Pupils learn Frank lessons from past

Pupils at South Shore Academy are hosting an Anne Frank exhibition.  Pictured is Takbirul Choudhury with Lottie Wheatley-Moore.

Pupils at South Shore Academy are hosting an Anne Frank exhibition. Pictured is Takbirul Choudhury with Lottie Wheatley-Moore.

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Pupils have been given a hands-on opportunity to learn lessons from the past.

Year 7 and 8 pupils at South Shore Academy have hosted their own Anne Frank Exhibition at the school this week.

With support from the Anne Frank Trust, pupils have set up displays at the school and have done extensive studies into specific topics surrounding Anne’s story and the wider Second World War history.

And 20 student guides have prepared their subjects, such as ‘Young Anne’ to ‘The Concentration Camps’, to be able to host tours with their fellow pupils.

Anne Frank was a German girl, whose family moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands in 1933 when the Nazis gained control of Germany –but became trapped in the city when Germany occupied the Netherlands.

The Frank family went into hiding in the building where her father, Otto, worked when persecution of the Jewish population increased.

Tragically, the group was captured and was transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died in early 1945.

Anne became one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust after her diary, kept from her 13th birthday, was found by her father – the only surviving member of the Frank family – and published two years after the war ended.

The exhibition includes displays from the Anne Frank Trust, contributions from staff – such as memorabilia from Anne Frank House, the museum where Anne and her family hid, and work by the pupils from history and English lessons about the war, including leaflets and posters.

Also featuring is a show reel of images from the Second World War.

English teacher Michelle Myers said: “The idea is to create a museum experience within the school.

“Rather than learning from history books, this museum experience is intended to engage the students more deeply.

“The guides themselves are also students, who have had to learn extensive information about their area.

“As well as history, the idea is to learn from the story of Anne Frank. We are teaching students about respect and tolerance for other religions.

“In lessons this will be linked back to many areas of real life from bullying to racism.

“So much can be learned from this period of persecution.”

Sara Cheston, who organised the exhibition, said: “Learning about Anne Frank is a vital part of educating our students, to celebrate their differences and to learn a moral lesson of respect for each other, not just in school but within the wider community.”

The last chance to view the pupils’ museum is today from 3.30pm to 5pm.