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Be involved in your child’s education

  • Attend class parent meetings.
    Best way to stay informed about your child’s class and a great way to meet other parents.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.
    Generally held in November and March. Look for information on how to sign up from the NMS Buzz or a handout sent home with your child. If your child is having trouble in class, parents are encouraged to contact the teacher and/or educator involved and make an appointment. Instructions on how to do this is generally communicated at the first class parent meeting of the school year.

Be involved in your child’s class

  • Contribute money to the class fund.
    Generally, the teaching team asks for a a contribution of around EUR 100.
  • Volunteer inside the classroom.
    Bring food, chaperone, be a class helper if asked by the teaching team.
  • Get to know the other parents.
    Build community within the classroom and in the entire school community by getting to know other parents.
  • Become a parent representative or alternate.
    During the first class meeting, parents elect two parent representatives (one German and one English) plus up to two alternates to serve on the Parents Council (Gesamtelternvertretung, GEV for short). The parent representatives and alternates work with the teaching team on various projects and advocate on the behalf of the class parents in the wider community.

Be involved in the Nelson Mandela School Community

  • Become a member of the Friends of Nelson Mandela School.
    All members of the school community, parents and staff are encouraged to join the Friends of Nelson Mandela School. Your yearly financial support helps strengthen the school in direct materials and projects for the classroom, library support and more teacher training. Join today!
  • Volunteer your time for committee work.
    Want to help? Check out the committee options below.

Internal Working Committees

Communications & Website

Committee members work together to strengthen the internal communications of the school. The particular focus of the committee is school-to-home communications which includes coordinating the activities of the NMS website and the weekly NMS Buzz email newsletter. The committee also handles other one-time only projects for the school and needs writers, editors, translators and digital photographer volunteers. Most of our work is done through email and small project meetings. We also hold an annual meeting in October each year.
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Traffic Patrol

Parent volunteers are needed to assist with traffic issues at the primary school before and after school. Here's some information about parking in English and German, the traffic guards manual, the traffic patrol information sheet (all pdf) and the traffic patrol online volunteer signup.
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Program Committees

Diversity & Vielfalt

This committee works towards raising awareness of the various communities of interest which do or could exist within our school. We support and advise pupils, parents, and staff in addressing issues of importance to them. We particularly focus on discrimination and exclusion in curriculum material as well as within social interactions.The 2010 Homestory Deutschland project is one example of the committee's work.
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Madiba Group

Madiba is a term of endearment and respect for Nelson Mandela, the school’s namesake, and also the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. In South African traditional culture, a clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the honorary title adopted by the elders of Mandela’s clan. It is considered very polite to use someone’s clan name. The Madiba Group of the NMS has become a clan of sorts with two major purposes in mind: to bring forth the ideas and values of Nelson Mandela to the wider school community and to forge stronger ties with South African schools to foster friendship and understanding. If you are a student, teacher or parent and want to participate working hands on towards these two goals, please contact us.
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Community Building & Fundraising Committees

Boogie Nights Planning Committee

This fun loving committee plans all aspects of this yearly parent fundraising event that is generally held in the winter months. To join in the fun, contact:
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Festival of Nations Planning Committee

The yearly Festival of Nations builds community through fun and action! The planning committee (parents, staff and students) generally begin their work in January with the event occurring in early September. What may appear effortless requires considerable preparation and coordination. Volunteer leaders are needed each year in planning for the auctions/gift basket raffle, communications/ publicity, logistics, performance stage and stand planning.
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