The Cafeteria at the German School Nairobi
Good food at school doesn’t just contribute to children being fit enough for the school day, it shapes their food culture, their appreciation of food and their nutritional behaviour. Balanced and healthy meals are of great significance for the development and capabilities of children and young people. For this reason, the German School Nairobi works with a physiological diet concept, which offers not just healthy and freshly prepared meals, but also provides education in the lunch break. Here, the German School draws up a reduced meat menu with lots of vegetables and a balance of carbohydrates and proteins. A large proportion of the raw ingredients used by the German School are from local producers. Fruit and vegetables especially, but also grains, meat and fish, wherever possible, come from sustainable ecological production. The school also farms its own garden, using the harvest in the school kitchen.
Since the kitchen and canteen of the Geman School Nairobi was rebuilt in 2020, the kitchen staff have worked to the modern European standard and with the highest hygienic requirements to guarantee maximum product safety. The supply to the kitchen and canteen has also been more sustainable since the rebuild. We get our power from a photovoltaic system, which covers one hundred percent of the power demand in good weather. The water comes from our own well and is reprocessed after use and used to irrigate the sports facilities.
The kitchen team
AHK Dual vocational Training
Dual education is a programme, which combines theory and practice so that the trainees don’t just acquire theoretical knowledge at the end of their training, but also practical experience in their profession.
The AHK Kenya training programme has been adapted to the German framework teaching plan for chefs and the hotel trade and is thus recognised by the Kenyan government as well as by Germany as a professional diploma.
The programme was started in Kenya by the Delegation of German Economics (AHK) in partnership with the German School Nairobi and some hotels with the goal of offering young adults high quality training. They should be qualified enough to quickly enter the job market because companies are prepared to employ them after receiving their diploma. This should lower the unemployment rate in Kenya.
Since the start of 2019, the German School Nairobi has been part of the training programme. The theoretical lessons take place at Kibondeni College in Westlands, Nairobi, under various tutors, the practical lessons are taught by the kitchen managers at the German School Nairobi.
Although the German school association is not a hotel or a restaurant, we have decided to participate in the programme to extend our educational remit in this way and to offer a vocational education option, especially for young Kenyans in additon to the academic education.
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The health centre of the GSN
There is a first aid room at the German School Nairobi, where there is always a school nurse during school times, who is there for your children.
During the school day, a child can always suddenly feel ill or injure themselves while playing or running around. In this case, you can rest assured that we will immediately take adequate care of your child.
Healthy children learn better!
Our school is not just a place of learning, but also a place of living, where health prevention begins. How does my diet relate to my wellbeing? Why is it so important to move enough and what does my sleep have to do with my health? We explore all these exciting questions with your children in various projects to keep your child healthy.
A warm welcome and wishing you well,
Elizabeth Gicura and Nancy Windten
On this page you will find all information about COVID 19 at the German School Nairobi.
This document is constantly revised based on the development and new information about the infection with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
If you have any questions, please contact our infirmary: email@example.com
The German School Nairobi does not assume any liability for external links as well as their content. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure that he/she is informed about the current situation and to keep an eye on the rapidly changing conditions for the respective private travel destination (and return).
Students are in principle susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2 and can infect others
However, children and younger adolescents are less likely to be affected and are not drivers of infection
After the teenage years, adolescents are similarly susceptible and infectious as adults
Outbreaks in schools are increasingly observed, but so far can be well controlled
The recognized infection control measures are also effective in children and adolescents and are an important component in coping with the pandemic
Main transmission is respiratory ingestion of virus-containing particles ( droplets and aerosols) in the close environment ( less than 1.5 - 2 meters) of infectious persons or under unfavorable conditions with increased particle emission such as during singing/shouting, closed rooms or insufficient fresh air supply
The defined corona measures at the German School are coordinated by a committee consisting of the management levels and the health team in consultation with physicians and the overall parent representatives. The basis is formed by the currently valid guidelines of the Kenyan government and the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, based on current scientific evidence.
AHA Rules: Keep distance, including during breaks and on the way to and from school/transportation Follow hygiene rules, cough/sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene, wear everyday masks except for eating/drinking and sports
No greeting rituals with physical contact
Fixed group assignment/grade levels without mixing
Path concepts, one-way systems
depending on infection, alternation of presence/distance teaching, hybrid system
Suspension of class trips, school parties and other nonessential school activities
Prohibition of access to school grounds for persons with no specific connection to school
Open doors and windows in classrooms
Temperature checks at school entrance, before entering school buses
Wash stations before entering school grounds
Persons with symptoms suggestive of Covid 19 disease or Group 1 contacts to suspected or positively tested persons are not allowed to enter school grounds
consistent implementation of isolation and quarantine
Move school activities, such as sports, outdoors if possible
No choral singing or playing of wind instruments in unsuitable indoor spaces
Creation of additional classrooms to equalize large class sizes
Resumption/maintenance of regular and reliable attendance classes.
Avoidance of complete school closures
Protecting all students and staff from infection, including at-risk groups
Consistent implementation of isolation and quarantine
Strengthening the confidence of the student body, parents and staff in a safe school environment
Traceability of procedures through clear communication
The affected student must immediately go into home isolation for at least 10 days after the test date and until symptom-free. Readmission to school must be certified by a doctor's note.
Family members such as parents and siblings are to be quarantined for 14 days, this is not lifted even with the presence of a negative Covid 19 test. During this time, entry onto school grounds is prohibited.
Starting from the test date, all contacts of the previous 2 days that have taken place in the school setting are traced back. Here, it is particularly important to assign the detected contacts to category 1 or 2 contacts:
Category 1 higher risk of infection:
Person with ≥15 min of face-to-face contact
Prolonged exposure (eg, 30 min) in room with high concentration of infectious aerosols
Direct contact with secretions
Contact category I ▶ Domestic quarantine for 14 days.
Category 2 lower risk of infection:
Persons < 15 min face-to-face contact (cumulative.)
No prolonged exposure (e.g., less than 30 min) in room with high concentration of infectious aerosols.
Contact ≤ 1.5 m with both source case and contact person wearing correct MNS or MNB throughout.
Contact person category II ▶ Reduction in contact with others for 14 days.
Based on the categories, it is determined which contact persons must also go into quarantine. For the school sector, the Corona Response Team will do this contact tracing in detail and of course inform the relevant parents of the necessary steps. According to Kenyan guidelines, the relevant health department for our school, which conducted the school review in October, must be informed of any positive cases.
In this case, a category 1 contact is usually assumed (see "What happens if a student tests positive for Covid 19?") and thus the student in question, like siblings, must be quarantined for 14 days. If the student has no suspicious symptoms, classmates may continue to attend school. Parents will receive general information here and will be notified if there are any changes.
If symptoms suggesting Covid 19 illness occur during the school day, the affected student will be escorted to the isolation room and cared for by the nurse until picked up by parents. Parents should please pick up their children as soon as possible within one hour max. Individuals with cold symptoms may basically have SARS-CoV-2 and we strongly recommend testing. Please keep the school informed of further progress.
Children are often sick because the immune system, especially at a younger age, deals with all kinds of pathogens and this is also important to build up a certain immunity. In times of Corona, this presents us with particular challenges, as children in particular often show few symptoms. For this reason, it is unfortunately not possible for children to attend school, even with only mild cold symptoms. To help you differentiate, we have attached a flow chart that will help you see when your child needs to stay home and for how long. Please also consider, if you are ill with a cold, to keep your children at home until clarification.
Everyone can contract Covid 19! As a school, it is especially important for us not to allow any stigmatization and to always educate about the infection routes and disease.
If there is a suspected case or case of illness in your family, it is imperative to inform the school about it via the CORONA RESPONSE TEAM consisting of the school and kindergarten management, the 3 medical staff members, Mrs. Sharma as HR as well as the overall parent representative Mrs. Dr. Berit Lattorff via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To measure body temperature, we measure on the so-called body trunk, i.e. on the forehead, temple or neck. The extremities do not give an exact temperature, especially in children, because in fever just these are often rather cool. Think once on which body regions you feel with your children, if you suspect fever.
Our guards are trained regularly, how the temperature measurement is to be made and what is to be done with temperatures starting from 38°C:
Our thermoguns are numbered and checked regularly. Depending on the temperatures inside the car and outside, sometimes the measurement results may be incorrect. If you experience repeated problems with the measurement, please send an email with more information about this to email@example.com.
The GSN Pool
Our heated 25-metre swimming pool with 4 lanes gives the students and members of the school association the opportunity to enjoy the water all year round, even in the cold months. From January to April, the students have swimming lessons during their normal PE lessons. Some students take part in the swimming clubs, which are offered all year round in the afternoons, while some students go further than that and join the swim team, which trains even more intensely with the swimming trainers.
The DSN pool is a teaching space, a training location for our students, a meeting point for families and a venue for birthdays, as the swimming pool is also open to members of the school association (parents) on weekends and when it is not being used for PE lessons or clubs. A school highlight is the swimming festival at the end of February/beginning of March.
For several years, the DSN has had the honour of hosting the Potsdam swimming team, who use our pool as an altitude training camp.
There is again the possibility for members of the school association to rent the pool for parties. Food can also be pre-ordered directly from the school cafeteria if needed.
Pool parties are available on weekends from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
DSN Swimming Pool Rules
Please note that the pool is not available for use on holidays and during company closures. We do not have supervision at this time and use these times, among others, to perform necessary cleaning and repair work. This affects the following time periods (holidays as well as DSN plant closures):
Mon, Oct. 18 through Wed, Oct. 20, 2021.
Mon, December 13, 2021
Thu, December 23, 2021 to Sun, January 02, 2022
Fri, April 15 to Mon, April 18, 2022
Mon, 02 May 2022
Wed, 01 Jun 2022
Pool Opening Hours
Dear School Community,
From 14th March, members of the school club no longer need to register to use the pool. You can swim again as usual, spontaneously and without pre-registration. The following times are available for this purpose*:
|Day of the Week||Morning||Afternoon|
|Monday||11:30 AM - 12:45 PM||-|
|Tuesday||07:30 AM - 09:30 AM||11:30 AM - 12:45 PM|
|Wednesday||07:30 AM - 09:30 AM||11:30 AM - 12:45 PM|
|Thursday||07:30 AM - 09:30 AM||11:30 AM - 12:45 PM|
|Friday||07:30 AM - 09:30 AM||15:30 PM - 16:45 PM|
|Saturday||08:00 AM - 12:00 PM||12:00 PM - 16:45 PM|
|Sunday||08:00 AM - 12:00 PM||12:00 PM - 16:45 PM|
*Please note that the pool may be reserved for parties on weekends and thus may have limited availability. Upcoming celebrations can be viewed below. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Pool Parties
|15th May||10:00 AM - 3:00 PM|
|28th May||1:00 PM - 4:45 PM|
|19th June||1:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
Play and sports facilities
Sports are a priority at our school. The school campus offers numerous indoor and outdoor sports facilities, which are actively used during sports lessons in the morning and during leisure activities in the afternoon.
Groups of students can always be found on the soccer field, in the 25-meter swimming pool, in the gymnasium (with sprung floor), on the beach volleyball court, and on our tennis courts.
Kindly note that, the use of our Sport facilities is subject/reserved only to members of the German School Society.
|Tennis court||The German School Nairobi has two sand courts on the school property, which can be used all year round. Both beginners and advanced players can take lessons from our experienced trainers at their own expense. The courts are always kept in good condition by John and Ken. The courts are open to all members of the school and are run according to a membership system for adults. Students can play for free. The tennis club is a nice community of families and individual players and welcomes new children and adults. Contact: email@example.com|
|Beach volleyball court||Anyone who wants to play beach volleyball is welcome at the DSN. There is a persistent rumor that we have the only beach volleyball court in Nairobi. This would mean that you can play on the best beach volleyball court in Nairobi. If you would like to join us, please contact Christian Vorein: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Football pitch||The centerpiece of our athletics field is the soccer field. In 2019, the turf has been extensively renovated and an irrigation system installed. The turf field is not only used for school sports, but also by the German Soccer Football Club and recreational athletes (parents, staff) on a regular basis. email@example.com|
|Basketball court||Framed by the cafeteria and nursery is our basketball court. School lessons, clubs and competitions take place here. Recreational teams can also play here. Even Dirk Nowitzki competed in the shooting contest... and won, of course.|
|Sports hall||Our sports hall was extensively renovated in 2020. Since then, new lighting illuminates the freshly renovated wooden swing floor. In addition to regular physical education classes and school clubs, volleyball players (parents, staff) and badminton players meet in their free time. New players are welcome and please contact Benard Ouma. firstname.lastname@example.org|
Fees for the use of our sports facilities
Our sports facilities can be used both by members and non-members of the German School association, such as guests, friends, or people interested in the provisions of the German School Nairobi, for example.
For registrations and ticket sales, please contact our secretary’s office.
Range and use by adult clubs: Guidelines on the use of the DSN sports spaces
|Costs for||Period||Members of the GSN||non-members||annotation|
|Participants in clubs||Annually||4.700 KSH||5.600 KES||Standard rate for the use of gym or mirror room plus any course fees to the trainer|
|Participants in clubs||Biannually||2.900 KES||2.900 KES||Standard rate for the use of gym or mirror room plus any course fees to the trainer|
|Club provider||Per course hour||Free||Cost for 2 course hours||Room rental for use of the premises|
Tennis Membership Fees 2021/2022
Charges for use of tennis court by members of German School Society Nairobi. Regardless of the date of entry, the half-year/annual subscription is due.
Fees for members of the GSN
|tariff||Year-round membership||Six-month membership|
|Adults (per person)||KES 15.000||KES 9.000|
Fees for non-members of the GSN
|tariff||Year-round membership||Six-month membership|
|Family rate (for parents and two children)||KES 48.000||KES 29.000|
|Family rate (for each additional child)||KES 9.000||KES 5.000|
|Adults||KES 39.000||KES 24.000|
|Children and students under the age of 18||KES 27.000||KES 16.000|
|Tennis coupons||KES 1,000 for an hour of tennis|
|Trainer||are paid directly, the fees can be seen on the information board.|
German school tennis coach:
Pius Okwach - Tel. 0721143750
Peter Orwa - Tel. 0721344130
Tony Ochieng - Tel. 0720770629
Katarina Karanja - Tel. 0717782435
Ernest Habiyambere - Tel. 0745961285
Account Number: Tennis
At a school, it is not just about learning in the classroom, the children must also be given enough time to move in the fresh air. What could be better for children than a playground with as many different inviting items of play equipment as you could think of?
There are a total of four different play areas on the school grounds for the different age groups.
If you enter the school through the main gate, you will straight away see the large playground for the primary school children to your left. The children enjoy a climbing frame, swings, a sandbox and a net swing in their breaks. The absolute highlight is a carousel, which is rarely left to stand still at playtimes. Many an adult’s heart has skipped a beat when they see how courageously and quickly the students spin around. Some families use the playground even at the weekends or stay longer after school to play there. Benches for sitting on also invite the parents to stay a while.
There are another three playgrounds for the smallest members of our community, the nursery children. In a rotation, the groups alternate around the different play areas. Right next to the main building, there is a play area with a large tree in the middle, which provides shade. Here, children can ride hippos, balance on a tree trunk, play in the sand, spin around on a climbing frame and much more.
Not far from the group rooms is the second playground. A rope tied to a tall tree brings just as much pleasure as the play hut with a slide or the swings. Sometimes the sports sand pit is also used as a sand pit to play in.
Right at the far end of the sports field, you can take a short walk to the last playground in the set. There is a lovely shaded sand pit - the largest of them all - with islands with seesaws, another play hut with a slide, swings and even a trampoline.
The German School Nairobi offers school bus transport for school children and kindergarten children.
Children under three years of age (playgroup) are only allowed to ride the bus when accompanied by an adult.
The children are picked up at their place of residence (in front of the respective property) and then dropped off again. The parents are responsible for safety up to the point of boarding the bus, even if the bus waits until the children have passed through the gate.
Registration for the School Bus Transport
The registration for the school bus transport as well as for the groups and lunches takes place for the entire school (kindergarten, elementary school and secondary level) at the beginning of the new school half year via a bundled online registration.
The link for online registration will be sent to the parents by email within the first week of the new school year. It is possible to register for the outward and return route or just for one route. Transport will be billed for this option.
If you have any questions about registration, changing your address (if you change your address) or deregistering from your child / children during the current school year, please contact our secretary via email: email@example.com
School Bus Transport Costs
Organization and contacts
Children who are registered for the tours have priority. There is no guarantee that there will be space on the buses for children with single tickets. In the rare cases where there is no space available, the parents will be informed accordingly.
The pick-up times for children in the morning depend on the number of registrations and bus routes and are communicated to the parents. These times must be strictly observed, as the bus drivers are instructed not to wait for children in order to be at school in time for the start of lessons.
In the afternoon the departure times from the school are as follows:
Mon - Thu 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Fri 1:30 p.m.
If permanently registered children do not need transport due to illness or other reasons, we ask you to inform the transport manager as soon as possible.
Head of school bus transport at DSN
Elkana Njuguna: Tel. 0115 686 201
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Karibu at the library!
Are you a bookworm or do you want to become one? Do you like researching all kinds of things? Do you love playing chess and other games? - Then make your way to our school library. Although it's in a hidden corner of the school building, you can't miss us.
We offer a pleasant environment for academic research, but also just for reading. We also have a cozy reading corner for younger readers where there are books for all ages to discover.
We also organize reading evenings, where parents or teachers read a book to the students, as well as film evenings, where films are watched together.
The library team is always available to help and advise you and yours. Come and discover our range of books, games, films and audio books ready for all to enjoy.
Alexandra & Joseph
- The library team -
Monday – Friday
8am - 3pm
Even during COVID, we want to facilitate borrowing of books from the Library. We therefore ask you to book a 15-minute time slot to ensure that we can maintain social distancing.
Click here for the booking system.
Library rules / registration
The students of the DSN are provided with library passes and the library usage regulations to prepare them as best possible to use large city of university libraries later in life.
Registering to use the school library is necessary to participate in obligatory teaching units like reading the class reading list in German and English lessons and researching topics.
We therefore ask you to read the attached rules of use together with your children and to fill out the registration form for students.
We also invite you as a parent to loan books for yourself or your nursery children from our library. To do this, please also fill out the registration form for parents.
Make an appointment
Due to the current COVID situation and the accompanying requirement to keep your distance, please make an appointment before visiting the library.
Click here for the booking system.