Am 4./5. Mai fand in der Horst-Korber-Sporthalle das große Bundesfinale der besten Schulen im TT statt. Die Teilnahme am Turnier war für unsere Schule eine Premiere.
Tarish, Jonas, Caylen, Mael, Maxi und Nicolas traten im Wettkampf 3 der Jungen an. Viel Chance zu gewinnen hatte unser Team eigentlich nicht, da wir nur 2 Vereinsspieler im Team hatten.
In der Vorrunde gab es sehr knappe Ergebnisse gegen das Gymnasium Oberalster Hamburg. Wir verloren mit 4:5 Punkten. Im nächsten Spiel unterlagen wir deutlich dem Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium Marbach, dem späteren Turniersieger. Tarish konnte auch hier im Einzel gegen die Nr. 1 der anderen Schule gewinnen!
Die nächsten Spiele gegen die Bundesländer Sachsen und Nordrhein-Westfalen wurden dann mit 5:1 Punkten gewonnen, so dass am Ende Platz 9 erreicht wurde.

Alle Ergebnisse vom TT sind zu finden unter: TISCHTENNIS (

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu diesem Erfolg.
(Vielleicht können wir ihn im nächsten Jahr wiederholen!!)

Class 7d took part in a Dagesh project and it was reported here in the

"We learnt about the different types of discrimination there are. We learnt to stand up for others […] The organisers helped us to understand how bad discrimination can affect someone’s life and how we can stand up to discrimination […] We learnt a bunch of new things. It was entertaining, their methods helped us to be kept focused” - Pia, 7d

“We talked about how we get discriminated in different ways. They did this in a helpful manner with small groups and a circle of trust” - Lilly, 7d 

“We are very happy to bring awareness to the matter. And if the matter is in the newspaper people can get educated on the matter. - Lisa, 7d

“Some students were annoyed by something that was said because they disagreed but most kids came out happy and smarter.” - Lilly, Lisa, Pia

“All found that they learnt something. I was happy that I was asked to be interviewed because I learnt a lot about the matter and I was happy to spread more awareness about it.” - Oisin, 7d

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. 


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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.

Messages from Principal Dr. Bauer 
Nachrichten von Schulleiter Dr. Bauer (7. Juli 2022)

We wish all students, parents and guardians and all colleagues a relaxing summer holiday.

School begins again on 22.08.2022 and details will be in the organisational plan that will be uploaded here.

Wir wünschen allen Schülerinnen und Schülern, ihren Eltern und allen Kolleginnen und Kollegen erholsame Sommerferien.

Die Schule beginnt wieder am 22. August 2022 (s. Organisationsplan).


Aktuelle Informationen der Senatsverwaltung

Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Regelungen!
Please note the current regulations! 


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.

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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