A word of welcome to our school and what we stand for
At the Private School Swakopmund (PSS) we are committed to prepare our students for life by providing tuition in a small group environment in which we use either German or English as languages of instruction in the Primary Phases, whilst preparing students to use English as language of instruction in the Secondary Phase. However, we recognize that educational excellence is achieved by more than mere excellent academic tuition, but that we should also provide opportunities to students to acquire other necessary life competencies, which are provided for through a diverse programme of ancillary events spanning teamwork, to teaching didactics, which fosters learning and which goes well beyond mere short-term recollection in exams. This approach is furthermore supported through a committed partnership between the School, parents, and students and in some cases business at large.
In order to provide our students with the ability to obtain access to local as well as global training opportunities and thus to be competitive in a global sense, our school leaving certificate is a Cambridge International Certificate, which is widely recognised, given that there are more than 10,000 Cambridge International Schools in the World. In the Primary Phases, we either follow the Baden Württemberg Curriculum for the German Stream or the Cambridge Curriculum for the English Stream.
But enough about our academics! We promote teamwork, are mindful of social interaction and responsibility (which require respect, integrity and honesty) and deem fun/humour in teaching to be of great importance. We value and acknowledge (and a future employer will too) commitment, excellence, individuality, creativity and just trying one’s best.
….and having said (and written!) all this, I would like to not only thank you for reading through this Foreword, but to also invite you to visit our School and see for yourself! It is a really great School and the teaching staff and students fill our School Buildings as the architect had designed it to be filled; in a very unique manner!
One of my favourite School photos ……..
“Carpe Diem” – “Seize the day”.
The Private School Swakopmund welcomes parents and learners as partners in education.
The PSS follows the University of Cambridge International Syllabi at Senior Secondary level and the final Grade 12 Cambridge International Examinations (AS level) has international recognition.
The cultivation and preservation of the German language gave rise to the founding of this private school. As such, German is a compulsory subject offered at First Language level and Foreign Language level throughout all grades.
The increasing demand for enrolment at PSS for children from non-German speaking households has resulted in the establishment of an English Stream in 2008.
The Private School Swakopmund strives to,
- appoint well-qualified, enthusiastic and successful teachers;
- stimulate and maintain the curiosity of learners;
- give learners the opportunity of sharing in the accountability for their learning outcome;
- aim at integral learning encompassing the head, heart and hand;
- promote independent reasoning and social learning;
- convey to the learners the love for nature and the responsibility for an increasingly threatened environment;
- develop the open-mindedness and tolerance of learners with regard to other cultures and beliefs;
- provide quality education in a Christian environment that allows grade 12 learners to enter higher education institutions both nationally and internationally