Invitation | Einladung
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY OF THE 2017 Abi/IB Graduates | FEIERLICHE VERABSCHIEDUNG DER Abi/IB Absolventen
ON FRIDAY JULY 7TH 2017 AT 16 HRS IN THE GYM HALL AT THE NELSON MANDELA SCHOOL PFALZBURGER STR. 30, 10717 BERLIN |
AM FREITAG 07. JULI 2017 UM 16:00 UHR SPORTHALLE NELSON-MANDELA-SCHULE PFALZBURGER STR. 30, 10717 BERLIN

We live in a post-truth world where alternative facts and fake news have become the norm. So how can our students use media critically to become effective researchers who can have confidence in the information they find? Those issues were the background to the first of two workshops at the Freie Universität. Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Petra Anders (FB Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie: Grundschulpädagogik/Deutsch/DaZ) and her team of trainee teachers, children in 5C were set to develop their skills of Medienkritikfähigkeit, or critical use of media. The workshops were based on 5C’s current research topic for a presentation in history: the afterlife in ancient Egypt.

The two-hour workshop was divided into three stations: (1) finding and evaluating information on ideas about death in ancient Egypt (2) how to handle pictures found online (3) recognizing fake news.This workshop coincides with the implementation of the Basiscurriculum Medienbildung. As it is quite challenging for schools to teach the competencies of ‘analysis’ and ‘reflection’, this cooperation with an external partner like the FU is a wonderful opportunity for students at the Nelson Mandela School.

So what did the children report on what they had learnt?

Our Art department, under the guidance of Mrs. Marion Aulinger and Mrs. Doris Schäfer, began to plan for this wonderful project in 2016. Mrs Birgit Kratzheller, a parent in the primary and an artist herself, helped organize it all. The Mensa used to be a very sad and barren space.  Now it beams with a fresh coat of paint, and paper-mâché pizzas and artistic wire sculptures hang from the ceiling, making lunch a brighter, more fun experience for the students.

During one weekend in May, students from 5a, especially Joshua Hyland and Anoush Wehlisch, along with parents and teachers, especially Annemieke Akkermanns, Kelly Stoner and Nathan Jones, painted the Mensa and completely re-decorated it.The decorative art was produced during the WUV course taught by Mrs Schäfer.

Among the parents who deserve special mention are Susanne Wehlisch, Eraine Judd and our GEV chair Paola Aliverti.The festive re-opening -with free pizza for all- took place on Monday, May 22, with many thanks to Z catering for making this happen.This is a great example of our school spirit at the NMS Primary, and I am truly grateful and happy that the project brought such amazing results.

On behalf of the entire team of helpers,
Ina Claussen

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Dear Parents,
On June 30 2017, starting at 6 p.m., the second Long Night of Knowledge will take place at the Nelson-Mandela-School. During this event, which is based on Berlin's famous tradition of the ‘Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften’, students and teachers want to present to you interesting projects and lectures in Sciences and Arts.

Once again, we had a productive and enjoyable Umuganda last Saturday, June 24, from 2pm to 6pm. The main focus of our voluntary activity was set on outdoor work since the weather was warm and mostly dry. About half of the participants worked on the schoolyard tidying up and taking care of the raised flowerbeds. Plans were developed on how to proceed with our gardening success. The other half of enthusiastic helpers repainted a wall in the entrance area and covered a wall in the foyer of the new building with the school logo. Rudi Schindler prepared a delicious snack for all of us with homemade garden salad (multiculturally enriched with Feta cheese, olives and garlic) that went along well with a light and refreshing tea made from our own peppermint leaves. At the end of our work session we all sat down together in the school kitchen to enjoy Rudi’s excellent cuisine. Thanks to all volunteers!

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Beim Start mit unserem Schulsport-Verein (SCI-NMS e.V.) haben am 15.06.2017 unsere Schüler erfolgreich an der 18. Berliner Wasserbetriebe 5 x 5 km TEAM-Staffel im Tiergarten teilgenommen. Unser Sport Club International hatte sich mit zwei Staffeln an den Staffel-Läufen beteiligt. In die Gesamtwertung kamen dann auch die Staffeln vom 14. und vom 16. Juni.

We are students in the IB Diploma Program. As a part of Mrs Hughes’ IB History course, we study National Socialism and Hitler's reign over Germany from 1933 to 1945. Just recently, we were given the chance to go to the Jewish Archives (W. M. Blumenthal Academy) which is across from The Jewish Museum. We were kindly greeted at the entrance before being taken into the Archive where we got to investigate history through original letters, photos, and passports from Jews living in Berlin at the time of the Third Reich.

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