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Recalling life of Anne Frank.

>>Above, an image from the Above, an image from the exhibition. Below, students learning about Anne Frank's life exhibition. Below, students learning about Anne Frank's life PUPILS at Newcastle High School for Girls in Jesmond worked with the Anne Frank Trust UK to host a national touring exhibition. "Anne Frank - a History for Today" tells the story of Anne Frank against the backdrop of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

The pop-up exhibition was housed within three large classrooms and took visitors through various stages of Anne's life.

Twenty-one year 9 pupils were specially trained to work as exhibition guides, providing them with the background to the exhibition, advice on how to communicate its content to people of their own age, and guidance on how to introduce more general themes such as tolerance and discrimination.

Among the schools invited were West Jesmond Primary; St Catherine's RC Primary in Sandyford; Newcastle Preparatory School and Newcastle School for Boys.

Newcastle High School for Girls pupil Katie Maloney, 13, of Whitley Bay was one of the exhibition guides.

She said: "Being a guide for the exhibition has opened my eyes to the full horrors of the Holocaust and has given me a much greater understanding of the need to avoid discrimination against any minority group be it for reasons of religion, gender or ethnicity.

"Anne Frank was just a normal girl, not much older than me - seeing the world through her eyes via this exhibition brought home to me and to all the children who visited the fact that we need to keep her story alive and avoid such horrors happening again."

Religious studies teacher at Newcastle High Lucy Franks-Doyle said: "We are very proud of our girls.

"They had one day's training and were then able to guide fellow pupils and visiting schools around the exhibition with tremendous confi-dence, knowledge and sensitivity.

"Over the two weeks, we had several hundred visitors attend the exhibition and we hope each and every one of them took away the key messages of tolerance and compassion. "It was very poignant to have our girls, who are a similar age to Anne Frank when she died at 15 in Bergen-Belsen, telling her story to other young people."

Year 6 class teacher at West Jesmond Primary School Mark Rimmer said: "The exhibition at NHSG proved to be a valuable experience for our pupils who have been fascinated by recent work on the Second World War.

"Hearing about the experiences of Anne Frank from girls of a similar age to her helped bring home the significance and magnitude of what happened for the children and staff alike. "The excellent subject knowledge displayed by the girls and their detailed explanations extended our children's understanding of the values of tolerance and being part of a wider society." Grace Dunne, North East Regional Manager for the Anne Frank Trust UK, explained: "Our programme educates young people about the damaging effects of prejudice and discrimination, by exploring Anne's story and the history of the Holocaust in parallel to 21st century issues we face in Britain today."


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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2015
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