Berlin International Music Project – BIMP 2015

Dear Students and Parents,
It’s time again to think about the Berlin International Music Project – BIMP 2015.

The BIMP weekend at Berlin Brandenburg International School – BBIS is scheduled for March 14-15, 2015. There will be rehearsals on Saturday March 14 from 10.00 till 16.00 and on Sunday March 15 from 13.00 till 16.00 at BBIS for all participating students.The BIMP weekend will end on Sunday with a Gala Concert at BBIS at 16.00. At the Gala Concert pieces by composer Paul Hennessee will be premiered by the Junior choir and orchestra and by the Senior Choir and the composer will attend the concert.

The sign up deadline is December 12, 2014.

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Winter Market 2014

Holiday Greetings from the Head

Dear Parents, Students, Colleagues and Friends of the NMS,

It is once again time to look back on a vibrant and eventful year and to say THANK YOU to everybody actively involved in it, in particular all those that have invested their private time and energy to make this an even better place.

When the NMS Chamber Choir and the Madiba Choir were waiting for their performance at the Foreign Office Headquarters the other day, Foreign Secretary Steinmeyer drew a somber picture of the year 2014. The sheer number of conflicts worldwide is daunting and has cost so many lives or has made those of many truly miserable. In that context, he uttered how difficult he finds it personally to sometimes grasp how irrationally and narrow-mindedly certain groups or political leaders act, at times even to their own detriment.

As an international school, I think we can all too well comprehend that somewhat bleak perspective, but also have some good reason to join the optimism Steinmeyer expressed to his staff and to us for the New Year 2015. As a microscopic image of our globe, we know about the challenges, but, and even more so, cherish the beauty and the manifold blessings that come with a diverse cosmopolitan community and its opportunities.

Before we all part for our Christmas and End-of Year break, let me briefly touch on a few current themes and projects at our school. We have been granted five new teaching positions for the entire school as of February and are in the process of finding suitable candidates and hiring them. Please keep your fingers crossed.


For digital skills@home and in school!
For Students, Parents, Teachers & Educators

Check this page every week for the latest and greatest Cool Tool curated by NMS′s own Annemieke Akkermans, a Secondary IT and Flex class teacher.

for 15 December 2014: SCRATCH

Did you take part in the Hour of Code? Even though Coding Week may be over, all tutorials, games and programmes are always available on  This month we will feature some more specific coding tools. Coding (or 'programming' ) has become part of everyday life. Even your coffee machine could be programmed to wake you up at 6.45 with a fresh Latte Machiatto. An NMS Coder Dojo is hopefully coming our way soon, but why not try your hand at coding at home as well? Or at school? Scratch is one of those programmes that can be downloaded for free and provides players with a basic understanding of what coding is. Designed by MIT students and aimed at children ages 8 to 16, this easy-to-use programming language lets you build almost anything you like. You mix and match together Scratch elements, like digital Legos. Scratch has also been installed on the school computers and some very good and ready-for-use tutorials for teachers and students can be found under

NMS-Chöre im Auswärtigen Amt

Am 05.12.2014 fand im Lichthof des Auswärtigen Amtes die jährliche Illumination des Weihnachtbaumes durch Bundesminister Steinmeier statt. Im Anschluss hat der Kammermusik-Chor von Eugen Zigutin und der Madiba Chor von Ulrich Pätzold – beide Chöre proben in der Nelson-Mandela-Schule – gesungen und zur festlichen Stimmung beigetragen.

4. Vorlesemorgen am 26. November 2014

Unser vierter grundschulweiter Vorlesemorgen war ein wieder ein voller Erfolg! Dies bestätigten mir viele Kinder und Kollegen. Die Idee eines Vorlesemorgens entstand an unserer Schule in Anlehnung an den jährlichen bundesweiten Vorlesetag, der am 21. November 2014 an vielen Schulen und Büchereien, Buchhandlungen und ähnlichen öffentlichen Gebäuden stattfand (s. Leider können wir unseren Vorlesemorgen nicht am „offiziellen“ Vorlesetag veranstalten, da viele unserer Lehrerinnen und Lehrer immer Mitte November mit dem Testen der zukünftigen Erstklässler beschäftigt sind.

In unserem Angebot waren etwa 35 deutsche und englische Kinderbücher, die sich die Kollegen im Vorfeld mit Sorgfalt ausgesucht hatten. Einige Tage vor dem Vorlesemorgen hingen im zweiten Stock „Werbeposter“ für diese Bücher aus und alle Kinder von Flex bis Klasse 6 konnten sich nahezu frei auswählen, welche zwei Bücher sie hören wollten. Es gab lediglich einige Bücher mit einer Altersempfehlung.

(Fotos von 2013, deswegen heißt es dort 27. November.)


Die Ausführungsvorschriften über Beurlaubung und Befreiung vom Unterricht (AV Schulbesuchspflicht) wurden geändert. Hier ist das vollständige Dokument. Auf den ersten beiden Seiten gibt es eine Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Änderungen.

  • AV Schulbesuchtspflicht (Ausführungsvorschriften über Beurlaubung und Befreiung vom Unterricht, Fassung vom 19.11.2014) (pdf)
Kindernothilfe Media Prize 2014

Grand appearance at the Children's Jury!

On the evening of Friday the 14th November, 2014, four students from 6b, along with four other students from the “Andreas Gymnasium” in Friedrichshain presented this year’s “Kindernothilfe Media Prize”. The annual presentation of this award acknowledges the outstanding work of journalists in the area of child abuse and children’s rights.

Antonia, Ruby, Gil and Frederik from 6b were quite excited as they waited for their appearance in the atrium of the German Telekom Capital City Representative Office. As they finally stood on the stage and looked out at the 500 or so spectators filling the atrium they were hardly able to see any anything beyond the glaring spotlights.

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