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28th April 2017

During the Easter Holidays some of our Six Ones travelled across the ocean to visit Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut as part of an annual exchange that saw the Miss Porter’s girls visit Benenden in January.

One of our members of staff, Elizabeth Corry, who went on the trip tells us more about it:

The theme of our exchange visit was Service and we were certainly privileged to see this in action at every level, from girls leading improvements in their own school community to those who represent their country on the international stage. Our afternoon volunteering at the food charity Hands on Hertford also allowed us to make our own very small contribution to helping the local community.

One of the highlights was undoubtedly the day we spent at UN Headquarters in New York. Very unusually, we were allowed through security in order to attend the midday press briefing where the Costa Rican Ambassador gave feedback about the progress of the conference on nuclear disarmament.

We were also extremely fortunate to be able to talk to the UN Deputy Spokesperson about his work and the work of the UN - the girls did not hesitate to question him on everything from his ideology to the details of his everyday schedule.

During our time at Miss Porter’s, the girls turned their hands to a wide range of subjects, both the familiar and the new (International Relations and Women’s History to name just two) and they relished the chance to experience a very different style of learning. Their creative talents were stimulated by workshops in pottery and journaling and a trip to a local stately home allowed us to see key works by the likes of Degas and Monet, which can be seen nowhere else in the world.

Everything about our trip was immensely inspiring and the girls made the most of our time to reflect deeply and also to create some fantastic memories.

Above: The girls in the UN Security Council Chamber