Messages from Principal Dr. Bauer 
Nachrichten von Schulleiter Dr. Bauer (6. Dezember 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. 

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.

Es gelten 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.

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! 

Just a moment more...
Our announced live music evening "Dream back to Future" will take place today, 09.12.2021 as an in-school open rehearsal and will appear in a digital format soon! Check back soon! 

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Noch einen Moment Geduld...

Unser angekündigter Live-Musikabend "Dream back to Future" findet heute als schulintern geöffnete Probe statt und erscheint in Kürze in einem digitalen Format! Schauen Sie bald wieder vorbei! 

To mark World Children's Day on 20 November, 6B spent a few SocS lessons studying The Convention on the Rights of the Child.

6b rights

We looked at the history of children's rights and discussed how important it is for our whole community to know about them. After all, Article 42 of the UNCRC says that all children, young people and adults should know about the Convention. With this in mind, we made booklets about the convention and prepared presentations in small groups.

6b booklets

This week, we visited Flex classes in small groups to tell the Flexies about their rights and help them read the books we made. The Flex children had some really great questions; the 6B students had wonderful and insightful answers. It was fantastic to see the year 6 students so excited about preparing presentations for a new audience. If anyone would like to find out more about their rights, here is a link to a child-friendly version of all the rights online.

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.

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. 

Film sekhon

As part of our film project in Ms. Sekhon's English class, we participated in the recent KUKI Short Film Festival from the 14th to the 28th of November as a Jury-Class. We are the 9C and D. In October, the KUKI film team visited and gave us each a bag containing a jury pamphlet with guidelines, a notebook, and several other items. Our task was to watch 14 short films in the 12+ and 14+ categories and it was a tough choice picking a winner, the prize being 1000€. We also chose the second best film as a Special Mention. Using a link that was given to us by the KUKI team we were able to preview these short films in class and at home, discussing the different aspects of the films such as the content/themes, the technical features, camera angles, lighting, sound design and the acting.

We then had a secret vote to make sure the decision was unbiased. The Special Mention was awarded to a film called Obervogelgesang. The black and white animation deals with the AFD, a subject that is rarely discussed. The film centres around a young girl from Saxony.  She struggles with stereotypes about people from Saxony due to the popularity of the AFD, which received 33% of the vote at the last election. But to see how she handles this situation, you have to see the film, because we don’t want to spoil it.


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.

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!

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School offices:

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

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