Academy pupils honour Anne Frank

The Mintlaw Academy pupils with their Anne Frank certificates.
The Mintlaw Academy pupils with their Anne Frank certificates.

Pupils from Mintlaw Academy recently took part in an annual event dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank.

Organised by Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC), the Anne Frank Awards promote the values of diversity, equality and human rights, and were held at Cineworld, Union Square in Aberdeen.

More than 300 pupils from 15 schools across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray delivered a series of presentations at the event which was sponsored by Aberdeen-based commercial and office cleaning specialist, CSG.

The initiative attracted a large number of entries with around 600 schoolchildren taking part overall, each of whom received a GREC Anne Frank Awards certificate for their efforts.

Mintlaw Academy submitted a Hip Hopera project which including a video of pupils and teachers singing and dancing to promote respect, self-esteem, diversity and equality.

Certificates and goody bags were presented to the pupils by Callum McCaig, MP for Aberdeen South, Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Stuart Donaldson, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kindcardine, Louise Buchan from CSG, and representatives from public bodies including Police Scotland and NHS Grampian.

Mr McCaig said: “We are all very proud of the pupils at the Anne Frank Awards, who have worked hard to showcase the importance of equality, diversity, citizenship and human rights.

“These values are fundamental to a fair and strong society, and it is great to see what passionately celebrated by young people in Scotland’s schools.

“It is great to see the next generation recognising we are all equal and all deserve respect.

“We have a lot to be proud of, and it was a pleasure to see that myself.”

Examples of the children’s work included the production of DVDs, power point presentations, poetry, art work, drama, songs, dance, cultural studies and awareness weeks.