Academics - The Elementary School

The Dolphin Elementary School follows the curriculum of the Namibian Ministry of Basic Education and Culture. However, this curriculum is expanded upon and considerably enriched from Grade 1 – 6.  
Our Grade 7 students study CAPS.  We aim prepare our students from an early age to cope with the high demands of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) examinations towards which they work and will write in Grade 12.

Assessment & Awards
Grade 1 – 4 uses continuous assessment to monitor the progress of students. The Grade 5 – 7 progress report mark is made up of continuous - and formal assessments.  Tests are written throughout each trimester while examinations are written at the end of each trimester.  
The annual prize-giving in the beginning of each year rewards students who had excelled academically during the previous academic year.  

IEB pilot scheme (Primary Schools Initiative)
The IEB Primary Schools Initiative (PSI) aims to broaden the awareness of the importance of good teaching and assessment practices at the primary school level.  It aims to establish a strong collaborative network of primary school educators who are fully conversant with local and global trends, developments and standards and assist primary school teachers in embedding these in their daily classroom interactions with learners.


Message from the Principal

So often in life you hear people talk about their lives being a roller coaster ride.  You hear... But do you really hear?


From being the one and only teacher  at The Dolphin Schools from February till May 2003, with exactly five children in the entire school, to where we are today.  In the past 14 years a lot of growth have happened.  The school grew out of the "groendakkies" huis into the beautiful premises that it is in today.  The 5 students became more than 320.  One teacher became a full staff with teachers, HODs, principals and even a Director.  Grade 5 (our first grade in the school) became our 5th grade 12 class.  


When my dad passed away in 2015 I realized that,  as the only daughter and with my brother living in NZ, I had more responsibilities than The Dolphin Schools.  I left for Langebaan, on the West Coast of South Africa, on 6 December 2015, where I continued packing and packing and packing. It was either in or out for about a year. I must admit....for a while it was good to have only one other responsibility.  To walk Zeus on the beautiful white sand beach early mornings. But alas....I started missing "home" and children and school... And on 21 February 2016, with my mom settled in her new place, I arrived back in Walvis Bay.  On 22  February I started teaching at Westside High in Swakop-mund, where I stayed for the remainder of the year.  I learnt many valuable lessons in 2016, which turned out to be one of the best years of my life. 


You’ve heard a little bit about my rollercoaster ride of 2016.  I'm pretty sure yours were quite hectic too.  From the bottom of my heart I hope you can all say that it was a good year for you too.  But, dear parents, if what we had in 2016 was good, bring on 2017. Because you ain't seen nothing yet, the best is yet to come! 


The teams (you, me, the teachers and learners) will put in just a little more effort. Discipline will be a little bit stricter. Expectations will be higher. And together we will all achieve more.  I must learn, you will have to be patient and our children will commit and engage.  The challenge is on.  


I believe our parents play a critical role in the success of our students. Parents, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. We know you know your child better than anyone else.


Teachers, however, have a unique perspective on your child. They see your child as a member of the class and watch as they interact with peers, face the challenge of new learning, ask questions, and solve problems. Parent and teacher perspectives, working in partnership, are critical to ensure that your child’s time at The Dolphin Schools is exciting and rewarding. Thank you for your involvement,support, and cooperation. Working together, I am confident that your family will have a positive educational experience. 

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be back at The Dolphin Schools.  Now let us take hands and grow this teenager into its adult shoes. With pride. 

Ilse Palomba

School Address

35 Theo-Ben Gurirab Str.

Walvis Bay, Namibia

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38 Hage Geingob Str.

Walvis Bay, Namibia