Monday, December 18th, 2017.

Anne Frank Trust UK filming at Excelsior Academy

Excelsior pupils working on a documentary with the Anne Frank Trust UK

Excelsior Academy filmmakers have joined with the Anne Frank Trust UK to make their own documentary aimed at empowering young people to challenge prejudice and hate.

Enthusiastic pupils selected from Year 8 and 9 in Collingwood School are working closely with experts from the trust’s schools team to film their own documentary.

Its powerful messages will then be taught by the young filmmakers to Year 7 pupils.

The Anne Frank Trust UK is an education charity working to give young people the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge prejudice and discrimination.

Anne Frank’s diaries have become a beacon for those battling oppression – written as the teenager hid in an Amsterdam house with her family to escape persecution by the Nazis in World War II.

Since its publication in 1947, Anne’s diary has been read by millions of people worldwide. Anne was one of 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The trust educates about the dangers caused by prejudice and hatred, reinforcing the message that everyone has a part to play in taking a stand against it.

It partners with primary and secondary schools, local authorities, the criminal justice sector and others to deliver educational programmes to young people in a variety of settings.

Excelsior Teacher James Smith, Collingwood Subject Development Leader for PSHE/RE, said: “It’s wonderful to welcome the The Anne Frank Trust UK into Collingwood School as part of the ‘Free to Be’ anti-bullying element of their schools programme.

“With their expert help in workshops, our pupils are making their own documentary about diversity and bullying to peer teach fellow pupils.

“The trust does outstanding work on conflict and tackling problems around the world.

“We’ve worked a lot with them over the years and done a lot of good things with them, so we were really keen to get involved with them again and are sure this important programme will prove beneficial to our pupils.”