An inspiration for generations

The pupils
The pupils

The memory of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who hid from Nazi persecution and wrote a diary of her experience, has been honoured in Aboyne.

The Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) department at Aboyne Academy welcomed Mr Steve Roberts of Grampian Region Equality Council recently.

Mr Roberts came to present six of the pupils with GREC Anne Frank Awards.

The award is given, in memory of Anne, for writing which explores an issue of equality and respect.

S1 pupils wrote on the topic of the Holocaust after studying in particular the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman who chose to hide Jewish people from the Nazis despite considerable risk to herself and her family.

For S2 pupils the focus was the life of Gandhi and his application of the principle of non violence in securing India’s independence from British colonial rule. The final piece of writing from one of the higher pupils explored gender equality among young people in British society.

A statement released from Aboyne Academy said: “These separate pieces of writing all reflect some of the core work done in RMPS at the Academy. The focus of much of our teaching and learning in RMPS is human rights.

“We look into how beliefs and values shape our behaviour towards each other. There is a clear emphasis on respect for rights generally but also on individual duty and responsibility. We are very pleased indeed to have our pupils’ efforts recognised in this way.”

Awards at the school went to: Catherine Urquhart, Magnus Nixon, Corin Reid, Alex Smith, Freya Cookson and Maria K. Power

Hundreds of schoolchildren across the North- east recently celebrated the birthday of Anne Frank at an awards ceremony honouring her legacy.

Organised by Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC), the Anne Frank awards 2013 took place at Cineworld, Union Square in Aberdeen.

More than 240 pupils from schools across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray turned out to deliver a series of presentations focusing on diversity, equality and human rights.

The award scheme, which was again supported by Aberdeen-based commercial and office cleaning specialist, CSG, attracted a record number of entries this year.

A total of 600 school children took part.

Steve Roberts said at the Aberdeen awards ceremony: The event has been a great success thanks to the number of entries we received.

“We were equally delighted by the extremely high standard of entries.

‘‘Many of the projects showcased represented high educational value and reflected unusual involvement of young people in equality, diversity and human-rights related issues.

“We believe that the removal of the competitive element of the scheme was one of the factors`behind the significantly increased number of entries.

“Ahead of next year’s event we are planning to accept entries throughout 2013, which should hopefully allow more schools to take part.”