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To honor the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust on January 27th, the Elective "Duke of Edinburgh Award - Training" went on a search for traces in the Bavarian Quarter this week. There we were able to learn more about the biographies of Jewish residents with the help of an audio walk about the history of the quarter under National Socialism. In addition, we were able to clean some Stolpersteine along the way and thus commemorate the victims inscribed on them. Thanks to the efforts of the Elective participants, many stones in the Bavarian Quarter are shining again and catch the eye of passers-by.

We, a Ukrainian welcome class, were very happy to receive an invitation to visit the German Bundestag from Michael Müller, Member of the Bundestag and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The excitement among the students was very great, because it was not only the first time where they could visit the premises of a European Parliament, but it was also an exciting guided tour with Mr. Müller.

Overall, we were very impressed by the openness and warm-heartedness of Mr. Müller and his staff as well as the fact that such tours are offered.

Just the feeling that you are concerned about the premises of the institution, where all German politics is made before your eyes (more on that later), makes you very happy and curious at the same time.

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"  Robert Swann

One of the latest most dramatic climate action taken was when climate activists glued themselves to an airport tarmac in Berlin and Munich this December.

At the Nelson Mandela School, we tried to do it differently. As a matter of fact, the "Saving the Planet" is a unit that Q3  work on every year. The idea of the unit is to involve our students in understanding the problems facing our planet and involving them in researching and looking for solutions themselves through a video.

On December 7th & 8th, our students had the chance to play wheelchair basketball. Alba Berlin provided us with 15 wheelchairs and two basketball coaches visited the school.

Wheelchair basketball has become more and more popular in the recent years. In Germany, there is a growing number of cooperations between schools and clubs. The main aim is to educate students about fellow citizens with disabilities and to make them experience wheelchair sports in a playful way. Our students really enjoyed the lesson, and we are looking forward to offer similar events in the future.

The first Abitur-Skitrip took place this year. A group of 24 students from grades 12 and 13 spent a week in Seeboden, Austria. They were accommodated in a chalet and commuted to the nearby ski area on the goldeck mountain. The students ranged from beginners to those who had been skiing since they could walk. Skiers of all abilities were welcome. Divided into two groups, they learned the basic techniques of alpine skiing - from short swings to carving. Of the slopes, they held presentations about the mountain climate, history, and culture of the ski-sport. The students spent their free time competing in a group tournament - complete with boardgames, puzzles and synchronized skiing. They also had time to enjoy the beatiful scenery on the mountaintop and the regional delicacies available at the Skihut. A warm thank you to Herr Röthenmeier and Herr Schauer for organizing and supervising the trip!

Messages from Principal Dr. Bauer 


 Aktuelle Informationen der Senatsverwaltung

 Admission 1st Grade 2023

If your child was born between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017, they must start school in the school year 2023/24.

If you wish to enroll your school-aged child at NMS, first you must register them at the public primary school closest to your residence between October 10 and October 21, 2022.
There you must request a transfer form to Nelson Mandela School.

Following that you can register your child at our school.

The current registration form and all necessary information will be available for download here (from September 26, 2022).

You must present your application at the school office in person. Appointments to do so will be made available and must be booked here from October 7, 2022.

Important: please read the instructions here carefully to ensure that you understand the process fully and that you have all the necessary documents.

“It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my people became a hunger for the freedom of all people.” – Nelson Mandela

At the Nelson Mandela School parents of 9abcd were invited to an evening with WWI poetry. The topic of WWI is an important one in year 9 and also covered not only by the English Department but also by the Social Sciences Department.
The world has not been without war for a long time. At the moment we hear of multiple conflicts breaking out all over the planet, and there is even one that is raging close to our borders as we speak.
We hope in the English Department that by tackling the theme of war that we can bring comprehension and understanding to our students that war is never the solution, but freedom, peace and respect for the common human values that we share are the way forward in every conflict.

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The students were allowed to take a stand on the topic of "staged" portraits as part of an exam assignment. After an intensive investigation, their photographs can now be seen until 19.12.2022 on the 2nd floor of the new building, Pfalzburgerstraße 30. The diverse approaches revolve around an ideal of beauty as well as a personal perspective on adolescence. On 24.11.2022, the students had the opportunity to present their work to guests from Norway and to engage in an exchange. The photo exhibition and the visual journal with the presentation of the task and the work process provided an impressive basis for discussion.  

Welcome to NMS

Nelson Mandela School is a diverse and inclusive international bilingual state school, teaching from grade 1 to 13. Students in the final year can graduate with either the bilingual Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB).
NMS is among the Berlin schools which regularly achieve top average Abitur grades. 

Greeting from the Principal Dr. Bauer 


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


NMS Friends left side website 


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