~ By Samantha

This week has been amazing – Arizona is such a beautiful state and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. Thank you to all who made the trip so wonderful including our teachers and the lovely Lesley. It’s hard to capture the past week in pictures or words, even the most beautiful photos do not do it justice. I have learnt so much and have been amazed every time I looked out of the bus window. Thanks again, Jenny.

Arizona has been amazing and it has become clear just how lucky we have been to experience it first-hand from the huge and overwhelming grand canyon to the small and personal traditions of the Navajo people, words cannot begin to describe what effect the place has on you. the experience was only made possible through the hard work of HGS History Department so thank you but what was a good trip was made amazing thanks to our superb tour guide Lesley, there were tears from both sides as we parted at the airport. Role on the next trip, it has provided memories that will last beyond a lifetime ! ~ Callum F

What can I say about our trip to the American West? I can sum it up in one word – awesome! The scenery has been spectacular – almost every view from the coach window was like a scene from a film! Being a cowgirl for a day was an experience I’ll never forget and breakfast in the desert was the most amazing location I’ve ever eaten in. Meeting a Navajo family and spending time in an Indian school on the rez were unique experiences and I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity. A massive thank you to Mr Ford for organising such an amazing trip, and also to the students who have been brilliant – even tiredness and heat stroke couldn’t dampen their enthusiasm and general all – round cheerfulness. Howdy y’all, Miss D x

If I could have anything in the world right now it would be that instead of being sat on a plane I would be spending another night  in Arizona with the most amazing people ever (yes Ford and Devey that includes you as well!) These past 7 days have been the most incredible time I’ve had in my entire life and words cannot describe everything we’ve experienced. It has to be said tha
t one thing made it all even better: LESLEY!! I have learnt so much in the last 5 days here and even thought I’m on the way back to a rainy H’gate to be a sixth form student again in my heart I will always be woody the cowgirl and one day I will be back in these awesome places again ๐Ÿ™‚ the entire trip seems surreal and only the thousands of photos offer the proof. So thank you again to everyone who organised, paid, drove, laughed, looked after and generally put up with us this week. This is the only way to study history. I will never forget it. ~ Charlotte.

Lesley โค Arizona 2011

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