The students of the Black History Class had impressive study days with Sima Luipert on German colonialism and were deeply moved. The History Leistungskurs with Hanna Urbahn also participated in the study days. This was the first meeting of descendants of the victims of the genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama with students in Germany. The students once again strongly emphasized their demand for decolonial perspectives in the curriculum, so that in the future all students will learn about this first genocide of the 20th century.

  • The study days were accompanied by a taz journalist. The article can be read here.
  • During her Berlin visit Sima Luipert also had an exclusive interview with SPIEGEL.

In the future, similar study days are to be introduced at schools in other German states. The idea is to learn from the experiences at the Nelson Mandela School to include decolonial perspectives and German colonial history in the school curriculum. Finally, an exchange of students is planned, which should enable an encounter between Ovaherero and Nama students and students in Germany. On June 28, we received the sad news that Simon Petrus Kooper, the elected chairman of the Nama Traditional Leaders' Association, had died suddenly and unexpectedly. He had a very formative role in the movement to recognize the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama and worked tirelessly for the inclusion of the affected Ovaherero and Nama communities in the reparations process. Unfortunately, this is still pending. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and companions. May he rest in perfect power and peace.

Am 1.6.2022 fand an der Secondary ein Projekttag aufgrund der Feier unseres Beitritts in das “Schule der Vielfalt” Programm statt. Wir haben den Tag mit einer Assembly gestartet, die von der Diversity Task Force organisiert wurde. Ab der 4. Stunde wurden für alle Klassen Workshops, Ausstellungen und Filmvorstellungen rund um das Thema “Vielfalt” angeboten. Die folgenden Organisationen haben mitgewirkt:

  • Das Kulturagenten Programm Frieda Dunger, Kris Gruen, Christopher Weymann 
  • Queer Format Jarred und Yan
  • Ufuq e.V.
  • All included - Queer Unterwegs 
  • Unesco

Vielen Dank an alle Schüler*Innen, Lehrkräfte, Sozialpädagog*Innen, Hausmeister und allen Mitwirkenden!

 Debating Matters 2022 -  NMS WINNERS

MUN debating matters

The annual Debating Matters Competition, which took place on Thursday 16th, is  a project of the Battle Of Ideas Charity and  hosted by the University Of Europe , Applied Sciences, Berlin.  The competition is aimed at Upper School Students  and all the competitors came from  several Berlin Gymnasiums. However this did not daunt 5 of our 10th Graders and our seasoned debater, Emily Q2. 

The students who were in teams of two , won their  first  round debates which ensured a place in the final debate. This was won by the incredible Emily  and Luis duo . In addition four students : Lia, Lydia, Tobias and Suvi won commendations for their  participation and Emily won an award for best overall participation. The students prepared speeches and defended their  positions on topics  such as Universal Basic Income,  Technology and Climate Change,  Repatriation of Cultural Artefacts and  the Role of Tech Companies in Combating Misinformation.

On Tuesday, 14. of June the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Musikschule and NMS put on the summer concert at the P23 campus.


The second and third grade choir performed, accompanied by a few piano students who presented their skills at the piano. 

Sharpies were flying at the NMS primary library on Friday, June 24th as students from 6D participated in a campaign championed by author Alex Gino to coincide with the renaming of their book "Melissa" – previously published as "George" – about a transgender fourth grader coming into her own. The children's book has been available from the primary library for classes 5 and 6 as a class set since 2017.  In solidarity with Alex Gino and their character, Melissa, students crossed out the former title with permanent markers and re-titled the books with stickers provided by the library staff. 


Larger picture here

Words matter – in fiction as in the real world.  With this action, the students, library staff, and the 6D Team encourage all of us to think about how we can validate and support each other by not only choosing our words carefully but also by going the extra step to correct ourselves should we make a mistake.  Here is a link to find out more about Melissa's Story and Sharpie Activism.


This week NMS was awarded the quality seal 'Excellent Digital School' for the second time in a row! NMS was one of the first schools to receive this seal in 2018, which has a validity of four years. The new quality seal is valid until 2026. The award serves the long-term quality development and assurance of digitally supported education at Berlin comprehensive schools. We especially appreciate the Senate’s trust and support for our safe and sustainable use of our learning platform. 

The school’s infrastructure has steadily improved, thanks to the joint effort of parents, teachers and students who work together in the Media Development Group. Because of the improved infrastructure in both schools as well as the use of our learning management system, the use of mobile devices and learning apps has become much more authentic and intuitive. The biggest transformation in the past two years has been the improved and professional use of our learning platform Workspace since the pandemic. NMS teachers have been using the Workspace core apps for more than a decade, but the biggest impact was our introduction of the student accounts since day 1 of the pandemic-related school closures. Since then NMS students have used their Workspace accounts for learning, structuring their workload, communication and cooperation. We have kept the students’ data safe by purchasing the Education Enterprise licence, which ensures that our data stays in Europe, creating pseudonymised accounts, collecting parental consent and strictly sticking to the core apps.

wir sind wieder live zu erleben - mit Chor, Orchester, Band und Solist*innen! 

Wann/wo: Donnerstag, 17h in der Aula der P30.


Herzlich willkommen!

IMG 4248

Die 3b feiert Astrid Lindgren                                     

In den letzten sechs Wochen arbeitete die 3b an einem Projekt über Astrid Lindgren. Es gab Poster aller Art, Burge und, Spiele! Doch das schönste von allem war, dass wir zusammen gearbeitet haben. 

Nevena und Maria haben ein Mini-Theater gemacht! Süß muss ich sagen. Und Rosa und Madeleine! Sie haben eine Fernsehshow gemacht. Dank ihnen weiß ich jetzt fast alles über Astrid-Lindgren! Jaron und Paul erstellten ein Astrid-Lindgren-Preise-Plakat. Boah, hat Astrid aber viel gewonnen! 

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

climate clock2

Climate clock: We must #ACTINTIME

06.12.2022 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin