About us

Freedom to do the right thing

We inspire curiosity and encourage self-confidence. We act as role models for commitment, and demand it in return. By doing so, we create an atmosphere of motivation in which young people can thrive and grow into empowered adults with decision-making skills.

This is who we are. Our school family.

Due to the school's moderate size, people get to know each other well. We are able to foster a community of trust, mutual respect and appreciation.


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Students, teachers, and...

Primary school administration
Mr Ossowski: Head of Primary
Ms Zimmermann: School Manager

Secondary school administration
Mr Dr. Globocnik: Head of Secondary
Mr Lekebusch: Head of Secondary
Mr Zimmermann: School Manager

Secretaries' Office
Ms Schoensteiner
Ms Bernotat

Mr Wirsching

Staff Catering


    Our school: a place we like to be

    During term time, we spend up to 45 hours a week at school. Reason enough to create an attractive environment for ourselves! The design of our school building contributes to the welcoming family atmosphere at PGH.

    All rooms are equipped with modern facilities. In summer, lessons can take place in our outdoor classroom and adjacent park. In bad weather, break time is spent in our covered playground.

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    Our physical education lessons and extra-curricular sports activities take place in the school's own modern gym and the facilities of the nearby local sports grounds.

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    Our school cafeteria serves healthy, varied lunches, while the school kiosk provides delicious freshly prepared sandwiches, fruit and sweet treats as quick snacks at other times.


    Our motivation: seeing that it works

    People who are part of PGH enjoy going there – whether teachers, students or parents. This positive atmosphere is our most convincing confirmation. 

    In June 2019, we proudly said goodbye to our 9 graduates (newspaper article in German), and we enjoy remaining in contact with former students – including at our Alumni Meeting, organized every two years by an upper school class group. An alumni network is currently being set up.

    Annual anonymous evaluations record feedback from all our students and parents and ensure that we continuously develop and improve.


    "The best thing about a private – and thus an independent – school is that we can organize things in the way we think best. People are at the heart of our school."


    Our values, our rules

    Our school family is a community of values. Staff serve as role models - living and breathing our values of courtesy, attention, internationalism and personal responsibility We expect our students to develop these attributes as they grow.

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    We expect good beahviour, self-awareness and commitment from our students. However, rules are not an end in themselves; they serve to enhance the wellbeing of the individual students and of the school community, as well as ensuring classes can take place in a calm, focused working atmosphere.


    "Every day was a school day" – The early days of PGH


    The early 2000s

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    Holzkirchen begins to boom

    • Business rates reform helps to attract numerous companies to Holzkirchen, including pharmaceutical corporation Sandoz
    • The municipality lobbies the Bavarian Private Schools' Association (VBP), demanding an increased choice of schools and offering renovated premises in the old hospital for the purpose.


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    The school opens – Tuition in the "hospital"

    • 2003 The school is founded by Bernd Dietrich, current President of the VBP. The school opens with a single Year 1 and Year 5 class.
    • "Every day was a school day", he says, recalling times when flexibility was paramount. Patients and pupils shared the corridors, and lessons took place next door to an operating theatre
    • 2004 The school takes sole ownership of the premises at 7 Krankenhausstrasse
    • Ongoing renovation of the premises

    From 2009


    State certification

    • 2009 State certification of the primary school
    • 2012 State certification of the secondary school

    From 2014

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    New management

    • From the 2014/2015 school year Dorothea and Heribert Zimmermann take over management of the school
    • The couple have already established a successful private vocational school and physiotherapy academy and are active members of the VBP
    • August 2019 Construction starts on the new secondary school premises

    How we design education

    Our school concept is based on the personal abilities and skills that each individual member of our school family brings to the table. We prepare students for the requirements of further education and the employment market, as well as developing the skills that our society needs. Alongside a high quality level of education, we promote team spirit, decision-making, and a creative drive.


    3 Pillars of our school concept


    I. All-day student care - no missed lessons

    • More time for pedagogical and didactic work: the personnel plan ensures curriculum contents are taught continuously even if substitute teachers need to step in.
    • More time for recreation, friends and family: homework is not usually assigned. The amount of learning to be done at home varies from child to child and should remain within reasonable levels. We strongly advise against creating pressure on children during out-of-school hours.

    II. Well-planned learning rhythm reduces the amount of studying at home

    • Curriculum: As a state-certified school, we teach all content specified by the Bavarian state curriculum. Many topics are taught as multidisciplinary subjects, i.e. parallel exploration of different specialist perspectives.
    • Study hours: Every hour of teaching in core subjects is immediately followed by a study hour in which the students independently repeat and practice the content they have just learned, with subject teachers on hand to answer questions.

    III. Extensive range of extra-curricular activity options brings leisure interests to school

    • Extensive range of creative, music, sports, languages options.
    • If required: additional afternoon coaching for secondary school students

    An educational concept based on four core competences

    Our time at school shapes our future. The knowledge we acquire at school and the grades we achieve determine our educational and professional careers. But whether we achieve success and happiness in life depends on skills that are often ignored by school timetables. We therefore encourage and support further competencies that complement the students' knowledge from their first school year up to graduation.


    Educational goal
    Achieving success and happiness

    Knowledge competency Operational competency Personal competency Social competency

    Knowledge competency
    Learning to know

    Knowledge competency describes the process of acquiring knowledge – on the one hand, knowledge in all subjects set forth in the > Bavarian Curriculum, and on the other, general and specialist knowledge which is acquired in extracurricular activity groups and talks, lectures and events.

    Building knowledge competency at PGH

    • In the proven regular rhythm of classes and work hours
    • In numerous activity groups
    • In three work experience periods at the secondary school

    Operational competency
    Setting and achieving goals and targets

    Operational competency involves the ability to translate promises into actions. It concerns the ability to set the right goals and sub-goals, to develop strategies to achieve them, to implement these strategies and to reflect on the results

    Building operationa competency at PGH

    • By keeping logs and learning diaries and receiving feedback throughout the learning process
    • By independently planning and organizing events
    • By actively practicing targeted skills for dealing with challenging situations in a motivating environment

    Personal competency

    Personal competency is the development of a positive and realistic self-image and a mindset of self-evaluation and self-assurance – all characteristics which are essential for facing up to challenges and mastering tasks independently, or for seeking help when it is needed.

    Building personal competency at PGH

    • By independent work in work hours
    • By giving talks and a wide range of presentations and performances (theatre, music, sports competitions) in a class and school environment
    • Where required: support from study coaches or school psychiatrists

    Social competency
    Being a strong team member

    Social competency is the ability to work together with a group on mastering tasks and challenges, cope with conflict and join efforts with others in finding a successful solution. Characteristics such as empathy, helpfulness and respect are developed and encouraged.

    Building social competency at PGH

    • By following role models, e.g. school council members, mediators, school crossing guards
    • By taking part in joint activities such as sports classes and activity groups, annual class trips and joint events
    • Im By completing social work experience stints Sozialpraktikum in the middle school

    Two vital topics: languages and health

    Languages are the foundation stones of international exchange. Language skills pave the way for peace and trade.

    We enable students to develop a confident and natural understanding of languages by recognizing overarching connections and contexts in different languages and applying them at more advanced levels. To achieve this, we complement language teaching by offering teaching of subsidiary subjects in English.

    PGH also offers Spanish as a third foreign language. Other languages are offered as extra-curricular activities.

    Health is a vital component of a happy, lively school day. In addition, it lays the foundations for concentration, and thus for success in studying. Sufficient exercise, fresh air and healthy food from the cafeteria and school kiosk are essential elements for health. We also partner with the physiotherapy vocational college in Traunstein to hold regular Health Days, where in-depth knowledge of anatomy, posture, sports and relaxation techniques are taught.

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    Becoming a teacher

    Creative freedom and team spirit

    Teachers at PGH are passionate about their subjects.

    And about working with children and young people. They are able to kindle this passion in their students.

    Warm school atmosphere

    We offer the opportunity to play an active role in the school’s development, alongside a dedicated team of colleagues. Pay is performance-related. Our warm and welcoming school is located in one of southern Germany's most beautiful regions. 

    Career changers welcome

    We encourage applications from career changers with specialist practical experience, as well as from candidates with international qualifications.


    What we look for in applications

    • Passionate about the specialist subject and able to communicate this passion to others
    • Open-minded, International perspective and willingness to meet children and young people at their own level with attention and respect
    • Outstanding specialist qualifications
    • Motivation, independent working style and drive
    • Team spirit and flexibility

    Do you fit the bill? Then we look forward to meeting you! Applications can be submitted at any time. Please send your application – comprising cover letter, CV and certificates – to sekretariat@ganztagsschule.de


    „Ein toller Team-Spirit – nicht nur montags beim gemeinsamen Fußballabend.“


    Overview of fees

    We are a non-profit organization and comply with the eligibility conditions of the Bavarian School Funding Act (BaySchFG). Our students are selected on the basis of a personal interview and the number of places available. The parents' financial situation does not play a role in this decision. For more information about the admission process and application, click here.



    • Fees, primary school: EUR 395/month
    • Fees, secondary school: EUR 445/month
    • Cafeteria lunch: approx. EUR 4.50/lunch
    • Did you know? Approx. 30% of school fees are tax-deductible as individual expenses.
    • Exemption from home-to-school transport costs for secondary school students. For more information please contact us.
    • School fee reductions possible. Information about this can be found here

    A reliable network

    Health Days - Chiemsee Schulen Zimmermann

    Chiemsee SchuleZimmermann is a vocational and further training institute for physiotherapy in Traunstein, founded by the management team behind Holzkirchen Private Day School. PGH offers health education for all students in partnership with Chiemsee Schulen Zimmermann.

    Shared interests - Bavarian Association of Private Schools (VBP)

    Every school is different, yet many interests are the same – such as innovative school concepts, reduced bureaucracy and school funding. The VBP acts as a general representative for the interests of all forms of private schools in the world of politics and public life. The PGH management team have been active members of the Association for many years, including at nationallevel.