Newcastle High School for Girls in Jesmond is working with The Anne Frank Trust UK to host a national touring exhibition, “Anne Frank – a History for Today” that tells the story of Anne Frank against the backdrop of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

The pop up exhibition will be housed within three large classrooms at Newcastle High School for Girls and will take visitors through various stages of Anne’s life.  The exhibition has toured the UK and will be at Newcastle High until 12 June.

Twenty-one Year 9 pupils have received special training to work as guides to take invited schools and visitors around the exhibition.  The training provided the girls 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 into the narrative.   The guides spent last week honing their curating skills by showing all pupils at Newcastle High through the exhibition.

Over the course of this week (8 – 12 June), Newcastle High will play host to a number of local schools who have been invited to attend the exhibition.  Among the schools are West Jesmond Primary, who will be bringing 90 children; St Catherine’s RC Primary in Sandyford; Newcastle Preparatory School and Newcastle School for Boys.

Grace Dunne, North East Regional Manager for the Anne Frank Trust explained:

We’re delighted that Newcastle High is not only hosting “Anne Frank: a History for Today” in Newcastle, but is inviting students from other schools across the city to visit.

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.”

Lucy Franks-Doyle, teacher of RS and Philosophy and Director of Co-Curricular and External Links at Newcastle High who has organised the exhibition commented:

“It is very fitting to be hosting the exhibition in the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and 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.

“The aims of the Anne Frank exhibition marry well with our school’s mission and aims of encouraging tolerance, respect and compassion among our girls.  Their involvement and exposure to this exhibition we hope will help them to understand their responsibilities and the role they play in society.”

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