Grades 8-12 Visit NY City

posted Jul 9, 2009, 4:12 PM by Edward Mansager   [ updated Jul 15, 2009, 2:03 PM ]
Nine St. John’s students in grades 8-12 visited New York City from Feb. 19-22. Chaperoned by Latin teacher Anna Brenneis and Dean of the HS David Jepson, the group arrived early on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20. Upon arrival, Mrs. Brenneis took the rest of the students sight-seeing while Mr. Jepson and one student went to The Hewitt School, a private girls’ school, to give a presentation about Russian Orthodoxy to the combined Russian History and Comparative Religion classes. The presentation went well, and the Hewitt students asked a number of good questions afterwards. The St. John’s group met up later at the Empire State Building and then traveled to Times Square and an early pizza dinner.

Thursday was devoted to visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the first 90 minutes, the group was given an excellent guided tour of the Greek and Roman galleries. Then the students had time to fulfill their assignments to locate various objects in the museum, draw at least one of them, and write a descriptive essay. There was also free time to explore the impressive Egyptian rooms and European Painting galleries and to browse the huge gift shop.

On Friday, the plan had been to visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in NY, but a serious storm blanketed the city in snow that morning, causing various complications and disruptions, and leading to the decision to abandon this part of the program. Instead, the group made its way through snowy Central Park and then headed for the airport. The flight was one of the few that day which was not seriously delayed, and the students and teachers arrived back in San Francisco on Friday evening. See photo album for more photos.