1 p.m. Deadline for marks classes 5-11
2 p.m. Reports conference classes 5-8
6.30 p.m. School Board Meeting
2 p.m. Reports conferences classes 9-11, Primary School
Class trip Cl. 1 until 28.06.
7 p.m. Theatre play "Romeo and Juliet"
7 p.m. Theatre play "Romeo and Juliet"
10.30 a.m. Ecumenical Church Service at the GSN
3. lesson Theatre play (SEK I) "Lena geht nach Kenia"
Preschool - Class 11, 6 p.m. for parents and others interested
Field trip Primary School
Beachvolleyball tournament Lower Secondary and Secondary
Last school day
German School Football Centre
Over the past five years, the German School offered football as an extracurricular activity and regularly fielded teams in the age groups U9, U10, U11 and U18. The U9 team, in particular, has been successful, securing second place in the ISK Mini-World Cup in 2012 and a 1:1 home draw against Babadogo, the best team in town.
Some of the more ambitious young players were able to join the training program of Ligi Ndogo, a Kenyan organization hosted on Saturday mornings by the German School. Unfortunately, Ligi Ndogo found it difficult to provide enough competent trainers and withdrew in 2012.
To fill the gap and involve more of the students, members of the German School Society founded 'The German School Football Centre.' The new centre offers training with competent coaches over three seasons per year for children aged 5 to 13 from the school and neighbouring communities. A fee of 6,000 KES per player per season is charged. Each team can look ahead to one match per month with other schools or football academies in Nairobi, as well as regular tournaments. Fixtures outside Nairobi are planned for the future.
The football centre began operating in January and is developing well. After two months, it had attracted over 50 members, and was able to field up to five teams. A sponsor, Thola Glass, has provided new balls and training bibs to help get things started. Inaugural friendly matches against the International School of Kenya (ISK) on February 23 saw those teams start to take shape. They also brought encouraging results, with wins for the U6 (4:0), U7 (2:1) and U11 (4:2) and a hard-fought draw for the U9 (1:1).
The objectives of the GSFC program include:
- Offering children a healthy occupation on Saturday mornings
- Detecting and fostering talent through competent training
- Integrating the German School into the larger Kenyan community
- Promoting the school as a centre of comprehensive quality education
By including players from the surrounding communities, the football centre has assured the strength of each age group and raised the standard of play. This could be a model for other sports where the school struggles to form competitive teams, due the relative small pool of students.
For the organizing committee: Ernst Tenambergen and Stephen Graham
Mini World Cup at the ISK on 27th April 2013
The teams of the German School Football Centre put up a good show at last weekend's Mini World Cup tournament, scoring plenty of goals and springing at least one surprise. The U9s kept our flag flying longest by securing third place with several well-taken goals from Johannes Vadera.
The tournament at the International School of Kenya was the first for the new football centre since its formation in January. The centre entered four teams, including two in the hotly contested U9 competition.
The U7s performed well despite several players failing to turn up, some due to illness. To plug the gap, coach Ali Kiplagat called up Kian Molin at short notice, and the boys started well, with Luca Allnoch and Wani Ladu scoring in an opening 2-0 win. However, two subsequent defeats meant that this very young team exited at the group stage.
The football centre had so many U9 players that it entered two teams. The 'B' side suffered a heavy defeat to the 'A' team in a practice game a week earlier. But in the tournament, they stunned ISK's first choice players, winning 2-0 with both goals from Safari Kraus. Despite fine goalkeeping by Dominic Sallat, the team lost its other group games 1-0 and went home with pride intact.
Dominic Sallat and Lelo Bernado try to keep out an attack from Sags Soccer. The U9(B)s conceded only two goals in three games.
For the 'A' team, the target was to equal last year's runners-up position. They didn't quite make it, losing 5-1 to eventual champions Sags Soccer in the semi-final. But they picked themselves up to beat the School of Nations in the third-place playoff. The team stood out for the fine defending of Markus Medcraft and the determination of Johannes Vadera, who netted five times in six games.
David Wekesa and Jaspard Denault were prolific for the U11s, scoring seven of their team's eight goals in three group games. But the boys were eliminated in a nerve-shredding penalty shootout after David and Karl Tenambergen saw their penalties saved by the French School goalkeeper.
The U9(A) team secured a hard-fought third place in the ISK Mini World Cup