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Calendar

22.10.2018
VS-Sitzung
VS-Meeting

23.10.2018
Erster Schultag
First day at school

23.10.2018
Besuch der Nairobi Academy (DSN@NA)
Visit to the Nairobi Academy (DSN@NA)

23.10.2018
Projekt HÖXTER
Project HÖXTER

24.10.2018
Frau Seite SL-Tagung Beirut
Ms. Seite in Beirut

24.10.2018
SchilF DaF/DFU

27.10.2018
Aufführung "Heimat" mit Schülern der deutschen Partnerschule und den Starkids- Schülern
Performance "home" with pupils of the German partner school and the Starkids pupils

29.10.2018
Treasures of Kenya 19:00 Uhr
Treasures of Kenya 7.00 PM

01.11.2018
Bundesjugendspiele
Federal Youth Games

01.11.2018
Mitgliederversammlung des Schulvereins 19:00
General meeting of the school association 7:00 PM

Primary School

Karibu!

The students and teachers of the Primary School warmly welcome you to the German School Nairobi.

There are currently 76 children in Classes 1 - 4 in our Primary School, taught by 14 highly committed teachers, who aim to develop the children's academic and social abilities, their self-confidence, as well as their method-based skills.

Our school provides the children with a natural learning environment, where the education provided is community-orientated, holistic, and future oriented. The curriculum in the School is based on the German Federal State of Thuringia.

Every child in our Primary School has the right to succeed, a right to individual support. We attach a lot of importance to child motivation, as only motivated children grow up to be responsible adults.

In addition to teaching cultural skills, we educate our children to learn tolerance, build solidarity and assist them in their acquisition of knowledge, of values and in their self-development. In our school, democracy is perceptible. Communication and cooperation are simple parts of everyday life.

The monthly assemblies give us the opportunity to try out something new, to inform each other about new developments, to participate in international events, and to be together as a community. This kind of involvement in school and in the community is an essential preparation for a self-determined future life.

Several interns, as well as many dedicated parents support us positively as we strive to create a colourful school year.

Asante sana.

 

We have put together some information that gives an insight into school life at our Primary School.

Yours,

Students and teachers of the German School Nairobi Primary School

 

From Pre-School to Class 1

 

Most of the children who join our Class 1 come from our bilingual Kindergarten. At the beginning of each academic year, meetings are held between the Kindergarten and Primary School teachers to help preparing the enrolment of the child. Primary School teachers spend time with the Kindergarten group, in order to get to know the child better through play, arts and crafts and through conversation (that happens with others and in small groups). What has been observed is how the child behaves with strong confidence in the above mentioned scenarios, how he/she reacts to stimulus from us, and what his/her language abilities are, related to the child's age. 

As many of these children are being brought up bilingually, we pay particular attention to the subjects German and English lessons in the Primary School. For children whose first language is not German, we offer lessons in German as a Foreign Language, which take place parallel to "normal" German lessons. The aim of this programme is to allow the child to integrate into the normal German lessons as quickly as possible. English is taught from Class 1 for 2 lessons a week, and this is steadily increased to up to 4 lessons a week by Class 4. We offer first Language English lessons to those children who have native speaker language abilities in English. This lesson is held parallel to Foreign Language English lessons.

 

Class Rooms

All classrooms in our Primary School are big and bright, and are situated in a two-storey building. Classes 1 and 2 are on the ground floor (next to the nurse's office), and Classes 3 and 4 on the first floor, next to the office of the Head of the primary School. Each class has an adjoined group work room, which are equipped with a computer. They all have an internet connection, so that the computers can be used for research purposes.

For Music, Art, and IT, the students go to specialist rooms.

 

Library

The library of the German School Nairobi also has a section on children's books. The library is introduced to the children when they are still in the Kindergarten.

Our new Primary School library concept includes students in Class 1 still being read to by the librarian, Ms Wilken, once a week. The children who were with us in the pre-school are familiar with this programme, the so-called picture book cinema. From the second semester, all children in Class 1 go to the library on a weekly basis, with a programme that runs on a two week schedule. The children are divided into two groups: while one group of the class familiarises itself with library rules, prepare an interview with the librarian, recognise the various shelf-marks, do a library "treasure hunt", or prepare a shoe box library, the other group of the class will learn the pleasure of browsing through library books. The aim is that the students will get a certificate at the end of Class 3, indicating that they all the necessary skills to use the library as part of their daily routine.

The children of classes 1 and 2 will be encouraged to borrow a book to take home each library lesson. Students in Class 4 may also borrow a DVD. We are currently planning to install a listening station that should give our non-native speakers a further method of perfecting their language.

Co-operative Study Plan Meetings

Co-operative study plans have been introduced at the school from this academic year. These are meetings between parents, students and teachers about the academic development of their child. The focus is not to talk about the child, but rather to talk with the child.

The purpose of these meeting is:

  • To take a child-centred approach
  • To evaluate subject and inter-subject based skills of the child
  • To search together for a child's developmental potential
  • To establish academic goals
  • To encourage students to take responsibility for their academic progress
  • To examine achievements at the next meeting

In preparation for such meetings, students fill out the self-evaluation shown below with the assistance of their teachers, which is then compared to an evaluation from filled out by the teachers.

The first round of the Co-operative Study plans went very successfully, from the viewpoint of students, teachers and parents. We will definitely be participating again, but from Class 2 and up.

Over the last few years, for the General Studies lessons, teachers at the school have developed special schemes of work on our host country Kenya, and these are used in all Classes.


Reports in the Primary School

The following Reports Regulations apply to the pupils of the Primary School:

Class 1:

At the end of the first semester, all pupils get a certificate.

At the end of Class 1, each pupil will receive a report with remarks. We will comment on the pupil's attitude to academic work, social conduct, progress made in learning, as well as the performance in individual subjects.

Class 2:

At the end of the first semester, each pupil will receive a report with remarks. We will comment on the pupil's attitude to academic work, social conduct, progress made in learning, as well as the performance in individual subjects.
At the end of the second semester, pupils will receive a grade in each subject, and a written comment about their attitude to work and on their social conduct.

Classes 3 and 4:

In Classes 3 and 4, pupils will receive a grade based report both at the end of the first and the second semester. A written comment will be made on their attitude to work and their social conduct.

Afternoon Programme

Our cafeteria offers a balanced hot meal for the students, which can be booked from the reception.

On two afternoons a week, (Tuesday and Thursday), the Primary School offers homework supervision to the children, supervised by the respective class teachers.

On four afternoons a week, (Monday to Thursday), students can participate in the various extra-curricular activities on offer. These are offered for one semester, and students can change their activities at the beginning of a new semester. At the end of the semester, there will be a potpourri presentation on what really goes on in these activities.

Following extra-curricular activities are offered in the academic year 2013 / 2014:

  • Strings Ensemble
  • Flute
  • Scouts
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Karate
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Inline Skating
  • Yoga
  • Wall painting/Art

Festivals

 

The following festivals form an integral part of the GSN Primary School calendar:

Summer festival: one of our newer traditions, which has been well-received by the school community. All members of the school community are invited to spend a pleasant afternoon together on the school grounds, complete with games' and food stalls.

St. Martin: Students of Class 4 present a play on St. Martin in the school hall for the rest of the Kindergarten and Primary School children. This is followed by a lantern procession to a bonfire on the far-end of the football field, following "St. Martin" on his horse, singing St. Martin's songs. All the children are given their gingerbread-men, while parents and children alike enjoy finger foods catered for by the Boarding House.

International Children's Day: from this academic year, we will be celebrating International Children's Day with a whole-school picnic.

 

 

St. Nicholas: Even though Kenya is a fair distance away, St. Nicholas still manages to come to every classroom in the Primary School. How his chocolate does not melt in the African heat remains his secret!

Christmas Concert: The annual Christmas concert takes place at the St. Benedictine Monastery in Tigoni. The Primary School plays a big role in this concert.

Carneval: Children from the Kindergarten and Primary School celebrate Carneval together on "Faschingsdienstag", (Fat Tuesday)

Spring Concert: Every year, the Spring Concert takes place in the school's hall. Primary School children are encouraged to participate actively in this concert.

 

Class trips and other activities

Class Trips

All details relating to the class trip (destination, costs etc.) are discussed at the Parents' Evening

Hiking Day

At the end of every school year, there is a hiking day (e.g. in Karura Forest) for all the children of the Primary School.

Project week

The project week takes place every second year, at the beginning of the second semester, and includes the entire school (Kindergarten and Secondary School included). This year's theme is Africa, Africa - one continent, many perspectives.

 

 

Reading Competition

At the end of the academic year, there is a reading competition in the Primary School.  Two students from Class 1 read out a prepared text. From Classes 2 - 4, three children (selected by their classmates) each read out loud. A class winner is picked from these children. The three winners go on to read out an unseen text, from which the school winner is picked. The judges are German teachers from Classes 2 - 5, as well as the winners from the previous year.

Timetable

7.45 am – 1.05 pm Classes
1.05 am – 2.00 pm Lunch Break
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Homework supervision or extra-curricular activities

(Lunch is eaten in the cafeteria, after which there is time to rest and play)

Subject Schedule

Subject

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

German

10

8

7

6

Mathematics

6

6

6

6

English

2

3

4

4

Science

2

3

3

3

Physical Education

3

3

3

3

Art

2

2

2

2

Textile and Design

1

1

1

1

Music

2

2

2

2

IT

-

-

1

1

Religion

2

2

1

2

Remedial Lessons German/Mathematics

2

2

2

2

Total

30

30

30

30

Teaching Staff

Headmistress of the Primary School:

Philine Myburgh (Class Teacher Class  4)

Teaching Staff:

Monika Lebherz (Class Teacher Class  1)

Petra Zanker (Class Teacher Class  2)

Ronald Klempt (Class Teacher Class  3)

Viberti Nyakang'o (Sport)

Ulrike Richter (English)

Miriam Rode (Science, Religion, P.E., DaF)

Everett Igobwa (Musik, Choir)

Shital Shah (English)

Ines Sudra (Textile & Design, Art, Music, Religion, Swiss Studies)

Astrid Weddige (DaF)

Kathrin van Rendsburg (Art, IT, Textile & Design)

Eva Kirdorf (Special Need Teacher)

Dorothea Stegen (Scholars)