Reporter: Rosie

Anne Frank today

The Anne Frank exhibition came to Aylestone Business and Enterprise College on the 29th February 2016 and left 11th March 2016. It follows the life of the young holocaust victim, and how the Nazis impacted her as a Jew. The tour of the exhibition is led by students who have been specially trained to tell the public about Anne Frank’s life.

The exhibition is good publicity for Aylestone because it is the first school ever in Herefordshire to get the chance to show exhibition. This means that everyone will be looking to the school to do a good job. Also, it means that primary school children will be able to see what opportunities they will have if they came up Aylestone.

The exhibition also offers a workshop that teaches the students about human rights, identity and the LGBT+ community. This gives them an understanding of why it is wrong to discriminate, and how the world could be a much better place if we accepted everyone and learnt from previous mistakes. As well as this, the exhibition itself teaches the people who see it about the impacts the holocaust had on someone a similar age to a lot of the people in the audience. The people who came and saw the tours said “It was a great way to learn about her life, it was an eye-opener”. Both the exhibition and workshop aim to teach the younger generations what happened in the Second World War, so that hopefully it would never happen again.

The past two weeks I have been a part of the exhibition, and I have learnt lots of new life skills.

The first thing we did was to take part in team building activities so that we got to know each other better. Then, we heard the exhibition for ourselves so that we weren’t just thrown into having to write our own scripts, which is what we did next. It took quite a while to write them and transfer them then onto prompt cards because none of us wanted to miss anything out, it was all very important bits of information.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 1st March, we did our first tour as a practise to support staff and supply teachers. It went well, but everyone was really nervous and worried about messing up. Afterwards, we felt so relieved it went well and it gave us a new confidence. Since then, we have been doing a tour a day, to different year groups and primary schools.

I signed up to be a peer guide for several reasons. The first was that it was a fantastic opportunity to take part in something that goes all around the world, as well as learning about the girl that inspired lots of people in today’s society. As well as this, it was a great way to learn how to speak to a big group of people; it’s a really good confidence boost. Also, it looks good on a CV when applying for jobs, colleges and universities.

To conclude, it’s very important to learn about the past, so that history doesn’t repeat itself. Also it’s fantastic way to boost your confidence when you take part in leading the tour of the exhibition.

By Rosie

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