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June 2020

In all Namibian schools it’s compulsory to wear a school uniform. These uniforms differ from school to school. At the beginning of this schoolyear Omaruru Primary School changed its school uniform and all of the girls needed to get a new one which had to be sewn…..After many fittings you can see the result on the pictures.

Also in Namibia life changed fundamentally due to Covid 19. After the first case occured on 16th of March all schools were closed respectively winter holidays were advanced. All children had to go back to their families. On 28th of March a national lockdown was proclaimed which included travel restrictions and was extended to the 5th of May. Officially schools re-opened on the 20th of April – but this only means that teachers had to prepare a programm for „e-learning“ and „distance learning“. On the 5th of May Namibia entered the 2nd phase of Lockdown; this mainly means the cancellation of travel restrictions inland and the permission to re-open different businesses. Schools remain closed and students should study by distance learning. As there is a great financial pressure in many families due to the loss of income and the conditions for regular lessons are not always given, we offered to admit the children in need and to teach them here. Half of the children are now back in Siama….. 

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January 2020

One of the first fridays of this term an election to the „Miss OPS“ took place at Omaruru Primary School. Beside the usual catwalk also several dances were shown. It was great fun for the children….

At the occasion of the yearly price giving ceremony at the end of the schoolyear some of the girls got awards for their performances. Keep it up!

Christmas Party at Omaruru Restcamp! There was Pizza and icecream, the children could have a good romp at the playground and afterwards jump into the swimmingpool for refreshment. And of course every girl got a Christmas present…….It was a nice day! Thanks Renee and Albert!

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September 2019

During winterterm the risk of outbreaking illnesses is higher than in the rest of the year. This time it was a mumps epidemic that struck the schools in Omaruru and also several of the Siama girls fell ill. In this context a big thank you goes to the organisation „Hilfsgruppe Eifel“ that is taking in charge the medical expenses for the children since many years.

After the winter holiday the 10 best of each grade got an award from school. This is a remarkable achievement as the class sizes are about 35 pupils and the children who got such a certificate can be proud of themselves. Well done!

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June 2019

After years of intensive use the old trampolin literally collapsed. Now we bought a new one and the children are bouncing very excitedly again….

This summer was a very warm and dry one and therefore it happened sometimes on a very hot afternoon that there was delicious icecream for everyone….

One of the last weekends before the winter holiday the local riding club organised a „Children’s Fun Day“ and the girls of Siama participated full of enthusiasm….

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January 2019

At the end of every schoolyear there is a pricegiving ceremony at school. Students with excellent results are getting diplomas as well as pupils who made a special effort in a certain subject. Among the lucky ones there were also some girls from Siama who got a diploma and a small gift. Well done!

Shortly before the year’s end exams the school organized a „Day of Cultures“. The children could come to school wearing their traditionnal costumes, tribal dances were performed and traditionnal dishes were prepared and offered.

This year the Christmas Party for Siama took place at the „Kashana Restaurant“. On the menu were cheese- and hamburger with chips and as dessert a yummy icecream. Thanks to Renee and Albert who made this possible! After enjoying the summer holiday we now started a new schoolyear….

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August 2018

This year Namibia abolished wintertime and to spare the children the schoolway in the dark, school did only start at 7.30 a.m. this term. Yet it’s still very cold in the morning after african winternights and the sun isn’t strong enough to heat up the houses during daytime. It’s the time of the year the children often fall in and we want to thank the organisation „Hilfsgruppe Eifel“ which is taking in charge the costs for the doctor and the medicaments since many years.

Winterterm is always the quietest of the schoolyear and the main extramural activity is exercising and playing netball. There are also competitions taking place between the different schools in Omaruru.

As you can see on the pictures the girls have their individual way to exercise…..

Mid of August the schools closed for spring holiday. The girls will come back beginning of September to start the last term full of energy.

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May 2018

Mid of January the girls returned very rested from their summer holidays, several of them much taller than before. A big surprise was waiting for them: a new swimmingpool! Luckily the rain season only started late this year so the pool could be inaugurated properly. In the meantime temperatures did fall, especially at night, and we had to put a cover over it to make it winterproofed. But at the beginning of the last term of this schoolyear which is starting in September, the swimmingseason will start again and everyone is looking forward to it!

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January 2018

The last term of 2017 was a very eventful one, not only because of the year’s end exams at school.

At the annual Artist Trail in September the girls took part in a cook and baking workshop. They were instructed how to make a pizza dough and could choose what they want to put on top. The highlight was that after baking everyone was allowed to take his own pizza home to eat it there! Yummi!

End of October the girls made a daytrip to Swakopmund at the coast sponsored by a donation. Most of the children have never seen the sea before so they were already very excited before the departure. They left Omaruru at 7 oçlock in the morning and arrived in Swakopmund after three hours. The coast was still misty but nevertheless evryone was delighted. After they got over their first fears, the girls slowly went to the water. More highlights were the visit of the National Aquarium and the Snake Park. After a refreshment at lunchtime they went to the beach. As you can see on the pictures they really had good fun!

Due to the support of Godparents we could organize a Christmas  Party shortly before the summer holiday. There was a lot of delicious food, the girls did sing Christmas songs and of course every child got a nice present. A succesful end of the schoolyear 2017!

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September 2017

How quickly time passes! During her holidays of two weeks one of our former protégées gave computerlessons to the girls. The youngest ones were introduced to the medium and the elder girls could consolidate their existing knowledge, everyone working with highest concentration.

The winter wasn’t as frosty as expected. Winterterm passed very quickly and after a short springbreak the end of the schoolyear is now drawing nearer with big steps.

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May 2017

The new schoolyear started with a good rain season for which the whole country longed. The Omaruru river was running several times what is always a very exciting event. One of the girls finished Primary School last year and went to Highschool so we accepted a new child going to Grade 1. As she is the cousin of two girls who live already in Siama and grew up with them on the farm, she didn’t have any problem to settle quickly.

In February a young Godfather came to visit Siama. On one weekend he invited the girls to go to the Crocodile Parc in Otjiwarongo. Beside the exciting experience with these big animals they had a good romp on the playyard. It was a fantastic day for everyone as you can see on the pictures!

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