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The Story of Anne Frank - Public Exhibition - 07/02/2018

Students at the University Church of England Academy (UCEA) were proud to present the story of young wartime diarist Anne Frank, her life and legacy, to the community of Ellesmere Port as part of their project work. 

A public exhibition was hosted at the Academy and was run in collaboration with The Anne Frank Trust UK and Cheshire West and Chester Council, while UCEA students provided the roles of adept tour guides. 

The exhibition captured the life of Anne Frank and her family during their extremely challenging times under the Nazi regime. The purpose of the display was to hear the lessons learnt and explore the messages we still need to realise as a society, while also being a fitting topic of study during Holocaust Memorial week. The content, while very emotional and at times hard hitting, was received incredibly respectfully by all in attendance. 

Over 350 pupils from local primary schools passed through the doors of the Academy, to take part in the educational exhibition. The Academy was delighted to welcome pupils from Cambridge Road Primary School, The Oaks, The Acorns, Westminster Primary and Christ Church Primary, who all displayed exemplary behaviour and a keen interest in the life of Anne Frank.

The doors of the Academy opened to the public on the evening of Thursday February 1 2018, allowing families to come and experience the exhibition for themselves. UCEA was honoured to welcome special guests, Councillor Nicole Meardon, Mayor for Ellesmere Port and Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Justin Madders. All guests were treated to guided tours of Anne Frank’s life and the tragic series of events leading up to her capture and ultimately, death, using an array of storyboards, videos and presentations. Attendees then gathered in the Academy Chapel for a moment of reflection and prayer after a touching presentation from two Sixth Form students, Zoe Butler (Head Girl at UCEA) and Joshua Nolan, who had the opportunity to visit and document their educational trip to Auschwitz last year. 

Councillor Nicole Meardon, Mayor of Ellesmere Port, said: “It was great to meet so many pupils who have such great knowledge about the Holocaust and who can share that knowledge in such a positive way. What's really good is they haven't just learnt about it, but are passionate about it. It's lovely to have listened to the sixth formers about their experiences in Auschwitz and how the whole project makes the pupils realise that they want to change things.” 

Tim Shelton, Head of Religious Studies at the Academy, said: “Working with the Anne Frank Trust has given our students unique experiences, and helped them to develop their leadership skills as they guided eight-year-olds, through to 80-year-olds, through the display. It’s sad to see that the messages of the Holocaust still need to be remembered today, but I am proud of the way our students conducted themselves and the messages they communicated.” 

David Cumberland, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chester Academies Trust, said: “The event was a great success and the pupils conducting the tour were an absolute credit to the Academy. It was particularly impressive to see the deep knowledge pupils had gained while working on this project and it is clear that hatred and intolerance based on prejudice have no place in our modern society." 

Iain Robinson, Principal at UCEA, said: “It was fantastic to see our local primary schools enjoying the Anne Frank exhibition and learning about her life through our exceptional Year 9 student leaders. I am sure all involved were able to reflect and look at ways they could learn from Anne Frank’s experiences.” 

“The way our Year 9 leaders told the story to members of our community and even key dignitaries, such as the Mayor of Ellesmere Port and our local MP was extraordinary; a truly exceptional performance. The presentation from our Sixth Form students about what they saw and learnt on their trip to Auschwitz, and how it has made a positive impact on their own lives, was a genuine and moving moment for all present.”