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20.08.2018
Erster Schultag

First School Day

26.08.2018
Schuljahresanfangsgottesdienst @ DSN
School Year Opening Service on the DSN grounds

21.09.2018
@18.30 Uhr, Sundowner mit Liveband, Deutschsprachige Kirchengemeinde, Riverside Drive (neben der Deutschen Botschaft)
@ 6.30 pm, sundowner with live band, German Speaking Congregation, Riverside Drive (next to the German Embassy)

01.10.2018
03.10. Tag der Deutschen Einheit
(01./02.10. unterrichtsfrei)

03.10 Day of German unity
(01./02.10. No lessons)

10.10.2018
Moi Day (Schulfrei)
Moi Day (No Lessons)

15.10.2018
Herbstferien
(20.10.: Mashujaa Day- ehem. Kenyatta Day)

Autumn Holiday
(20.10.: Mashujaa Day- former Kenyatta Day)

10.12.2018
Weihnachtsferien (inkl. Jamhuri Day)
(Fr. 07.12. –letzter Schultag;
Mo. 07.01.- erster Schultag)

Christmas Holidays (incl. Jamhuri Day)
(Fr. 07.12. –last school day;
Mo. 07.01.- First school day)

01.02.2019
Ausgabe der Halbjahreszeugnisse

Issue of semi-annual reports

15.04.2019
Osterferien
(letzter Schultag: 12.04.;
erster Schultag 06.05.)

Easter Holidays
(last school day: 12.04.;
First school day: 06.05.)

01.05.2019
01.05. (Tag der Arbeit,
02./03.05. unterrichtsfrei)

01.05. (Labor Day)
02./03.05. (no lessons)

Candlelight project at the GSNairobi

School Project Kenya V1
Focus group "Freedom" when visiting the Star Kid School

Star Kids (ARD)
Movie to apply for the foreign school competition

Film project "Workshops Candlelight"
Movie on High-school workshops

Show "Freedom" (June 2017)
Presentation of the freedom project in the Aula, June 2017

Are bananas and tomatoes really berries?

Video download here

Photo gallery here

These, and many more such questions (which may have been more suited for the TV programme “Who wants to be a millionaire”!) were prepared by the Upper Secondary students for our Candle Light Project.

The topic of the 4th common workshop were flowers and fruits of Kenya and Germany. At the beginning of the lesson, the tables of the Chemistry laboratory were resplendent with colour: the brilliant gold of bananas and sunflowers, the blue of blueberries and larkspurs, the red of raspberries, tomatoes, gladioli and poppies!

It looked more like a market scene than a classroom one!

However, there was a purpose to it all. We worked in 6 groups to think about the botanical content of these fruits and flowers. Students of Class 11 were the specialists on types of fruits, fruit anatomy and classification. They led the groups, in which they dissected the flowers and exchanged knowledge about the complicated processes of propagation of flowering plants.

The preparation for the lesson was slightly split this time: the Kenyans could tell us more about mangoes, bananas and other such delicious tropical fruits; we, on the other hand, were the “masters” on apples, strawberries, raspberries and cherries.

The big surprise, though, came at the end of the workshop: in the summaries, which proved to be educational for all the students, it became apparent that the basic structure of flowers and fruits is the same. The morphological and anatomical structures differ only because of the different physical environments and the different physiological soil structures in which the plants grow – and here too, the rule of “Survival of the fittest” applies.

At the end of our feedback session, it was clear that we will continue to have common workshops next year too. We have so many topics in both the Kenyan and German curricula that are the same, that we are already devising plans for the academic year 2016/17!

P.S – the most difficult part of the workshop was to find fresh cherries! We therefore sincerely thank Ms Kühne for her active support in sourcing the fruits for us!

Rainer Busch, Acting Headmaster DSN

09.11.2015 - Our Star Kids Project officially named!

At the beginning of the week, our school bus could be seen on the northern bypass, direction Githongoro Slums. The teachers were carrying the precious contract with them, a memorandum of understanding which outlines all further co-operations between the two schools. We were also accompanied by some parents’ representatives, who carried something even more precious: a monetary gift! The Deputy Headmaster, some teachers and students of the Star Kids School were waiting expectantly at the school gate.

 

The project, which is now 8 months old, finally got an official name. 

Mr Boddenberg and Ms Kimantu signed the MoU ...

... thus officially “christening” the project “Candle Light”.

The parents who accompanied us ... 

... ceremoniously handed over the cheque from the money collected during the raffle at the Summer Festival. 

We have a lot of activities planned over the next few months ... 

... and obviously to ensure the success of the project, we need not only sponsors but also volunteers. More information on the contents of our partnership can be obtained from the school.

More pictures in our photo gallery.

Rainer Busch, Project leader

28.10.2015 - The heart was at the centre of attention

Photo gallery here

Once again, the Chemistry Room looked completely different on Wednesday. Mattresses from the Sports Hall lay on the ground, finely polished lab cutlery covered the lab tables, and on the students’ tables lay blood pressure monitors and stethoscopes. The students of Class 11 were well-prepared and ready for their duties as group leaders.

Our school bus drove in punctually at 8.30 a.m. with 17 Upper Secondary students from the Star Kids School. 

After a short welcome, we started our 3rd workshop, entitled, “Breathing and the Circulatory System.”

In 5 groups, we dissected hearts, 

measured pulses and blood pressure, and listened to heart beats. 

Anatomy and Biology books were at hand of course, so that the students could make quick references, as the goal of the morning was to how well the students could apply what they had learnt previously. The teachers’ and our new intern Kevin’s role this morning was to observe attentively what was going on; they were seldom consulted by the students.

A small Kenyan breakfast between the practicals provided the students with the energy to continue with experiments, and the morning was over in a flash!

After a short feedback and group photo session, 

after the books were packed away, it was time to say goodbye, but only until we see each other again for the next workshop. The students and Mr Masese (the Biology teacher) of our small partner school in Runda waved good-bye one last time as the bus made its way back to the school to Githongoro Slum, where the Ms Kimatu, the Headmistress waited impatiently for the students to return, and to hear how the morning spent at the GSN had been.

We have already begun the planning of the next workshop. The topic will be from botany this time, “Fruit trees, their blossoms and fruits from Germany and Kenya.”

Rainer Busch

07.05.2015 - Start of the Candlelightproject

On the morning of the 7th of May 2015, one of our school buses left the compound again; destination: Star Kids School in the Githogoro Slums! 17 students and 3 teachers awaited the bus, wanting to be brought back to the GSN. In the meantime, in the Chemistry lab of the GSN, students of Class 11 and their teacher waited in anticipation. 

They had prepared 4 experiment stations around the lab. 4 posters hung on the windows, which explained in more detail how the lesson would be carried out. These included plasmolysis and de-plasmolysis, testing of glucose and starch in food, as well as the transformation of nutrients through the digestive enzymes in the mouth.  The lab looked like a university lab, in which the “teachers” (actually students) waited for the “colleagues” from our Kenyan partner school. Promptly at 9.00, everyone took their seats and excitedly waited for the lesson to begin. Imani greeted the Kenyan students and went through the programme for the day.

Imani gave a warm Welcome to our Kenyan guests.

And then it began. The Kenyan students, equipped with the enough theoretical knowledge on cells and enzymatic transformation of nutrients, were able to put their theory into practice. 

For the next 10 minutes, test tubes were carefully filled out, Fehling and Lugolschen solutions were mixed, micro-preparations were produced, boiled, crushed and discussed. It was not about German or Kenyan learning in the lab that day– this was strictly science, and that too with fervent hands, eyes and heads!

At the end of the workshop, there was a short question and answer session.  The contents of the experiments were structured and summarized, exercise books filled with observations and conclusions of the experiment.

After a short feedback, Mr Busch summarized the events of the morning, and gave the students some information on the next workshop which will take place on the 3rd of June, based on assimilation and dissimilation. He ended the workshop with words from Benjamin Franklin: 

 „Tell me and I forget,

  Teach me and I remember,

Involve me and I learn“.

Just check here for much more photos of this exciting day!