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Dear Parents, dear Colleagues, dear NMS Students,

It is time for me to say farewell and thank you for all the support, encouragement and kindness I have received over the past three years. Being the head of a school of this size and character can be a true challenge, but at no point have I been without the clear feeling that the community here is passionately committed to the special purpose and spirit of the school. To me, in hindsight, this is the strongest point about the Nelson Mandela School, and an asset that deserves as well as requires special attention and care – just as some of the student speakers adroitly explained it to me in a first meeting.

In my term, I have focused on the creation of structures – procedural and co-operational – so that the school would be able to stride along more smoothly after a phase of rapid growth. With the aim for more lateral responsibility and initiative, there are now more groups who self-confidently claim areas they want to take care of. With the question still open of who will be the new team of principals, it is comforting to see that the school has enough faculty members who are willing to step in and provide a transition leadership team.

In addition, they are privileged, as I have been myself, to be supported and propelled by the collaborative energy of our students and parents: my sincere thanks for their open minds, fairness and confidence.

I will take this Mandela spirit with me as a precious gift and cherish it as best I can.

With best wishes to the NMS and its community,

July 13, 2016
Christian Nitschke

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