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.  


From 8.11. to 12.11.2022 the theater and art trip to Morawa, Poland, for students of the 8th grade took place - this time under the motto "together and alone". As in previous years, Bernard Szulc, a social pedagogue at P30, was responsible for the comprehensive organization and coordination of the trip. The trip served as an encounter trip of students from a German and a Polish school as a project financed by the German-Polish Youth Association. During the five days, we worked together with students of the same age from the Emil Krebs School in Swidnica, Silesia, whose school program focuses on teaching foreign languages.  During the project week, which took place in the neoclassicist Morawa Castle, formerly known as Muhrau, the 26 participants and four teachers dealt with the topic of group processes and loneliness using various methods and techniques. Thus, all students took turns, each in mixed German-Polish groups, to attend workshops on sculptural work with plaster, collage with found objects, and performing scenes. In addition to fascinating work results, international friendships could be deepened or newly formed. A highlight of the stay at Morawa Castle each time is the fireside chat with Melitta Sallai, who spent her childhood there.

The NMS Primary band program has successfully started into the new school year.
We are thrilled to now have four band-classes in grades 5 and 6.
We were able to provide all students with a high-quality wind instrument (18 flutes, 16 clarinets, 10 saxophones, 15 trumpets, 8 trombones, 7 baritone horns). Of course, all the necessary percussion instruments are also available.
The first steps are already behind us and the real orchestra work has begun.
We are looking forward to our winter concert.

On the 22nd and 23rd of September, the NMS hosted our annual NELMUN conference at our secondary campus. Both the Katholische Schule Liebfrauen and the Schiller Gymnasium attended this year, resulting in a total of 41 active and engaged delegates tackling 2022’s banner theme: 'The Global Food Crisis - Fighting Food Insecurity in Uncertain Times.'

In two different committees, the Environmental Committee & the UNHCR, the delegates debated, explored solutions and eventually formed resolutions on the issue, while also ensuring they maintain their diplomatic profiles. Our Secretary Generals were Lena and Kim, who hosted our opening and closing ceremony and guided the committees as well as their first-time co-chairs. Since this is their final time attending an MUN conference, we are very grateful to have had not only them, but also our admin team: Estella, Marlene, Manu, Siiri and Arthur. Without their organization the conference couldn't have taken place!


On November 14th and 15th, Class 11d participated as a Jury Class for the categories 12+ and 14+ programmes at the KUKI Short Film Festival in Berlin. It was wonderful to view so many great films with an incredible team guiding us through the process. After watching all the 16 films in both categories, we had to choose the Winner and an Honourable Mention which was a very thoughtful process for all of us students. Taking into consideration all of the key aspects that make a film outstanding, we came to the conclusion that the winner prize would go to the film “It’s Nice in Here” directed by Robert Jonathan Koeyers from the Netherlands. This film tackled racism, police brutality and many deep and powerful subjects regarding the death of a young black man. The editing, soundtrack and writing were exceptional! 

For the Honourable Mention, we chose the French film “Au revoir Jérôme” directed by Adam SIllard, Gabrielle Selnet and Chloe Farr. Every frame of the film looked like a painting and the colours brought so much substance to the film. It was about a man who arrived in paradise and set out to find his wife who passed away a year ago. After a long search he finally found her only to realise that she was very happy to be on her own and did not want to return to their past relationship.  It surely was a great experience! Thank you, Kuki festival, for having us!

Here is our award speech for the Best Film:

Award Speech for the Best Film:

Messages from Principal Dr. Bauer (November 11, 2022)

We are implementing the Corona regulations (see as follows:
The class teachers / tutors will inform their students about the measures on the 1st day of school. Parents or students of legal age need to declare in writing by Friday, Novenber 11, 2022, whether their children / themselves wish to take two or three tests.

The class teachers / tutors will keep the consent forms with their class lists. They will pick up the number of required test kits (including two or three kits for their own testing) from their office each Monday. We are not giving out test kits if the consent form is not provided. When and where students test themselves is at their discretion.

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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.

Four NMS student groups from grades 9 to 11 participated on the initiative of the Natural Sciences Department in the Berlin-wide STEAM competition Make@thon, which was organized by the University of Osnabrück and the Siemens Foundation from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, 2022. During the competition period, the participants practiced hybrid learning while partly participating in in-house classes in school and partly participating online from Siemensstadt while working on the project.

The participant groups were to choose one of the following categories for the preparation of a competition entry: Education, Research, or Development. Within the framework of the competition title "Mobility of Tomorrow", solutions for promoting sustainability and optimizing infrastructure, technology and comfort were thus developed in a very short time.

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The competition is aimed at all students in grades 5 to 13.

The problems can be picked up from the math teachers or downloaded here (5. Klasse 6. Klasse 7. Klasse8. Klasse9-11. Klasse12-13. Klasse).

Solutions can be handed in to Ms Figueiras (alternatively in her pigeonhole in the staff-room) until 18.10.2022.

Participants will receive the result on 07.11.2022 at the school.

Successful participants qualify for the 2nd round of the Mathematics Olympiad, which will take place on 09.11.2022 as a district round in Berlin.

The discussion of the problems in internet forums is not permitted. For further questions please contact Ms Figueiras by email.

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 

Christmas and New Year 2021 video from Principal Dr Bauer with a performance of music and an address

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 


2019 Silver esafety label

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Climate clock: We must #ACTINTIME

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