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Extracurricular and Sports Activities

Extracurricular Activities (AGs)

The German School Nairobi offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, which are included in the school fees, most of them are offered at no extra cost.

The offer applies to all school level:

The extracurricular activities can be changed at the beginning of each semester.

The registration for the extracurricular activities, lunch and school bus transportation for the whole school (kindergarten, primary school and secondary school) is carried out at the beginning of every new school semester through online registration. The weblink for this shall be sent to parents via e-mail within the first week of every new school semester.

In addition, we offer a range of extracurricular activities for adults - parents, staff members and other interested groups.

Sports Activities

Our school compound offers a great variety of indoor and outdoor sport activities which are actively and extensively used during sports lessons in the mornings and after hours in the afternoons. Students can always be seen on the soccer field, in the 25-metres-swimming pool, in the multi-purpose hall (with oscillating floor), on the beach volleyball field or using our tennis courts.

Our sports facilities can be used by all students, parents and staff members of German School who are members of the German School Society as well as from other visitors who are non-members of the German School Society. Kindly find here our opening hours & fee structure for using our sports facilities. For registration and tickets kindly contact our secretary.

Highlights in our school sports calendar are the Swimming Gala and the Athlectic Games ("Bundesjugendspiele"). With all students from Class 1 - 12 participating, these events help to maintain and further strengthen our active school community. News & photos of our extracurricular and sports activities you will find here:

For all question regarding our extracurricular activities, sports and sports events please contact our AG-Coordinator.

The Art AG


For years, the Art Project Group of the older students (grades 8-12) has been the two-week Friday afternoon meeting for particularly gifted or art-interested students in the school's "art cellar" - usually accompanied by their favorite music. For 3 hours they sketch, paint, produce prints and, not to forget, laugh a lot. Often the group gets visits from students who still want to finish class projects.

This year, our main focus was the preparation of the art competition for the annual orchid show, which always takes place in October at the Sarit center, as well as the achievement of a joint print project with children from Mathare. The outcome of this project is chromatic prints inspired by the children's book illustration "There are things one cannot talk about".

Towards the end of the school year, making portraits was on our program. Silvia Kagendo, who has worked for the GSN for over 20 years, sat quietly and patiently as a model for us on 2 afternoons. We hope to be able to pay tribute to her and her work once again with our portraits because Silvia has now retired and hardly anybody could thank her and say goodbye to her.

For the next school year, we invite all students interested in art to join our Friday afternoon art club!

Manja Mossmann
Head of Art Department

Kiddie Art & Craft! Fun in colors!

Glue, paper, crayons, paint, sparkles, a pair of scissors, straws, balloons and so much more. These are but simple items to be included in a simple step-by-step outline of arts and crafts. A quick example would be making a fish out of paper plates. The simplicity of its outcome scrapes out the necessary steps to be followed to do this. Realistically, it requires creativity, focus, and observation. On the pro side, comes the aspect of liberty to make art in whatever way as art requires no sequence and art is colorful.

Children are the masters of the moment. They love how it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter & the soft sound a brush makes when painting. Transforming base material into objects of beauty, utility, and delight.

From little butterflies to colored cards and making animals out of paper plates – the list is infinite, with each result having its own challenges. This team of KiGa children (age 3-6 years) is being coordinated by Ms. Idah Wangeci – each one with a heart for art. Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. With this, each and every child is able to add in a sparkle of their ideas to put together an artistic masterpiece.


Every Thursday afternoon, Ms. Wangeci coordinates and outlines a project or piece to be handled then works with the students, step-by-step. This is done on a wide range from items such as; frames, newspaper animals, boats, flowers, toys and so much more. This is done under supervision so as to ensure the artistic mess is in control and to keep the environment clean

Rarely, a few messes and paint splashes, pours and disasters are seen but hey, who said creativity having fun missed a mess?

Creativity is making mistakes and having fun!

Into Drama and Music!

" When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna grown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me!
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me " - from The Greatest Showman movie.
Words of such power yet simplicity fixed to match up the expectations of our identity. This is me! Having not to be afraid of who we are, for we are glorious. It would even hit home harder when said for affirmation showing off our pearl whites.

From musicals, to stage plays, to mime acts, spoken word and poetry each with its own touch of unique. To begin with, musicals have their own sense of fashion and movement making them a unique sense of entertainment with a touch of almost everything. It would be customary to assume that everything about a musical entails singing, dancing, and even more singing.
Aside from the choreography, intense stage movements and vocal practice come in the acting part of the same. For this, numerous stage skills cut across such as - good stage and vocal presence, audience engagement, dramatic techniques, confidence, and creativity. All to give an innuendo on what to expect and anticipate for – simply nothing but perfection.

Ms. Pache and Ms. Lukkenaer together with the students are largely preparing for a musical concert like no other. Something to definitely look forward to – on the 26.06.2020. Who will be the most entertaining singing character? Will the harmonies work out?

Let us wait and see what is in store!


Film AG - We want to shoot a school film

Under the guidance and assistance of Matthias Klemme, set designer and/or art director of films such as "Goodbye, Lenin" (2001), "Wüstenblume" (2007), "Gladbeck" (2016), "Berlin, I love you" (2017), "Polizeiruf 110" (2015), "Letzte Spur Berlin" (2018) and "Die Getriebenen" (2019), the students are to learn about film & film production in order to make their own film efficiently.
The theme will be the presentation of the German School Nairobi and will be shown on the homepage.
It should show the atmosphere and the special features of the school.
The course is limited to 12-15 participants, own equipment is not necessary.
There will probably be 8-10 meetings in 7-9 weeks until the film is complete.
The course may be extended under certain circumstances.
Development of a DSN school film
A group of students, preferably from grades 5 - 12, 5-18 participants
Rather playful handling and trial & error than conveying content.
If there is a claim, then the students have to define it for themselves.
Mr. Klemme conducts the experiment. With details as below:
1. short introduction to
1.1 Film, film history and film history
1.2 The film industry
1.3 A short history of making movies
1.4 Professions - terminology, designation, content
1.5 Technical challenges and requirements
1.6 Camera, aperture, focal length, depth of field
1.7 Light
1.8 Cinematic space
1.9 Camera movement
1.10 Assembly, cut
1.11 Sound, music
1.12 Post Production
2. consolidation(s) (voluntary - only those who want more information)
3. reflections on possible content and how to make a narrative sheet out of it
3.1. test shoot, all shot with a smartphone camera, what they find worth shooting
3.2 Sighting of the material, cutting of the material
4. reflection for test rotation
4.1 Development of a treatment using the visual sketches from the test shoot
4.2 determining who shoots what, when and how Possibly sketches or storyboard
5. shoot - shoot
6. inspection of material and assembly 1
7. re-shoot
8. assembly 2
8.1 Post-production (effects, sound, music)
Registration is open till 28.02.2020. Please send an e-mail to - offered on Monday at 3:30 PM

Brazilian Martial Art - Capoeira

An opponent and the other are swinging back and forth, feet apart in a movement known as ginga – the most fundamental movement in the Brazilian combat game capoeira. This movement with feints and kicks may look like a choreographed dance altogether. However, this is a game of strategy and not a choreographed dance.

A combination of martial art, acrobatics, sport, and popular culture - a Brazilian culture routine. A combination of swings, punches, and boxing always present in rehearsal.  It is instantly recognizable thanks to the movements of the performers; they seem to move together and then suddenly attack each other, still keeping in time with the rhythm. Here are some interesting facts on Capoeira.

• It is played in twos
• It is always accompanied by music making it both an art and sport
• Opponents must circle around each other in a ring called the “roda”
• Only a players hands and feet may touch the floor
• The most basic move is called a “Ginga” which means sway and it’s a dodging move
• A master of Capoeira is called a “mestre”


With this, Mr. Stid Pharaoh and his team learn this combative sport that helps improve coordination, cardio, muscle tone, musicality and teaches a new language and culture. Far from it being done as a competitive sport, entertaining choreography dance is also a channel for this.
Capoeira is treachery. How quick are you to defend yourself from your opponent and follow the rhythm while doing it? Become a mestre!


The Mini-Basketballers!

Bouncing a ball more often than not is easy and manageable. Playing and adding in a few tricks here and there is quite manageable, too. The difficulty comes in with scoring when it somewhat feels like the score net is at sky-level, hardly visible because each time the ball is thrown up high, the scoring possibilities are as rare as hen’s teeth.

This week, the mini basketballers surprised us with their professionalism in the game. From dribbling to a lay-up, jump shot, dunk or to just pass the ball over to your teammate. With basketball being a team sport, every team member counts. From the center, to the point guards, power forward, small forward and shooting guard. With details adding in, it is evident that bouncing the ball in a rectangular court needs much more expertise to it.

Our in-house basketball team is being trained by Mr. Rogers Ofafa and Mr. Wycliffe Odhiambo both who are professionals at the game. Through this, not only do we get a qualified basketball team for our interschool competitions, but also gives skills in initiative, alertness and self-control.

The team spirit behind the students is evidently visible with not only the players challenging each other past their comfort zones but also having in quite a crowd watching and cheering their games.

Making Art from Fabric and Yarn - Textiles

Fitting in some yarn into a needle hole can be frustrating you even need to shut one eye to see better. Better yet, have you tried stitching or labelling in a straight line only for the result to look crooked and ugly? Possibly irritating and nerve wrecking. However, patience and precision is key when handling fabric and yarn.

Ideally fabric creativity comes in hand with our daily activities and what we do. Simple aspects to do with; yarn and wool – on knitting, embroidery, stitch work and weaving are some soft skills taught largely from generations behind us. Working with needles, crotchets, looms and sewing machines were quite the norm in making household items – from mats, sweaters, pillows, socks, hats and so much more.

Now, getting us back into the same groove, we have the textile AG coordinated by Mrs. Eggers. The main aim is creativity in precision. Allowing each student to be creative in their own space while they follow pattern instructions. From practising the weft and waft, to counting and learning stitch work, making decorations and so much more. This week, their lesson is on making mats.

The beauty of the final product gives so much closure upon completion. Much needed in, is patience during the process.

GSN Football Victors

Liverpool drew with Manchester United on Sunday during the Premier League match that marked the beginning of history. As rumours had it, the teams were the best and the worst against each other in the last 30 years. With Manchester being threatened to be written off, tables turned after this match as their score was made by Marcus Rashford in the first half. What a record breaker!

On our side, the school team is renown for victory and as a big threat to its opponents, setting our bar higher. Just to boast of a few matches up our sleeve, we have; Rift Valley academy beaten 1:0, Premier academy 2:0, Hillcrest beaten 1:0 and Nairobi academy beaten 2:1 all which we have managed to win by a good margin. Evidently, the DSN has brilliant footballers!

But, what happens behind the scenes? Mr. Owiti is in charge of the football team here and does intense training with the students. Having it as the most watched and most played game on earth, perfection to it would be a greatly acquired skill. With a field averagely being 100 yards, every footballer runs an estimated 9.65Km per game. Definitely needs good breathing.

On the spectating and FIFA gaming side, concentration and swift reaction would definitely be a plus. On ground, techniques such as ball control, dribbling, passing accuracy, spatial awareness, tactics, endurance, speed, balance and coordination are more than necessary. However, it all comes down to passion and drive for what you do.

If football has taught me anything it is that you can overcome anything, if and only if, you love something enough – Lionel Messi.

Table Tennis with Mr. Adomeit

Table tennis is reknown to be an activity requiring speed in reaction and attention to the game. The former German National Table Tennis coach Mr. Martin Adomeit, known for his international successes, came to the GSN to give training on the game during the AG period.
Aside from meeting the table tennis students team, he was to evaluate their skills level on a professional basis. Check on how good they are at the game as well as give practical advice on how to train and be better at the game. At the end of the day, the main aim is to get as many champions as possible.

During the session, students were trained on forehand and backhand techniques. Beginning from the easy to the hard level while marking each of the student’s potential. It may seem easy to hit a tiny ball over the net as you pass it to your opponent, but has movement and footwork been counted in? How fast can you move from left to right on the table?

For each of these gaming skills, a good player needs; proper balance, good hand & eye coordination, readiness, agility, speed and concentration – which sums up well as the game is a fast game.
Just like other games, table tennis can be self-taught and practiced to perfection. Examples are as follows:
Forehand technique -
Backhand technique -
Tips to improve on consistency -
It may seem easy or difficult, depending on how it is viewed.

Table tennis remains a great and engaging mind exercise as, as soon as you lose coordination and concentration, it gives an outright victory to your opponent.

Football with Starkids.

 The German School U19 Boys football together with Star-Kids played  a well organised match qualifying  to the semi finals. In their pool matches, they won all the games, beating Rift valley Acaddemy 1:0,  Premier Academy 2:0, Hillcrest 1:0 and Nairobi Academy 2:1. In the semi-Finals, we lost against Peponi 1:0. Thanks to Zen for organising the team as well being the Coach. To all the players: Great Job!

Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong - Lisa Shabalala

Well, you may be probably thinking, what is there to practice hard enough until you try balancing on your toes with an upright posture continuously. Now after balance, try moving in the same manner without hitting things or tipping over. Yes, ballet. Quite a number of people hide behind the myth that you need to have perfect balance without fear to be a good ballerina. Totally wrong! Ballet can be taught as easily as a baby learns to walk, much needed asset being practice and patience.
Well known for its gracefulness in moves, ballet started out in the 15th Century from Italy and has spread out to many parts of the world currently. The aim is to make an artistic expression through dance. It is a dance style showing fluid moves and artistic moves with its comparison and beauty being same as that of a peacock.
With some of the most outstanding ballet dancers since time in memorial, Natalia Makarova and Ivan Nagy, the little ones here at GSN practice tirelessly and are trained by Mrs. Charmaine. Not only is choreography practiced but also additional skills are acquired such as; self-control, self-awareness, leadership and patience. A bit into the details – Did you know that there are many categories for ballet; classical ballet, romantic ballet, neoclassical ballet, contemporary ballet, vaganova method, cecchetti method and bournonville method. Definitely a large variety to choose from.
Now, can you be free, relax and allow the music to make you flow and fly. Just as Martha Graham said: "Your arms start at the back as they were once wings."
Now that is the ballet spirit.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" Lao Tzu

My parents tell me that my first word was “ball” … I have been encouraged to pursue this first word and have had the opportunity to play at different football clubs over my years. When I was young, between the age of 4yrs - 6yrs, I was enrolled in a football club that made me play for 4 hours at a time. My parents felt that this was a little too intense for my age and moved me to the next club, where we played every Saturday and Sunday. I missed out on many birthday parties between the age of 6 to 10 years!

I have enjoyed the journey of football. I have worked hard and 2 years ago I was given my first chance to play in an international tournament. I had always been told that being passionate about something and working hard will pay off. I travelled with my football club and played in the Gothia Cup in SwedenThe Gothia Cup is the largest and most international youth soccer tournament in the world. Every year more than 1700 teams from 80 nations take part. Our team played against other teams that were definitely more organized and challenged our abilities. It was a tough trip where we slept in a school hall. The biggest challenge for me was not being able to have a home cooked meal – and we ate a lot of junk food, which I am not used to. Our team did well but we were knocked out in the round of 16.

Earlier this year I got some good news again. I had been invited to play with a club called the Center of Excellence (CoE) sponsored by Football Kenya Federation. The CoE is where young boys my age have been selected from all over Kenya to play in the Kenya National U15 Football Club. Most of the other boys have been scouted from all over the country, and they come from faraway places like Malindi, Bungoma, Kibera and Korogocho and have been selected from their hometowns to come and dedicate their lives to a sport they love and be part of a high-performance national football team. The boys have left home, and are housed and home-schooled at the CoE - at the same time their daily routine is to practice football every day, while keeping up their grades in school.

I was selected to be part of this team and represent Nairobi. After a few months of daily practice, I was selected to be part of the team and travel to represent Kenya in the Cecafa Cup (Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations) which was hosted in Asmara, Eritrea. We travelled to Eritrea very excited and went to represent our country. My experience was mixed, where I struggled with being away from home for 3 weeks continuously.  But I could handle this, in comparison to the boys who had only been home for 3 days in the last 8 months.

I had a great time! I played in an international stadium, with football fans both for and against the Kenya Team. Many of the teams were bigger and stronger than us and had a lot of support - especially the Eritrean home team. For the game Kenya played against the home team, there were almost 6,000 Eritreans in the stadium watching us. We, the Kenya Team, WON!
I discovered many things about the differences between countries, the facilities and things I take for granted. I also learnt a lot about tolerance, patience and the different challenges children my age face at a young age. I saw that Eritrea is a beautiful country with many scenic places to visit. I also learnt that internet and WIFI, which allows for freedom of access to information, is not everywhere. We children here in Kenya take technology for granted!
I missed 2 weeks of school for this lifetime experience and I am grateful that both the school and my parents have encouraged me to work hard and follow my passion. I am still a member of the National team and hope that I can maintain my participation.
I am happy to say that the Kenya National U15 Football team came second overall in the Cecafa Cup 2019 and I am a proud member of the team. 
At the same time, I have recently been playing for the German school team and we have played and won the 2 games played. My journey hasn’t ended, and I am still striving for more.

DSN Scouts


Oku Oku Okupotato!  Cheche Chechekule! Louder... Cheche - chechekule! 
Now, today we will be learning about different knots to play around with. Having that the camp will be in this semester,  we need to know how to tie the knots well before we go to the ground. 

Instructions, quite clear. The chants, covers up for the energy and psych needed as per scouts law which dictates that a scout should be: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, brave, clean and reverent. 

Did you know you can make a bridge or table using only knots? May seem impossible but Mr. Wachira aka Mr. Bluetooth and Ms. Valentine come in to explain this phenomenon.  As easy as directions may seem, how about trying to hack this with your eyes shut? Or at the back of your hands or on a pole? 
Let's try doing the reef knot step by step... 
  1.        Take the rope
  2.        Bring two ends of the same cords together – right and left
  3.        Tie a half knot - spiral to the right , clockwise
  4.        Bring the two ends back together – left over right
  5.        Tie a second half knot – spiral to the left, anticlockwise
There you have it :


Aside from this, the scouts take into thinking the camping process having their pledges made to guard and guide. Fortunately and with hard work added, one of the students may eventually become a cadet or eagle scout.

Aside from their pledge, their commitment to the country is shown every time they raise the flag and say out their pledge. With this,  the two coordinate a team of at least 15 students and with this they acquire leadership skills, self-confidence,  obedience and submission to the Scouts Law. 

Quite remarkable ! Yes?  Yes!  

Oku Oku!  Okupotato!  Cheche Chechekule! 

The Urban Dance Masters

‘One-two-three, snap and turn. One-two step, one-two step. Again!’

Quite common to hear that from a choreographer at practice.

Thing is, it is quite easy choreographing dance moves in your head as soon as you listen to your favorite song. Relatable? Yes! Now let’s just into stage and see who does it best. Difficult, I presume with quite a number defending themselves that they have two left feet.

Fact is, just as music is the shorthand of emotion, so is dance the hidden language of the soul. Well, quite a number of people hide behind the myth that you must be born a dancer to be a good dancer. Totally wrong! Dance is just a skill like any other and can be taught as easily as a child learns to walk, the trap is the willingness to learn and be flexible while at it.

Here, Mr. Paul Irungu and Ms. Katherina Richter double up not only as dance teachers but make you feel the joy of movement and flexibility. With the two being the head choreographers, they manage a team of students from Classes 1 to 11 each with their skills and dance preferences but quite flexible and interesting to look at.

With a wide range of choreography choices, the team commonly covers Afro music and Hip Hop music. Quite appealing right? Actually, there are a variety of benefits for dancing as it can  regularly can improve your general well-being, boosts your self-esteem and has also been shown to improve your social skills. The difficult part is igniting the spark in you to start dancing till you lose yourself in the musical rhythm.

Can you be free, relax and take it easy? Now that is the spirit of dance.

So, get up on your feet and dance till you feel better.

Mountain Biking - two wheels move the soul

Life is like riding a bicycle, to stay balanced, you must keep moving.

Well those may seem just like a number of wise words to carry you through life and its challenges, but hey, let’s take a mind shift into its practicality.

Balancing on a bicycle not only requires focus but also endurance and consistency. Okay! How many times have you fallen head down – feet up while trying to balance on a bike? Countlessly I presume, but still the joy that comes with acquiring the skill is out of this world.

This week, we get into the mountain biking world. You may probably be lost in thought on how this happens here at GSN. You might need some observation glasses for this one. Well with the good land terrain from the sports field onwards, there is plenty of space to learn and practice the skill as well as try out some new techniques.

It may seem pretty easy telling someone to get comfortable out of the saddle or to practice good balance or also to keep trying even when they cannot ride through a section trail. Each one of these come with acquired skills on; proper bike set up, body positioning, efficiency and strength training. All of these are taught to a group of students from Classes 1-4 by Mr. Ben Wahome aka the Bike Master.

For Mr.Wahome, mountain biking is far from only a leisure activity but also a fitness activity for good posture coordination, strengthened bones, improved joint mobility and reduced anxiety. Plus it gives legs of steel. Also, no need to pay for gas or parking fees, a big yes I presume 

Lastly, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close. Yes? Yes!

Besides, you’re only one bike ride away from a good mood because two wheels move the soul.

Mini World Cup

The yearly Mini World Cup was organized perfectly as usual by ISK on their fields on May 11th. The GSFC participated in all four age categories: U6, U7, U9 and U11.

U7 and U9 managed only two draws in their four matches. U6 surprised with two draws and one win becoming third among 8 teams. But our pride was the U11! They won three times and drew twice in the group games to get to the final where they beat Diamond Soccer Academy 2:0. 

The cup was theirs! They will find themselves on the photos. Congratulation !   


Junior School Band or the Junior Musical Einsteins

"By the rivers of Babylon, where we sat down. There we went, when we remembered Zion."

Quite a good old oldie to snap your fingers and jam to right? But, quick question, when was the last time you played a piano, beat the drums, blew the trumpet or even took vocal practice? It’s been a minute I bet.

Well, they say music is a piece of art that goes in the ears, straight to the heart. Music here at the German School is of its own importance with its foundation being discipline, creativity and talent. There is no substitute or replacement for music as it relates to the positive growth and development of the human mind, body and spirit.
This week, walk with me into the musical world of the Junior school band, an A.G. coordinated by Mr. Erastus Ng’ang’a. People say that for some, music flows through their veins. Well, he is the perfect example for this.

Every Tuesday afternoon, a group of talented students meet in the band room to jam to a wide range of pop music. With each one showing their mastery in music, it definitely is an amazing sound to listen to. This way, band members get into the infinite journey of creative expression connecting to a language (music) that is understood, communicated, and appreciated by all of mankind.

With a wide range of instrument coordination, Mr. Ng’ang’a and his junior band can play; the classical piano and keyboard, the drums, the trumpet, the saxophone, both bass and acoustic guitars plus singing. I’m sure you have seen quite some of their remarkable performances during the assemblies.
Weirdly, they do not have a band name yet. If I were you, I would join before the glory so we would shine altogether. Music sure is a place for everyone.

Knockout in the making

I am the greatest, I said that before I knew who I was ~ Muhammad Ali

Well, a lot of stereotypes have been made on boxing and it's violent nature and it's power of mind destruction, building a negative mindset amongst quite a multitude. 
Now imagine when a stranger grabs something from you, or someone throws some sand at you, First reaction? A quick punch I'm thinking...followed by a couple more of that but Heeeyyy....didn’t quite cross your mind before right? 

Perhaps the imagination of the same is a number of undercuts, knockouts, punches and jaw displacements, forgetting that some of the greatest world changers were boxers. 

At the GSN, this AG is coordinated by Mr. Eric Agor who is in charge of a team of students from Class 1-4, as they acquire their boxing skills. From time to time, they engage in competitions amongst themselves and others teams. 
With it not only being a game, some of the skills evidently acquired include perseverance, consistency, focus, striving in your opponents weakness, knowing when to hit and above all courage and bravery. 
Now, destroy your mindset on what you think of boxing. Invest in the skill and learn the lessons to step up because you don’t lose when you get knocked down, but when you stay down. 

Art from our Motherland - Africa

“Get your scissors in place and begin to cut slowly and smoothly in a square, then show it to me as soon as you are done.”
Seems quite simple, maybe like a quick step or hop, quite easy. But hey, before concluding on how much of a 123 step it may be, its necessity requires attention to detail, creativity, originality, patience just to give but a few. Now that is the beauty of African Arts.

From little frames made from banana leaves, to adorable pictures and dry leaf boats, the list is endless. These amazing pieces have been drawn and executed by Mrs. Mary Kanini who additionally coordinates her team. This team consists of students from class 1 to 4 each one with a heart for art. Creativity and originality also comes from the students having in mind that creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. With this, each and every student is able to add in a sparkle of their ideas to put together an African masterpiece.

Every Wednesday afternoon Mrs. Kanini comes in with an object prototype of an artistic piece, then begins coordinating the making process for the same with the students. This is done on wide range from items such as; frames, newspaper animals, boats and so much more. All items made by the creative team are made from natural products like, thread, newspapers, banana leaves etc. Just to ensure the artistic mess is in control and to keep the environment clean.

Sporadically, a few messes and paint splashes, pours and disasters are seen but hey, who said creativity having fun missed a mess?
Next time you see a group of students outside the cafeteria making cutouts and gluing things together to form a beautiful piece of art, you should probably join them.
Oh! And also don’t forget to book them for décor in your next party, they sure would do quite a good job with their African pieces.

Chess, The Game of Kings!

Well, a lot of myths and misconceptions on chess with the most outstanding ones being that the game is only for nerds and smart people. But hey, there is somewhat a correlation between chess ability and general intelligence. Chess, after all, does involve an efficient use of various compartments of the brain. As for the nerd section, quite quirky, but even if it were true, then so what? Why not explore the platform before concluding on the same?

The art of not only knowing but also understanding what is to move where and at what time is an absolute mind engaging and adrenaline rushing experience with chess. Well before you bolt into its mastery are the basics of the opening principles to guide movement of pawns and pieces during the early stages of the game. These aid in the proficiency of strategic and tactical ideas.

This outstanding A.G. is being coordinated by Mr. V. Roberto and Mr. Peter who are both handling classes 1 - 5. The technicalities of the game require concentration, quick and smart thinking with its banking leaning on tactics and quick movement and sight. With a team of over ten students, from time to time students engage in competitions amongst themselves.

Every Wednesday afternoon, from 2:00 – 3:30pm, the coordination on the same begins with the teachers taking in students with all manner of prowess in chess, without excluding those who are blank on the same.
With its knowledge being likened to that of an artist painting a masterpiece, the skill to take home is to learn to move in silence and speak only when it’s time to say checkmate!

Yummy Bakery Art Wall !

Art, pencils, creativity, paint and steady hands are the perfect ingredients to beautify the DSN walls. Well, perhaps you may have noticed the artwork on many of the walls in the school done by our little artists with magical hands. Mesmerizing right? That’s just but a drop in the ocean. There is a new painting at the back of the school strategically placed to attract the eye and off course, allow you to soak in its beauty.

You’re probably thinking, Yummm! The picture looks tasty by sight! Hold your horses first. These amazing pieces are planned and painted by the wall painting A.G. of the DSN, assisted and coordinated by art teacher Kathrin van Rensburg. A lot of creativity from a student team of 5 girls, painting tirelessly, looking towards a beautiful outcome. It is hoped to be completed before the end of the school year.

Every Wednesday afternoon, a team of artists first design their shop front, choose a wall with a theme and then begin the process throughout the term. This is done on wide range from the little artists to the bigger one but this term its all klasse 4.

From time to time, a few paint splashes, pours and disasters are seen but hey, what is art without a mess?

Next time you bump into a bunch of students in black aprons and quite some paint colors on their hands, aprons and faces, you should probably join the team and make the school beautiful.

The earth without art is just “Eeeehh!”

Gardening Wednesdays !

Think about a garden full of organic cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, beetroots, herbs and so much more. Must be pleasant, right? That’s why Wednesdays are Gardening days here at GSN!

With this, every Wednesday, the Primary and Secondary students go for their gardening sessions from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. The activity is coordinated by Dr. Silke Bollmohr and Mr. Florian Kliem who are both versed with Organic Gardening. With the engrossment being on Small Scale farming, the supervisors take in a maximum of ten students, from both groups, to enable for easy coordination.

This term, the students are learning on the "Indiana Garden" - Three Big Sisters cultivation. Students get to plant in maize, beans and pumpkin and all three grow together through the symbiosis process. The maize is first planted and grown to knee length to provide support for the climbing beans. The pumpkin is in turn used as a shade with its big leaves thus providing a good growing environment. This technique helps save on space and gives maximum harvest of all three crops as they are interdependent.

On matters harvest, the students get to carry their produce home as well as learn some recipes and make pizzas, snacks and oils. Additionally, students are taught with emphasis on reproducing the seeds after harvest so as to avoid waste. The Gardening operates on a 4-staged cycle of acquiring and sorting seeds, planting, growth and plant maintenance and eventually harvest. The seeds are then sorted out for reproduction thus maximum utility of the same. The seeds used are strictly organic and are mostly imported from Germany for authenticity and verification.

Barring the in-house small scale farming, the produce samples are given as a take-home to students, used for making some snacks at the cafeteria and also some is sold at the monthly Organic Market. Additionally, the students are able to engage in a cooperate exchange with a class in Berlin, Germany.

The information swap is done through video calls, pictures and text exchange. Further, a produce sample is sent to Germany and vice versa.
Conclusively, students now have a platform to not only learn Organic Gardening but also gain farming skills that are profitable for coming generations. Let’s go organic and so some farming while at it!

Swiss artist visit Art AG at the DSN

On Friday, 15.3.2019, we held a workshop with the Swiss artist Sandro Godel as part of the Art AG for students of Classes 7-12. Mr Godel taught 12 participants an interesting, but not easy mixed technique. The topic "Kenya" was painted with ink, collaged and printed.

In this way, we created book pages with pictures and comments, which the artist Godel will bind into a book. We thank the artist and the Swiss Embassy for making this interaction with a contemporary artist possible!

It rains medals at the school assembly!

Die Schulleiterin, Lehrer, Schüler und die Schulgemeinschaft ehrten am Montag unsere U19 Mädchen, die Fußballmannschaft, die U17 Jungen Basketball und das Schwimmteam.

The Principal, teachers ,students and the school community on Monday honored our U19 Girls football team, U17 Boys Basketball and the Swimming team.

The U19 Girls football team won this year Kenya Association of International School Sports Organisation league champions.

This was a great moment as it ist he first time our school has won the leaugue. A part from the medals, the girls also received the school's fleece jacket. Congratulations, Chelsea, Marie, Awino, Janna, Coach Martha, Sandra, Rachel, Ana, Claudia, Stephanie, Krystal, Lissa, Wema, Angela, Lucia and Naomi.

The U17 Boys Basketball team were also honored having played 14 games, with 13 wins and one lose. Unfortunately the Basketball league finals was postponed due to heavy rains.

The Swimming team participated at the International School of Kenya swimming gala and won 14 medals.
Congratulations to Lucia Ruchti whon won 6 gold medals and 1 Silver, Emma Wappler 5 Gold medals, Macro Polo -1 Bronze and Hanan Khan -1 Silver.

Friendly Games: GSN vs PREMIER ACADEMY

On Wednesday, the Premier Academy visited our school for friendlies matches in Basketball, Football and Table tennis. Our Boys Basketball team won 59:12; the girls won 22:11.

In football, the GSN boys’ team lost 2:0 and the girls lost 3:0.

In table tennis we lost 3:0.