Grundschule Hitzefrei / Primary school: Shortened school day due to high temperatures - updated 14.08.2020, 13:00 
Heatwave: Primary school to end at 13:15 from Monday 17.08.20 - Wednesday 19.08.2020 inclusive. Emergency care is to be sought from the class teams, not Patrick Freyburg

Sekundarschule Hitzefrei: Erste Schulwoche/Upper school shortened school days in first week due to high temperatures - 09.08.2020, 21:00
Heatwave Timetables. The upper school will end at 14:10 on Monday and 14:15 on all other days in the first week because of the heatwave.

First day back organisational detail - edited 10.08.2020, 08:00 
Where and when to go. 10.08.2020 for most classes apart from Flex 1

First parent evenings - 07.08.2020, 14:00
Date and time for your class parent evening here

Parent letter - 07.08.2020, 14:00 
Explanation of the new year and background

Lesson Free Days 2020-21 - 07.08.2020, 14:00

Class teacher teams years 7 - 13, 2020-21 - 07.08.2020, 14:00

Book lists: year 7, year 8, year 9, year 10, year 11, - 07.08.2020

Flex 1st grade. Invitations to parents' evening and special school start ceremony. Date of the school start for Flex 1 / Flex 1. Klasse. Einladungen zum Elternabend und zur Einschulung. Datum des Schulbeginns - published 04.08.2020, 12:00
The dates are 12th August (parents' evening), 15th August (Einschulung) and 17th August (school start) respectively for Flex 1. COVID restrictions are in place for the Einschulung. 


In spring, the WirBerlin initiative invited submissions for a poster competition on the topic “keep our waters clean” that received more than 900 entries.

trashplanet1Two of NMS‘ former 4th graders, Esther and Siri, had their posters selected for the 36 finalists that are currently shown on the scaffolding at Rathaus Tiergarten. 
If you want to support this initiative and our NMS students, you can stop by — or vote for your favorite online until August 17 here:
The poster numbers are 23 and 25 if you “sort by creation”.

Dear students, parents and teachers,

This has been a crazy school year. We could never have imagined that a worldwide pandemic would paralyze our schools. In a few days we had to switch from regular school operation to online teaching.

Not everything worked immediately, but thanks to our wonderful IT team we were able to respond quickly to questions and suggestions. The gradual return to school lessons in the form of attendance times was a particular challenge. A lot was demanded of our students and teachers, but above all of the families of our school community.

Elizabeth Birmingham is an interesting mix of humour, intelligence, grace and common sense.

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She has been with the Nelson Mandela School from the very start and it is thanks to her that we have a primary school at all. As one of the pillars of the school, she first started out as a primary teacher and later became the Acting Head of Primary. Later on, after achieving a doctorate during her sabbatical, she decided to transfer to Middle School and Upper Secondary where she not only taught English from grades 7- 13 but also SOCs (social sciences) and then later on geography.

NMS student Loy Popp  was interviewed in June during the Black Lives Matter protests in Berlin by DAZED. His image appeared widely on social media around the world. He talked about various issues, including the experience of living in Germany as a black person.


Loy is now in grade 13, and taking the Abi Q3. See the video of Loy on Youtube here.

We reached out to Loy for a comment and he had this to say: "While my brother and I were moving through the crowd of the Black Lives Matter protest a lady approached us and asked if we wanted to take part in an interview. She briefly gave us some questions to guide our discussion, but they slipped my mind as soon as she held out her microphone. However, when she said go, it was as if the frustration that has been building up within me for the past 19 years could finally be released, and the words came to me...

Due to popular demand, the 2019-20 yearbook was sold out, but we can order more.

If you have not already done so, please send us an email expressing your interest and we will be in touch directly with details: 

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Dear Year 6,

Once upon a time, there was a classroom.

You got this. You did it. We're proud of you. You worked hard and finished primary school.  End of year events didn't happen as they could have, but that doesn't mean this is not an important event in your life. We know you've missed a lot due to Covid 19 and lockdown so we wanted to create a leaving tribute for you. We came together online and each did a little bit - hope you enjoy watching it.

Farewell grade 6 
Here is the video for you and a song sheet here.

Wishing each and every year 6 pupil luck in your journey to secondary school, wherever you will be.

Yours, Year 6 teaching team

This week we received a lively art piece that is especially good from up high: Nelson Mandela on Schoolyard by 10d. "It always seems impossible until it's done" -

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 The current learning situation under Covid- 19 provided us with the possibility to work outside with fresh air and in smaller groups. 10d lived up to the task in Art class and drew a large portrait of Nelson Mandela with chalk onto the concrete of the schoolyard at P30 - come by to have a look before the rain hits!

Welcome to the NMS

The Nelson Mandela School is a diverse international bilingual state school for students from grade 1 to 13. Students can choose to graduate with either the bilingual Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB).

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

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