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All this week the College has had the privilege of hosting an exhibition about Anne Frank and her family - the first school in Devon to do so.

 A group of 20 students, including the College's Modern Britain Council, were given a day's training by Tam Fowles, the South West co-ordinator for the Anne Frank Trust's A History for Today exhibition.

The 33-panel international exhibition is on show at the College for a week and, once the selected students were trained, they were then able to act as peer guides to fellow students and visitors to the exhibition.

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"I was recommended to approach Stoke Damerel to hold the exhibition in Devon and I'm very glad I did," said Tam, who has brought the exhibition to Devon with the help of Big Lottery funding in conjunction with Hope in the Heart and the Zebra Collective.

Stoke Damerel has piloted the exhibition and any other schools in the South West who want to take part can contact Tam by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"Your students have been wonderful, extremely perceptive and attentive and have taken a very thoughtful approach to their roles.

"They have quickly become amazing and compassionate student guides."

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The Anne Frank Trust

"On a personal level for the students, becoming a peer guide helps develop their confidence and leadership skills - I've been very impressed by them."

She added that some of the students may well go on to become Anne Frank ambassadors - part of a growing network of students from around the UK who volunteer to spread Anne’s story and message of hope in local primary schools.

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"It's extremely affecting," said teacher Mrs Burn, who is the College's Modern Britain co-ordinator.

"I've been very proud of the way the students have taken on board some very difficult information and then shared that with other students.

"It is a privilege to be part of such an important project and I know it will have a lasting impact on our peer guides and all the students who have visited the exhibition."

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Stoke councillor Philippa Davey was invited to see the exhibition while it was at the College and take part in a workshop with students and said it was “amazing” to see their response to it.

"The students have engaged with it in an amazing way," she said.

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"You can see how they have taken really taken the message into their hearts and how it has affected the way they will look at other people, and themselves, in the future."

Sgt Paul Laity and PC Graham Little from the Diverse Communities Team at Charles Cross Police Station also came for the afternoon and were shown around the exhibition by a group of Sixth form students.

"We were both impressed with the amount of information in the exhibition - so much of it is relevant to today,” said Sgt Laity.

"We have a zero tolerance policy on hate crime in Plymouth so this ties in really well with that, it’s a story that really needs to be told and shared among the younger generation.

"The students were passionate and informed and I’m sure they will remember this experience for a long time to come,” he said.

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Sixth form student Oscar, who trained to be a peer guide, said it had been a "profound experience".

"Learning about Anne this way means you get to create an emotional connection with her and it changes from being about facts and figures to being a personal story which you feel compelled to share with other people," he said.

"It has had a big impact on me and now I understand much more about the horrors she had to bear."

Year 8 student Maddie, who also completed the training, said she had found it "really inspiring".

"It just reminds me that we need to bring more tolerance into our world," she said.

The exhibition is on at Stoke Damerel until Friday 13 January.

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Click HERE for the College's Modern Britain statement

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