School Life News
The Art and Photography Department’s amazing New York City 2015 trip took place over the October half-term break.
This dazzling action packed tour has left our students feeling excited and inspired. Thirty students enjoyed fun-filled days which included taking in the bright lights of Times square, the Empire State building, Ground Zero, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Unbeatable sketching and photography opportunities included Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and MoMA.
This transatlantic adventure kicked off with a 6 hour flight from Heathrow to JFK airport, a short coach ride took us to our hotel located next to Times Square- we couldn’t wait to explore! After settling nicely into the hotel rooms- which were colossal- we were ready for dinner at Planet Hollywood on Broadway and a fantastic trip to the top of the Empire State building at night.
The following day with glorious sunshine and unblemished, blue skies we embarked on our next mission to uncover the delights of Central Park. Ice skaters, roller blades and rickshaw riders surrounded us amongst the beautiful autumn backdrop. The Metropolitan Museum of Art didn’t disappoint with the largest collection of Art in the world! A traditional NY lunch of hot dogs, pretzels and donuts gave us all a needed energy boost for a fabulous afternoon at the Guggenheim to explore contemporary Art. Dinner at Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co overlooking Times Square at night rounded up another brilliant day.
Wednesday started with an early morning subway ride to Battery Park to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Followed by a very moving visit to Ground Zero and the waterfall monument. MoMA – Museum of Modern Art was another highlight of the trip; we were able to view a vast array of inspiring artists 2D and 3D works. Dinner at the Hard Rock Café on Broadway was a brilliant flamboyant experience where all students joined in singing at the top of their voices! Lady Gaga’s outfits, Jimmy Hendrix guitars and Elvis Presley memorabilia were amongst some of the Hard Rock’s collection in their museum. The evening concluded with an inspiring talk by the New York artist KT Smyth and a chance for all students to have discussions on being a young contemporary British artist living and working in NYC!
The following day started with an early breakfast at our local restaurant Tim Horton’s before a free day of NYC shopping. All students returned to the hotel excited and weighed down with bargains. Sadly our trip had come to an end and we reluctantly made our way back to JFK for the overnight American Airlines flight back to the UK.
Mrs Raymond, Mr Herbert and Miss Shaw would like to thank all the students for being incredible ambassadors of Bonus Pastor Catholic College.
Watch this space for the Art & Photography NYC 2017 trip to be announced soon!
Young Mayor of Lewisham Election 2015
Emmanuel OLANIYAN - Young Mayor of Lewisham 2015/16
The Young Mayor of Lewisham Elections were held all day at Bonus Pastor on Wednesday 14th October 2015. Students were given booklets of the different candidates and had an opportunity to vote at different times of the day. There was a good atmosphere in school and students were excited to place their vote at the school polling stations. Turn out across from the borough was up from last year which is really positive. The election results are as follows:
Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham 2015/16 Hanna DIMTSU
UK Youth Parliament Representative Saffron WORRELL
Deputy UK Youth Parliament Representative Melissa REBKE
Our candidate from the school, Andre Williams, ran a good campaign and had some great ideas. He narrowly missed out the top 4 places coming a commendable 5th in the results. We hope that he will run again next year.
Student Council Leader