... for payments to be made into the Educational Fund/Lernmittelfond for existing students. There are still many who have not paid in. All details are here:

At the end of a hot summer day, many students, parents and teachers came to school on Friday, 3 July 2015 to participate in the first Long Night of Knowledge at our school. There were interesting workshops, lectures and shows about various topics: from 7c’s and 7d’s play “The Accident” to readings of World War I poetry, from the Open Chemistry Lab to the Spectacular Science Show, from workshops on “How You Can Look at Art with your Eyes Closed”, “Games & Your Brains – The Effects of Computer Gaming”, “Magnetic Fun” and computer coding to a whole sequence of TED-style talks on subjects ranging from intersexuality to the mathematics of chaos.

An event worth repeating! Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to all who came.


Am 9. Juli um 17.30h der Aula, Pfalzburger Straße 30 mit dem Orchester der Nelson-Mandela-Schule und Überraschungsgästen.

Es erklingen Stücke und Texte aus verschiedenen Jahrhunderten zum Thema Sommer, Nacht, Traum. Eintritt: frei.

The new school year is quickly approaching and many parents of 6th graders are wondering about the transition to secondary school. We have met the new acting middle school co-ordinator Sarah Dent.

We met Sarah in her office on the Secondary campus, P30.

Question: Good morning Sarah and congratulation on your new job. Let me ask you some basic questions first: What is your job title and when did you take it over?

Sarah Dent: My job title is “acting middle school coordinator” and I first became involved as Brigitte Duffet’s assistant in March last year. When Brigiitte fell ill, I stepped in.

Q: Tell us something about yourself!

SD: I was born in, Sheffield, England and studied English and German. During my studies I spent a year in Cologne, and have been living in Berlin for 20 years now.

Q: Where did you receive your education?

SD: I earned a PGCE – postgraduate certificate of education – in Nottingham, England and then taught briefly in England before coming to Berlin. Here I received more training, completing the Referendariat (teacher training) at a Realschule in Berlin Hohenschönhausen.

Q: What were some takeways from Hohenschönhausen?

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for 6 July 2015: Tubechop (www.tubechop.com)

Teachers know this; you find a great video on YouTube or TeacherTube and would like to incorporate it in a lesson, but… it’s way too long, the remaining video material is boring or inappropriate… what do you do? Tubechop (what’s in a name :-)) has the solution and allows you to easily cut any YouTube video to the exact length you need and then create a new link, to send, or share – or use in your lesson. Easy peasy lemon squeezy….

On Thursday 2 July 2015 the Nelson Mandela School had their NMS Sports Day (Bundesjugendspiele) at the Wilmersdorf Stadium (Fritz-Wildung-Straße 9, 14199 Berlin). As you can see, not only was the weather glorious, but everybody had great fun, too!

Pictures: Florian Lonicer (1-7), Ginette Grey (8-16).

In a move to both exibit more student art work and to decorate the common English & German Department Room 110 in the old Building in Pfalzburger Straße 30, the E2 class with their Art Teacher Detlef Wingerath agreed to a competition to create  a series of paintings on language and communication for the two departments. Three of the paintings won first, second and third place. Can you guess which ones won?

The winners will receive their prizes in the coming assembley. Mrs Lisdat and Mrs  Adler found it very hard to choose the three best. They were so taken by the paintings that they  have pledged to continue the project with the Art Department. The paintings will be exibited in 110. Next year, the 11th grade students will take part in a similar project with a new focus.

The Department Heads would like to thank all of the students who participated for their creativity and their lovely paintings, as well as Mr. Wingerath for encouraging the students and supervising them throughout.

Nihal Adler and Vera Lisdat

Dear Parents and future Students of Year 7-10,

The Workshop Course Coordination (WCC) Group has been dilgently working on next year's offerings for the 2015-16 Secondary Workshop Courses.  

The Year 7-10 Workshops are a regular part of the full-day school operations linked to the Nelson Mandela School and any working group outside the core teaching. Secondary Workshops are mandatory for ALL Year 7-10 students.

The WCC Group will plan and coordinate three different workshops cycles (instead of four) for next school year. Here are all dates & deadlines for the 2015-16 Secondary Workshops.  

Even though we cannot yet let the school community to know the offerings that will be available for the first Workshop Cycle, we can announce the four Year long Workshop Courses offered by NMS: