A greeting from the primary school
As the primary school team, we would like to warmly welcome you, dear parents and you, dear students, to our primary school side of the German School Nairobi! Karibuni!
It is a particular concern for us in the long run to create a stimulating, interesting and enriching play, learning and work environment at our school, which not only smooths the way for an academic home, but also ensures excellent education with a very well educated international teaching staff.
We at the German School Nairobi are proud of the variety of our cultural encounters and would like to grant you all a special place in our community, which takes into account your individual strengths and interests in one big group - the WIR.
The WIR, our guiding principle for educational matters, which is dear to our hearts,
- W Worldwide cosmopolitanism
- I Interest
- R Respect
doesn’t just emphasise our intercultural openness, but also provides the foundation for a respectfull and trusting togetherness. We would like to give you a clear virtual insight on our homepage and look forward to meeting you for real!
Your primary school team
Carolina John & Heike Czech
The students and teachers of the DSN primary school welcome you!
Currently, 88 children from various nations attend grades 1 to 4. They are taught by 16 enthusiatic teachers using the Thüringer teaching plan in a holistic, community-driven and future-orientated way. Numerous hardworking interns and many engaged parents fortunately support us on our way through the varied school year.
Each child has the right to individual support here. They can all experience successes here and feel the closeness of the school community. We very much value encouraging our students - as only encouraged children become responsible adults.
School assemblies, which take place regularly, give us the opportunity to try things out, convey information, commend people, participate in international campaigns and see ourselves as a community. We see involvement in the school and the community as preparation for a self-determined life.
We have put together some information for you to let you know about school life at our primary school. We hope that it will help you to seamlessly settle in to our school community and feel welcomed to wonderful Nairobi.
The Primary School Team
Office Hours: Wed, 2pm Nyat.Beiene@germanschool.co.ke
van Rensburg, Kathrin
von Gawinski, Susanne
von Felbert, Frank
Schedule and Program
|7:45 – 13:05||Lessons (1st-6th period)|
|13:05 – 14:00||Afternoon Break|
|14:00 – 15:30||Homework support or study groups|
|Subject||Cl. 1||Cl. 2||Cl. 3||Cl. 4|
|Religion / Ethics||1/1||1/1||2/2||2/2|
Classrooms & Schoolyard
In our primary school block, five of our six primary school classes are taught. Not far from this, right around the corner and with a view of the other building is the sixth classroom. The rooms are large and bright in relation to the class sizes and grades. Each classroom is lovingly and comfortably furnished by the relevant class teaching staff so that the students feel comfortable and at home. Each class also has a group work room, which gives them the opportunity to differentiate. In good weather, children can also feel free to use the workplaces outdoors. There are subject teaching rooms available for music, art/textile design and IT.
In the primary school block, we also have our school nurse’s office on the ground floor and the primary school management office on the 1st floor. Thus, all the rooms are close to one another and they can all be reached quickly.
Between the primary school building and the cafeteria is the primary school schoolyard. Next to a paved play area with a climbing tube and a brightly coloured climbing wall, the students have access to a field with balancing poles, the basketball court and of course the playground. Thus there is enough space for running around and having fun. Our rotating carousel is very popular with the children, a new attraction for them every day!
The German School Nairobi primary school is subject to the following certificate regulations:
At the end of the 1st grade, each child receives a report certificate. Their working and social behaviour is assessed, as well as their learning development and their performance in the individual subjects.
At the end of the semester, each child receives a report certificate. Their working and social behaviour is assessed, as well as their learning development and their performance in the individual subjects.
At the end of the 2nd semester, the children receive grades in the subjects and a value report on their working and social behaviour.
Classes 3 and 4:
In grades 3 and 4, all the children get a grade certificate at the end of the semester and at the end of the school year. The working and social behaviour is assessed with a value report.
Since the 2019/20 school year, the verbal assessments are made on the certificate for skills, with the teacher crossing the relevant grade for learning and learning development.
A particular activity that we try to carry out every year whenever we have the time, is a visit to the old people’s home “Mji wa Huruma” on the border with Runda. This excursion generally takes place either shortly before the Christmas holidays or shortly before the Easter holidays. Inspired by the “Christmas in a shoebox” campaign, the primary school pupils pack a box full of useful objects, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste or soap, for the old people. Each student can decide whether they want to pack the items for a man or a woman. These are then lovingly wrapped and decorated in Art lessons. With the boxes in tow, we then go to the old people’s home together. We are happy to be accompanied there by parents too. Before the gifts are handed over, we all sing for and with the old people, which is always a joy. When they hand over the packed boxes, the children are not shy, they go up to the residents of the old people’s home and communicate with their hands and feet, as most of them do not speak the same language. Satisfied, we then return to school with a positive impression.
On the penultimate day of school in each school year, the primary school hike day takes place. All classes go on a hike together through nature. Sometimes we go to the Karuna Forest, sometimes to the tea fields at Brackenhurst. The teachers are always looking for new destinations. While the children sit with their classes on the bus to make organisation simpler, they soon mix together while hiking. There, the very smallest walk next to the very biggest and all the primary school teachers spread out amongst this lively gaggle. The idea behind this is to reward the children for their work during the school year and to allow them all to spend time together one last time before starting the long summer holidays or having to say goodbye to friends who are moving away. Every year we all look forward to this experience.
For children it is much easier to handle the day to day routine when it is clearly structured. By structuring the daily schedule, we fill out the time slots sensibly.
After a full morning, filled with lessons, the student has from 1:05pm to 2pm to eat lunch and play or take a break, in the library, for example.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the children can participate in supervised homework between 2pm and 3:30pm. This takes place for each class in their classroom and is supervised by the class teacher. One day a week, the GFL teacher is there for support and to give additional help. All students get a weekly homework plan, which they can work on independently or with help during this time. Homework that is not completed is then finished on the other days at home.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, clubs are provided between 2pm and 3:30pm. The older students have the opportunity to attend another club from 3:30pm on Monday to Thursday. However, as a primary school, we ask that you keep long school days lasting until 5pm to a minimum. The options provided are largely in the areas of art, music and sport and take place in groups of students from different year groups.
Transition from Preschool to Primary School
Most children who join our first grade, attend our bilingual nursery. The first discussions between the nursery and the primary school to prepare for children to start school take place at the start of each year. Primary school teachers spend time in the nursery groups to get to know their new students together with other children in small groups while playing and in conversation, when drawing and when doing crafts. We want to see how naturally the individual children behave in the situations we encounter them in stated above, how they take suggestions and encounter age-appropriate language situations. We pay particular attention to the linguistic skills of the children starting school.
As our school has lots of children who are growing up bilingual, the primary school values qualified German and English teaching. For children who are not native German speakers, German as a foreign language is offered in parallel to the German lessons. The goal here is always to integrate the students into the regular German lessons as quickly as possible. English is taught for 2 hours from grade 1 and increases to 5 hours a week by grade 4. Children who speak English as a mother tongue take part in English for native speakers, which runs parallel to The EFL (English and a Foreign Language) lessons.
Dear visitors to our homepage, people interested in the school, students and parents,
when I came to the German School Nairobi four years ago, it immediately reminded me of a rural community. This was firstly because of the extensive green fields that acted like a retreat from the pulsating capital city. The feeling also came from the way people treat one another at the school. They know one another, greet even those they do not know, respect one another and feel like a community.
Here at the German School the whole is reflected in its parts, 32 nations come together, children who have lived in various places around the world, children who have grown up here in Kenya and want to learn German. Despite all the tranquility, we are cosmopolitan and modern and we work continually to meet the needs of our student body and prepare them for tomorrow in the big wide world.
Come to see us and you will be warmly welcomed.
Together until graduation
The German School Nairobi is a community school in the best sense, where boys and girls can acquire their secondary modern school leaving certificate, vocational school leaving certificate or the German International Abitur. As we are a small, mostly single-intake school, teaching is in mixed groups, which are differentiated not just by school type.
The basis for the teaching are the curricula, which follow the standards of the Conference of Ministers for Education and Culture (KMK) and are approved by Germany. The Abitur requirements are based on the core curriculum of the KMK; tasks and examinations are checked by the KMK.
English as the language of the host country of Kenya is considered especially in the subjects of Geography and History. They are taught in English or bilingually. French is introduced as a second language in Class 6.
The secondary school team
Dr. Lange, Marion
Office hours: Tue, 12.20pm - 1.05pm
Office hours: By arrangement
Office hours: Wed, 11.30am - 12.15pm
Dr. Vorein, Christian
|Differentiating English concept||11-12|
Schedule and program
At around 7.30am, the yellow school buses roll into the yard, the students fetch their materials from their lockers and at 7.45am the lessons begin. With the 2019/20 school year, we introduced the subject room principle from grade 6 so that students change classrooms and bring their lesson materials with them. Adding a rhythm to the school day is important to us, so that there is a 20-minute breakfast break and a lunch break from 1.05pm to 2pm. In this time, the students have a warm lunch in the cafeteria, play football or basketball, listen to music, visit the library or enjoy a trip to the Village Market (from grade 7). Lessons generally end at 3.30pm, or 3pm on a Friday. Afterwards, there is a wide variety of clubs. The buses leave the school grounds at 3.45pm and 5pm.
|7.45am – 1.05pm||Lessons (1st - 6th hour)|
|1.05pm – 2pm||Afternoon Break|
|2pm - 3.30pm||Lessons (7th - 8th hour), homework supervision or clubs|
|German (or DaF)||5 (6)||5 (4)||5 (2)||5||4||4||4||4|
|English (or: EaF/EaM)||3 (2)||5||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Ethik / Religion||1||1||2||1||1||2||2||2|
What guides us
The German School Nairobi prepares its students for the challenges of the future.
In an intercultural atmosphere, we convey democratic values, social skills and education to a high level, which considers the individual and promotes the community.
Our mission statement
The German School Nairobi is a German-speaking international school supported by public funds from the Federal Republic of Germany, which teaches for the Abitur and feels obliged to have an intensive cultural exchange with the host country of Kenya.
The school is a vibrant centre of German culture. It passes on the German language and educational content from the German-speaking realm. Children of parents, who live permanently or temporarily in Central and East Africa, are offered a schooling, which enables them to later be integrated into the German school system, transfer to other German international schools and German or international universities. Framework conditions like teaching plans, promotion regulations and school leaving certificates correspond to the German school system and guarantee a sound general education.
In lessons, as well as in extracurricular activities, the students develop technical, social and methodological skills through the independent design of the learning processes. This way they can mature to have responsible and self-aware personalities.
Through various cultural and societal activities, the German School Nairobi fulfils their cultural remit and thus also acts as a cultural centre for the German community. Furthermore, the school acts as a mediator between German and Kenyan culture and thus fulfils its role as an international meeting place.
The collaboration of all the members of the school community - students, parents and educational and non-educational staff - is characterised by an openness to dialogue, tolerance and mutual respect. The implementation of the mission statement is made concrete in the school programme and is regularly evaluated for quality.
You can download the full mission statement of the German School Nairobi here:
Our school program
The German School Nairobi operates a school program, to implement the ideas of the mission statement step by step in reality. The school program makes the goals for the school’s development transparent and assessable. It includes program points, which are already a fixed component of the school culture, and program points, which are being developed through current plans as well as thoughts for evaluation. It is structured in sections, which are taken from the mission statement of the German School Nairobi.
The school program is updated and changed when needed. The current version is dated from October 2020 and can be downloaded here:
The school is subject to changes and must constantly develop and check what works or where there is potential for improvement. The focuses for the development are set by the school itself, but refer to internal and external evaluations. As well as the results of competence tests and examinations, the internal feedack includes regular satisfaction surveys of all those involved in the school community.
In a three-year cycle, the German School’s work is checked and evaluated by the Central Office for International School Matters in an interim inspection and a Federal States Inspection. In the years 2010 and 2016, the school was awarded the seal of approval “Excellent German International School”. But there is always more that can be done to ensure the steps of school development have met their overall goals in the school programme, which is made concrete in an action plan for a period of three years. To coordinate the implementation of this action plan, a school development group was founded in the 2019/20 school year.
- Results of inspection report 2019
- Quality framework DAS
- School programme
- Action plan
Interim inspection 2019
In November 2019, the interim inspection was carried out by the regional officer of the Central Office for International Schools, Mr Peleikis. Among other things, it checks whether the German funds are being used properly. After the 2016 school inspection, an action plan was created, which establishes the focusses for work, which arose from the inspection for the next three years. The work carried out on these points is the basis for the summary written.
Mr Pelikis stayed at the school for three days, reviewed documents and lessons and had discussions with students, colleagues, parents, the board, the whole school management team and the headteacher.
The inspection dealt with the following points:
- Promoting self-organised learning
- Improving the quality of lessons
- Improving the school infrastructure
- Sustainability of school development
- Increasing skills in the area of German
There is no great need for improvement in any of these areas, individual points need further work but most criteria are either partially or fully met. The latter applies especially to the improvement of the quality of lessons and the school infrastructure.
As well as the recommendations for further work, Mr Peleikis came to the following conclusion, which is a recognition of all of our work and a commendation we can be proud of: the discussions, lesson visits, observations and impressions over the course of the three-day interim inspection - from the viewpoint of the regional officer - show an overall engaged and successful job done by the school and proper use of the funds. The school’s continued eligibility for funds was granted. The discussions held show that the professional work of the headteacher and the board over the last two years has brought new life to the school.
You can find an overview of the results here:
Results of inspection report 2019
We abide by rules
At the German School Nairobi, it is important to us that we interact with one another with respect and consideration. Shared rules, which are binding, help colleagues, parents and students to orient themselves. To ensure that they are lived and recognised in the school community, it is important to us to draft them together and to explain them to all members of the school community and make them accessible. For example, this is done on parent’s evenings, in the student parliament, the mini school assembly and of course the introduction days and form time or here on the website.
And it is important that we pay attention to one another but also to our school. All students are thus regularly reminded of the applicable rules. If there are still any difficulties, the school social worker will also be happy to help further.
|School regulations||The children’s time together during the school day is regulated by binding rules. The principles governing the shared experience of the school are established in the school regulations.|
|School policy||The school policy was drawn up by students, teachers and parents together. It establishes the principles for the shared experience of the school community and defines the responsibilities of the students, teachers and parents.|
|WIR booklet||The WIR booklet regulates the conduct of students in primary school.|
|Rule booklet SEK I + II||The rule booklet for the students, parents and teachers of the mid and upper level.|
|Bus rules||The rules for using the school bus.|
|Computer rules||User rules for the computer and the network.|
|Dress code||Rules and guidelines on the clothing we want you to wear to school.|
School social work
The school social work provisions are varied and are provided first and foremost to the students of the DSN. But parents and other people associated with the school are welcome to turn to the school social worker if they have familial, social, emotional and psychological problems or questions. Of course, we do not just apply reactive forms of social work, but far more the work involves preventative measures.
A main focus of the social work at the DSN is directed towards the question of how we can promote an appropriate social community spirit in class and on the schoolyard. The students learn social rules in primary school through play and as school goes on this is continued through the Lions Quest social training programme. This also includes promoting an amicable communication culture. The social worker is supported in this by the trained student mediators.
In games at break time too, social responsibility can be put into practice, so the children are offered a targeted range of options at break times. An area of this is the establishment of an educationally supervised lunch table during lunch break.
Beyond the preventative aspects, individual advice is an important cornerstone of the social work. The students of all ages have the opportunity to confide in the social worker confidentially and talk about their worries, problems and disagreements. The fundamental approach for this is solution and resource-based orientation. This also applies to dealing with bullying.
A significant intersection for school social work is the special needs support, in particular, the two disciplines work hand in hand for inclusion and the celebration of diversity in the school. Other cooperations, including beyond the limits of the school, relate to child protection and psychological services.
The social worker team
From Monday to Thursday during the lunch break, Ms. Budde is in the schoolyard and can make an appointment if necessary.
The clarification hours, in which conflicts between students can be clarified, are on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the 5th hour (11.30am).
Learning social skills through play
“Becoming an adult” (Lions Quest) is a programme, which is meant to support students by strengthening their social skills and thus prepare them to independently handle the tasks ahead of them in the phases of their life. It is important to us that our students develop a way of interacting with one another that is amicable, fair and authentic. To do this, they must be able to understand, be aware of and respect both their own needs and those of others. Interpersonal conflicts are normal and are a part of life - however, it is important to us that these are resolved peacefully and constructively.
To support these abilities in the students in a targeted way, we emphasise the topic of “social learning” at our school. The focus of the “Becoming an adult” teaching is to methodically promote the students’ social skills. They are sustainably supported to strengthen their self-confidence and communicational skills, develop and maintain contacts and positive relationships, handle conflict and risk situations in their day to day lives appropriately and to find constructive solutions to problems, which often come with puberty. At the same time, the teaching on this programme aims to offer the young people orientation in developing their own socially integrated value system. Since the 2010/2011 school year, “social learning” has been taught in grades 5 to 8 by the class team of each class in close consultation and in coordination with the class teacher.
On the way to inclusion - Special education at the GSN
The special needs support at the DSN consists of 3 important areas: Diagnostics, Advice and Support. It is important to grasp the level of learning in order to provide adequate support. Advising of students, parents and educators is provided by the support worker. The individual support is determined by the needs and interests of the children.
We need a careful diagnostic process to determine the child’s precise level of learning and thus provide the (special educational) support they need. Diagnostics include discussions with educators, parents and children/young people, observations in lessons and, where appropriate, testing. Tests can include, among others, spelling, reading or arithmetic tests, tests of concentration, intelligence, auditory or visual perception, motor skills or emotional and social skills.
Advice is provided by the special educator, who can advise students, educators and parents. This always relates to finding good conditions and support measures to support the child optimally. Advice also includes training colleagues in the area of inclusive education.
Support can be provided as individual support, in small groups or together as a class. Here, the relevant learning objectives and support focusses are concentrated on. To support the children and young people individually and intensively, it is very important to build a relationship, a positive learning environment and clear, ritualised structures and continuity. Each child and each young person at the DSN, from nursery to secondary school, has a right to individual support. Individual support means increasing the current level of development and then assessing precisely where the child is now. We determine what the next step for development is and what is required to enable the child to successfully take this step.
Children with established special needs, children with a specific learning disability (such as reading and spelling difficulties or arithmetic difficulties), children with an attention disorder (AD(H)D), children with an articulation disorder, delayed development, learning difficulties or blockages, anomalies in emotional development or in social behaviour etc. require particular support. But children who temporarily need help or children who are particularly gifted can also benefit from individual support
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Applying and Information
The scholarship programme at the German School Nairobi was initiated in February 2008. The goal of the programme was twofold:
- Offering deserving students from our host country of Kenya a first-class education
- Giving students, who successfully complete their Abitur examination, referred to as the DIA (German International Abitur Examination, the equivalent of an IB or an A-Level qualification in grade 12), the opportunity to continue their tertiary education in Germany. The DIA is an international school leaving certificate and is recognised in all EU and non-EU countries (including the USA) as well as at the University of Nairobi.
The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on:
- The quality and circumstances of the applicants
- The availability of funds in the school budget.
Entitlement to participate
Students aged between 9 and 10 years*, who are currently attending 4th grade (or students in the British system, who have completed the 4th grade), can apply for a scholarship.
* We also consider applications from students aged between 10 and 11 years.
Types of scholarship and fee structure
All scholarships are based on academic performance. Successful candidates can benefit from a school fee reduction of 25%, 50% or 75%. This decision is made by the school management based on the family income. Lunch is included in the school fee, but it does not include bus transport in case this is not required.
* All parents/legal guardians of the applicant must provide a full financial disclosure (see requirements below in the section “How do I apply?”). All applications of this kind are always treated with complete confidentiality. None of this information is made public and it is treated with the highest possible level of sensitivity. Please be aware that a scholarship cannot be considered without evidence of financial need. If an applicant provides false or incomplete information, they are excluded from the application process. (Please be aware that there is an annual increase in school fees by 5-7%, which also applies to scholarship holders during their education at the German School Nairobi).
How do I apply?
Applications must be sent to:
German School Nairobi
P.O. Box 978
Please submit the following documents together with the application form:
- Colour passport-sized photograph of the student
- Copies of school certificates for the last 2 academic years
- Copy of birth certificate or copy of passport
- Copy of the parents’ identification documents
All applicants must complete the financial declaration form (download below) and submit it together with the necessary documents:
- Power bill (as proof of address)
- Tax returns
- Pay slips for the last 6 months
- Audited annual accounts
- Financial declaration form
All applications received before the deadline are checked by the scholarship committee and only the candidates found to be suitable are invited to the interviews and tests in November, after which the successful candidates are correspondingly informed. The school’s decision with regard to each application is final and irrevocable.
The school offers the students on our scholarship programme an intensive course in German as a foreign language. The intensive course lasts six months and includes around 20 hours of German per week. The students also participate in Mathematics, Physical education and Art with their peers from grade 4. The goal of the intensive course is to enable the students to join the regular teaching in grade 5 when the new school year begins in August. Furthermore, they receive additional German language lessons for at least a further three years so that they can gradually attain the same level as the native speakers.
Extension of the academic scholarship:
Scholarship holders must fulfil certain requirements, which are described in the document Conditions for scholarship holders.
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As an intern in the DSN Kindergarten?
- Interns in our Kindergarten must be at least in training to be a Kindergarten teacher, better still if they have already completed at least the first part of this training. Interns (from Germany) can come to Nairobi with a holiday visa. It allows them to work as an intern at a school for up to 6 months.
- The work as an intern at the DSN is unpaid. The school can help with organization but not with financing to acquire accommodation in Nairobi. It cannot provide any support for the cost of living. There may be the opportunity to stay with host families.
- Working as an intern at the DSN is not a component of formal training. Interns receive a certificate for the completion of the internship after it has finished.
- Applicants should have very good German and English language skills.
What can you expect from an internship at the DSN?
- Comprehensive experience in all aspects of work in a foreign school
- Instruction and supervision by a mentor
- Friendly reception in an open and helpful staff
- Work in an international school community, intercultural experiences, learning about Kenyan culture and lifestyle
- Work in a modern school building in scenic surroundings
- Learning how to work in an excellent German international school with the seal of approval of the Federal Republic of Germany
What do I need to be aware of?
- You should make all travel preparations in good time (valid passport and visa; foreign accident, health and liability insurance).
- The entry visa must be applied for online in advance.
- Find out about healthcare and vaccinations at a health authority or a tropical institute in good time.
The contact partner is the Head of Kindergarten, Franciane Allnoch
Internship in the Primary school and in Secondary school sections I and II
An internship at the German School Nairobi offers you the opportunity to implement the content of your studies in practice. You also get to know day to day life at a German international school and can spend you free time exploring Kenya. Interns should be present in lessons for at least 23 teaching hours per week. The number of hours they teach themselves is arranged with the subject teacher.
All students, who have successfully passed the interim examination (i.e. from the 3rd semester) may apply. An application before this is therefore not appropriate, as interns must have a professional background in education.
Students who are interested in applying should be informed of the following conditions in advance:
Start of internship:
- Time period: August/ September
- Time period: January/ February
- Time period: March/ April
3 to 6 months
Number of internship places:
The DSN generally awards two places in the primary school and two in the secondary section per period.
The internship at the DSN is unpaid. The school can support you with organisation but not with financing. It is possible for you to stay in the intern house on school property free of charge.
Applicants should have very good German and English language skills.
If the German School Nairobi has sparked your interest, please submit the following documents for an application:
- CV in table form with photograph
- Cover letter, which indicates which teaching post you are studying to hold, which subjects you wish to teach and which period the application relates to
- Matriculation certificate
- Proof of having passed the interim examination or similar
- Copy of identity card or passport
Please attach your documents as PDF files if possible and do not exceed the maximum size of 2 MB.
Please send your full application to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The internship supervisor Friederike Hönig is also available should you have further questions.
The successful candidates make their own travel arrangements:
- Healthcare and vaccinations at a health authority or tropical institute in good time (proof of foreign health and accident insurance must be presented before the internship)
- The entry visa must be applied for online in advance.
The German School Nairobi also offers internship places for volunteers as part of the Kulturweit programme from the Foreign Office. You can find more information at www.kulturweit.de. There are also internship places in the nursery at the German School.
Should I take on an internship at the German School Nairobi? What awaits me there? Is Kenya the right country for a 3-month stay? Where will I live in this time? How will I be received at the school?
You can find the answers to these questions and others in the experience reports of former interns.