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Kent School, Connecticut

Kent School, Connecticut

Exchange Visit of Radley Sixth-formers to Kent School, Connecticut: Monday 31st October to Sunday 6th November

During the second week of Michaelmas Half Term, a party of eight 6.1s and 6.2s spent six days at Kent School, Connecticut – maintaining an Exchange Link that goes all the way back to 1927, when the Kent Rowing Crew visited Radley to practise, prior to becoming the first US school to compete at Henley Royal Regatta.

The Exchange Party was 6.2s Tom Bracey (c), Freddie Corner (c) and Otto Bodycombe (f); 6.1s Zak Kary (k), Monty Martin-Zakheim (k), Tom Neill (k), Will Todd (g) and Benedict Weldon (g). Accompanying dons were AC and MCFB.

During their time there, the Radleians pursued a wide range of cultural and other activities. As “Team Radley”, they honed their American Football skills, under the strict eye of the Kent First Team Football Coach. They visited the inspiring setting of Columbia University, in Manhattan (above) and had a Tour of this most impressive Campus. They also went to Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York: inevitably a humbling and moving experience.

The Party also visited Mark Twain's House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Centre (writer of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’), both based in Hartford, Connecticut.  Here, they participated in some thought-provoking discussion on Beecher Stowe's Legacy, when it comes to the crucial issue of race relations in the USA.

 

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