1. Who are we?

We are the Nelson Mandela School (NMS), a bilingual school beginning with year 1 and leading up to the Abitur and the International Baccalaureate (IB). The NMS is an all-day school.
All who live and work in it belong to our school; the students, the school administration, the teachers, the educators, the parents, the janitor, the secretary, the kitchen staff, the members of the Parents’ Association, the librarians, the teacher-trainees, the free-lancers, as well as the trainees.
This identity applies to all who belong to or take interest in our school.

2. Why have we created an identity for ourselves?

With this identity, we wanted to define our values, goals, position and expectations as well as communicate on an internal and external level. Our identity moulds how we think, act and coexist. It is an important guideline for us all.

3. How was the identity created?

The school identity was created in several steps by representatives of the various school groups in a workshop. It was published internally and put up for discussion.

4. How do we perceive ourselves?

We are an international school, whose pupils and teachers come from many different countries. We regard the diversity of different cultures, nationalities, religions, mentalities, customs and languages as an enrichment. Through a continuous discourse we learn to accept and respect our differences.
We are an open-minded, future-orientated school as well as a distinctive part of the Berlin school landscape.
We cultivate an individual school culture that includes regular assemblies, internal host programmes as well as international projects.
We know that our international standards and pedagogical goals can only be achieved through the special engagement of the parents, teachers and students.
We regard our school as a workshop, in which we live and learn.
Teachers and educators accept that further education and the continuity of a pedagogical discourse are a necessity.
We develop and improve bilingualism at our school.

5. What are our goals?

The pupils and the comprehensive development of their personality are placed in the centre of school life. This requires that we support the pupils' talents to the best of our knowledge, sensitize them to their social role as a part of the school community as well as show them how to become independent.
Therefore, we supply them not only with the means to gain extensive knowledge but also with the necessary social competence. This is achieved by correlating class work with social pedagogical issues.
In this respect, we pay special attention to the following criteria:

  • multiple-sensory learning
  • Project orientated learning
  • Inter-disciplinary learning
  • Activity-orientated learning
  • Learning outside of school
  • Diverse methods and courage to experiment

We want to use our resources efficiently

6. Which values are important to us?

Our school life should be based on tolerance, a sense of responsibility, openness, positive thinking, solidarity, civil courage, equality, politeness, consideration and respect for one another.

7. How do we deal with one another?

We know that we belong together.
We communicate in both English and German
We accept other opinions.
We try not to exclude others.
We treat one another with respect.
We listen to one another.
We like teamwork.
We talk on the level of the other.
We need feedback and critique to improve our learning and our work.
We want to take time for calm discussions.
When decisions are being made we want to include the representatives of those involved.
We want to support the representation of the school groups.
We want to make conflicts and discussions transparent and discuss them openly.
We seek the help of mediators in case of a conflict.
We do not regard decisions as irreversible.

8. Our identity should be constantly revised and further developed.

21.09.2018 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin