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This section highlights some of the in-class activities and special projects in the primary years (Flex-6) in the 2013-2014 school year.

These reports are in mixed English and German.

Nelson Mandela School and Class 4B Acknowledged for Community Service (2014)

The class of 4B led by Rebecca Pierson, Ellen Klausch, and Lauren Kuehnel was recognized by the Berliner Tafel and the American Church in Berlin (ACB) for their efforts in fighting hunger in Berlin! You may have seen the announcements or signs in the hallway asking for canned/nonperishable food donations to be given to this worthy cause. As a school community we collected over 150 items like pasta, canned vegetables, dried fruit, juice and cereal. ACB is one of several locations for Laib & Seele (the food distribution program of the Berliner Tafel) and over 60 families collect food from there weekly. Your contributions made a difference and the 4B food drive was a success because of YOU! Check out the full feature in the yearbook on page 139!

4. Klassen: Besuch in der Sehitlik-Moschee (2014)

Am 6.3.2014 besuchten die evangelischen Religionskinder der 4. Klassen die Sehitlik-Moschee in Berlin-Neukölln. Es war für uns alle eine spannende und eindrucksvolle Erfahrung.

From Madiba Day to Valentine’s Day: 5b Valentine’s Day Fund Raiser (2014)

To raise some money for a school in Kenya class 5b sold “friendship lollipops” on Thursday along with a note to a friend. The notes were taped to the lollipops and delivered by class 5b on Friday, Valentine’s Day.

It all started with Madiba Day on Tuesday, 11 February 2014, where grade 5 had the opportunity to listen to the guest speaker, John Mwanza, from Friends of Kamulu e.V. who had already been invited to speak to the Flex classes two years ago. Both presentations had been arranged by Beate Froese.

He told the fifth graders about his home country where he grew up and went to school. The children were able to connect that to their experience of the movie “Auf dem Weg zur Schule” which they saw the day before. John went on by telling them how he decided to build a new school close to his home village so that the children there would have the opportunity to go to school and wouldn’t have to walk so far like he once had to or the boy in the movie. He showed them pictures of the first six classrooms that have already been built and told them that they would like to build two more classrooms to complete the primary school.

John’s words and pictures inspired the kids to start a little fund raiser for that school. After a few ideas were discussed as a class, the Valentine’s Day lollipop sale was chosen, posters were designed, short speeches were written, practiced, and presented in small groups in almost every class of our school on Wednesday. Lollipop sales were held on Thursday during breakfast break and lunch time. Many kids were excited about sending a secret or not-so-secret note along with a lollipop to a friend or sibling in our school.

All lollipops & notes were delivered by class 5b on Friday and made quite a few kids very happy.

We are really happy about the funds that we raised that will successfully support St. John Academy in Kitui, Kenya. With this activity we want to live and support Nelson Mandela’s ideals in our own special way.

In addition, we hope to be able to start a little tradition with this Valentine’s Day event and hopefully involve more kids next year.

Melanie Schindler

Helping Hands (2013)

In the 2013-14 school year all 5th grade students are attending one hour per week of a class called Helping Hands. For several years, Social Pedagogue Alexandra Samios has held a small Helping Hands group either as WUV course for 5th & 6th graders or as a workshop in the lunch band. This is the first time an entire grade will be involved in a year long workshop. The day these photos were taken, the 5a class was discussing the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and looked at the tale from Red Riding Hood’s point of view and the Wolf’s point of view. It is a subtle lesson about different perspectives in a conflict situation. Students were asked to describe how each of the characters might feel in the situation that they found themselves. A lively discussion with many answers.

Here is more information about the workshops (English version follows).

Der Workshop der Helping Hands ist als eine präventive Maßnahme, die langfristig wirkt und Kindern und Jugendlichen eine Austragung von Konflikten auf einer niedrigen Eskalationsstufe ermöglicht, geplant. Konflikte gehören in unserem menschlichen Leben dazu, entscheidend für ein soziales Klima ist, wie diese Konflikte ausgetragen werden. Konstruktive Konfliktregelungen erweitern die einseitige Sichtweise, vermeiden die Verhärtung eines starren Sozialgefüges und rufen Neuerungen hervor.

In dem Workshop Helping Hands lernen die Kinder verschiedene Formen der Kommunikation und unterschiedliche Arten von Konflikten kennen. Es ist wichtig für die Schüler angemessene Kommunikation (Ich- Botschaft / Gefühle / gewaltfreie Kommunikation —> Giraffensprache nach M.Rosenberg —> Methoden der Mediation) und unangemessene Kommunikation (Blaming /verbale Gewalt —> Wolfssprache nach M. Rosenberg) zu unterscheiden, Konfliktlösungsstrategien (Kooperation, Grenzsetzung, Intervention) zu lernen, um präventive Maßnahmen für eine faire Auseinandersetzung einzuüben.

Die Kinder lernen fachliche Inhalte und Methoden kennen und üben in Einzel- und Gruppenarbeit die Anwendung. Ziel ist, dass die an dem Workshop teilnehmende Schüler/innen sich als selbst wirksam und teilnehmend erleben und so als Multiplikatoren/innen in der Schulgemeinschaft wirken.

Nach Glasl (1992) führen drei Formen des Konfliktmanagements zur Gewaltminderung (PIK- Präventive Konfliktbehandlung- interventive Konfliktbewältigung-kurative Konfliktbehandlung).

Im Sinne einer Internationalen Schule, in der diversity gelebt wird unterstützt dieses Konzept die Erweiterung der persönlichen Kompetenzen, als auch eine gelebte „Kultur” der gegenseitigen Wertschätzung.

The Helping Hands Workshop teaches young people long-lasting preventive measures of how to handle conflicts. Conflicts, of course are part of the human experience and the social climate but it is critical to learn how to resolve conflict at a lower level of escalation.

 

In the Helping Hands workshop, NMS 5th graders will learn about different forms of communication and different types of conflict. It is important for the students to learn adequate ways to communicate (I-messages / feelings / violent communication, methods of mediation) and inadequate ways to communicate (blaming / verbal violence), to distinguish conflict resolution strategies (cooperation, setting limits, intervention) and to learn to rehearse preventive measures.

Students learn specific content and methods to practice in individual and group work application. The aim is that each student who graduates from the workshop then brings what he or she knows out to the wider school community and in the family to become a part of the solution in conflict situations

Students who participate in the Helping Hands Workshop will support the purposes of an international school, live the concept of diversity, and acquire expanded personal skills as part of the living “culture” of mutual appreciation.

 

4C: Andy Goldsworthy Art Project and Water Poems (2013)

We've been learning about natural changes in our world, including seasons and the water cycle.

First, take a look at our Autumn Earth Art, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy! We collected signs of Autumn, including nuts, fruit and leaves, and created patterns in the school yard. By the next day they had all disappeared, just like the changing season.

In English we have learnt a bit about poetry, including rhyme, alliteration and similes. We wrote poems about all kinds of water. Some of them rhymed and some didn't. They are all different.

Waterfall
by Arya

The waterfall
is like a wall.
Sometimes it’s
like a door
and sometimes
like a skyscraper.
Beautiful.
It’s tall like one
And as wide as one.
Both of them
are beautiful
and dangerous.

The Water Sizes
by Leo G

A drop is shiny and blue and small
The rain is small but it is fast and it is annoying.
A pond is as big as a classroom but shallow.
A loch is wider, and deeper than a ditch.
A river is a long ruler measuring the water.
A sea is a Cyclops but salty and clear.
Oceans are rough like angry sharks and as clear as diamonds.

   

Rain
by Cinin

Rain falls
Like my fingers
On the piano keys

Rain makes sounds like
Splish and splash

Rain can make soggy socks
Or rain can make a flood

I love rain.
It makes me happy
Because I like to be wet and heavy.

But I hate taking a shower.

The Colourful Pond
by Leo S

There’s a pond in the corner
At the lake with a white lily
With an orange dot in its middle.
Blue clear water, green seaweed floating underwater
and fish diving everywhere.
Fish with red and orange colour.

   

The Rain at my House
by Anouk

The rain is pouring on my window tonight.
It fell.
It fell clear and fast.
As I went outside it was pouring and it was wet.
It splashed.
It sounds like blowing wind.
I jumped in the puddle with my bare feet.
It splished and splashed all around.
I felt happy and free.

Rivers
A lullaby by Felicity

Look there is the river
Flowing very fast
It’s cool and crystal clear
The ground is rocky
But the water is very smooth.

Look there is the river
Flowing very slow
It’s warm and shallow
The swallows weave
while the sun is going down.

Look there is the river
Flowing quietly
When the sun has gone down
It’s quiet and it’s clear.

   

We hope you enjoy our work!

4C

12.12.2017 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin