Our team of students, Anneke Linh Bussert, Martha Bulkuley, Charlotte Braune, Katharina Sharma all presently in Q1 participated in the Green Cities project on sustainability: Green Urban Environments GRUEN  hosted by the HongKong Baptist Unversity (HKBU). This was a project that was designed to be an online collaboration between school pupils geographically separated and the resulting models were to be presented face to face in Hong Kong. The project was funded by the EU Erasmus+.


They were originally invited to participate in a conference in Hong Kong in February 2020. This was, however, cancelled because (at the time not yet known to be a pandemic here, in Germany) of the Corona Virus Pandemic. The conference was held online on 10.9. to 12.9. where participating schools presented their projects. As I listened to the presentations, I felt that our teams did their part with a confidence that comes only with good background research and very good presentation skills. So thank you Charlotte, Katharina, Martha and Anneke! You did very well. 

I am happy to announce that two of our girls won a prize at the conference today. A very commendable effort, since they had to go through a Question and Answer Session with the Jury to win this prize! My heartfelt congratulations to Anneke Linh and Martha for all the efforts they put in. Here is a link to their presentation.

Wishing all four students all the very best! May their tribe increase!

Dorothy Samuel

Dear Festival Fans! 

This Saturday would likely have been the date for our Festival of Nations, the school year's biggest fundraiser, and the opportunity for us to get together and party as a whole community. We, the FoN committee members, are especially saddened that Covid has spoiled plans to celebrate our school in its historic 20th anniversary year. However, we now have a plan to bring us together in a common cause, and try to recoup some of the losses that festival cancellation means...

The Gift Basket Raffle is one of the most anticipated parts of the festival. This year we want to GO BIG. We would like each class in the school to create a gift basket for a grand raffle, which will be held in December (date to be confirmed). 

Your basket should preferably be themed for a particular country, to stick to the principal idea behind FoN of showing pride in our diverse community. But you can also choose to get creative with this brief. Perhaps you want to represent Christmas in Australia? Create a homage to K-Pop? Or a Bollywood movie night? Maybe a Japanese themed pampering basket? Or a romantic Italian dinner evening? Here are some past examples.

N.B. In case Covid causes a postponement of the raffle, perishable goods should not be included in baskets.


The appalling attacks in Paris on the 13th of November 2015 elicited an enormous response from our school, the recent devastating explosion in Beirut almost none. We as an international school must show solidarity to all peoples. In this light, the fundraising action undertaken by our Lebanese pupil Sina and her colleagues is all the more important to mark in Buzz in our fight against injustice and discrimination at the NMS. Please read her report below.
David Brown


On the 4th of August 2020, an explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital city, Beirut. The cause of the explosion was 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port without any safety measures. Who is to blame? A negligent government that cares about money more than human lives. The result: 180 deaths, 300 000 people displaced. I am the daughter of Lebanese parents and have been emotionally and mentally strained by the Beirut Port Explosions. 

On the 20th of August, we organized a fundraiser selling Ice Pops in the secondary school campus to raise money for humanitarian aid. We gathered 455€ to donate to the German Red Cross (which is sending supplies and money to the Lebanese Red Cross.)

friends small logoLet's stick together.  Let's keep NMS a good place for our kids!!

Dear all, some parents have asked what the Friends are about and how we help the school.  

What do Friends stand for:
We stand for community. We stand for each and every child at our school. We stand for financial and community support. We stand for you.

Who we are:
The Friends are the Förderverein of NMS. We are volunteers from within the community, parents, teachers and donors who dedicate time and money, to support our school and children when regular school funds are not enough. With the beginning of this school year, we have about 350 members, which is only ONE THIRD of families. All children benefit, and so if you are not contributing and you are able, please play your part. If you cannot support financially, can you help with time and energy?

What we do: 

The class lists were one of the vital channels used by the school and GEV to communicate changes to whole school years at extremely short notice during the corona crisis and more recently, the organisational changes to the parent evenings. Sign up for the lists is quite critical. Even if you were registered last year, it does not automatically move to a new class; you need to re-register.

Please don't get caught out, don't miss out on information from the school and the Parents Council! A number of parents have still not remembered to sign up for the lists for the new classes.

Sign up for the class email list here: https://forms.gle/nqEb1a3oF2ZrXxqx5

Weekly update: UPDATED days and times for parent evenings - update 24.08.2020, 09:00
Important updates re first parent evening here. Look out for updated info from previous notice. Year 11 is now online and split into two different days depending on classes.

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



The Nelson Mandela School is part of the programme "Cultural Agents for Creative Schools". The cultural agent, Katharina Stahlhoven, the artist, Thomas Wienands and Detlef Wingerath came up with a project before the holidays as part of the project "Urban Botany III: Places of Community Creation /Subproject: GartenVersuchsFeld, Nelson Mandela School", which was to be implemented directly in the first week of school.

Hello, musical students wanted!

Welcome to the new school year 2020/21.

The NMS orchestra is now trying a comeback. The practice sessions are now in sections.

If you are interested in playing within our group  - then, come, see and join us. We look forward to seeing you!

Practice: Thursdays 3:05-4:40 P30, Music Department

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

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