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South Sefton in New York City

A-Level students from Hugh Baird College’s South Sefton Campus recently left College life behind as they headed for the Big Apple.

Students from Drama and Law courses crossed the pond to New York City in order to take in the sights and also experience first-hand how their chosen subjects work in practice.

In order to inspire Drama students, the four day trip involved an acting workshop with Stephen Tewksbury, star of the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots.

The students were able to build on their performance skills and improvisation techniques by learning from a professional actor who uses these techniques daily. After the workshop, a Q & A session on working in the industry was hosted for students to ask anything they wanted relating to starting a career within the performing arts industry. Later on in the evening the whole group got to watch Stephen in action as they took their seats for a performance of Kinky Boots.

Law students were also treated to viewing their chosen subject in practice by visiting courts to view real trials. This gave them a chance to explore the American law system and they were also were able to visit the United Nations to examine issues related to international law.

In addition to these exciting educational experiences, the students soaked up New York culture by visiting popular tourist sites like Wall Street, Times Square, Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Drama A-Level student, Lauren Comaish said:

“New York was incredible, as a drama student, being able to take part in a workshop hosted by a professional actor was a once in a life time opportunity that I am glad I took. I learnt so much from the Q & A session, it has really helped me to plan my future career goals.”

Drama A-Level teacher, Paul Fitzpatrick said:

“The trip to New York us typical of the enrichment experiences we offer our A Level learners. Trips and visits like this bring subjects to life, increase engagement and help to broaden our learners’ social awareness.”

To find out more about A-levels at the Hugh Baird College South Sefton Campus, visit: www.hughbaird.ac.uk/a-levels.

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