8 a.m. Meeting Parents' Sub-Committee in the Cafeteria
Oral Abitur examinations, no lessons for Sek I and II
Vocational trial day for classes 5, 6, 8, 10
Oral Abitur examinations
2 p.m. U7 boys soccer game vs Porterhouse School at GSN
2.45 p.m. U13 boys basketball game vs Porterhouse School at GSN
6.30 p.m. School Board Meeting
3 p.m. U9 boys soccer game at Porterhouse School
6 p.m. General Meeting German School Society
4 p.m. Graduation ceremony of the Abitur students, afterwards "Abifeier"
Class trips Cl. 4, 6, 11 until 07.06.
Class trip Cl. 2 until 07.06.
Lower and Upper Secondary
12 school years to attain School Leaving Examination Certificate
The German School Nairobi (DSN) introduced the 12-year school system (up to school leaving examination certificate – “Abitur”) in 2004/2005.
Essentially, the syllabus for Lower and Upper Secondary is based on the curriculum of the Federal State of Thuringia with special consideration given to subjects relevant in connection with our host country Kenya such as English, geography and history.
|Class 5 (Orientation Level)||30 lessons/ week|
|Class 6||31 lessons/ week|
|Class 7||32 lessons/ week|
|Class 8||34 lessons/ week|
|Class 9||35 lessons/ week|
|Class 10||35 lessons/ week|
|Class 11||35 (38) lessons/ week|
|Class 12||35 (38) lessons/ week|
Class 5 is tantamount to an orientation level in which students of all levels of performance are taught in one class. At the end of class 5 and after intensive and careful observation of their individual learning modes students will be assessed and grouped into either DSN-secondary modern school (Hauptschule), DSN-secondary intermediate school (Realschule) or DSN-secondary high school (Gymnasium). These classifications may be altered until the end of class 8 and are decided upon at the end of each school year by the class conference. A student who, for example, has been assessed to join secondary high school can switch to secondary intermediate as per decision of and application by his parents.
Lower Secondary (Gymnasium)
Lower Secondary (Gymnasium) comprises classes 6 – 9. Students of all classifications (secondary modern, secondary intermediate or secondary high school) attend the same lessons as a respective class unit whereby special attention is given to each student’s individual requirement. Each student can attain the final school leaving examination certificate for his classification level while secondary high school students are being prepared for Upper Secondary.
Class 10 serves a special purpose. It guides secondary intermediate students towards their final exams and prepares secondary high school students for Upper Secondary. Class 11 and 12 are termed as “qualification phase” in which all a student’s half-term marks achieved in class 11 and 12 are considered when his final school leaving examination (Abitur) is graded.
Secondary intermediate students who have passed their final exams have the chance to repeat class 10 and then join the qualification phase. Details are laid down in the school’s regulations and the examination conduct regulations respectively.
High School Leaving Examination Certificate (Abitur)
The examination inspector of the Permanent Conference of Ministers of Education of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) presides over the final school leaving examination. A successful high school leaving certificate by the German School Nairobi is equal to the “Abitur”-exam held at high schools in Germany with facultative subject courses and entitles the student to enter universities and colleges in the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Union and in numerous non-European countries such as USA, Australia, South Africa.
German International School Leaving Certificate (DIAP)
Having introduced the German International School Leaving Certificate (DIAP) the German School Nairobi is in a position to offer an internationally acknowledged education and examination not only to children of German, Swiss and Austrian nationality, but also to students of other nationalities.