The European Union has done it, Berlin, London and Paris have done it and the Berlin Senat has just announced that all in-land business trips will be flight-free.

Should our school set an example as to how we should behave in order to help ensure a sustainable future for our pupils, for our staff, for all in the world, wherever they live?

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carbon clock

That’s how fast the carbon clock is ticking. The MCC Carbon Clock shows how much CO2 can be released into the atmosphere to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C and 2°C, respectively.

The classes of 6B and 6D presented their Funfair projects to the Flex pupils last Feb 19-20 in the Science Lab. Our youngest students had fun playing with the miniature rides built by the 6th graders. There were carousels, ferris wheels and even roller coasters! The project shows understanding of the different types of force and its application in everyday life.

Wir sind unendlich traurig dass Markus am 4. Januar von uns gegangen ist.


 Markus hat sich als Vater von Aidan und  Damian seit 2003 bis 2019 mit Herz und Seele für die Community der Nelson-Mandela-Schule engagiert. Zahlreiche Feierlichkeiten und Events unserer Schule hat er mitorganisiert und moderiert. Er war schon im „I-Ball” Komitee dabei und hat 2009 die „Boogie Nights“ mit initiiert. Markus war unser „MC“ - Master of Ceremonies, und das auch gern bei FoN für die Silent Auction.  Als er schon krank war, sagte er  “Mein Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem Leben und dem Lebendigen”.

Zivilcourage von Lubaya (8b)

Rassismus bleibt  in der deutschen Gesellschaft stets weit verbreitet. So kann man als Afrodeutscher nicht seine Haare offen tragen, ohne alle Blicke auf sich zu ziehen und von Fremden durch Anfassen der Haare (ohne Erlaubnis) belästigt zu werden. Sprüche wie: „Ach ja, ein Wuschelkopf!” und Gewalt sind dabei leider keine Seltenheit. Als mich einmal ein Mann ansprach, ob er meine Haare anfassen dürfe und ich nein sagte, spuckte er mir auf die Füße und schubste mich um. 

Wie handelst du als außenstehende Person in einer solchen Situation? 

Bist du einer der vielen Menschen, die wegschauen und weiter gehen, oder zeigst du Zivilcourage?

The Bauhaus Temporary published a contest calling for participants to upload a tutorial on how to fold a camera bellows.

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 Jakob Führ, one of our  Y10 students and participant in the Bauhaus Class installed in cooperation with the Bauhaus Temporary Berlin, has won the competition. Congratulations! Here is his short video tutorial.

On Wednesday, a right-wing terrorist killed 10 people in Hanau. This attack comes only days after another right-wing terrorist group was arrested for planning to attack mosques all over Germany.

We are a "Schule ohne Rassismus - Schule mit Courage". With a minute of silence and our flags at half-mast, we would like to express our solidarity with the victims and the communities threatened by right-wing terrorism in Germany.

Best regards/ Mit freundlichen Grüßen  Katja Sajid Acting Principal

IB13 Biology students visited the Julius Wolff Institute to learn about the interdisciplinary field of Biomechanics. They were given a private seminar by award winning Biophysicist Dr Ehsan Soodmand.

 Dr Soodmand holds two PhDs, one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in the Biological Sciences. He explained to our students the nature of modern scientific research.

 Check this out for yourself by visiting our students’ exhibition THE BAUHAUS WAS A SCHOOL at BAUHAUS TEMPORARY, Knesebeckstr. 1-2, near Ernst-Reuter-Platz, that can still be explored until Feb 29, 2020. In the small space, that functions as a BAUHAUS showroom while the new museum is under construction, the 10 students of the BAUHAUS Elective Course, all year 10, have set up several work stations to actively experience practical art exercises of the preliminary course. In the weeks before the grand opening on Nov 27, the group had tested and optimized the tasks for contemporary museum visitors.

 The Elective Course BAUHAUS are meeting every Friday afternoon to deal with the practical fundamentals of art and design. The main task is to explore the educational approach of the BAUHAUS school (1919 – 1933) that taught university students from all over the world first in Weimar, then Dessau and finally Berlin before it was shut down by the Nazi regime. Nowadays we connect artists like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger and architects like Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe or designers like Marcel Breuer and Marianne Brandt with the BAUHAUS style.

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!

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

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