Nelson Mandela School mourns the death of its namesake, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

A personal note on the death of Nelson Mandela

We have all been aware that the time was soon to come when we would learn about the death of South Africa's first black president. The day has arrived, and we feel the pain and sadness about the loss of one of the most eminent moral figures of our time without any alleviation.

As a school community, we feel grateful for the great honor of having Nelson Mandela as our namesake. His legacy of perseverance, integrity, forgiveness and modesty will continue to be our inspiration.
Christian Nitschke

Primary School

The Primary celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela on Friday, 06 December 2013. Hundreds of notes were written and put up on the wall next to the large Nelson Mandela picture. A wide and colorful display honors this wonderful man, with pupils expressing their sorrow about his death but also gratitude for his life and what he meant for South Africa and the rest of the world. In honor of Madiba, one class created a collage of the South African flag which hangs in the entrance next to his image. We will keep him in our hearts and minds and will remember his words: “Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.”
Annemieke Akkermans

Secondary School

German Television (ARD) Report

ARD visited our school on Friday, 6 December 2013, and their short report made it into the main evening news (Tagesschau):

  • Berliner Zeitung about reactions at our school and in Berlin in general: direct link, pdf (both in German)
  • Tagesspiegel about reactions at our school and in Berlin in general: direct link, pdf (both in German)

Photo contributed by Sarah Edgehill

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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