School Life

School Life

Our school is not only a place of learning, but also a place for living, where your child should feel comfortable - therefore we attach great importance to a wide-ranging afternoon offer and positive social interaction.

Our teachers and parents dedicate themselves beyond regular school lessons to enable an interesting, varied program at the DHPS.

From exiting extra-mural activities, to social commitment and career guidance - Explore the active DHPS school life: Our school is a place of encounter, where learning and living takes place on many different levels!

Excursion & Adventures

Excursion & Adventures

Learning by Doing - Hello Adventure!

Namibia is widely known for its vastness and contrasts: During exciting and informative DHPS outings our learners regularly experience the diversity of our nature and the extensive possibilities for exploration and learning in the Namibian wilderness.

Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), Grade 6

Our Grade 6 learners have the chance to experience the Namibian desert up close.
Solar cookers, Water rations, "toktokkies", sleeping under the Namibian starry sky and looking for scorpions - these are the highlights of the Grade 6´s excursion to NaDEET, the Namibian Environmental Education Trust.

Learning objectives:


  • In addition to the biology curriculum and accompanied by their biology teachers, the kids learn about the surprises the Namib desert has to offer and how remarkably flora and fauna have adapted to these arid conditions.
  • Recycle, Reduce, Reuse – that´s the excursion´s main theme where it is all about producing fuel briquettes from old newspapers, preparing meals on solar cookers and why it is important to ration water.
  • Of course learning should also be fun: Although the Grades 6 enjoy the educating projects with the NaDEET-nature conservationists to the fullest, they are absolutely thrilled with sandboarding and playing together.

Farm Blumfelde, Grade 8

Obstacle and adventure courses, teamwork and survival training: For four days our Grade 8s get the chance to experience what team spirit really is about.

Details:
  • The learners are grouped and equipped with maps, compass, sleeping bags and supplies and have to find the rest of the way to farm "Blumfelde" on their own.
  • Once there, again priority is given to TEAMWORK: During Mini Olympics, adventure and obstacle courses it is all about going beyond personal borders but also helping, supporting and encouraging others.

Canoo trip on the Orange River, Gr. 10

Canoeing on the great Orange River in Southern Namibia is more than just a river trip! Our Grade 10 learners get to experience great exercise on the waters, the starlit African sky and the breath-taking Richtersveld National Park on the boarder to South Africa.
Under the guidance of experienced and qualified staff they enjoy an adventure not easily matched. In addition to campfires and great company it is once again all about team work, spirit and a great sense of community.

Gobabeb Desert Excursion, Grade 11 (DIAP)

Within the exam preparations of the DIAP Biology course in Grade 11 our "almost graduates" visit the desert research foundation in Gobabeb.

Learning objectives:

  • Biology up close: The students learn and elaborate in groups and with the help of nature conservationists and biology teachers about the eco systems in the Namibian desert.

Our experiences in Gobabeb 2016

Technical Skills

Technical Skills

When taking a closer look at Namibia’s educational environment it becomes evident: This is no mainstream subject. At the DHPS, besides academic education, emphasis is put on developing craft-skills and -abilities. Technical Skills is offered as a subject, comprising metal-, wood-, textile work as well as pottery.
Textile lessons strengthen our learners´ technical expertise, design skills and to work independently.
Thanks to the Alumni Association´s donation of the sewing machines in 2015, our learners from Grade 5 can create great textile artwork.
Sawing, hammering, grinding, welding - things are getting lively during the DHPS technical classes:
Handicraft skills and basic concepts of materials and tools are taught in wood and metal works. The pupils learn to work independently, to develop innovative solutions and to work precisely and be creative at the same time.
Im Keramikunterricht erlernen die SchülerInnen den Umgang mit Ton, die grundlegenden Handtechniken des Töpferns und das Glasieren der selbst hergestellten Werkstücke. Gefördert werden dabei insbesondere die feinmotorischen, praktischen, gestalterischen und ästhetischen Fertigkeiten unserer SchülerInnen.

Waiting Class

Waiting Class

For all children who cannot be picked up directly after school, a so-called waiting class is available, which is part of our supervision offer.

Obligatory waiting class supervision is offered to Grade 1-4 children after their lessons and is open from 11:35 until 13h10.
They can conveniently stay at the facilities of the DHPS campus together with other children, where they have the opportunity to do their homework, learn and spend quality time.
This is also a chance to meet children from other classes and to enjoy a pleasant time together. Here children can optimally use the remaining time after a busy morning until they are picked up and establish bonds with each other.

Extra-mural Activities

Besides successful learning, achievements in sports, music, arts and the social field are particularly important to us.

The DHPS has a comprehensive offer of extra-mural activities, from Judo and orchestra to AIDS Awareness and “Youth in Science” - something for everyone:

Astronomy

"They are beautiful, aren’t they? The stars; we never just look anymore..."
(Quote from the movie “Men in Black”)

Since beginning of time, humanity is inspired by the stars. Mythological figures, animals and objects are represented in constellations since the Neolithic period, especially in the ancient world. Many cultures also use constellations for maritime navigation. In our southern hemisphere the Southern Cross points to the south, while in the northern hemisphere the North Star always indicates the exact north. There are however also planets that wander between the fixed stars. They circle around the Earth, like the sun and are particularly nice to look at through the telescope.

Our school’s own telescope is located on the Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory about 23km outside Windhoek. Here we, the astronomy group, watch stars, planets and galaxies.

But astronomy is also the quest for the origin of the universe. Scientists explore the universe - and thereby the past - with large telescopes. Starlight, that we see today, might have been emitted a million years ago already. In this way scientists seek to understand the origin of our sun and Earth, our cosmic home -the Milky Way- and even the entire universe. We want to take the opportunity to peer over the astronomers’ shoulders at the HESS telescope.

Highlights so far:

Basketball

We have a wide range of extra mural activates taking part in the afternoons at the DHPS, one of which is the famous Basketball. This is the fastest growing sport in the school as it not only teaches us about good team work but also demonstrates inclusive education as well as a broader social understanding of each other and our cultures.

Basketball helps our learners stay fit, make new friends while building up endurance, improving ones balance, coordination, developing concentration and self-discipline, which all leads to the schools goals of a holistic educational foundation. Besides being a fun and competitive sport it is one of the few sports that can be ideal for any age group or gender, from junior teams of 10-11 years up to our seniors consisting of 15-19 year olds.

Basketball is hence a great way of keeping our learners active in a competitive fun environment!

Choir

This year, the choir (Grades 3-6) will perform a musical together with the theater group - “The Secret Life of Pirates”. The learners practice the songs during music lessons in the morning. Only learners, who want to participate in the musical, have special afternoon rehearsal sessions.

Debating Club

Debating at the DHPS

The Debating Club is an extramural activity for learners from Grade 9-12 who meet once a week.

The activity provides an excellent opportunity for learners ot increase their general knowledge about everyday issues and current events, acquire persuasion skills and strengthen their assertiveness and self-confidence.

While debating takes place among DHPS learners during the weekly meeting on Mondays, certain members also participate in national events and inter-school encounters, such as the annual “Zula Radio Energy High School” debate competition.

Skills acquired during these weekly sessions assist learners to become more persuasive and convincing, to lose their fear of public speaking and to become increasingly interested and knowledgeable with regard to general issues, With the aim of providing a voice to the youth - an important part of society that can, will and must make a difference.

DHPresS

DHPresS is a learners’ newspaper, which is published twice annually as a supplement of the “Republikein”, “Namibian Sun”, and “Allgemeine Zeitung” newspapers. The editorial department consists of the chief editor, reporters, photographers and designers. Grade 10 and 11 learners participate in this project, to involve experienced journalists, as well as newcomers.

In each issue, the colorful life of our diverse school is presented, but also social issues, that concern children and teenagers, are covered.

The project is a partnership with Namibian publishing company ‘Namibia Media Holdings” (NMH), who support the process via a supervising editor. During a media camp held for several days each year, the young journalists are trained professionally and have a lot of fun with their colleagues from other schools.

DHPress 01/2017
Grade 6-12 learners who wish to continue to sing and make music, have special voice training and introductions to ensemble playing. Besides classical music, the repertoire increasingly includes light music.
Many amateur photographers simply press the release button of their camera and are satisfied with what they see on their display.

At the photo-extra-mural activity interested learners can acquire basics skills of active digital photography. It’s not just about “snapping”, but an active awareness of creativity and technical know-how. Participants acquainted with their camera, learn to set scenes effectively, consider light incidence and how to use the camera settings for the ultimate picture.

The photo group mainly focuses on portrait photography, macro-photography and digital image processing.

Projects offer participants the opportunity to get familiarized with the camera and explore their photographic creativity.

Judo

“If you fall six times, you get up again seven times” ( Ichiro Abe, 8th Dan)

Judo is a very orderly and disciplined sport, where in addition to strength, fitness and coordination, also concentration and self-confidence are trained. Discipline, self-control, friendship and respect are in the foreground here.

The success speaks for itself! DHPS judoka annually participate in the South African Judo Open Championships as well as in a great number of national competitions and they benefit from the professional training at the DHPS.
Perceiving the environment with wakeful eyes, monitoring closely, registering abnormalities, being curious - these are the basics for “Youth in Science”.

If you ask yourself questions and try to answer them by means of small experiments and enjoy natural sciences, this is your place to be.

The aim is to reach interesting conclusions by means of your own research and written records, thereby qualifying for participation in the German “Youth in Science” competition, to face the critical jury and perhaps even win a prize.

Lego Robotics

LEGO Robotics combines engineering- and computer-sciences in a playful way.

With kits of the latest LEGO Mindstorm Technology we build our own robot, program it on the PC or smart phone and have tons of fun.

We remote-control the robots, sent them into mazes, have races etc.
Or how about a bulldozer-robot that cleans up for you?
Join us and build one! It is easier than you can imagine.

Our goal is to become the first team in Namibia to participate in the First Lego League. Here 300 000 participants of 30 000 teams worldwide compete against each other - this is why we need you and your ideas!

And by the way: LEGO Robotics is not just for boys!

Orchestra

Welcome to our “Big band with strings”

Orchestra members are Grade 7-12 music-enthusiasts, who have previously received instrumental lessons for one of the orchestral instruments and former brass-class participants. The program includes classical-, jazz-, and pop-music.

Highlights, in addition to the DHPS school concert, are regular school-internal and -external performances, concerts and musical productions, where learners can prove their musical skills

DHPS Interact Club

The DHPS Interact Club has set itself the task of helping people who live on the margins of our society. True to the motto “Service before Self”, donations are collected and social projects are supported.

One of these projects is the “Kids Soup Kitchen”, a soup kitchen in the former Windhoek township Katutura. Once a month, members of the DHPS Interact Club drives to Katutura and take along food to prepare a meal together with the Kids Soup Kitchen for about 260 needy children and teenagers.

A “Soup Kitchen” provides the opportunity to cooperate with other voluntary helpers and the learners realize the importance of their commitment, time and dedication for other people.

Finding pleasure in doing good - this is what characterized the DHPS Interact Club.
The Peer Mediators are a group of people that make it their “soul” purpose to help others. We feel that a problem is best solved together. So everyone is more than welcome to seek help from us, as our room is situated near the Kiosk under the gym.

And for your effort, you will have a sweet surprise. So come, don't be shy. We, the Peer Mediators are here to help you.

Theater group

According to our theater-instructor, Andreas Robisch, “school theater in the first place can be seen as a medium for learners, that involves them from head to toe and offers them the possibility for a new view of the world and to explore it actively” “Thus a very special part of our school that should be fun above all.”

True to this motto, the DHPS theatre group devotes itself to a large productions each year: From classics like Berthold Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan” to musicals like “Dance of the Vampires”or “The Secret Life of Pirates”.

Theater builds self-confidence, character and - above all - is great fun.

Environmental Protection - YouThinkGreen

YouThinkGreen Namibia is an educational youth initiative at the DHPS. The aim of the project is to train school-age participants to become critically-minded climate ambassadors who create awareness in and outside the school for sustainable consumption, transport and energy.

Our latest projects include: Save Water initiative, Schools´recycling competition, Liquifruit Can building competition, cacti clean-up and many more.
More information is provided here.
In this extra-mural activity for Grade 1 and 2 learners not only the sense for music, singing and dancing is developed, but learners are also introduced to simple rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment.

Theater Group and Tech-Crew

Building self-confidence and character - also back-stage

Theater

Fun and “human self-reflection” (Novalis)

Acting in a theater play means to take a stand, to occupy a position. For a holistic educational approach, School Theater is an excellent opportunity to perceive young people from head to toe and to enable them to take a new look at themselves and the world and explore actively. It is a way to encourage learners to confidently find and fill their personal place in life in the world later.

In addition, play-acting provides an opportunity for encounter: between different cultures and grades - all within a casual, free atmosphere, where language is “learned by doing”.

Overview of past and future DHPS theatre productions:

“The secret life of pirates”, 2016
“Oh, Ballade!”, 2016
“The Good Person of Szechwan” (Bertolt Brecht), 2015
“Dance of Vampires”, 2013

Tech-Team

“Spot-on” with the Technics-team: Lighting-, sound, and event-technology

High-quality events not only need to be well-planned on stage, but the lightning-, sound- and event-technology also plays a major role backstage.

Our technics - team offers learners extensive training and is responsible for organizing everything which is required for a successful event, a concert, a theater play ore our regular assemblies.

Brass Band & Music

Brass Band & Music

Welcome to the musical world of the DHPS


From choir, orchestra, big band or the only brass class in Southern Africa - the DHPS has much to offer not only in the academic, sporting or social field, but is also very active in music.

Our DHPS brass class is certainly one of the best ways to teach and learn music. By the combination of orchestral and instrumental lessons, learners learn to play an orchestral wind instrument and also gain first impressions of being part of an orchestra.

The groups present the results of their work during joint school concerts and they also participate in school, internal and external events, thereby representing the DHPS in public.

Particular highlights are musical performances and participation in the orchestra workshop of the German schools in Southern Africa.

The best part for all groups is the joy in playing together and in a successful concert.

Social Commitment

Social Commitment

Social commitment is an important part of the DHPS and is actively promoted by numerous extra-mural activities.

In concrete social projects and by active learner involvement, social behavior is strengthened and together we do good for those living on the margins of society.

Especially in Namibia, a country with great social disparities and high poverty-, unemployment- and HIV/AIDS-rates, it is important to put one’s own needs aside.

Therefore our social projects and task groups, like e.g. the DHPS Interact Club or the AIDS Awareness group, support soup kitchens, orphanages, kindergartens and community events like e.g. “Namibia runs for Charity”.

Drug Prevention

Drug Prevention

Strengthen the personality, cope with difficult phases in life, and motivate a positive life conduct - these are the goals of our drug prevention.

The DHPS consciously sees this as their longterm health promotion as from an early age: During events, campaign days and lessons, age-appropriate information on the topic of addiction prevention is mediated, jointly developed in a multidisciplinary way and presented.

Insights on current projects and events of the DHPS-drug prevention are provided here:
- Anti-Alcohol-Workshop 2016
Your contact person(s)
Carina Strydom

Carina Strydom

Teacher

Career Guidance

With the qualifications acquired at the DHPS, the world is literally open for our alumni.

The study- and vocational guidance at the DHPS prepares you optimally for training, studies or a career in Namibia or abroad and provides advice and support for you and your parents.

Whether life takes you to Germany, Europe, South Africa or Namibia with your DIAP or NSSC - all important information, events and contact persons are provided here.
- Career's Day
-Job Shadowing
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Your contact person(s)
Carsten Gramann

Carsten Gramann

Teacher & Career guidance

Library

Library

The library is available free of charge to all DHPS learners and employees.

The library team, a qualified school librarian and an assistant, ensure professional advice to the visitors.

In addition to usual librarian tasks, special focus lies on supporting learners with their Internet- or project-related researches.

At the DHPS library, ample space is provided to read and learn and the computer-, group-, and quiet working zones are perfectly adapted to the needs of our younger and older learners.

The DHPS library material consists of the following:

  • The school library offers an extensive range of reading- and learning-materials and is open during school-time and in the afternoons.
  • The teacher library comprises 3000 media which are available to DHPS teachers.
  • The third section, the so-called “free teaching aids” comprises text books for lessons and reading material for language lessons (in class sets).

Library opening hours:

Monday - Thursday 06h50 - 13h20 and 14h00 - 16h00
Friday 06h50 - 12h30

For further information please feel free to contact:
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