DSK Robotics team
Congratulations to our Robotics team A.S.A.P. who came 3rd out of 23 participating teams at the regional SAP First Lego League at the Science Centre last Saturday. Thanks to this great result our team has qualified for the national championships in Johannesburg at the beginning of December. Well done Maiwenn von Blottnitz, Tobias Lauberger, Max Lauberger, Aaron Filmalter, Nicholas Blair, Phi Anh Nguyen, Anthony Rivett, Thomas Alexander and Robotics teacher Jens Zundel!
A night to remember!
Much excitement filled the air on 22 September 2017 as the Matric Class of 2017 arrived to their valedictory ball in the beautiful setting of the Constantia vineyards at The Range in Tokai. The log cabin was perfectly decorated to the theme Grecian Garden, with olive and palm leaves, stone pillars, golden candelabras and soft lighting ushering in a night of feasting, dancing and laughter. Our headmaster Alexander Kirmse opened up the evening with a beautiful welcome speech, as always filled with clever anecdotes and insights for the Class of 2017. Starters were then served and the festivities were now in full swing. More brilliant speeches were made by 2016 SRC Heads Azande Centane and Mahe Bodard and the Class of 2017 spokeswoman Malak El-Alfy who was joined by the rest of her class in singing a chorus of the school song in unison for one final moment of triumph and revelling at this wonderful milestone that our matrics have reached in their school careers! The feasting continued as the chef served us our delicious roasted main course and sweet trio of desserts, the laughter, the wine and excellent conversion flowed into the late hours of the night. A true highlight of the evening was certainly the incredible dance performances by our grade 11's in honour of the matrics, it was stunning to say the least and certainly raised the bar for the level of dance moves that were on full display that night! Thank you to all our teachers, parents and those who attended and made it such a special evening together. And of course a huge thank you to Mrs Maunder, Miss Nel and the Grade 11 Matric Ball Committee for all of their fundraising and the time and effort put into creating such a wonderful celebration of the Class of 2017! We wish the class of 2017 all the best for their finals, future endeavours and the adventure that awaits!
Junior elections of the German Bundestag
Our Grade 9-11 (a/b) learners participated in the junior elections of the German Bundestag last week.
Over 1 million learners in Germany as well as in German schools abroad made use of this opportunity this year. Though the results of the junior elections does not influence the outcome of the federal election last Sunday, it is an effective method to motivate learners to vote at a young age. The results of the junior elections are published on www.juniorwahl.de.
Messenger pigeon and seagull on the hunt … Tygerberg spring theatre visits our school
The messenger pigeon is distraught: It is supposed to deliver a letter to the most important element – but how is it going to decide between earth, water, air and fire? Its friend, the always-hungry seagull, joins in the mission to solve this riddle. On their journey, they get to experience every element through dance, music and poetry. The learners from Tygerberg put this amazing play together – despite illness and time restrictions. Yerodin Dudler, 3d, was elated during the first full rehearsal: ”Frau Hahne, this is so much fun!” This sentiment is shared not only by most of the learners but also the teachers. The Tygerberg spring theatre went on tour for the first time this year – they performed the play in front of their school, the St. Johannis Heim as well as the main school in the CBD. It was an amazingly positive experience all around!
Successful DSK handball teams win the u14 title
Our u14 handball teams were very successful in this season’s youth league. The boys as well as the girls won almost every match and friendly they played. Hence, they can now call themselves the u14 handball champions of Cape Town. Well done!
DSK boys team: Ciaran Winstain (Captain), Liam Winstain, Erec Wolfram, Nicholas Oosthuizen, Ben Bräuer, Torben Rebeski, Joseph Lardner-Burke, Ben Mohrstedt, Tim Fonzen, Nick Fonzen, Bruno Schumann, Caspar Augustin, Adem Catovic, Clemens Seiwert, Taahir Mallick, Max Balmer, Liam Schneider, Peter Etzold DSK girls team: Levinia Küpper (Captain), Nicola Scherner, Emily Küpper, Zoe Küpper, Liv Etzold, Ella Bräuer, Emely Plambeck, Ulilo Bam, Georgia Charalambides, Helena Schneider
Creative Indaba a great success
A round of applause for all those involved in the first DSK Creative Indaba! The DSK Creative Indaba kicked off on Friday, 1 September, with various fun workshops for all learners. The resulting masterpieces were part of the many art exhibitions throughout the school for visitors to admire on the following day. On Saturday DSK entrepreneurs and young creatives had fun showcasing their various talents, while families and visitors spent a sunny afternoon browsing the market and enjoying an artistically and culturally rich program. There were various art & design exhibitions, guest speakers, a marimba band concert, live music, as well as dance & theatre performances. A special thanks to our teachers Ashanti Maunder and Stefanie Grier who pulled off this great event so successfully
On Wednesday 6 September, 16 brave learners from Grade 5 and 6 took part in the DSK English Spelling Bee. The contestants competed in various rounds of spelling - including timed rounds where they had to correctly spell as many words as they could in 1 minute and head to head rounds where they took turns spelling until someone got their word wrong. They all performed fantastically and in the end, Ruby Dews (5b) and Pablo Elliot (6b) were the champions! Pablo also won the showdown between the 2 winners. Well done to all the competitors! We can't wait for next year's spelling bee.
Beach run with Disa primary school in Hout Bay
Last week the Disa Primary School, Hout Bay and learners from the DSK organized a beach run in Hout Bay. Luckily the rain only set in when all learners returned from their run. Let’s do it again!
German Poetry Slam in Stellenosch
Our two learners, Karen Rebeski and Paula Freers, from Grade 11b won the fifth German Poetry Slam “Wundertüte- Wörterwege” at the University of Stellenbosch on 17 August. Their two pieces “Bin ich?” and „Das Muss muss gar nichts müssen“ really impressed the jury and the audience. Our alumni Daniela Schnabel came second. We congratulate all of them! The German text of „Das Muss muss gar nichts müssen“ are words to reflect upon, showcasing the social challenges, girls and women of today have to face (or not).
DSK musical Siddhartha – a collaborative masterpiece
After many years of no DSK musical production, it was music teacher David Patrick’s vision that brought the stage to life with his version of Siddhartha. Based on the 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse, German author and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Siddhartha, is the story of a young man who spends his entire life in search of truth, understanding and nirvana. Mr Patrick’s musical turned out to be a fantastic collaborative masterpiece involving students from Grade 1 - 12, teachers and parents.
The opening night on Monday, 31 July saw seats filled to capacity with over 330 visitors enjoying the premier performance. It was exciting to see all the pieces fall into place and that all the hard work was worth it! The performance by the cast was brilliant, they radiated with energy and adrenaline.
Meaningful messages came across in powerful dialogues and songs, sometimes with a modern and humorous twist. Catering for a mixed audience, narration was in German, while all dialogue and songs were in English. Proud parents, family, friends and classmates saw the cast gave their best over three consecutive nights and one morning during school, and with each performance, their confidence on stage grew.
Sadly, on the Wednesday night we bid farewell to David Patrick, who has since left the DSK, for a new career opportunity in England. With standing ovations and two farewell songs, he was congratulated for his outstanding work. This was not David’s first musical production, but the first one with learners in a school environment. He commented, “I am really excited about the talent and creativity of the DSK learners, they are incredible! As "Siddhartha - The Musical" was a workshop production, it presented quite a few challenges, but everyone, the kids, teachers and an amazing team of parents got stuck in. It would not have been possible without this support and dedication! Thank you to everyone!”
Though David Patrick, who composed all the music himself, was the driving force behind this project, special mention also goes others who played important roles; scripts were developed based on Hermann Hesse’s work along with the help of creatives, Anke Wolfram, Michaela Fernandez and Doris Engelhardt and her Grade 9 drama students. The fantastic stage decor was thanks to the hard work of many hands, especially parents, namely, Ingrid Lamprecht, Marianne Skinner, Lizl Brand, Thomas Kröner, Simon Mcloughlin, David Rowley and Simone Friess. The Musical AG was led by David Patrick along with actress and school parent, Heike Brunner, and student teacher, Ilze Roussow, who gave professional support as assistant directors. The student band did an outstanding job accompanying the production and the Junior and Senior choirs joined the cast on the stage for a few songs. Many more working in the background helped tremendously to pull this event off so successfully - a big thank you to all!
Inspired by this production, the DSK will hopefully see more musical productions in future years.
154 muffins for Madiba
As part of the Mandela Day drive, our Grade 2’s baked and decorated a total of 154 muffins on Thursday, 15. June. Because Mandela Day falls into our school holidays, the teachers decided to bring the project forward and use this opportunity to thank our school’s hardworking ground staff for their tireless efforts. Two learners gave a good speech before handing out the muffins, thanking the workers for keeping the school clean and the classrooms in tact as well as offering delicious food at the cafeteria and “fishing” balls out of the swimming pool. Tasja Reckhaus
New school video
After weeks of planning, filming and cutting it is finally done – we have a new school video. The video is a collaborative project by some learners of the journalism AG under the direction of Charlotte de Gruchy and producer Jonty Acton.
The learners did not only get first-hand filming and production experience but also planned the entire project from start to finish – to illustrate all the facets of the DSK. The song for the video was written by two grade 11 learners in the music lessons with David Patrick.
We would like to thank the journalists Nikita Borsutzky, Georgia Charalambides, Tracy Dusabimana, Sofia Hawks, Zoe Küpper, Dana Józsa and Josua Wenzel, as well as the musicians Luke Pugin and Nick Blecher for this amazing video and their dedication!
Take a look for yourself.
Games Day at the DSK
Every year before the winter break all learners swop the class room for the sports hall for their annual Games Day. Congratulations to the winning classes:
Grade 1 + 2
1st Place - Grade 2c, 2nd Place - Grade 1+ 2d, 3rd Place - Grade 2b, Team spirit : Grade 2b
Grade 3 + 4
1st Place - Grade 4a, 2nd Place - Grade 4b, 3rd Place - Grade 4c, Team spirit : Grade 4a
Handball Grade 5 – 7
Grade winner Grade 5 Girls 5a, Boys 5b
Grade winner Grade 6 Girls 6c, Boys 6c
Grade winner Grade 7 Girls 7b, Boys 7b
1st Place Girls 6c, Boys 7b
2nd Place Girls 7b, Boys 7d
Team Spirit: Grade 6d
Basketball Grade 8 – 12
1st Place Girls 11bd, Boys 12c
2nd Place Girls 12ab, Boys 10ab
3rd Place Girls 12c , Boys 9a
Team Spirit: Grade 9b
Mandela Day 18 July
On Mandela Day18 July, people around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities in honour of the 67 years that the late South African president Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice and a free, democratic country.
This is the third Mandela Day since the global icon passed, and since he’s no longer around to anchor the occasion, it’s more important than ever to uphold the values for which he struggled and to share his message for peace and humanity with future generations.
Take a look at how you can get involved with Mandela Day in Cape Town this year with our handy guide to ways to make a difference for 67 minutes (and beyond).
Please send us your best Mandela Day photo which we are allowed to publish on Facebook and elsewhere to firstname.lastname@example.org!
DSK Chess tournament
A record number of 156 players competed in this year’s DSK Chess Tournament last week Saturday.Congratulations to Calvin Klaasen, winner of the Open section, Zandre Groble, winner of the u12 tournament and Ishmaeel Allice who won the u9 section.
Best DSK player in the Open tournament was Charlotte Kloos, while Lenny Kerwath and Christian Maier were the best performing players in the u12 and u9 tournaments respectively.
Well done to all and a special thanks to our chess teacher, Watu Kobese, who organized this popular event.
Soccer Girls u19
Friday, 2nd June, the u19 girls soccer team took part in the 5 a side tournament at Century City. After competing against five other teams we had luckily made the semi-final, which we won after an intense 10 minutes of play and a nerve wrecking penalty shoot-out. We are proud to have reached the 2nd place close behind Fairmont A-team, and would like to thank our coach Peter and all the girls that sacrificed their Friday afternoon and took one for the team. Jule Heckscher
Play Handball Junior Games 2017
The finals of the Handball Junior Cup for Cape Town’s primary schools took place on 5 June. Our team made it all the way to the semi-final and won this against St. Mary Primary School 8:1.
The final ended 3:5 against us after some last minute scoring by our opponents.
Our successful players were:
Inge Brand 6a
Caspar Augustin 6a
Tim Schmeisser 6a
Nick Fonzen 6a
Georgia Charalambides 6b
Nicola Scherner 6c
Clemens Seiwert 6c
Luca Kirmse 6c
Liam Winstain, 6d
Heike Brand 7a
Joseph Lardner-Burke 7d
Makanaka Murasiranwa 6d
Tim Fonzen 8a
Eric Wolfram, 8a
We welcome a new team of senators
Senators are junior members of the SRC who are elected by their peers. They represent the interests of the learners and work alongside the SRC with regards to certain issues and organizing of events like sleep overs or the Grade 7 dance. Their nomination comes with a lot of responsibility, as they also have the function of being role models. During their work as senators, they will learn to improve their communication skills, take a stand for someone else and help to improve their school. In the process, they grow into leaders who we are very proud of. I wish our new senators much fun with their work and look forward to a great collaboration. Silke Werth
Victorious soccer five a side tournament
On Friday 26 May, the DSK u19 football team participated in a five-a-side tournament in Century City with 9 other schools from Cape Town. Led by our coach Peter Magcweka, we (Azande Centane, Matis Tartie, Alyasa-a Begg, Alexander Diedericks, Nick Blecher, Jonas Falbe and Emihle Vanqa) embarked on a tough yet fun journey. We weren't the quickest out the blocks, especially in the first game where we only just won. Edgemead surrendered a two-goal lead with 4 minutes remaining to gift us a hard-fought victory. Thereafter we gathered team spirit which propelled us to victory after victory. We strolled into the final after winning our semi 3-1. The final was against Milnerton High School. After some physical opening exchanges we took control of the game through an inspired moment of skill by Matis. Our team performance carried us over the line as we conquered all the other schools. The best feeling was the unity we had and the joyous "Oles" we sang upon receiving the trophy and our medals. The players and the coach, who guided us and encouraged us to dance on the ball, were all smiles as we journeyed back to school. Azande Centane
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.
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.“
„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.“
„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.“
„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“
„Das Hiken hat alle Mitglieder, die teilgenommen hatten, zusammengeschweißt. Man hat seine Grenzen kennengelernt und sie überwunden.“
„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.“
„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.“
„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.“
„It was an experience of a life time. The vibe was fabulous.“
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:
DaF: Belinda Hale, Annina Jenny, Lathi-Tha Nombutuma (5d)
1. Nicola Scherner (6c)
2. Yannick Fellner (5b)
3. Mo Gachago & Caspar Augustin (6a)
DaF: Lisakhanya Booysen & Siyamthanda Qali (7c)
1. Torben Rebeski (8a)
2. Anthony Rivett & Aiyel Brombacher (8a)
3. Platz: Leonardo Beukes & Mira Elmau (8b)
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.”
DSK History Department
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% :
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)
Max Groeneweg (8 distinctions), Michael Foster (7 distinctions), Catherine Johnson (5 distinctions)
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!
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!
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.