Das „Zeichnen mit Licht“ wurde zum Thema im Kunstunterricht der 8d in den letzten Wochen. Unterstützt durch die Fotogalerie Friedrichshain durften die Schüler*innen mit selbstgebauten Leuchtkästen experimentieren. Dabei standen selbstkomponierte Stilleben mit gefundenen Materialien vom Schulhof im Vordergrund. Zusätzlich gibt uns das nette Team der Fotogalerie Friedrichshain die Gelegenheit ausgewählte Fotos in einer Ausstellung in ihren Galerieräumen zu zeigen! Konkrete Infos dazu folgen in Kürze!

Claudia Balsters, NMS Art and German Teacher
Mai 2018

Fotos: Claudia Balsters und Victoria López (Fotogalerie Friedrichshain)

Am 8.5.2018 hat die Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie drei Berliner Schulen mit dem Siegel Exzellente digitale Schule ausgezeichnet: die Primo-Levi-Schule, die Georg-Klingenberg-Schule und die Nelson-Mandela-Schule. Bei diesem neuen Siegel geht es ganz zentral um die didaktischen Konzepte, die im Unterricht Verwendung finden, sowie um die Art der Einarbeitung der Verwendung digitaler Medien in die internen Curricula. Ebenso wurde das schulinterne Curriculum Medienbildung sowie der IT- und Medienentwicklungsplan bei der Bewertung berücksichtigt.

Es geht also nicht um IT-Equipment! Aber natürlich ist klar, dass die besten Konzepte und kompetentesten Lehrkräfte auf vorhandene und funktionierende IT-Ausstattung angweisen sind. Zentral wichtig ist der Förderverein der NMS, der neben der Anschaffung und Reparatur von Geräten seit vielen Jahren eine IT-Fachkraft finanziert, die dafür sorgt, dass an den drei Schulstandorten das, was mit den begrenzten Mitteln möglich ist, auch funktioniert. Auch die Bibliotheken unserer Schule wären ohne Mitarbeiter (ebenfalls vom Förderverein finanziert) keine Lernorte, weder digital noch analog. Und ohne die finanziellen Beiträge der Eltern direkt für diese Zwecke oder bei den Fundraising-Veranstaltungen wäre dies alles nicht möglich!

Report by the 11d Journaling Team

The Nelson Mandela School has once again come together to create and celebrate another successful Ubuntu week (23-27 April 2018). While participating in several activities for the environment, discussing current topics and decorating the different campuses, the students of the Nelson Mandela School have rediscovered the meaning of Ubuntu.This South African word represents the idea that humans are all in constant communication and communion with others and their environment. Ubuntu teaches us to be connected, improve the community and have a mutual caring for everyone around us. 

The idea of the garden project came to me as I first started working at NMS a year ago, back in May of 2017. Now a year later with a lot of hard work and the help of several colleagues and students we finally have our own vegetable garden. The project is supposed to continue. I have planned for it to grow even larger and eventually include all the children of the Primary at Pfalzburger Str. 23 and hopefully the entire community of NMS. That’s exactly what’s happening! I now have the whole community talking to me from all three campuses. Asking me how they can be involved and if they can help in any way and I think that’s fantastic! If there is only one thing that this garden does, and that’s to get the communty talking across to each other, then I think that’s great! As I believe at this point in time at NMS there is nothing more crucial to the progression of our school than communication!

Brant Dennis
Educator for P23

More pictures below!

The South African Embassy in Berlin commemorated Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 this year, with a special celebration and invited the choir of the Nelson Mandela School to be the main performer. The reception hall of the embassy was thoughtfully decorated with posters telling the impressive life story and great achievements of Nelson Mandela.

Under the direction of Mr. Beaner our choir was able to deliver a stunning performance.

On the 8th of May the IB12 Biology group went looking at key examples of evolutionary evidence including the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, the six-toed panda and other novelties of the pentadactyl limb. All this, plus the primeval horse Eurohippus! Evolutionary processes and mechanisms such as selection, adaptation, convergence and homology were explained and discussed with our guides Victor and Tom.

When visiting the Irving Penn exhibition in her leisure time, Ruby Richter, year 9 student, had a sudden inspiration to take a portrait photo of her grandmother. She shared her independent project with me and I asked her to present her idea to the school community.
Florentine Baumann

The photograph I took of my grandmother is inspired by Irving Penn’s work “Girl with tobacco on her tongue”, originally from 1951. I call mine “Girl with tobacco on her tongue 50 years later”. Irving Penn is a very inspiring photographer and I find his work highly impressive. Recreating one of his works was quite tricky because it was vey easy to miss little details, like the position of the fingers or the angle of the head but all in all I think my grandma and I did a pretty good job.
Ruby Richter (9b)

From February 26th until March 19th 2018 I collected and donated clothes to a shelter named ‘Bahnhofsmission’, located under the station Zoologischer Garten. This shelter helps out the homeless and the less-fortunate by providing food, clothes, and shelter; organized primarily by the people of Berlin.

Over the course of 4 weeks I went collected clothes, that came mostly from my myself and my family, as we have lots of clothes laying around that are too small or do not wear anymore. Otherwise I also collected clothes from classmates from our school, and the Nelson Mandela community as a whole.

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