New York – where dreams are made of!
16th December 2014

Over the October break, sixteen Oundle School A level artists and three Art teachers travelled to New York for a culturally and educationally enriching experience.

The location of their hotel - right by the Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building within a ten-minute walk from Times Square – meant the group was perfectly situated to explore the city.

The first morning saw them set off to the Whitney Museum followed by a walk through Central Park to the Guggenheim.

Pupil, Erica Stadnik (17) commented, “Both museums had wonderful collections, with some very eccentric works by Jeff Koons in the Whitney, which we loved.”

On the second day, the pupils went to the Museum of Modern Art - an extraordinary museum with a beautiful courtyard sculpture garden. It is home to several floors of some of the most famous contemporary art in the world, as well as the Matisse paper cut exhibition which had just moved there from London. On the same day they visited the Empire State Building, took the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and had a moving visit to the new 9/11 memorial.

Erica added, “On the third day we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spent a big chunk of time there as the amount of work on show was immense. It is a combination of the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert and the British Museum rolled into one. Even five hours was not enough but we all experienced a degree of ‘museum fatigue’ so we took regular breaks.”

On the day of departure, the group saw the Frick collection which included famous paintings by Bronzino, Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Erica Stadnik commented, “The first thing that struck me about the city was how tiny we felt looking up at all the buildings. Even the smallest of them were taller than an average building in London. The trip not only provided great cultural enrichment but also, for me, the discovery of peanut butter and the challenge of dealing with the subway (which we did not fully master, even by the end of the trip)! Thank you to the staff for sharing all their knowledge.”

Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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