Review of London Spring Break trip


Courtesy of Catherine Laylin

Julia Chang, News Associate

Spring Break is a beloved time for all students and faculty to have a few weeks to themselves to brush off the stress of the school year. Some members of the student body at Princeton Day School have taken this annual opportunity to expand their worldviews at one of the most richly cultured cities in the world—London. The London Spring Break trip at PDS, London: Life Along the Thames, is aimed to immerse students in their studies of English and literature.

This year, students from grades 10 through 12 traveled to London. The eight-day visit lasted from March 10 to March 18, and students were accompanied by Faculty Chaperones Karen Latham and Jamie McCulloch, who are both English teachers at PDS. Mr. McCulloch noted, “Why we chose London as a destination has much to do with the fact that both Dr. Latham and I teach English, and the literary importance of London and the U.K. in general.” Highlights of the trip included visits to the Globe Theater, the British Museum, the London Eye, the Tower of London, and Leeds Castle.

Senior Ashley Cavuto decided to spend her last spring break at PDS on the London trip. “I was originally exposed to the idea through my advisor, Dr. Latham. I was also taking an English elective called Detective in Fiction where we read a few British novels, such as Sherlock Holmes, and I really loved it,” Cavuto explained. “I thought it would be really cool to learn more about British literature and experience the culture that inspired it.”

The London Spring Break trip is just one of the many global studies programs that Princeton Day provides for its students. Its rich historical culture and connections to modern-day literature are examples of the depth of the PDS curriculum and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities our school offers to its students.