Meeting of the Human Resources/ Financial Committee
Peer Review at the GSN
Learning Development Talks (LEG II),
no afternoon lessons
School Board Meeting
8th official meeting of the primary school teachers
"Kompetenztest" Mathematics Class 3
Parents meeting of the future first-grade-students
Teachers' conference (GLK 5),
no afternoon lessons
extra-curricular activities & bus transport like usual
Labour Day, no lessons
Open Day at the GSN
- 3 pm Football tournament &
presentation of extra-curricular activities
- 6 pm Opening ceremony of the Art Gallery incl. fashion show
Welcome at the German School Nairobi!
We are delighted about your interest in the German School Nairobi. Our school offers a demanding, high-quality education for German as well as foreign-speaking children and for students from our host country Kenya.
Our school's bilingual profile will be further accentuated and enhanced by the impending introduction of the "Deutsche Internationale Abitur" (German International High School Diploma / School Leaving Examination Certificate) which will, at the same time, help to maintain our high quality standard and international competitiveness.
At present, 182 students from 30 different nationalities attend classes at our school. Our extensive compound also accommodates our bilingual kindergarten (116 children) and our boarding house offering 20 places.
*Inclusion is including / integrating children with disabilities into mainstream schools
From the 12th to the 14th of March 2015, the German School Nairobi successfully hosted a regional training program for the Sub-Saharan region on the subject of inclusion. Every German school abroad has had to address the challenge posed by the inclusion or integration in the classroom of handicapped children with healthy children. This topic is already part of Germany’s compulsory school developmental measures in all school types.
Toooorooo! On the 18th of March it finally happened. We, the second grade, started early at 9 am to head to the Elephant Orphanage full of anticipation. After arriving there we had a picnic together. On a full stomach we resorted to an enrobed area where two Kenyan school classes and we tensely waited for the small elephants. We were so excited as it started to rustle and raise dust behind the bushes and the trees. Lo and behold: Immediately a herd of sweet and playful baby elephants ran towards us.
This season, we have started to have a match every second week for our teams U13 and U15 in order to get used to teamwork and competition. Last Saturday (14.03.2015) we dared to invite one of the strongest football academies in town – Kibera.
The German Embassy sent out information about Mumps, Measles and German Measles (this is one vaccine). It is therefore important for parents to check the inmunization status for the children and would be important to do so for the adults as well.
Suddenly we heard a terrifying noise: A growling in the bush, what Joseph recognized as a buffalo sound and what made him reacting immediately, shooting into the air. At that point we were really glad, that we had Joseph guiding us, even though it turned out, that the buffalo was a motorbike.
Dear Parents of Classes 5 to 10,
On Monday the 25th of May 2015, there will be no lessons for students from Classes 5 -9 and of Class 11, as the oral Abitur examinations of the German School Nairobi will take place on this day. All students from these classes will be required to participate in the Work Experience Programme, an exercise we successfully carried out last year.
15 students from the GSN participated in the 33rd annual EAMUN conference on the site of the UN this year.
A new substance abuse prevention programme will be introduced at the next Teachers’ Conference at the GSN. The focus of this new concept will lie in the combination of several subjects which deal with social and scientific education. A further aspect will be the broader discussion of reasons that result in drug consumption.
Last Saturday (14.02.2015) we had visitors. The U13 and U15 teams of the Kabati Soccer Centre answered a visit, we made to them some months ago.
“Diercke Wissen – Der Geographiewettbewerb” – the school winner of classes 7-10! His name is …………
Hooray! Finally we, Class 1 and Class 3, went on our first excursion this school year. It was even the first excursion for the first class at all.
The DAAD made its annual presentation on “Studying Opportunities in Germany” on Wednesday the 21st of January in the Gymnastics Room of the GSN. All parents of students from Classes 9 – 12 were invited by e-mail.
This was the key sentence of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Madame Sahle-Work Zewde at the opening ceremony of this year’s annual MSMUN conference, which took place from 20th January 2015 to 23rd January 2015. This sentence went along with the motto of the conference “The future is ours!” which was turned into “The future is yours!” by guest speaker Peter Moll (“Hands off our elephants!”).
On Thursday, 15th January 2015, the students of Class 8 did not have a regular school day.
Upon arrival in Stuttgart on Wednesday, 3rd December, we were all prepared for the cold and the promised snow during the weekend. We were also ready for two weeks filled with university visits, career choice seminars, and getting to know the country a little better - especially since none of us has lived in Germany for more than four years.
The project of “Drinking Water for the School” has been under discussion for 2 years now. Finally, during the Christmas Holidays, the project has been put into action – a huge activated carbon filter was installed, holes were dug, pipes were fitted…
After a long selection procedure including tests and trial days, the big day finally arrived: the new scholarship students of the German School Nairobi joined us on Thursday the 15th of January 2015 at 8.30 am.
Before the Kenyan summer holiday really set in, the Experimento teachers at the GSN met with their Kenyan colleagues to plan the second round of the Experimento, which will take place here at the school in January.
On Thursday, December 4th we (Susi Wünsch, Karen Hoyer, Dajana Ebers and Sandra Sallat) met for a jolly work & breakfast. First we enjoyed some coffee and rolls, Thus strengthened we proceeded to our actual task. Mountains of rice, salt, butter, flour, sugar, cacao, tea and cookies which we needed to distribute onto 50 bags. After two hours of diligent packing each bag was decorated with a name tag and a small Christmas angel.
On Friday the 21st of November 2014, after a week full of "when will the reading bell ring again?", the DSN Primary school participated in the German nationwide reading day. Each child signed up for two books earlier in the week and in, second period, they went off to the different readers.
Clapping could be heard throughout the school, followed by a loud “Olé!”. On Friday, the 21st November 2014 the German School hosted a flamenco workshop for students.
On Sunday 23rd November, the club held its Year End Tournament. Although only announced two weeks before the actual tournament, we were delighted that over 25 players joined the trophy race. Luckily, the consistently bad weather in the weeks before had mercy and presented itself from its best side on both Saturday and Sunday.
On the first week of November we, the students of class 11, became researchers in various companies across Nairobi. Our goal was to find out the location factors of different companies and then apply the theories we have learned in geography class to the specific situation of the company. To do this we asked a hundred and one questions each day, which was problematic for some because some pieces of information was confidential. Yet all we wanted was to get good grades! The whole class has cleaned up their act because of the upcoming Abitur. We have gone from being the class that hardly participated or did homework, to the class where everyone worked diligently and eagerly raised their hands to contribute to class discussions.
The day started very early on the 15th of November 2014 at 8:30 a.m. for all the chess talents who came to the Chess Tournament hosted at the German School Nairobi sports hall. Although a couple who had initially registered failed, a whopping 54 students aged 7-12 from various schools in Nairobi, from Peponi House to Braeburn Academy and even our own German School, were there and were ready for a day of making new friends, competing against their peers and, of course, having fun.
On 20.11.2014 all children and teachers of the Preschool and Elementary School met in the sports hall to take a picnic to celebrate the International Children’s Day under the motto Children’s rights.
How fast time goes! It feels as if we just chose the “new” scholarship students the other day, but they have already been part of Class 5 for the last 3 months, and it was time once again to choose new scholars for the new academic year!
On Sunday, the 30th of November there will take place the traditional Christmas Concert of the German School Nairobi at 3 p.m. in Tigoni. This time the program will not be really traditional, following the motto „Rocking Christmas“. But behind the words you will find something more than pure Rock Music. Come, listen and be amazed about the wonder of Christmas and the performances by classes 1 to 12 and the German Community Choir.
35 students from the DSN took part in the annual orchid show art sompetition held at the Sarit Exhibition Centre earlier this month.
Last week the Giant hearing center and the Eagle Eye Laser & diagnostics Centre, checked all registered students.
On Saturday, 1st November 2014, you could find hard working parents and students of Class 2 on our school grounds. With brush, shovel and hoe, they have beautified our school grounds in a voluntary work.
The school has a long established exchange programme with Nairobi Academy (NA), a British Curriculum School in Karen, Nairobi. The programme was set up with the view of allowing both schools to gain from each other: the GSN students thus get an insight into other school systems in our host country, whereas the NA students can see in practice what schools “in Germany” are like, rather than simply theorising about it in their Foreign Language German classes.
The Careers Counselling Department of the GSN organised a meeting for all students doing Vocational Studies, as well as all students of Class 9, with trainees of the company Merck on Tuesday the 7th of October.
On October, 11th our school opened its doors to host our annual Sommerfest. True to its name the day was very summerly. While the sun burned down on them, classes 11 and 12 put up the barbeque and the salad bar. Crates with sodas and water were stacked in the back of the tent.
The DSN has 32 students taking part in this year’s Orchid Art Competition for the Annual Kenya Orchid Show which will be taking place in the Exhibition Hall of the Sarit Centre from 17th October until 20th October, 2014.
We would like to mention a big thank you to class 12, all the parents who helped and those who came to support, teachers and not to forget the staff, which helped in the preparations especially Antony Mungai, John Kamau and Francis Mburukwa.
"Our Balancing Park is here!"
During the last term, our primary school children helped plan the improvement of the primary school yard (the mini-SV conducted surveys in their classes). Their first wish was realized with the construction of the sandbox.
The final round of the Experimento project took place on Sunday the 28th of September 2014 at the school. This project was carried out by the Siemens Foundation in conjunction with the German School Nairobi and several Kenyan schools.The project aims to impart German know-how to participants in our host country.
Harald Mink, an ex-teacher at the German School Nairobi, collects 11,400 Euros as a donation for the St. Augustine Education Centre, which the GSN supports since 2009.
We have already started the planning for the next school calendar 2015 and would be very happy to offer this popular publication, which is as well a great Christmas present, at the end of this year again to all parents, teachers and members of the German School Society.
On September 03, 2014, the students of the German School Nairobi met for pupils’ assembly in the third lesson. Like every year at this time there was only one topic: the election of the new Students’ council (SV)!
Who does not remember the first day at school? For most people this day is remarkable and an important milestone in their childhood. The first day at school might bring excitement and anticipation, but at the same time a tingling sensation in the stomach and perhaps even fear or concerns.
With immediate effect, the German School Nairobi is recognized as CertiLingua- School in accordance with the provisions of CertiLingua label of excellence for plurilingual, European and international competences.