DHPS stages virtual Big Walk

14 July 2020 | Sports

Keeping distance, wearing a mask, no big events, distance learning and home office - at the moment (school) life looks a little different than it used to. Therefore, the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) decided not to cancel its traditional Big Walk - one of the school's major events that usually takes place on a farm outside Windhoek - but to celebrate it in a slightly different format.

And the plan worked out: On Saturday, 27 June, the virtual DHPS Big Walk took place with an overwhelming response from the school community and friends of the DHPS.

About 200 parents, learners, alumni, staff and supporters of the school sent photos and videos showing them individually, as a family, with their classmates or friends in action to support a good cause: The participants went hiking, dancing, cycling and water skiing, walking, jogging, swimming, jumping on the trampoline, riding, playing cricket, basketball, judo or even chopping wood.

The aim was to connect the school community, to have fun together even if you cannot celebrate together, and this has inspired many families. These activities were shared on the social media channels of the DHPS, the ideas of the classes, the learners and the participants of the Big Walk were updated every minute, videos and photos were published and everybody felt like being there and celebrating the day together.

Besides strengthening the team spirit, there was and is the possibility to support the school community financially too. The DHPS Big Walk is usually one of the most important fundraising events of the primary section, and in recent years, the proceeds have been used to cover expenses for school materials, such as whiteboards in all classrooms or shade nets and jungle gyms for the playground. This year, voluntary contributions can be made towards the DHPS Corona Fund to support families in the school community who are particularly affected by the crisis in these times.

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