Messages from Principal Dr. Bauer 
Nachrichten von Schulleiter Dr. Bauer (15. November 2021)

There is compulsory testing except for vaccinated or recovered people. The school management decides on a case-by-case basis which pupils are exempted from compulsory attendance and participate in school-led learning at home (saLzH). We are still assigned to the "green" corona level.

In view of the Corona situation the following changes have been made

  1. Masks will once again be required by children in the primary school.
  2. Exemptions from the mask requirement apply in principle to presentations, tests, class work and exams at all types of schools. The mask can also be removed in situations in which articulation and facial expressions are important for learning success (for example when reading aloud in elementary school).
  3. Tests will now be carried out three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) until further notice. 

On 17.11.2021, lessons will take place according to schedule, despite the announced strikes.

The Berlin Senate announced (on 27.10) that there will be no classes on 23.12.2021, giving a longer Christmas break. School will break up on the 22.11.2021 at 1.05 p.m. Emergency care will be provided in the primary school.

Es besteht Testpflicht außer für geimpfte oder genesene Personen. Welche Schülerinnen bzw. Schüler von der Präsenzpflicht befreit werden und am "schulisch angeleiteten Lernen zu Hause (saLzH)" teilnehmen, entscheidet die Schulleitung im Einzelfall.Wir sind weiterhin der Coronastufe "grün" zugeordnet.

Ab sofort ändern sich folgende Bestimmungen:

  1. Wiedereinführung der Maskenpflicht an der Grundschule.
  2. Eine Befreiung von der Maskenpflicht gilt grundsätzlich für Präsentationen, Tests, Klassenarbeiten und Prüfungen an allen Schularten. Ebenso kann die Maske abgelegt werden in Situationen, bei denen die Artikulation und Mimik für den Lernerfolg von Bedeutung ist (beispielsweise beim Vorlesen in der Grundschule).
  3. Bis auf Weiteres besteht die Testpflicht dreimal in der Woche, an unserer Schule montags, mittwochs, freitags.

Am Mittwoch, 17.11.2021, findet trotz der angekündigten Streiks Unterricht nach Plan statt.

Entgegen früheren Ankündigungen ist Donnerstag, 23. Dezember 2021, unterrichtsfrei. Am 22. Dezember 2021 endet der Unterricht nach der 6. Stunde. Notbetreuungen in der Grundschule sind gewährleistet.

Aktuelle Informationen der Senatsverwaltung

Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Regelungen!
Please note the current regulations! 


Anna-Maya, IB13 student, has designed and painted the walls in the staircase of the new building as her CAS project. Her sketch found approval by the Principal Dr. Bauer and by the Head of the Art Department Florentine Baumann. It follows the idea of the rainbow flag that decorates the walls in one of the staircases. The colors in the flag are an assembly of the colors of each floor of both buildings at P30. Together they make up the rainbow flag that stands for tolerance, gender equality and the LGBTQIA+ community. Anna-Maya came up with dots of different sizes that are independently arranged on the walls and indicate a color flow from black over brown, red etc. to purple on the top floor. The different sizes of the dots symbolise the different physical appearance of the NMS community. The student had a lot of support from fellow classmates to help her paint. They all dedicated six hours on a Sunday to carry out the project. The final touch will be applied next weekend! Thank you, Anna-Maya & friends!

Gallery here  

Vom 10.11. bis zum 14.11.2021 haben 13 Siebtklässler*innen unserer Schule gemeinsam mit 15 Schüler*innen unserer polnischen Partnerschule aus Swidnica in Schlesien an Theater- und Kunstprojekten zum Thema “Inside-Outside” teilgenommen. Zum Schloss Morawa, das in einem ausladenden Landschaftspark liegt und  als gemeinnütziger Verein deutsch-polnische Jugendaustausche ermöglicht, sind wir unter der Leitung und Organisation von Bernard Szulc zum wiederholten Male gereist.


Zwei Lehrerinnen der polnischen Partnerschule, Florentine Baumann und Olivia Wiedmann, unsere US-amerikanische Kunst-Referendarin waren als künstlerisch-pädagogische Workshopleiterinnen dabei. Bernard Szulc hat die Theater-Workshops übernommen. Während unseres Aufenthaltes in Morawa haben wir uns in ein aktivierendes Bad aus drei Sprachen begeben, Schloss Waldenburg, Swidnica mit der Friedenskirche und die schöne Altstadt besichtigt und viele neue Freunde kennen gelernt. Zum Abschluss gab es eine Theatervorführung, die Ausstellungseröffnung zu den aus Gips entstandenen Plastiken und eine gelungene Abschiedsparty. Unser besonderer Dank geht an Bernard Szulc für die hervorragende Organisation und den jahrelangen intensiven Austausch mit unserem Nachbarland.

Vom 17. bis zum 19. September haben wir, 12 Schüler der 10b, an der Expedition des Duke of Edinburgh Awards auf den Stufen Bronze und Silber teilgenommen.
Wir trafen uns am Freitagmorgen am Bahnhof Fangschleuse, wo eine Einführung mit Frau Balsters, Frau Masing und ihrer Praktikantin durchgeführt wurde. Wir mussten nur noch unsere Routen für den Tag festlegen, uns von unseren Handys verabschieden und los ging´s!

In unserer Gruppe von sieben Mädchen haben wir uns zu Beginn gut durchgeschlagen. Trotz schwerem Gepäck und der Tatsache, dass alle Wege für uns gleich aussahen, konnten wir mühelos den ersten Checkpoint erreichen und dabei viele Frösche und Pilze bewundern. Von dort an wurde unsere tapfere Gruppe vor minimale Hindernisse gestellt, die darin resultierten, dass wir anstatt 14 Kilometern ca. 19 gelaufen sind, uns durch Spinnennetze kämpfen mussten und aufgrund der gigantischen Rücksäcke an Gleichgewichtsstörungen
litten. Jedoch nichts, was ein warmer Tee und ein paar Pep- Talks nicht lösen konnten. 

Information during the Corona period

  • The 7 day incidence of Corona in Berlin is at 371 on Monday 29.11.2021. Current Corona information can be found here and here. The Berlin Corona situation infographic is here
  • The GEV/Parents Council would like to remind all families to please observe all quarantine rules and regulations if they travel abroad.
  • No school on 23.12.2021 due to a Senate decision and school will end early on the 22.12. The Christmas break was very late this year and the situation has now been rectified in a very sensible way.  Emergency care will be provided in the primary.
  • Bicycle thefts are currently being reported near P23 by parents. Specifically near the bakery.  Please be aware that this happens very quickly, sometimes while people are in the bakery for a short time.
  • The GEV has requested that drivers please avoid Pfalzburger Strasse on both campuses when dropping off and picking up. The pavement outside the school entrance is not for car manoeuvres!! Please treat the safety of all NMS kids with the same high regard as your own and refrain from driving or reversing at kids. 

Hybrid Learning Pilot at NMS

This will be the third Covid winter in which we have to deal with cold rooms, quarantine and uncertainty. And with independent learning situations, online collaboration and media literacy. Although it hasn’t always been easy, we learned a great deal from and about learning in online and hybrid situations, from observations and schoolwide surveys like this one


The Senate has invited NMS, as one of ca. 20 Berlin schools, to participate in the ‘Hybrid School’ pilot project, which will last for three years. This so-called Schulversuch has provided NMS with the status of pilot school for hybrid learning. This doesn’t include additional teaching hours or funding (that would be too good to be true in the current climate), but it gives us the option to maximise differentiation, combining the positives of remote learning with the restraints of the regular timetable - and to see how creative solutions can lead to a solid hybrid concept. 

We have various students who still learn from home, thanks to the online Workspace platform. Regular uploading of week plans onto Classroom ensures that all students, especially the ones in quarantine, will be able to continue their work from home. This pilot project is coordinated by Learning Lab and scientifically supported by the Humboldt University. The Gesamtkonferenz has provided full support for the Hybrid Pilot project. Before individual classes can trial any kind of hybrid projects or timetables, management as well as parents will be asked for their consent. For students who do not wish to participate, a suitable alternative will be on offer.

For the third time, an NMS upper secondary student won the first place in the international art contest IFAC in Tokyo, Japan. This year’s winner and representative of Germany is Mina Wang, now in Q1 Abitur. Her artwork was selected in the Ministry of Education and sent to Japan where it became part of an international exhibition of high school students from 17 countries. 


Mina would have been invited to fly to Tokyo for the awarding ceremony and the grand opening of the exhibition if the pandemic had not prevented her travel. We congratulate Mina and are proud to have artistic talents at NMS like her!

Florentine Baumann

More in the NMS website Upper School Art Showcase

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Platz 3 in der 3x 1.000 m Staffel der männlichen Jugend U18:
Liam Sherwood, Benjamin Lonicer, Ben Schubert! Liam erreichte dabei 2:53 Minuten.

3 Platz fr Liam Benjamin und Ben bei den BBM 3x 1000 m 2

The NMS Sport Club International team won third place in the Berlin-Brandenburg long relay championships

Congratulations to the SCI-NMS men's under 18 team on 3rd place in the 3x 1,000m relay race: Liam Sherwood, Benjamin Lonicer and Ben Schubert! Liam ran his relay in 2:53 minutes.

Welcome to NMS

Nelson Mandela School is a diverse and inclusive international bilingual state school, teaching from grade 1 to 13. Students in the final year can graduate with either the bilingual Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB).
NMS is among the Berlin schools which regularly achieve top average Abitur grades. 

Greeting from the new principal Dr. Bauer

NMS Friends membership

NMS families are each asked to contribute at least 10EUR/month through the Friends to support trips, libraries, training and more!

Let's keep building NMS together

Any questions?

Here is the contact list.

School offices:

  • Pfalzburger Straße 23 (P23), Flex-6
  • Pfalzburger Straße 30 (P30), 7-10
  • Pfalzburger Straße 30 (P30), 11-13

2019 Silver esafety label

climate clock2

Climate clock: We must #ACTINTIME

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