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