About DHPS

Welcome

The DHPS (Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek) is an integrated German-Namibian school with a dual system, which is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany.

At our school the NSSC (Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate) as well as the Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIAP) can be acquired. In the German stream we also offer the secondary school qualification.

Besides the NSSC the pupils of the English stream also receive the German language certificate (DSDII) improving their certificate of the Namibian curriculum with special language skills. Our pupils are taught by qualified teachers from Germany and Namibia in a multi-cultural environment on very spacious school grounds. The lingual diversity found at the student body and the council of the DHPS is almost unique. We are teaching children with mother tongues like German, English, French, Afrikaans, Oshivambo, Nama, Damara and Otjiherero. Therefore our scholars have many opportunities to experience enriching cross-cultural encounters, starting from kindergarten all the way to Grade 12.

Besides a recognized high academic educational standard the DHPS offers a wide variety of extramural activities.

A long tradition as an exceptional school in Namibia (founded in 1909) combines the DHPS with the values of openness to the world as well as tolerance used by us as guidance for our pupils.

Kristin Eichholz
Principal
Kristin Eichholz
Principal

Kristin Eichholz

Vision & Mission

We are a German-Namibian school of encounter, which offers learners of different ethnic and linguistic background a basis for common and excellent shaping of their future.

Social responsibility, ethical values, mutual respect and open communications play a central role in this regard. We enrich our school life through dedicated learning, teaching and by (extra)- curricular activities. The complete Mission Statement is available here.

Mission Statement:

  • As a German-Namibian school of encounter, we encourage ethnical and lingual diversity to jointly and interactively lay the foundation for the future.
  • We attach great importance to dedicated learning and teaching.
  • We set value on integral human development.
  • We promote development of self-determination, thereby respecting social responsibilities.
  • We encourage ambitious personal standards, the unfolding of fundamental ethical values and the quest for the sense of life and divinity.
  • We democratically involve all school committees in the organization of the school; we foster an atmosphere of respect and trust and encourage active communication.
  • We enhance our school life by outreach activities.
  • We develop and ensure the quality of our school.
  • We foster the love of nature and the responsible interaction with our environment.
  • We are committed to the sustainable management of our resources.
  • Ambitiously, we constantly and continuously scrutinize our knowledge and actions, taking into consideration traditions and future generations.

DHPS - School song


History of the DHPS

Some important dates of DHPS school history:
  1. January 19th, 1909

    19 January, 7h00: Opening of the “kaiserliche Realschule” (KRS) in Windhoek with 12 learners.

  2. 1921

    German is introduced as tuition language up to Grade 8 in government schools.

  3. November 18th, 1929

    German is introduced as tuition language up to Grade 8 in government schools.

  4. 1940

    Renaming of the "Deutsche Oberschule" to "Höhere Privatschule" (HPS).

  5. 1941

    First Matric exams (Joint Matriculation Board).

  6. October 28th, 1949

    28 October Foundation of the Deutscher Schulverein Windhoek (1949).

  7. November 30th, 1962

    Deutche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), re-introduction of 13th academic year. 30 November / 1 December: First oral examinations under the extended supplementary examination (Deutsche Hochschulreife=Abitur).

  8. 1977

    Decision of the Annual General Meeting at the beginning of 1978 academic year, to open the school for children of all ethnical groups.

  9. 1988

    20 foreign-language secondary section learners start in Standard 6.

  10. 1995

    HIGSCE is introduced.

  11. 1995

    English Branch as from Grade 5.

  12. 1999

    Foundation of the pre-school.

  13. 2004

    New primary section for children, whose mother-tongue is not German, is opened.

  14. 2007

    Introduction of the DIAP (Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung).

  15. 2007

    First NSSC-exams.

  16. January 19th, 2009

    19 January - start of the centennial celebrations and first day at school.

  17. March 9th - 15th, 2009

    9 - 15 March week of celebrations.

  18. 2009

    First DIAP examination after 12 years of school.

  19. 2009

    Last Abitur examinations after 13 years of school.

  20. 2012

    Introduction of the first brass class in Southern Africa.

  21. 2015

    Expansion and opening of the new kindergarten- and pre-school premises.

  22. 2017/2018

    Renovation of gym hall.

  23. 2018

    Introduction of bilingual classes as of Grade 5 – Strategy 2018.

About DHPS

Campus Development

Our progress depends on:
Continuous development and improvement of our school campus for the benefit of our young and older learners not only is a very special concern, but also our focus of school development at the DHPS.

Sports Facilities

Soon our DHPS gymnasium will shine in a new look and become one of the most modern sports facilities in Namibia. The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany supports the extension of the building with a financial contribution to the tune of 1.2 Million Euro (ca. 17 Million NAD). Renovations started in May 2017 and are expected to be completed by March 2018.

Classroom Equipment

All classrooms are equipped with ultramodern smart boards and high-speed Internet access. In the new media rooms professional computer workstations are available with fast Internet connection.

Sustainability

Thanks to the generous support of the oxen-fund, the buildings of the hostel- and day care could be fitted with an energy-saving solar system for hot water supply (2015).

Premises

The kindergarten- and pre-school section were completely refurbished and renovated in 2014/15. After reconstruction and completion of the Zingelhaus, new changing rooms, toilets and showers are now available to the learners of the day care center. The entrance is handicapped-accessible (2015).

Outdoor Premises

The DHPS is the only school in Namibia with its own beach volleyball court. This can not only be used by the hostel and day care center, but also by learners in sports lessons and by teachers and staff members. The outdoor premises and playgrounds of the kindergarten, pre-school, hostel and day care center were extensively renewed with new jungle gyms, sand pits and much more.

Sound System And Music

Our auditorium is equipped with the latest technology: This is not only a real pleasure for members of the technology extramural activity, but also turns every event into a great success. The DHPS auditorium can also be booked for external events. For the music section at the DHPS new instruments - e.g. for the brass class - were acquired. The Steinway-piano has been restored.

Find us here!

11-15 Church Street
Windhoek, Namibia

We look forward to welcome you, please contact us by phone, personally or via Email!

About DHPS

Contact us

You can reach us by phone from Tuesday to Friday from 6h45 to 13h30 and on Mondays from 6h45 to 16h00 (local Namibian time).

Our information office is available for personal inquiries every
  • Monday: from 6h45 to 16h00
  • Tuesday-Friday: from 6h45 to 13h30
We look forward to welcome you and your child at the DHPS, to join us on a tour on our (usually sunny) spacious campus.

We would like to put you in contact with the relevant heads of the sections to give you a detailed insight on our interesting offer.

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