Calgary Board of Education Nelson Mandela High School
45 Saddletowne Circle NE, Calgary AB T3J 4W3 | Grades 10-12
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There are a large variety of clubs and activities at Nelson Mandela High School. Please click on the links at the left for more information.

Joining an extracurricular club is one of the aspects of high school that really completes the experience. You will often make life long friends, learn new skills, and can even discover a passion in something you didn't know you cared about. All of the teachers who run extracurricular clubs do so because it is a passion of theirs, so those teachers will bring their personal knowledge and skill to your club.

United TV

In charge of the daily announcements, members of United TV live stream Nelson Mandela's daily announcements to youtube. Our team collects announcements from teachers, compiles them into a script which they feed into a teleprompter. The team edits the news LIVE, using broadcasting software to add in videos, sound, and images. Students can sign up to anchor the news ahead of time, and they are given lapel microphone and just a few minutes to practice. Because our announcements are broadcast live, there is NO room for error and it is completed in one take each morning.

Any students that are interested in being a part of United TV to work in production or anchoring, please see Mr. Thompson in the Learning Commons

Click here to go to the United TV YouTube channel


The first play our drama department will be producing is "Village of Idiots" by John Lazarus.

Synopsis: A year in the life of Chelm, the village of fools legendary in Jewish folklore. Outsider Yosef falls in love with another outsider and watches in fear as the "Chelmniks" prepare for a Cossack attack.


We’ve had a wonderful start with our Mandela United Leadership program! There have been a great number of students who have shown interest in being a part of Leadership in various capacities. There are many different initiatives to choose from, and students have the flexibility to be a part of as many initiatives as they wish.

The following is a list of areas that we have up and running:

  • Events- Spirit Days, Pep Rallies, etc.
  • Fundraising/WE Day initiatives
  • Sporting Events
  • Student Volunteers- Breakfast for Learning Program, conferences, tours, etc.

We have planned spirit weeks, Halloween carnivals, fundraisers, and pep rallies so far and we’ve had great success with all of these activities!

As our program grows, students are making suggestions and coming up with ideas to enhance student engagement and create a unique culture that is truly United. If you are an innovative and creative individual who enjoys meeting new people, planning events and making a difference, Leadership is the program for you!


Intramurals are hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Genesis centre by Mr. Mantai and Ms. Gallad


Yearbook club students will learn multiple valuable skills while creating the Nelson Mandela Yearbook. The club meets weekly at lunch throughout the year. Various aspects of producing a finished yearbook product will include Sales & Marketing, Photography, and Layout & Design.

Yearbook club students will learn multiple valuable skills while creating the Nelson Mandela Yearbook. The club meets weekly at lunch throughout the year. Various aspects of producing a finished yearbook product will include Sales & Marketing, Photography, and Layout & Design.

Time management, prioritizing, reliability, and responsibility are just a few of the many skills that students learn when working on a yearbook. If you enjoy photographing, using computers, and being creative, then the yearbook club is the place for you.

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate at Nelson Mandela High School is a leadership and presentation skills focused extra-curricular for anyone who wants to hone their ability to effectively argue, discuss relevant political and social topics, and ultimately improve their persuasiveness and public speaking. Students participating in Speech and Debate this year have been working to understand the fundamentals of effective speaking (tone, volume, pace, and pronunciation) through constructing engaging introductory speeches and participating in informal debates.

As a recipient of the ConocoPhillips World Schools Debate Development Endowment Fund from Educations Matters, NMHS Speech and Debate is currently conducting fundraisers to offset future Alberta Speech and Debate Association membership fees, club expenses, and fees for participation in external debates for club members. Part 1 of our fundraising initiative involves the “re-branding” of World’s Finest Chocolate Almonds to such names as ‘Emperor’s Choice’, ‘Harambe’s Finest’, and ‘Roast’them Almonds’, with a sales pitch to accompany. Later, Speech and Debate and Leadership will be working together to sell chocolates as part of a Candy-Gram for Valentines Day.

In the coming weeks, we will be showcasing our debates at the Grade 9 Tours, at which time you will have an opportunity to talk with current members about their experience in the club this year. In the late spring, Nelson Mandela will be hosting a debate tournament for grade 9 students from surrounding junior high and middle schools.

If public speaking is something you’ve always been interested in, or if it’s something you think you might be, come out for Speech and Debate in 2017-2018! Speech and Debate meets afterschool on Mondays in room 1140

Model UN

If you enjoy keeping up with current events around the world, debating issues you feel passionate about, networking with people across the city, learning how to talk about important world issues, work on your diplomatic skills and enjoy debate, Model United Nations at Nelson Mandela is for you! We are a club were you learn how to feel more comfortable at public speaking, forming an argument and position around your chosen countries foreign policies and learn how to negotiating with other countries on sensitive world issues.

"Model UN has been a great experience so far because we have learned effective ways to communicate our ideas. Along with that we have made new friends and we have loads of fun every Tuesday! " - by Payal and Simrit

Five students participated in the Churchill Model UN conference October 20 and 21, 2016. They learned how the General Assembly votes on topics, debates pertinent issues and how to create alliances and resolutions with other countries in the room. Amreet a seasoned Model UN participant represented Mandela on the Chinese Civil War Crisis Committee where she negotiated with other leaders alliances and strategies to keep power for her country.

We just finished up a fundraiser that will help students fund their next conference on Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26, 2017. We are representing Moldova, Tajikistan and Samoa in the following General Assemblies: DISEC, ECOFIN and SOCHUM. On Tuesday’s after school from 3:30-5:00, students are gathering information on their countries foreign policy, current events, GDP, alliances and understanding their countries stance on issues related to their committee. They are required to research three topics for each committee and the U of C provides background guides to help them in honing their research skills. Some of the topics of interests they are researching for the conference is: “Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations” (DISEC), “Progress in controlling international financing of terrorist and criminal enterprises” (EXOFIN) and “Protection of medical and relief personnel and facilities in armed conflicts” (SOCHUM).

So if you are interesting in

  • Overcoming your fear of public speaking
  • Learning diplomacy in relation to international issues
  • Enhancing your leadership skills
  • Networking and meet new people
  • Beefing up your resume
  • Finding a job in the future
  • Just haveing fun

Model UN at Nelson Mandela is for you!

We are always looking for more participants and if this interests you please come by room 2149 and join our club!

Chess club

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

- Charles Buxton

Why have a chess club at NMHS? In a word, it is the principle of transferability. In chess, one learns that planning, rationality, creativity, and disciplining ones’ emotions have inherent value in a game, and also in life. Indeed, some view chess as a powerful metaphor, teaching us to play the game of life with thoughtfulness, persistence, imagination, and the will to win.

Furthermore, research has demonstrated that there is a correlation between playing chess and academic progress. One study established ‘that students who received chess instruction scored significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability (Smith and Cage, 2000).’

In all reality, what we learn at the chess board can affect our lives, our success in school, and it is fun too!

Chess began at NMHS in September when a teacher, who had started chess clubs in every CBE school they were assigned to, and self-described as a ‘chess enthusiast’, approached school administration with the idea for a club and received permission to proceed. Student interest was generated and fueled through memes and posters while we waited for the chess boards that where purchased through the Canadian Chess Federation’s Chess and Schools Program. The boards arrived in October and rapidly, the 5 board capacity was exceeded by enthusiastic student participation in the club and additional funds were needed to acquire more boards.

Currently, we can accommodate 20 players at a time. The club is open to everyone regardless of ability and as a result, the chess club continues to generate interest, attracting girls and boys from all grades. At present, our club meets Tuesday and Thursday at lunch where one can find enjoyable competition, thoughtfulness, and fellowship.

While some players enjoy a relaxing game with a trusted friend over lunch, others are participating in a tournament and interest has been expressed in expanding this if resources are available.

Regardless of the level of involvement, through the game of chess, our members are building their capacity for interactions with their peers, their achievement in school, and for success in life.

Tech Club

Mandela tech club meets in the learning commons every Wednesday after school. The mandate of tech club is to become the resident experts in many of the tools and resources we have available at Nelson Mandela High School.

Many of the students in tech club work on projects to create content for our digital displays and for our daily news. Students also learn to use the sound equipment, vinyl cutters, and 3D printers. Tech club will eventually begin to work on projects like creating a digital kiosk, robotics, and raspberry pi inventions


What is a GSA?

A GSA club is a student-run club that brings together LGBTQI+ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform to fight for racial, gender, LGBTQ, and economic justice. "GSA" has historically stood for Gay-Straight Alliance, however many clubs have expanded the name of their clubs beyond the binary Gay-Straight terminology. Some examples include: Genders & Sexualities Alliance, Queer Students Alliance, Pride Club, etc.

GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trans queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups/clubs such as social justice club, across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.

All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines.

Social Justice Club

Social Justice Club is a progressive forum for learning about and acting on social issues, particularly those affecting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and communities of our world. We encourage awareness and actions that will lead to a more just world.

  • We support human rights and speak out against their violation.
  • We are anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobic.
  • We are concerned with the economic exploitation of people and we support fair trade practices.
  • We are concerned by the excesses of consumerism and the damage it causes to our environment.
  • We offer our support and solidarity to people in need through awareness building and fundraising.

Any one can join social justice club and participate in our presentations and discussion. We support respectful discussion and dialogue that furthers our goals of raising awareness and contributing through various actions to the cause of justice.

Music Leadership

Music Leadership is a club open to all students in music who wish to help build strong connections within the music program, the school and the larger community. These students organize engaging events that help build a strong school culture and help to build social awareness.

“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.” -Malcolm Arnold-

”It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.” -Nelson Mandela-

Peer Ambassador Club

Nelson Mandela High School Peer Ambassador Club will be an extra –curricular club advocating for respect for diversity, harmony among students and staff, addressing human rights issues and promoting the spirit of volunteerism by providing students an opportunity to make a difference in the school and community.

We would like the club to be part of the school culture and to host the Anti-Racism event in commemoration of the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination. Our club members will be involved with many programs in the school such as Drama, Choir, Dance that entail local school-based as well as community wide initiatives. Such events will be part of the Nelson Mandela High School culture supporting an environment of collaboration to ensure the success of all of our events.

Nelson Mandela High School is a diverse school community with over 30 languages and cultures represented. We are very proud of our diversity and for this reason the school as a whole will support all Peer Ambassadors Club’s initiatives. The club’s slogan is “Together We’re Better” which is the belief that working together makes things better. We work to foster responsible choices and a caring environment. The club will fundraise for many groups and programs locally and internationally. We will support the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Free The Children, an international movement helping kids all over the world. In this capacity we are raising funds for women to educate their children. It is amazing how much of a difference an individual can make once we work as a team on common goals.

The Club’s hope is to continue bridging the gap between the school and community, to recognize the complexity that exists in such a diverse environment, and to honour the uniqueness of each individual in this community. Our initiatives require a vision and a team that has a purpose. With that in mind, we are hoping we can access some funding in order to continue providing activities, guests speakers, and valuable experiences to our students, staff and community members. Our school is a high needs school and often we encounter difficulties being able to sponsor a speaker or plan an event due to limited financing and funds available at the school level. The school will be supportive with many of the club’s initiatives and we are hoping by getting access to grants supporting Inclusive Learning Communities, we are able to continue to promote respect for diversity, caring school environment and programs/activities that will continue to inspire good will among its citizens.

Any additional funding that we receive will be used to pay for guest speakers, plan school events, and provide club members with an opportunity to go on a year -end field trip to locations such as Banff National Park, The Legislative Building in Edmonton and possibly even camping.