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Brandneue, hochqualitative ZEISS Mikroskope im Biologie Labor der DSK!

Diese Woche haben wir mit großer Begeisterung 5 erstklassige ZEISS Mikroskope erhalten! 
Dr. Dirk Lang (ehemaliger Vater und Vorstandsmitglied der DSK) ist es durch gute Beziehungen zu ZEISS gelungen, eine Spende von 5 hochwertigen Zeiss-Kursmikroskopen mit ausgezeichneter Optik für die Biologie-Abteilung zu arrangieren.  Dieser großartige Moment wurde am Dienstag, 23. Mai mit spannenden Vorführungen und einer Einweisung von Herrn Lang zelebriert. 
Anwesend waren die Schüler der Klasse 11 Life Science, die Eco Rangers, sowie die Biologielehrer, Herr Kirmse, Helga Ewers und Vorstandsmitglied Uwe Detering.
Wir sind Dr. Dirk Lang und ZEISS unendlich dankbar für den großzügigen Einsatz und freuen uns darauf, unseren Schülern eine Entdeckungsreise in unsere mikroskopische Umwelt zu ermöglichen!
Seit über 170 Jahren trägt die Carl ZEISS AG zum technologischen Fortschritt bei und ist weltweit führend in Optik und Optoelektronik.
www.zeiss.de


The Kangaroo – they did it again



The “Kangaroo Competition” is a popular, annual Mathematics competition initiated by the “Mathematikwettbewerb Känguru e.V.” in Berlin with over 10 000 schools in Germany participating.
Max Dews from Class 6a, received one of the top awards. The same first prize went to Mugetha Gachago who won it the second year in a row! The picture shows the students from Grade 6a with their Mathematics teacher, Judith Odding.
The second prize went to Anthony Rivett (class 8a) and the third prize was awarded to Fabian Modricky (class 8a).
Congratulations to Max and Mugetha and Anthony and Fabian and all other participants!
The DSK participated in this competition for the third time, organized by Rainer Utz, Head of Mathematics.


The Outeniqua Hike 2017 - Impressions Group C

„Der Outeniqua Hike ist eine der wenigen Möglichkeiten, mit den Klassenkameraden etwas Außerschulisches gemeinsam zu unternehmen. Man wächst zugleich innerhalb der Klasse und der Klassenstufe zusammen. Man lernt alle besser kennen und hat am Ende des Tages das Gefühl, etwas zusammen geschafft zu haben.“
Erik Polzin
„The hike was a once – in –a – lifetime experience for me. Seeing people from different walks of life uniting in earth’s most beautiful gift of nature, is just awesome. We became a family. We were all Buffalo Soldiers.“
Azande Centane
„Der Outeniqua Hike war wirklich ein einzigartiges Erlebnis mit vielen Höhen und Tiefen. Man hat die Leute besser kennengelernt und es sind viele neue Freundschaften entstanden.
Der Hike hat uns an manchen Stellen wirklich an unsere Grenzen gebracht, doch der starke Teamgeist ermutigte uns. Die Landschaften dort waren unbeschreiblich und abwechslungsreich.“
Paula Freers
„Eine der besten Zeiten meines Lebens wurden auf jeden Fall auf dem Outeniqua Hike verbracht. Nicht nur war es interessant und etwas, was ich noch nie zuvor erlebt habe, aber es war auch ein toller Weg andere, mit denen ich normalerweise nicht viel zu tun habe, besser kennenzulernen und gute Beziehungen mit ihnen aufzubauen“
Mignon Bakker
„Das Hiken hat alle Mitglieder, die teilgenommen hatten, zusammengeschweißt. Man hat seine Grenzen kennengelernt und sie überwunden.“
Paula Bambek
„Der Outeniqua Hike war eine Erfahrung, die jeden an seine Grenzen gebracht hat. Die Stimmung in meiner Gruppe war sehr gut und wir haben uns alle untereinander gut verstanden. Es war auch schön, mal aus dem Haus zu gehen und die Natur zu genießen. Ich habe neue Freundschaften geschlossen und die Lehrer etwas besser kennengelernt.“
Tamandani Lembani
„Outeniqua wird für immer eine goldene Erinnerung bleiben. Es war eine große Herausforderung, die uns als Gruppe zu einer Familie gemacht hat und dafür bin ich dankbar. Alle hatten eine Möglichkeit für 6 Tage andere besser kennenzulernen, mit denen wir in der Schule kaum etwas zu tun hatten.“
Singita Sebe
„The Outeniqua Hike was a great experience and an ideal way to put teamwork to practise. I would definitely do the hike again if I had the opportunity to.“
Stephan Strickner
„It was an experience of a life time. The vibe was fabulous.“
Emihle Vangha


WHAM BAM! Poetry Slam!

Our verbal wizards and linguistic giants went to battle out their skills on 9 and 10 May during our 8th DSK Poetry Slam. DaM and DaF learners set the stage on fire when presenting their powerful pieces. Slam dunk to the jury, Andrea Schmidt from the German bookstore Naumann, the German department and most of all those amazingly creative learners.
Congratulations to the proud winners:
Grade 5/6
DaF:  Belinda Hale, Annina Jenny, Lathi-Tha Nombutuma  (5d)
1.     Nicola Scherner  (6c)
2.     Yannick Fellner  (5b)
3.     Mo Gachago & Caspar Augustin  (6a)
Grade 7/8
DaF: Lisakhanya Booysen & Siyamthanda Qali (7c)
1.     Torben Rebeski (8a)
2.     Anthony Rivett & Aiyel Brombacher (8a)
3.     Platz: Leonardo Beukes & Mira Elmau (8b)
Grade 9/10
DaF:  Emma Kubach  (10d)
1.     Josua Wenzel  (9b)
2.     
Robin Zimmer  (9b)
3.     Alexander Hänel & Leif Schulz (9a) 


Project Days 2016 Video 

The 2016 Project Days took place in December last year, our talented learner, Iren Mihova, has been busy and put together this video showcasing how successful this initiative was. Enjoy it!


To learn from history


On Wednesday, 3 May the Holocaust survivor Egon Sonnenschein visited the DSK. About 150 learners of grade 9 and 11 listened eagerly while he shared his exciting life story. Egon Sonnenschein was born 1930 in Slovenia, formerly known as Yugoslavia. His family stayed in a small town 40km away from the Austrian border. The now 87-year-old had to flee many a time during the war: First in 1941 to Bosnia, then with forged papers to Italy. When the Nazis invaded Italy in August 1943, the Sonnenscheins successfully managed a daring escape over the Alps to Switzerland. A friendly rural family offered him a home there. In Switzerland, he was allowed to go to school again for the first time in years.
At the end of the war in 1945 family Sonnenschein returned to Yugoslavia. Upon arrival, the parents started the desperate search for survivors from their family. The 3-year cousin of Mr Sonnenschein only survived thanks to the courage of a Muslim family. They had looked after the little girl during the war. Most other family members that had stayed behind in Yugoslavia had died at the cruel hands of the Nazis.
At the end of his talk, Egon Sonnenschein concluded that he was very happy to have survived. It was sometimes only a narrow escape from the Nazis. He emphasised clearly that he owed his life only to the courage and helpfulness of others who put their own lives and families on the line to save him. In closing, Sonnenschein appealed to the learners to take responsibility for the present and the future. They might not carry any immediate blame for the holocaust, but it was up to them to make sure that there was no place anymore for antisemitism, racism and xenophobia.


"Nuts about Arney"



Some learners in the higher grades watched a creative, fun, yet thought-provoking one man show telling the story of a father remembering his time at school and the challenges he faced while growing up. He especially remembered the incident of a boy called Henry who suffered from testicular cancer at a young age. 
Mrs Engelhard’s drama group and some Grade 12 learners were invited to watch and give feedback, as the play was performed for the first time at our school with the intention to visit schools throughout the country to raise awareness of cancer. Many thanks to Torsten Koehler and Aldo Brincat, a teacher and actor from Botswana, for raising this topic with our learners.


“I am a tree” – “Wortspiel” at the DSK



Four young men fool around with language and inspire a whole school to join them – is that pedagogically viable?
A loud and clear YES in unison is the answer of the DSK learners who participated in three workshops offered by the “Wortspiel” foursome on 18 April. German mother tongue speakers as well as DaF learners from Grade 9-12 were able to challenge their song-writing skills under the supervision of lyricist Fabian von Wege, work on their poetry slamming accompanied by expert Mitch Miller and try out some improvisational theatre with Jürgen Bose and Jan Mattenheimer. Much laughter was heard all around, bands were practicing and heads were steaming. In all of this, no one could tell who had grown up with German or who had learnt it as a second language – everyone contributed their creative ideas. The “Wortspiel” foursome managed to inspire and motivate everyone to deal with challenging situations and “talk” their way out of even the strangest scenarios. While the textual, musical, poetical and even theatrical focus in all of this was on the German language, some English words slipped out. If the correct word does not come to mind, there is nothing wrong with using hands and feet. Experimenting with a language is such fun, whether it is to come up with nonsense or to express your deepest feelings.
The evening “Wortspiel-Show” displayed just how much the foursome love to play with the German language. Thought-provoking slam lyrics alternated with enchanting songs and hilarious improvisational theatre. As an encore, the audience was spoilt with the spontaneous creation of a school song, https://youtu.be/8ismvX9ILiU.
Now all eyes were on the learners, who were to present their skills the next day in front of their schoolmates. It was amazing to see how – in the short span of a school morning – so many funny and at the same time reflective songs, slam-lyrics and theatre snippets came to be. The performance passed in a flash and when leaving the hall, the learners still had a song on their lips and a smile on their faces.
The concept of “Wortspiel” proved to be a full success: to infect learners with the exciting multifacetedness of the German language and in doing so, awake their potential.
We cannot wait to have the foursome back in Cape Town and thank the Goethe-Institute Johannesburg (Kirsten Mbohwa-Pagels) for making this event possible.
Jan Schumann (German Department)
Linda stays on top form


Linda Detering participated in the Two Oceans Trail Run as well as the Half Marathon at the Easter weekend.
She won the trail run like a true champion not only in her junior category but she managed to come in as first female overall. What an amazing result. Congratulations!
Instead of resting, Linda took her tired legs onto the road the next day and completed the Two Oceans Half Marathon. She crossed the line as the second junior female. Well done Linda!


Confronting the past



On the 3rd of April, learners from Grade 9a and 9c had the privilege of visiting the Cape Town Holocaust Centre as a historical enrichment outing. The learners were briefed on the events leading up to the rise of Hitler, the events of the Holocaust, and the pertinent questions and challenges facing today’s youth in Germany and South Africa, alike.
Highlights from the outing included hearing from the daughter of a Holocaust survivor (one of 1700 Jews who was taken from Rhodes Island and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau); a group-guided tour through the exhibition; and having the privilege to hear from Mr Matthias Hansen, the Cape Town German Consul General. Mr Hansen focused specifically on the legal and judicial implications for perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust, and how this has impacted Germany since the end of WWII. His presentation further called into question the ways in which the nation strives to preserve the past so as not to forget it, and the ways in which national healing and restitution are being achieved.
Overall, the outing was both informative and compelling, and will inspire the discussion of many relevant issues relating to human rights and prejudices today. What a privilege and responsibility we have to live in a free society, for, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Ms Halland
DSK History Department


Swimming Champs



Our top swimmers are back! Johanna Freers returned from the SA Junior Champs in Durban, while Liv and Peter Etzold, together with Nicolas Oosthuizen swam their hearts out at this year’s regional swimming champs. Next to many personal records, they brought home a rain of medals.
Liv won gold in 200m backstroke, silver in 200m freestyle and bronze in 50m backstroke.
Nic secured two 3rd places in 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke respectively while Peter got a silver medal in 200 freestyle and a bronze in 100m freestyle.
Well done to all of you!


Great vibes at our annual sports fest



Once again we were lucky with the weather on Saturday and the sports fest for Grades 1-7 was a great success and lots of fun was had by all!
Congratulations to the Blue Team who won the trophy for the most points in athletics and swimming for the first time in 3 years! The Red Team showed what they’re made of and won the trophy for team spirit.
Well done to all and a special thanks to the sports department and all helpers!

KIDS Enviro-Sports Day



Despite a few setbacks with the trains not running, the Enviro-Sports Day at Fish Hoek Beach went ahead. It was well supported by the various children's homes around Cape Town and was made possible by the hard work and fundraising done by the members of KIDS, most of whom participated on the day with great enthusiasm. Colouring in and building sand castles for the younger children and volleyball and soccer and tug-of-war for the older participants were well received. It was a fun and enjoyable morning, evidenced by the thank yous we have already received. KIDS are very grateful to Pick n Pay for their sponsorship of the lunch and to Mrs Ball for her invaluable experience and help. Although Mrs Ball retired last year, she agreed to help with the set up and preparations on the day, making it manageable for all concerned. Well done to all the members of KIDS who contributed to a successful 25th Enviro-Sports Day!


Open Day at the DSK



We welcomed over 80 prospective parents and children for our Open Day last week Friday.
Our Grade 10 learners took the visitors on a guided school tour showing them around before everybody was welcomed by our headmaster Mr Kirmse. A presentation and a question and answer session followed.
Despite the heat and hiking up and down the school grounds, we received lots of positive feedback and many were impressed by our school facilities and great student guides!
Well done to our Grade 10 ambassadors!


Aftercare carnival party



Upon the initiative of Thomas Kröner, the NAB children and their parents were able to experience their first authentic German carnival party at the “Fools Cape”. Before the party started, we conveyed the German cultural heritage: The children learnt about the origins and customs of the Fastnacht, crafted masks and room decorations. On Rose Monday, funny singalong songs and dancing games took place. Two extra-daring children even got onto the stage and performed a satirical poem and a dance. As refreshments during the break, we served traditional snacks: rolls and sausage, Spundekäs and Brezel as well as Berliners and cool drinks. The carnival was a lot of fun for everybody. Many thanks to Mr. Kröner and his team, who shied no expense or effort to make this event possible. The aftercare parents also contributed to the welfare with food and drink donations. Thank you!
Sabine Weihe (Head of Aftercare)


Politics in the classroom



On Tuesday, February 28, the DSK was treated to a very special visit; Ulla Schmidt, Vice president of the German Bundestag, and Dagmar Freitag, member of the German parliament, came to our school during their visit to Cape Town. The DSK had invited them to an 80-minute panel discussion around the central question “Has democracy come to an end?" Six selected learners from Grade 11 and 12 had compiled a list of questions about related topics for them (eg. “The AfD in Germany”, “Donald Trump as the new President of the USA”). The two German politicians answered all questions with much patience, professionalism and passion. The conclusion became quite evident; as long as there is an interest in and commitment to politics, democracy will never end. The morning with “real life” politicians was surely a uniquely interesting experience for our learners. The cherry on top was the gift of an original jersey of the German National soccer team signed by all the players. We will auction this off for a good cause sometime in the near future.
Karen Rebeski, 11b


DSK Swimming Gala

The swimming gala for the Grades 8-12 happened on Thursday, 02 March with sunny weather, great vibes and many records were broken! The Grade 2-7 gala happened the following day, which was a cheerful event with many spectators. Some parents also participated in the learners/teachers/parent fun relay which the parents won for the first time. Many thanks to all helpers and the sports department for the successful planning and organization! The top swimmer in Grades 2-12 were honoured at a special assembly on Tuesday, 07 March. Congratulations to all of you, we have some great talent amongst our learners! See the results here.


Top athletes at the DSK

On Saturday, 18th of February our top athletes gathered for the second round of the interschool’s athletics competition at the Vigieskraal Stadium in Athlone.
The excellent results of their first round allowed 13 learners from the DSK to participate in the competition as representatives of the City Bowl Region: Ricarda Fellner (70m hurdles and high jump), Anna-Lina Willand (long jump), Kira Scherr (70m hurdles and high jump), Anna Gahwiler (1200m), Gia Balmer (long jump), Jake Anderson (high jump), Cody Petersen (1200m), Blaise English-Roelf (75m hurdles), Heike Brand (1500m and 200m), Ella Bräuer und Lauren Nortier (both in high jump), Jaden Bruenemann (long jump) und Nqoba Chonco (shot put).
On a perfect day for athletics, our learners gave their best and measured themselves against the other extraordinary athletes. With great success, Anna Gahweiler won her 1200m race, Kira Scherr secured a 2nd place in high jump and Jake Anderson was able to win his high jump contest.
With these great results, the three learners qualified to participate in the Western Cape Athletics Finals.
Well done! We congratulate all our athletes on their great achievements.


Grade 4 class camp, Kommetjie, Soetwater Enviro Centre



From 20 - 22 February 2017 all grade 4 learners (58 in total) and their class teachers went to Kommetjie to the Soetwater Enviro Centre. On our many excursions, we got to know a lot about our local flora and fauna. A snake expert and ornithologist even came to visit our camp with some of his exotic animals. How does our ecosystem function; how do all elements of nature work together? Long walks and observations through our surroundings brought us the answers. A true highlight of our trip was the visit to and accent of the Noordhoek lighthouse. Learning was not all we did though. We also had a lot of fun, enjoyed playing outdoors and worked on our team spirit.


Dress up and have fun, it’s “Karneval!”



Some German cities celebrated “Rosenmontag” yesterday (27/2), which is a famous street festival parade during the week long carnival period.
We celebrated our own carnival with a dress up competition and a carnival party after school in the NAB! “Helau! Alaaf!”


“Excellent German Foreign School” quality seal of approval for the DSK

Three inspectors of the Central Agency for German schools abroad (ZfA) and the Conference of the Ministers of Education (KMK) visited the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt (DSK) from the 13th-17th of February for the “Bund-Länder Inspektion” which is a quality assurance programme operated by Germany for their German schools abroad. Once again, the DSK achieved the “Excellent German Foreign School” quality seal of approval. The school has not only been able to better the result of the last inspection five years ago – it is one of the best inspection results ever achieved worldwide! Chief inspector Mrs Luthe attested “the quality of work done at the DSK is outstanding, on a national and international level”. The inspectors looked intensively at the areas: “results & achievements of the school”, “learning culture & quality of teaching and learning process”, “school culture”, “school management and school administration” and “teacher professionalism & personnel development”. They visited 59 lessons and conducted interviews with the management board, school board, parents, learners as well as the bursar in the course of last week. The high academic level at our school paired with numerous support programs and extramural offerings were labelled as very impressive. The extraordinary co-operation within the school community also stood out. The DSK proudly receives this award and knows that such a success is only possible because of the joint effort and teamwork of teaching staff, administration, maintenance, kitchen staff, learners, parents, school board and the management board. A huge thank you to everybody involved!


Kirsten Boie reads at the DSK

Even the fact that she had to bribe her little brother with sweets to listen to her stories did not stop Kirsten Boie from writing her own children’s books. Boie, who is one of the best-known German authors of children’s books, visited our school on 9th and 10th February 2017. Many know her for stories Ritter Trenk, Wir Kinder vom Möwenweg and Nicht in Chicago, nicht hier.
Our learners from Grade 1 to Grade 8 were delighted to listen to her reading her most recent stories - and of course bombard her with questions and autograph requests. They learnt a lot about the work of an author and the publication of books.
During the reading for Grade 1 and 2 the guinea pig from the book King Kong und das Geheimschwein made an appearance and displayed his psychic abilities. Grade 5 and 6 learned all about the young detective and gentleman Thabo, who solves thrilling criminal cases in Swaziland. The choice of this location is not a coincidence – Kirsten Boie’s Möwenweg Foundation, in aid of AIDS orphans, is also located there.
The children were inspired by Kirsten Boje’s reading and many want to read more of her books now.
We want to extend our gratitude to the German General Consulate of Cape Town, Oetinger press and the Naumann bookstore who made this event at the DSK possible.


DSK Robotics Team (Team ASAP) invited to Sydney

The DSK Robotics team, led by Mr. Zundel, has been invited to Sydney to take part in the FIRST LEGO League Asia Pacific Open Championships (APOC) on 6. – 9. July 2017. The invite was extended after the team’s successful participation in both the Western Cape Tournament on 5 November 2016 (6th place out of 24 teams) and the FLL Nationals in Johannesburg on 2 and 3 December 2016 (7th place out of 28 teams). The team members are: Thomas Alexander, Nicholas Blair, Maiwenn Bloch von Blottnitz, Aaron Filmalter, Sebastian Haug and Lena Schwalm.
This is an amazing achievement and the team is now busy trying to secure funding and sponsors to enable them to travel to Sydney. Please support them on Facebook and Twitter. We wish them the best of luck and hope they will be able to go!


First Day of School for Grade 1s

Left: The Naumann's, three generations of DSK past and present learners in one family! Right: Class 1b.

The DSK welcomed the Grade 1 class of 2017 who started big school on the 25 January. Along with their parents and many grandparents, the Grade 1s enjoyed a super theatre piece put on by Grade 4 in the Von Holten Halle. We wish you all a successful and fun school career!


Grade 12 Class of 2016


Every year the DSK school community bids farewell to a Grade 12 class. Overall in both streams we had 56 learners (31 learners in the German stream and 25 learners in the English stream) who achieved a total of 157 As. We are so proud of you!

As sad as it is to say goodbye, we are proud to let them go. We know they have received a quality education at the DSK. This will equip them well to further their studies or to seek a career that will help them to start living their independent lives. It brings us joy to having been a part of their journeys at the DSK, as we have followed these learners in their academic and personal development, and seen the great progress each of them have made. The success of our learners achieving a 100% pass rate once again, makes us tremendously proud, especially the fact that all candidates received the important endorsement on their certificate. This allows them to study at a university in South Africa (Bachelor pass) and with the Abitur or IEB certificate, plus with the DSD 2 diploma they can also study at numerous universities and higher education institutions in Germany. Well done!

On behalf of the school management I would like to thank our colleagues who have supported and assisted these learners, beyond the call of duty, throughout the years at the DSK. The wonderful results are a reflection of this hard work and commitment and without you this success would not have been possible. Thank you!

In South Africa it is customary to announce the top academic achievers and unfortunately other achievements such as great social conduct, social responsibility, kindness and other virtues are not mentioned. Therefore, I would like to emphasise at this point that we are proud of all the Grade 12 learners of 2016 and we know that we are sending you into this dynamic world with skills and values to become balanced, capable and responsible members of our global society.

The following learners achieved an overall average of above 80% :
Abitur:
Alexander Schulze-Hulbe (10 distinctions), Philip Hambrock (9 distinctions), Stephan Scholtz (8 distinctions), Johanna Engelhard (8 distinctions), Alina Kratzenstein (8 distinctions), Felix Rabe (7 distinctions), Ralf Heiko Hansen (7 distinctions), Denys Blecher (5 distinctions), Saskia Borger (5 distinctions)
IEB:
Max Groeneweg (8 distinctions), Michael Foster (7 distinctions), Catherine Johnson (5 distinctions)
Congratulations!

The following learners achieved results in the top 1% nationwide:
Johanna Engelhard (Abitur Mathematics), Philip Hambrock (Music Appreciation and Abitur Physics), Ralf Heiko Hansen (Abitur Physics), Denys Blecher (Abitur Biology) and Alexander Schulze-Hulbe (English Home Language). Congratulations!

And, as mentioned earlier, the sad part is to say goodbye to this lovely group of learners. You were all special in your own ways, you brought back the matric circus in a good way, you were united as a grade and always worked together. We will miss you and hope that you stay in touch!

Farewell!

Silke Werth
Deputy


The first project days of the DSK under the motto “social responsibility.”



A school year at the DSK is filled to the brim with tuition. This often leaves very little time for the learners to look outside their everyday lives - and realise that their daily routine can be so very different to that of many other fellow South Africans. 

Is this not part of our assignment at the DSK – part of our mission and vision? Our strategy document 2025 – the product of the collaboration of the entire school community – states, that as a school it is our aim to offer each child a platform, on which to accept responsibility and grow individually as well as socially according each one’s personal interests. As a German International School in South Africa, based on Christian and humanistic values, we strive to build bridges between different societies and cultures. In this, we value our diversity and encourage outstanding social and environmental commitment as well as open-mindedness and mutual respect.

Our great dilemma though: where to find the time, in a hectic school year, to dedicate to such important yet delicate matter? To me, the end of a school year seemed the perfect time. After the reports have been finalised and the curriculum is done, some teachers and learners find it hard to motivate themselves to start something new before the year is out. Even the parents can often only find enough strength to hunt for that perfect bargain travel arrangement – and that’ s how many a learner spontaneously finds himself booked off “sick” just a few days before school ends.

To start something new at the end of a hard working year, when everyone is rightly exhausted, is hard for everyone. That is why I was even more impressed to have so many members of the DSK ready to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the project days.

Our work started in the second term of 2016 when we defined the desired topics: environmental protection, renewable energies, recycling, species conservation, the school garden, social awareness and development of leadership. We proceeded by gathering different project ideas, which had to develop into tangible project tasks with externals as well as internal school “champions”. The fourth term got us even closer to the start of our project days: our learners were allowed to choose their specific projects and our teachers were allocated as champions. The process was facilitated by an IT system specifically designed for this purpose by Richard Gosnell. Now everything was good to go for our first project days from 5 to 7 December.

Looking back, it was an amazingly positive experience for the learners – and an adventure at the same time. Each and every one had to participate in their own way and be actively involved without the safety net of their class community. They became part of a society that works together to uphold and improve our lives in South Africa. The three days came and went like a whirlwind.

Unfortunately, there was no time for an official closing ceremony and only the assembly on the last day of school offered a short de-briefing of our first project days. The feedback team was kind enough to distribute a short questionnaire to all involved. This will assist us in evaluating, whether there is a demand for the project days to be repeated.

In closing I would like to thank all of you again for your dedication and efforts – the project days team, my colleagues Marina Vucorevic, Marlen Merkel und Ramona Bachmann. Many thanks for your amazing commitment!

Silke Werth
Deputy
13 December 2016


Paparazzi team articles & photos

During the Project Days a "Paparazzi team” accompanied some of our fantastic project teams. Read more about the projects that happened and see more beautiful photographs here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


 
Weltverband deutscher Auslandsschulen Partnerschulen Weltweit
Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt
28 Bay View Avenue • Tamboerskloof
8001 • Cape Town • South Africa
Tel: +27(0)21 480 3830 • Fax: +27(0)21 480 3863, info@dsk.co.za