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Abitur and IEB results of the Class 2013

The DSK is extremely proud of its 2013 Grade 12 learners who achieved a 100% Pass Rate as well as a 100% Bachelor Pass.
All these learners are also eligible for access to universities in Germany, due to their successes respectively in the German Abitur and the Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma).
Lucia Jetter (86% German as Home Language) and Lisa Sauthoff (86% German as Home Language) belong to the Top 1% in the IEB NSC nationwide and Christina Geromont is our top IEB NSC candidate with 5 A’s.
Out of 25 Abitur candidates, 10 learners achieved an average of 2,0 and better!
The overall Abitur average mark of 2,38 of the 2013 graduates is equally successful as in the previous year.
Special congratulations go to our top candidates:
Matthias Schulz (773 points; average 1,3), Jaqueline Kazmaier (772 points; average 1,3), Jara Landschoff (746 points, average 1,5) and Tiana Schwab (742 points; average 1,5).
All Abitur candidates received the important endorsement on their certificate which allows them to study in South Africa as well.

The final results attained by these 45 learners in the respective German Abitur and  IEB NSC  examinations demonstrate a level of commitment of which we are equally proud: 91 A’s across the various subjects.


Christmas project for Grade 1 learners

On the 29th of November the class teachers of Grade 1 a, b and d in collaboration with parents and interns, organized a wonderful morning in the spirit of Christmas. The smell of baked Christmas cookies filled the class room and at various learning stations the children crafted Christmas decoration and cards while others read Christmas stories. What a nice way to finish off a busy school year!


Goodbye Primary School: Class of 4b

Finishing Primary School is a big milestone for all learners. The Class of teacher Anika Herrmann said their farewell to learners, teachers and parents with a wonderful stage show! All the mini sketches, dances and songs were very entertaining. A highlight was the performance of Barbie Girl and Cinderella which left the audience in stitches. The children closed their performance with an emotional slideshow showing the past four years.


Book author Ulf Kaschl at the DSK

On the 27th of November, German author Ulf Kaschl visited the DSK to present his book “Roadmovie Kapstadt” to our older learners.
The story of Alexander and Mona is narrated from different perspectives and leaves the reader to come up with his or her own interpretation of the storyline as well as to reflect on South African society at different times as depicted in the book.

Ulf Kaschl is currently a teacher in Germany and has a longstanding love for South Africa and Cape Town. In his book he is able to capture the beauty and diverse facets of the country in a way that readers who are familiar with Cape Town can truly appreciate.


2nd Paul Harris Award for Brigitte McKee

On the 26th of November our teacher Brigitte McKee received the Paul Harris Award for the second time. She was honoured for all her dedicated and longstanding contribution to K.I.D.S. (our school-based junior rotary organisation) at the Rotary Club in Cape Town.
With 24 years of hard work and her passion for reaching out and sharing, she is an inspiration and true Rotarian and deserves the title as Honorary member of the Rotary Club Cape Town.
Huge congratulations go to her!


Reading aloud competition - to rouse the joy of reading

On Thursday, 21 November, the annual reading aloud in German competition was held for the third time for all Grade 5-7 learners.
The winners of each class competed against each other and presented their favourite book in front of a jury and amongst a big audience, in the new multifunction room.
We listened to some great and inspiring performances!

Congratulation to the winners:
Reading aloud competition DaM (German mother tongue):

  1. Robin Zimmer (5a)
  2. Josua Wenzel (5b)
  3. Wilder Zimmer (7b)

Reading aloud competition DaF (German foreign language):

  1. Lara Novak (5d)
  2. Emma Kubach (6c)
  3. Joshua Fouche (5c)

The play “Zaubersams“

The play “Zaubersams“ was a great combination of work performed by our two junior Drama groups from Grades 5-8.
On 13 and 14 November the young actors performed “The Sams” from Paul Maar and three pieces from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Erlking and the Dance of Death.”
Between the plays two students from the Grade 7 drama course performed  a haunting monolog which they wrote and acted out themselves.

It was a wonderful diverse play and we are especially proud of the young actors from our non-German speaking classes who had a challenging task to recite Goethe! Well done everybody!


Girls Handball Olympia training

On 14 November, Kathrin Scholl, an ex-national Handball player from Germany, visited the DSK to hold a training session with the DSK Girls Handball Olympia selection.
The girls enjoyed the training session a lot and they hopefully gained some valuable skills!


Share the joy of giving - Santa Shoebox Project 2013

The Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of personalized gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children across South Africa.
Participating in this project is a profoundly valuable and personal experience with each donor selecting a child to pledge a 'Santa Shoebox' by name, gender and age.
The SRC together with the Social Development Committee of the DSK board and school management decided to support this wonderful project this year. Celebrating the DSK’s 130th year of existence, the school challenged the DSK community to donate 130 boxes this October. We can proudly announce that we really outdid ourselves and collected an amazing 307 boxes!
It was lovely to watch how learners, parents, teachers and staff members embraced this project. “I have fun helping” says a little first Grader who went shopping with his mother to choose the items for a boy of his age. Students put a lot of effort and love into decorating their shoeboxes, some even wrote personal Christmas cards.
During Assembly on 30 October Class 7a were announced as the winners of the Santa Shoebox challenge, having donated an incredible 24 boxes! Congratulations 7a!
Last Friday 6a and 6d students helped carry all 307 boxes to our school bus and four members of the SRC, Mr Abt, Mrs McKee and Kristin Winkler delivered the gifts to a drop-off point in Gardens. We were greeted by a happy Santa Shoebox Team who was extremely grateful for the huge donation.
Currently over 115.000 shoeboxes have been collected countrywide reaching over 1,000 orphanages, crèches and care centres across South Africa.
We would like to thank all the generous donors who helped us make 307 children smile this Christmas! Special thanks goes to Mrs Engelhard-Laufs and learner Kristin Winkler who were the driving force behind this project.


News from the dragon boat

The dragon boat team, with the support of Kay Oldenburg, cleaned and maintained their boat on Monday, 11 November.
Thanks to the great team effort the boat was back in shape after 4 hours of hard work.
In future the boat will be taken out of the water once a month to avoid algae build up which slows the boat down.

The dragon boat team also received new carbon paddles which will be stored at the Waterfront. The team is ready for their next competition!


School bazaar 2013

Our annual school bazaar was yet another success with scores of bazaar fans visiting the DSK on 02 November to spend a fun filled day with family and friends.
The bazaar is not only a highlight for the German community in the Cape. A wide range of entertainment and activities for young and old makes the bazaar the biggest annual fund-raiser for the German school and a well-known Capetonian event.
It rained cats and dogs just a day before the bazaar kicked off , but when a beautiful sunrise greeted the day, we knew it would be a wonderful bazaar!
Kids enjoyed go-karting, a foefieslide, putt-putt, trampoline, archery and much more on our sports field, while the adults browsed through the bookstore and flea market to hunt for bargains. Our Christmas Shop featured especially beautiful and creative Christmas articles and yummy imported German Christmas delicatessen.
Our students and teachers put a lot of effort into the talent show: In front of a jury and proud parents the children were singing, dancing and performing on stage the whole day.
The raffle tickets sold like hot cake as visitors wanted to stand the chance to win one of the valuable prizes: this year’s main prize were 2 return tickets to Europe sponsored by Lufthansa. See winner list here. But not only the raffle draw offered great prizes: the winner of the Bull-riding competition went home with 2 return tickets to Europe from Edelweiss Air!
There was a wonderful variety of food on offer and visitors especially enjoyed traditional German dishes like Bratwurst, meatloaf, kassler and sauerkraut in the Bayern Stube. As with past years, there was a beer tent with live music which is always a much loved feature of the bazaar. The bands “The Wurstzipfel” and the band of Adolf Thelen provided a festive atmosphere, inviting lots to sing and dance to popular German songs. If you liked it a bit quieter, the Vinoteca and Alumni Champagne bar was the place to be. The bazaar always attracts lots of Alumni coming back to their old school to mingle with old class mates and teachers. This year was special as the Class of 1973 celebrated their 40 year class reunion on bazaar day, some even came all the way from Mallorca, England and Germany to be part of the celebration.

The school bazaar is a parent initiative, but the whole school was involved: We would like to say a big “Thank you” to the bazaar team and to everybody who helped to make our annual school bazaar a big success.
A special thanks goes to Iris Henkel for the great organization and her incredible efforts! Last but not least we would like to thank our sponsors for their great support!


Learn how to recycle

On 28 October school mother Lauren Brauer and primary teacher Julia Graul introduced all learners from Grade 3 and 4 to the new recycling scheme.
Here they discussed the importance of recycling and practised sorting waste into different categories.


High School Theatre debut a big success

Our new High School Theatre group performed “The Breakfast Club” on 24 and 25 October and celebrated a successful debut.
In this well-known teenager comedy-drama there were five students who had nothing in common, but faced spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At first the students had nothing to talk about, but then discovered they had a lot more in common than they thought.
Our 7 students from Grade 10 with the help of 3 technical supporters and Mr Abt revived the High School Theatre group this year.
They delivered a convincing performance often leaving the audience in stitches, while discussing the problems of teenagers in a delightful though serious light.
For some young actresses it was their first time on stage and we hope this will encouraged a lot of more learners to join the theatre group and show off their acting talents!
Many thanks to our awesome cast and a special thanks goes to Mr Abt who made this theatre group happen! We look forward to what awaits us next year!


Tygerberg letter festival

It is wonderful day when children enter the world of reading books and fairy tales! Grade 1 learners at Tygerberg celebrated this achievement with a letter festival on the 18th of October.
At various learning stations, the children were able to practice letters and words in a creative and playful way while having fun.
In the end, every child received a book as a present which they happily accepted. Well done, class 1c!


Preliminary Olympia qualifications - Results

The first round of Olympia qualifications were held in the first weeks of the 4th term. We are happy about the high number of interested students: 150 learners participated and 75 qualified for the next round.

We hope that all qualified students will take part at the Olympia training sessions and get ready for the final qualifications in January!
Here is the list of the preliminary Olympia squads: boys and girls

Farewell gift from the Class of 2013

The Valedictorians of 2013 and their parents in cooperation with the DSK Alumni team donated two trees for the terraces of the cafeteria Linga Longa. Our ECO Rangers with teacher Steven Ehrmann assisted to plant the trees. In return, the school will put up a plaque with the names of the Valedictorians to keep the alumni in memory.
A special thanks to Mrs Kaschik who was instrumental in making this farewell present happen!


New parents get together at Tygerberg

On Tuesday, the 22nd of October parents from the two German Kindergarden of the Northern suburbs came together and started preparing Zuckertüte, a must have on the first day of school for Grade 1 learners!
For the first time the DSK will welcome children from the Kindergarten Kunterbunt Kidz in Table View next year, meaning that our satellite campus in Tygerberg will now get learners from Bellville, Tygerberg and Table View.
While making the Zuckertüte new parents were able to get to know each other and find out more about the school in a relaxed atmosphere. All in all the evening was a great success and we would like to especially thank Birgit Körte from Kunterbunt Kidz for the initiative!


Happy Birthday Isaac!

Isaac Khobo reached a mile stone of 50 years and he has dedicated 19 years of the 50 to work at the DSK.
Having started at the DSK as a General Worker, he worked his way up to Assistant Estate Manager which is a great achievement and is evident of the calibre of workmanship Isaac portrays.

We would like to wish Isaac a very Happy Birthday and all the best for many more years to come!

Marimba Concert

Once again the Sonwabile Marimba Band gave an energetic concert in the KTS on Thursday, 17 October. The audience enjoyed the great atmosphere: A lot of spectators couldn’t sit still in their seats and even danced along to the vibey beats on stage.
We were especially happy to welcome 78 learners and 6 teachers from our partner school Thembani Primary School and the guest performers from Ikamva Marimba Band led by our music teacher Kwanele Maloyi.
Mrs Brigitte McKee, who founded and led the Sonwabile Marimba Band since 1994, celebrated her farewell as she will retire at the end of the school year. We would like to thank her for all her time and  effort given over all the years!


Double victory for the DSK!

On Saturday, 19 October we hosted an U9 and U11 soccer tournament with 19 teams from Cape Town and surroundings.
Thankfully the weather played in our favour and everybody had a great time! The tournament was all about fun, mixing with players from different backgrounds and gaining tournament experience.
We were especially happy to welcome the teams from our partner schools Thembani Primary School, the Arc and Impendulo Primary School. The remainder of teams came from Llandudno Primary School, Disa Primary School in Hout Bay, Bokmarie Primary School in Athlone, Sunningdale Football Club and of course ….the DSK (including two teams from our satellite campus in Tygerberg)!
Parents took care of refreshments and supporters enjoyed hunting for bargains at the flea market inbetween cheering on their favourite teams.
We are extremely proud to announce that the DSK teams won both U9 and U11 tournaments! Well done, boys!!!
A big thank you to all the teachers and parents who supported this event and a special thanks to Iris Henkel!!
Here are the results:

U11
1. DSK (A Mannschaft)
2. Sunningdale City (A Mannschaft)
3. Sunningdale City (B Mannschaft)

U9
1. DSK (A Mannschaft)
2. Impendulo Primary School
3. Disa Primary School


Valedictory Circus

On Friday, 18 October the Valedictorians took over the school and the kids had loads of fun!
The performances of the teachers who had to sing, dance or rap on stage in front of the school, were definitely the highlight of the Valedictory Circus!


Valedictory Ceremony 2013

The wonder of breaking free into the big, wide world awaits our Grade 12 learners: We celebrated the end of their school career at the Valedictory Ceremony on 11 October.

The German Consulate Roland Herrmann, the school community and parents attended their special day to wish them well!
Congratulations to all Valedictorians and a special congratulations to all prize-winners! Please find the full list of prize-winners here.

Great performance of the first Drama Course

As of the beginning of this year, the DSK implemented Drama as a school subject in Grade 7.
On 12 September the Drama Course taught by Mrs Engelhardt delivered a powerful and entertaining performance in front of a sold-out audience.
We are happy that the successful evening confirmed the decision to introduce Drama at our school.

Many thanks to Mrs Engelhardt and the young actors/actresses: We are looking forward to next year!

Recycling awareness

Grade 1 and 2 pupils learned important facts about recycling and our environment while having fun on Monday, 07 October.
School mother Lauren Brauer and Primary School teacher Julia Graul introduced the young learners to the new recycling system at the school and informed them how vital recycling is for the environment.
In future we will have the following recycling system: blue bins are for paper, yellow for plastic, green for glass and black for non-recyclable waste.

Thanks to the initiative of Mrs Brauer, the DSK already has two big recycling cages for paper!
The recycling awareness campaigns continues with Grade 3 and 4 learners on


Valedictory Ball 2013

The 2013 Valedictory Ball was, once again, a superior success!  Dressed in the soft reflection of fairy light bouncing off swathes of crisp white fabric, the Van Holten Hall was transformed into a scene from an era in which British colonialists enjoyed the beautiful delights that India had to offer.  
The occasion marks the end of the Class of 2013’s school year, and the evening is one which is marked by sophistication and commemoration and this year did not disappoint.  Teachers, parents and other important members of the DSK community came together in honour of the Grade 12s, to celebrate their school careers and to wish them well for their future. 
The evening started with a procession of beautifully dressed young ladies escorted by their equally dashing young male partners arriving at the Rondel for photographs and welcoming drinks with family and friends.  Festivities continued in the Hall, where guests were transported into a tent-like venue, adorned with accents of jewel-coloured glass, satiny saris, golden lanterns and other Indian touches, like a life-sized illuminated cow.  A host of readied Grade 11 waiters and a live 3 piece band completed the picture.  A very joyous evening of fine dining, eloquent speeches, vigorous dancing and all-round merriment was had by all who attended and festivities continued late into the evening.

A huge congratulations goes to the Valedictory Ball Committee, headed by Miss Nicole Nortje, which has done a most fantastic job of raising funds throughout the year in order to send the Grade 12s off in proper style.
More photographs of this beautiful evening you will find on https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.522679377817677.1073741836.120736728011946&type=3!


National success for our gymnasts

The DSK is exceptionally proud of the great achievements of our gymnasts who won 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals at the South African Gymnastic Federation Nationals in Pretoria on 27/28 September.
The medallists were:
Lilly Küpper (Grade 4b): Gold in Minitrampolin Junior Elite; silver in Tumbling, Level 4
Lisa Schmocker (Grade 5b): Gold in Tumbling, Level 3
Kirstie Davies (Grade 6b): Gold in Tumbling, Level 6
Katja Chicken (Grade 7a):   Bronze in Tumbling, Level 5

Kirstie Davies has been selected to represent South Africa in tumbling and artistic gymnastics.

We are holding thumbs for her first international competition in Harare, Zimbabwe in December!

Day of German Unity

On 3 October the school celebrated the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) with a special Assembly.
The Day of German Unity commemorates the anniversary of the German reunification in 1990.
The school was honoured by the attendance of the German Consul General Mr. Roland Herrmann who shared his personal memories with our students about the Berlin Wall and the division of West and East Germany in 1961.

The assembly concluded with the rendition of the German and South African National Anthem.

School concert

This year’s school concert was held on the 5th and 6th of September and one had to act fast to get your hands on tickets, as both evenings sold out like hot cakes.
The audience enjoyed the diverse musical programme, with performances from the school choir and orchestra, flute groups, ballet, guitar groups and many more. The Marimba band was another highlight of the evening, which ended the concert on a high note.
While the Chamber Music Evening in May features mainly small groups and solo acts, the school concert offers all music groups from the DSK and the Gisela Lange Music Centre the opportunity to perform.

Learners of all ages participated, all had one thing in common- their love for music!

Recycling at the DSK

It has taken a while, but it is finally here: our NEW and IMPROVED Recycling Scheme.
There are two yellow cages provided by our new partner WASTEPLAN: one in the lower parking area, the other one on a parking space at the Internat. WASTEPLAN has provided the containers FREE of charge, so let’s go and fill these cages!

In conjunction with WASTEPLAN, the estate management, Elternrat and the Schulleitung have decided on a phased approach.
Having started with the administration offices, the staff room, the library and the Schulleitungsbüro from the beginning of September, we will continue with our Grundschule from Term 4 on, under the guidance of Ms Graul. Our new WASTEPLAN recycling project will be fully implemented in all classes within the first term of the new school year.


Junior election panel discussion

On Monday (09 September) all Grade 11 learners gathered in the KTS for a panel discussion and listened to their seven junior election candidates on stage.
The following parties were represented:  the “Grünen” by Jeffrey Munks, the “NPD” by Svenia Ratheiser and Parissa Amirian, the “Piraten” by Alexander Amri, the “CDU” by Luc Taylor, the “Linken” by Jona Valcarel, the “SPD” by Oscar Junge and Lucas Brendel and the “FDP” by Isabeau van der Ecken.
After all candidates introduced themselves and their party, a heated debate on various political topics began. At one point this debate  included the whole audience! The discussion allowed Grade 11 students to dissect and debate current political topics, including the upcoming election in Germany in an interesting and tangible way. Much fun was had by all.

At the end of the open forum, all candidates gave their closing statements encouraging pupils to vote for their party.
Many thanks to all participants and candidates!

Grade 1 Letter festival

The class teachers of 1a, b & d organised a letter festival on Friday morning (06 September).
Parents and interns were invited to help out at various learning stations teaching  the children letters and words in a creative and playful way.
This interactive morning was good fun and all children were rewarded with a piece of cake afterwards.
Many thanks to all helpers!


Respect
Last week the SRC introduced themselves to all learners, teachers and parents with a handshake before school.

SASOL South African Mathematics Challenge

The final round of the “SASOL SA Mathematics Challenge” was held at the DSK on the 4th of September with 92 learners from Grade 4-7 taking part in the competition.
The challenge consisted of 25 multiple choice questions and the learners were able to complete the test on their own or with a partner.
Our learners were once again very successful in spite of the fact that many students were not familiar with the English vocabulary included in the questions.
The following five learners received a gold certificate for achieving fantastic results.

Renska Krynauw 4c (Parow)
Romy Stevens 5a
Natasha Anders 5a
Gabriel Zühlke 7b
Max Weihe 7b
26 students were awarded silver and 18 students bronze certificates. See the list of winners here.
I would like to thank all participants and helpers (Ms Grier, Mr Vismer, Ms Weihe, David Diekmann and Johannes Ziegler) and again congratulate all winners!
Annegret Diebold
DSK coordinator of the SASOL SA Mathematics Challenge


30 Years at the DSK

Anna Basson started working at the DSK on 1 August 1983, yes 1983!
As Assistant to the cook in the kitchen she was responsible for feeding the learners for many, many years before she was asked to utilise her mathematical skills in the tuck shop.

We thank her for this long, loyal period of dedicated service to the DSK and wish her many more productive years at our school.

Ms Elke Rühl from the Office for German Schools Abroad in Cologne visited the DSK from the 02.-04.09.2013 for a follow-up inspection.

Ms Rühl has taken on the position of  Regional Representative for Africa (except Egypt), Turkey and Cyprus in  August last year.


On Thursday, 30th of August, all the Grade 5’s enjoyed an outing to the Two Oceans Aquarium…who said Biology isn’t fun?

K.I.D.S. at the One-to-One event at the Good Hope Centre

There was much more to the One-to-One event on the 18th of August than listening to Helen Zille sing Karaoke!
The event facilitated the interaction between people with disabilities and volunteers.
Kids and adults from hospitals, homes and various “special needs schools” who are either mentally and/or physically challenged were invited to enjoy a few hours of fun and games at the Good Hope Centre.
The Lions, Rotary clubs and church groups from the all over the Cape Peninsula organized the event and various big name sponsors donated food, refreshments and prizes.
Participants described the event as having 'a lovely vibe', where volunteers accompanied the disabled around the centre to collect goodies and prizes from various stalls.
Members from K.I.D.S. befriended children with ‘special needs’ from Athlone’s school for the blind. Georgia and Anne from K.I.D.S. spent the afternoon with little Sibulele, a boy who was probably the most excited child at the whole event!
Sibulele's sight and hearing are severely impaired, but he had the biggest smile and most infectious laugh! Making his way through the crowds, Sibulele’s plastic Checkers bags were filled with toys, toiletries and snacks that he earned by winning a ball game or completing an activity.
Everybody took home special memories and experiences from this awesome day. For those who were not able to attend, make sure you add this event to next year’s calendar!


Lisa Fourie of Grade 9b at the SA Short Course Swimming Championships in Pietermaritzburg

This year’s SA Short Course Swimming Championships were held in Pietermaritzburg from 14-19 August.
All in all it was a great tour: the swimmers were amped and Coach Bianca Marais was as confident as Buzz Lightyear believing he could fly!
Although Lisa’s team is still young and has a lot to learn, the swimmers handled themselves brilliantly.
SA SC is an Open Ages Championship, meaning the swimmers compete against each other regardless of age.
For Juniors this is a daunting experience, but teaches them about competing at a higher level and thus gaining experience.
Our Lisa was part of the Tygerberg Aquatics team and achieved the following results:

3 A-finals (50 butterfly – 6th; 200 Individual medley – 7th; 200 backstroke – 8th)
1 semi-final (100 Individual medley – 10th)
3 bronze relay medals (4 x 50 freestyle relay; 4 x 200 freestyle relay; 4 x 100 medley relay)
The results indicate Lisa's current SA ranking for the Short Course Championships which is quite a remarkable achievement!
Winning medals in all three relay teams against such strong and more senior swimmers was another brilliant accomplishment! Well done, Lisa!!


Career Expo

This year’s Career Expo took place in the von Holten Hall on Wednesday, 14.08.
Over 40 exhibitors, parents and alumni gave learners from Grade 9-12 valuable insight into various industries, universities, colleges and professions.
Parents and alumni participated for the first time to share their experiences and professions with the learners which was very well received.
Mrs Buchhorn and Mrs Terstegen from the German Consulate also attended the Career Expo to inform the students about exciting career possibilities with the Federal Foreign Office.
A big thank you to all participants and special thanks to all parents and alumni who made the effort to join our Career Day!


Alumni reunion at our satellite campus

Previous students, parents and teachers from our Tygerberg campus came together for an alumni reunion on the 3rd of August.
There was a pleasant atmosphere as guests were welcomed by our student choir and orchestra lead by Mrs Hahne.
Much to everyone’s delight, the very first teacher of Tygerbergs' campus, Mrs Beate Hill, also attended.
The teachers prepared a short presentation with lots of photographs of the past 18 years, allowing guests to relive their time at the school. Following the presentation, everybody visited the “time” exhibition and had the chance to mingle over soup and traditional Glühwein.
All in all it was a great evening and we would like to say a big 'thank you' to all parents and teachers who helped organize and prepare the event and the delicious food.
A special thanks to the families Juhnke and Raith who made a great contribution through donations and the Kreuzkirche in Bellville for lending their cutlery and crockery!


SLIM Cup at the DSK

The Slim Cup is a girls indoor soccer tournament for Grade 8-12 students and was held at the DSK on the 15th of August.
This year, two DSK teams participated with the U13 team being quite clearly the youngest. But for the young players it was all about gaining tournament experience and having fun. Six teams from neighbourhood schools were invited to fight for the Slim Cup trophy, which is always a highlight at the end of the soccer season. Camps Bay was able to defeat Fairmont in the final, congratulations to our U19 girls who came third!


Successful rescue at the Tygerberg branch school

On a cold and rainy day at the beginning of this week, a distressed bird sat in the school yard not able to fly away:  The bird was a “Cape Dikkop” which was badly tangled in an old fishing net.
Mrs Hahne and three boys of Grade 4 were able to catch the frightened visitor and help free the bird from the fishing line. The whole school followed the rescue operation and cheered on the bird as the bird took flight: what a wonderful and unexpected lesson for our little learners!


Geography prize for three Grade 7 learners

The learners of Grade 7a and 7b had the task to compile a brochure for tourists, featuring a detailed round-trip through the Mother City.
A school father initiated to contact Cape Town Tourism to ask them for their professional feedback on the three best brochures.
Cape Town Tourism was really impressed with all three brochures and said a big “well done” to the pupils for all their efforts!

They even awarded the students Rupert Stroh, Mischak Steincke and Luke Pugin who produced the “King Protea Cape Town Tour” with a City Sightseeing Voucher for their efforts!


K.I.D.S. celebrated its  18th Cultural Day at the German  International School Cape  Town

The  Klub Interact Deutsche Schule (K.I.D.S.) celebrated its  18th Cultural Day at the German International  School on Saturday, 27 July.
The school was honoured to host guest speakers from the  German Consulate, Consul General Mr. Roland Herrmann  and the Cape Town Rotary Club president Mr. John  Gomes. It  was a great afternoon filled with raffles, craft sales,  dances, sketches and songs performed by children from  various Children Homes. “It was a joy to see so many  talented and creative children and to watch them mingle with  other children” said a  member of K.I.D.S..
K.I.D.S. is a school-based junior rotary organisation  consisting of about 10 dedicated learners between the ages of
14 and 19. The aim of the  club is to improve the critical situation of Cape  Town’s home-, refugee camp- and street children  through community involvement.
For the past 17 years K.I.D.S. organizes an annual  Cultural Day. The raised funds go to Cape Town based  Children Homes to provide the children with art and craft  materials which allows them to develop important  entrepreneurial skills as well as keeping them off the  streets in a protected, supportive and educational  environment.

DSK teacher Brigitte McKee has been the driving force behind  K.I.D.S. for the past 18 years. Thanks to her endless  dedication, K.I.D.S. plays an important part in improving  the lives of lots of underprivileged children in Cape Town  and surroundings.


Open Day very well attended

For the first time we held our annual Open Day on a Saturday (27.07.)  which gave all school parents and interested people the great opportunity to experience our school for a day, get to know school management, teachers and current parents and get a tour through our impressive school building.
Though it was raining cats and dogs we were very happy about the great attendance by school parents and new visitors: we were able to double the number of visitors by comparison to last year and there was an especially high interest in our stream for non-German speaking children who can enrol for Grade 5.
Our visitors were especially impressed by our Gisela-Lange music centre, our brand new multimedia library and the fact that chess is a compulsory subject in our Primary School.
More photos on our Facebook page


“DSK International Chess Open 2013” - the first of its kind in South Africa

The DSK was this year’s proud host of the international chess tournament - “DSK International Chess Open 2013” which ran from the 19-29 July.
Almost 400 participants took part in this prestigious event and we were particularly happy about the great attendance of children from neighbouring schools and our Outreach partner school in Langa: Thembani Primary School.
Congratulations to the winners Enzo Bergmann, Nathan Amato and Mohammad Abrahams for achieving first, second and third place respectively!
Besides the Junior, Open and Prestige tournaments, the DSK hosts the first ever Grandmaster event in South Africa. Six Grandmasters from all over the world, including Youth World Champion GM Alexander Ipatov from Turkey, will compete for the trophy until 29 July.
Chess has been implemented as a compulsory subject at the DSK primary school as of this year and the school is proud to be celebrating an important milestone as hosts of the 2013 Chess Open. The positive correlation between playing chess and the academic achievements of learners has been scientifically proven many times. It is for this reason that the development of chess is widely supported by government and Dr. Ivan Meyer (Cultural and Sports minister of the Western Cape) suggested that chess should be a compulsory subject at every school in South Africa! A goal the DSK has already accomplished.
Our very own international master, Watu Kobese is teaching at the DSK and is one of the highest ranked players in South African.
The DSK is proud to play an important role in the development of chess throughout schools in the Western Cape.

Here is the link for the results of the Junior tournament
For more photos please visit our facebook page

Happy Birthday, Madiba!

We celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday in a special assembly this morning.
Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place.
Students, teachers, staff and school board members posted their pledges on our “Mandela Day” board.
What are you going to do for 67 minutes?


Bolton Wanderers Soccer Camp at the DSK from 1-3 July

Simsport International and the DSK Cape Town hosted the Bolton Wanderers Soccer camp during the winter holidays from 1st to 3rd of July.
In total 22 boys and girls (4 boys and 2 girls from the DSK) between the ages of 10 and 18 took the chance to train with Coach Dave Bailey from the Bolton Wanderers Youth Academy in England.
The training camp focused on football techniques and strategies and taught players what it takes to become a very good or even a professional soccer player- It is not just about being the most skilful person on the pitch, but about ambition, motivation and the willingness to work hard in order to reach the top.
Four lucky players were chosen to visit the Bolton Wanderers Academy for one week which is considered one of the top Youth Academies in England. What an amazing opportunity for these young talents!
"Thank you Cape Town for a great few days, your kind words after the Bolton Camp from players, parents, coaches and the school were very much appreciated.” - Coach Dave Bailey
The feedback from children and parents were also very positive and the players described the camp as exciting and dynamic.
Hopefully it will attract more young talents from our school next year and who knows maybe the next Lionel Messi is from the DSK!


Jenna Solomon of Grade 9c wins the short fiction category in the “Paperight Young Writers Anthology 2013” competition!

After the call for submissions in August 2012, the Paperight office was inundated with thousands of entries from all over South Africa. The DSK and the Paperight team would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the incredible achievement of our student Jenna Solomon who was selected for publication based on the strength of her short story titled “The Harbour Child”!
This is a tremendous triumph as the finished anthology collects only the very best work submitted. The Paperight team looked for work that did not fall back on clichéd narratives and instead chose works that exhibit promising maturity and individuality.
Uncovering the next generation of South Africa’s writers: The Anthology is available at any registered Paperight outlets. The closest outlet to the DSK is Wizardz in Gardens (Shop LB6 Gardens Centre Corner Mill & Buitenkant Street). Other outlets can be found by checking out http://paperight.com/outlets.

The 2013 Anthology contains details about how to apply for the next edition. Congratulations to Jenna once more and we hope her outstanding achievement inspires many other young writers for next competition!


World Environment Day, 05 June
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.
The 2013 theme for World Environment Day is “Think.Eat.Save. Reduce your Foodprint” which is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
Saving our environment
There are various ways we can make more informed decisions in our food choices like:

  • Plan meals and buy only the ingredients needed for each to avoid food waste
  • Reuse leftovers
  • Choose organic foods
  • Eat less meat
  • Choose local, seasonal food
  • Avoid eating endangered fish
  • Choose fairtrade food and products
  • Grow your own food at home
  • Recycle organic waste

More information you will find on http://www.unep.org/wed/wedpack/thinkeatsave/


„Spieletag” – Game Days from 11 -13 June

All learners swop the class room for the sports hall on our annual Game Day.
The primary school played “Völkerball” and “keep the field free”, Grade 5-7 organized a Handball- and Grade 8-12 a Basketball tournament.
Some teams made a lot of effort to dress up creatively and ensured a great atmosphere during the day.
Here are the results of the Game Days:
Grade 1 “Keep the field free”: 1st  Grade 1b
Grade 2-4 “Völkerball”: 1st Grade 3b, 2nd Grade 4b, 3rd Grade 3a
Grade 5-7 Handball; Girls: 1st Grade 7b, 2nd Grade 6c, 3rd Grade 5c and Boys: 1st Grade 7a, 2nd Grade 5a, 3rd Grade 6b
Grade 8-12 Basketball; Girls 1st Grade 12, 2nd Grade 9b, 3rd Grade 11 Kombi and Boys: 1st Grade 9a, 2nd Grade 12ab, 3rd Grade 11Kombi
Congratulations to all the winning teams! If you are interested in more photographs, please visit our Facebook page.
Have a wonderful and relaxing winter break everybody!


“Il y a tout ce que vous voulez”- German-French evening at the DSK

The DSK, together with the Ecole Française Du Cap, organized a German-French evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty on 04 June 2013.
The cultural exchange between the two countries and the promotion of the German-French student exchange in South Africa was the focus of the evening.
With over 300 German, French and South African guests, the event was very well attended!
As guests of honor we welcomed the French Consul Antoine Michon with his wife Patricia, Mr. Philippe Algranti, principal of the Ecole Française Du Cap and his wife, the German Consul General Roland Herrmann, Consul Klaus Stross and wife and hosts Mr. Battenberg and Mr. Abt  Principal and Deputy Principal of the German International School Cape Town.
The students of both schools mutually planned an entertaining evening of music, comedy, dance and film clips. It was particularly important to the students to present the program in their respective foreign language, which posed a major challenge for many, but was very well managed by everybody!
One Grade 12 student mentioned afterwards: "It was not always easy for me: speaking French is a challenge for most people, but it was even harder to speak in front of so many people, because the evening was really well attended."
The highlights of the evening was the ballet "Comptine d'un autre été - L'après midi" by Yann Tiersen, performed by three Grade 8 pupils of the DSK, short films from students of both schools and the piece "Pavane" by Fauré, played on the flute by Tiana Schwab (Grade 12).
In a quiz show the audience had to answer questions on Germany and France after which guests tasted traditional pancakes and crepes and voted for their favourite dish.
At the end, the students of Grade 6 and 7 of the DSK sang the song "Aux Champs Elysées" from Joe Dassin before the guests were able to enjoy the fantastic buffet that parents and students from both schools had prepared.
All in all, the evening was a great success and both schools continue to enjoy over 50 years of German-French friendship at the Cape.
Finally, a big thank you to all participants, parents, students and teachers, who made this evening possible! We are looking forward to next year! A bientot!!
Jara Landschoff  -  Klasse 12 K1


Another very successful weekend for our Gym Wizards kids!

Gym Wizards held their 16th Annual Winter Interschools Competition at the Sunningdale Sport Centre, Table View on June 1st 2013.
This was their biggest competition yet, they had almost 500 participants from 15 different clubs.
35 Children from the DSK took part in the competition, 6 finished in the top 3 and 14 finished among the top 10!!
Top 3: Gia Balmer, Viviana McNamara, Nicola Scherner, Lisa Schmocker, Lilly Kuepper, Geena Polzin
Top 10: Julie Hemphill, Leo Kamhoot, Kayleigh Wallace, Ella Brauer, Sophia McNamara, Jamila O’Donell, Emily Kuepper, Hjordis Kleinwordt, Lili de Fleuriot, Annie-Joy Merkel, Robin Zimmer, Xenja Pospech, Loreen Brinkmann, Emelie Plambeck
Well done everybody- we are very proud of you and looking forward to your next competition!


Eco Rangers’ tree of environmental promises

On 05th June, the Eco Rangers use the World Environment Day to raise awareness of environmental issues.

During breaks they collected promises from other classmates and stuck all notes in the form of leaves on the depicted tree. The result was a wonderful tree with lots of inspiring and promising messages. What is your promise to the environment?


Little wizards

The topic “magical” kept the Grade 2 learners busy the last past weeks.
Besides inventing creative magical tricks and spells during class, the students of Grade 2a prepared a magic show with lots of brilliant tricks, songs and rhymes which excited and amazed the Grade 1 learners and their parents on Friday, 10.5.

The following week all Grade 2 learners visited the “College of Magic” in Claremont which left our little wizards speechless.


Sold-out Chamber Music Evening on Friday, 24 May

The Auditorium of our school was sold out for our great Chamber Music Evening on Friday, 24 May.
The audience enjoyed the diverse program which catered for all musical tastes:
modern and classic pieces, songs, small ensembles, ballet and two self-composed pieces of a learner were performed to only name a few. A big thank you to all participants, teachers and organizers who contributed to this wonderful evening.
For everybody who missed the Chamber Music Evening: save the date for the DSK concert in September!


DSK Vs Maccabi Herzlia - friendly soccer game

Four DSK teams faced up to strong opponents from Maccabi Herzlia at the Greenpoint Cricket Club on Sunday, 19.05.

Maccabi (the Jewish sporting community) selected teams of players from across their Cape Town schools to play against the DSK  in U12 boys, U14 boys and U13 girls divisions.
The weather couldn’t have been better and a strong group of supporters came to cheer on their respective teams.
The results were as follows:
The DSK girls beat the Maccabi girls 4:1
Maccabi (A team) beat the DSK U12 boys (A team) 4:1
Maccabi (B team) beat the DSK U12 boys (B team) 7:0
Maccabi  beat the DSK U14 boys 5:1

It was a great morning of soccer and our boys and girls are looking forward to the rematch!

Experimento 10+ Workshop at the DSK

In the last of the four Experimento workshops teachers were introduced to the highly relevant topic of renewable energies. The decrease in affordable reserves of fossil fuels, the extremely risky use of nuclear energy and climate change have made it necessary to focus on sustainable energy from solar panels, hydropower, wind power and hydrogen technology. 

At the end of the 3-hour workshop principal Mr Battenberg and Mrs Schomer, co-ordinator of the Siemens Foundation Competence Centre at the DSK, handed over the certificates of participation and the Experimento 10+ kits for use in the participating schools. The feedback of the workshop was very positive, the next Experimento 10+ seminar will be held in 2014.


Project day for Grade 1 learners (Friday, 17.05 )

Project days are ideal to encourage kids to work together while learning about a special topic in a creative way.

Today’s topic was autumn. In conjunction with parents and class teachers, the kids enjoyed experiencing autumn at 15 different learning stations and crafted windmills, painted rainbows, kneaded trees and much more!


Dragon boat race - 11 May

The DSK dragon boat team won their first points for the season at the dragon boat competition at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 11 May.
The next race is at Century City on 22 June and all supporters are encouraged to join us!


Re-cycled Cars!- 3b class project

The class of 3b taught by Mrs van der Merwe crafted little cars made out of old consumables like old shoe boxes, milk and tomato sauce bottles.

The kids had lots of fun creating their vehicles and came up with some very originally designs. Some of the designs featured fully kitted-out interior furnishings including kitchens, beds, mirrors and toilets!
On a sunny day roadworthiness of the vehicles was tested on a hill at the school. Tyres were lost and some cars experienced breakdowns, but at the end of the day everybody had lots of fun and was very proud of their creations.


Fashion Show on 26 April

Congratulations to the Valedictory Ball Committee for organizing a fantastic Fashion Show at the school this year with Grade 9-12 models wearing the fashion of some well-known labels.


International friendly soccer game for DSK U13 boys

The DSK organized a friendly soccer game against Harare Hartmann House from Zimbabwe on Monday, 15 April 2013.
The game started off well with the DSK U 13 boys scoring first. Our boys had plenty of good chances to follow, but just before the break Hartmann House scored the equaliser, so the teams came off level at half-time.
Early in the second half, the DSK team took the lead once again with more goal opportunities to follow, but the team from Zimbabwe got stronger and once again levelled the score. In the final two minutes of the game the Harare boys scored the winning goal with the final result: 3:2.

Overall it was a competitive and good natured game which everybody thoroughly enjoyed. The DSK coach, Peter Magcweka, was proud of his boys: “It was an exciting game and great experience for both teams”


The apple does not fall far from its tree …

Keeping up with tradition, the VICTOR / VICTRIX LUDORUM TROPHY has been won by three family members:

  • 1978 Stefanie Bischoff (Mrs Grier, ex DSK student)
  • 2010 Nicholas Baines (son)
  • 2013 Savanah Baines (daughter)
At least the children inherited the sporting genes!

Successful Experimento workshop

Mr.  Stuart Cupdio, teacher from Esselen Park School and Experimento participant, conducted his new experiments in class which the learners clearly enjoyed.

The Experimento workshop from Siemensstiftung is a further education programme for teachers from Cape Town and surrounds held at the DSK.


Sunny sports fest


Download results

The weather couldn’t have been any better for our yearly sports fest held this year on the 20th of April.
It rained cats and dogs just days before, but thanks to our new drainage system the sports field was dry and the conditions were perfect.
Many of our learners achieved very good individual results and they were honoured with certificates of achievement, medals and trophies at the assembly on Monday morning.
A list with the best results can be downloaded here.
Savanah Baines won the Victix Ludorum Junior title for girls and Siphiwe Zulu is the new Victor Ludorum Junior for boys. Congratulations!
One of the highlights of the sports fest was the rally and tug-of-war between the red and blue school teams.
Parents and teachers joined in the fun and were dressed in a team colours and cheered on their favourite team. Everybody gave their best, but in the end the red team won the trophy for the best team spirit and best results! Well done everybody!


Staff teambuilding day - 12 April

It was an exciting and memorable day for the teachers and admin staff who competed in an “Amazing Race” through the city bowl.
Hopping on and off the red city bus, the teams had to complete tasks at the Aquarium, Castle, Companies garden and the Cable car station. Competing in teams of eight, the teams showed plenty team spirit and much laughter was had, especially when digging in the sand to build the most creative sandcastle at Camps Bay beach before rushing off to the finish line at the Waterfront.
The winning team, “the dazzling dark brown devils” still greet each other with a High 5!

Well done everybody and many thanks to the school board who made this teambuilding day possible.

„Cooler than I“ – the fourth DSK Poetry Slam

The line „Room Sound Mode in the Dream Dance Forum – where you feel the Beatz“ is fromaPoetry Slam contribution and describes the essence of this competition really well. The texts sound, phantasy and creativity rule, the words vibrate. All this was on offer to the audience on 18 April at the fourth Poetry Slam at the DSK, a learner event, at which the Multifunction Room, under the direction of Dirk Schulz, Oliver Krebs and Anke Wolfram was inaugurated in style with a first learner performance. The set of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head in the background could not have been better chosen.

This year once again the learners from grades 5 – 10 rhymed, rapped, chatted and performed their own texts with much joy for the German language. Poems on the school and school experiences or from the daily lives of the young ones were recited with much enthusiasm and humour in front of an enthralled audience. Especially the learners from the German as a Foreign Language Stream, who all presented texts of high quality, proved that for this competition it is not decisive how long one has learned German at the DSK, whether or not he is a native speaker, but that creativity and stage presence count. And so it came as no surprise that half our winners were from the Foreign Language Stream. The Slam of grades 5 - 7 was won by Min Young Jeong (7c), second place was shared by Emma Kubach (6c) as well as Savanah Bains and Sandra-Ann Roberts (both from 7b), Salvador Diebold and Max Weihe came third (both from 7b). In grades 8 - 10 the audience selected two groups of winners: Eden Galetta and Reece Francis (both from 9c) as well as Philip Hambrock, Pascal Hauser and Alexander Schulze-Hulbe (all from 9b). Sivuyile Genu, Nicholas Nefdt und Kyle Weiß (Gr.10) came second.
It was a very inspiring event for everyone and it is a known fact that after the Slam is before the Slam, a small anniversary awaits us in 2014 – 5 years of DSK Poetry Slam.
Dirk Schulz


DSK dragon boat team

The DSK dragon boat team took part in its first competition of the season at the Waterfront last Saturday.
Unfortunately, many team members had other commitments which left the team with mostly Grade 9 learners to compete against much older and stronger teams.
They did very well but at the end they were defeated by the other teams. However, everybody enjoyed themselves and is looking forward to the next competition!

The dragon boat team is currently also looking for new members. The training sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4h00-6h00pm, please contact Ramona Bachmann if you are interested!
Many thanks, Ramona Bachmann


Rotary Debating Competition

On Monday 15 April, the fourth round of the Rotary Debating Competition was held at the DSK. It made us all feel proud when parents and visitors from Herzlia, Reddam and DF Malan oohed and aahed about our lovely facilities. A big thank you to Mrs Bester and Isaac for keeping the school looking so attractive.

Reddam House College ASB could not put together a team in time so the Seniors won the debate by default. Our Juniors, however, were invincible. Nomzamo and Katleho promoted nuclear power with solid arguments showing that nuclear energy was more efficient, cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly that any other energy resource. But the star performer of the evening was Gianluca Verolini. Gianluca demolished every argument brought forward by the proposition in a masterful rebuttal that won him best speaker.    

Both teams are now in a strong position to go through into the knock-out rounds in the third term. For students who are not English mother-tongue speakers this is an extraordinary feat and the school can be proud of the analytical approach our students bring to debating topics. Teachers at the school do not  realise that they play a crucial role in our students’ debating victories through their nurturing in our students the ability to think analytically, making our students such formidable and confident debaters.



Many thanks to all bricks buyers

The bricks campaign ran for the past 6 months and finished with the official inauguration of the new building.
Many thanks to the 217 bricks buyers who contributed to the construction of the new multifunction room.
Turkish Airlines sponsored and raffled a return flight ticket to Istanbul for one person. The lucky winner was DSK alumni Volker Stehle who was unfortunately unable to attend the inauguration celebration.

In the picture below is Mr Gokalp Yazir from Turkish Airlines with principal Hermann Battenberg who accepted the flight ticket on behalf of Mr Stehle.


Easter Egg Hunt Grade 1

DSK debating teams victorious in all categories

On Monday, 18 March, our debating teams achieved a clean sweep against D.F. Malan and were victorious in all categories.

The Juniors started the day one short and Katleho was parachuted in at the last moment as second speaker.  What started off as a catastrophe turned out to be a triumph.  Our Juniors presented a compelling case for gun control in the United States with Nomzamo Tshuma winning best speaker. Nomzamo, with her unruffled composure, was convincingly supported by Katleho Nokjoana and Ite Mothibi whose lively rebuttal trounced DF Malan High School.

The Seniors had a difficult task. They had to make a case for limiting the publication of election polls during elections. The opposition expected to defeat us by making an issue of the right to know and access to information. However, our formidable team proved that such polls interfered with the electoral process and won the day. It was Nick Taylor’s maiden speech and he won best speaker. Nick was supported by another debut speaker, Oliver Hansen, whose deep analysis of various polling methods routed the opposition. Georgia Orill-Legg with her experience kept the team on course for a spectacular win.

It is not often we come home with four wins in one night and this puts us in a strong position for the next two rounds!

The next debate will be held at our school on 15 April when we face Reddam College, Atlantic Seaboard, at 18h30.

Four German Schools in Southern Africa united through music

The German International School Cape Town celebrates its 130th anniversary and hosted the grand orchestra meeting of the German Schools in Windhoek, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town from 11.-15. March 2013.
Themusicians from the four German Schools put together a diversified concert programme which catered for all musical tastes. In only one week of mutual preparation they had to get ready for the big day.
The sold-out Grand Finale Concert took place at the school on Friday evening (15.03) and for two hours 94 musicians performed in front of an excited audience of over 400 people.
The concert was honoured by the presence of the principals of all participating schools as wellas the principals of the German Embassy School in Addis, Ethiopia, and of the German Swiss International School in Accra, Ghana who all attended a regional meeting of principals of the German International Schools at the DSK the day before.
Mr and Mrs Stross and Mrs Reichardt, as representatives of the German Consulate were amongst the guests as well as many alumni.

Apart from classical music the sounds of popular film- and musical compositions such as “Phantom of the Opera” or “Pirates of the Caribbean” were performed with vigour and enthusiasm..
In the two pieces Schindler's List and Meditation by Thais, the orchestra accompanied the soloist Patrick Goodwin (Concert Master of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra). Another highlight were the popular hits “Everything I do I do it for you”, “Africa” and “I will survive” .

For two years now the orchestra musicians from the four German Schools have appeared on stage together once a year: the project was well received in Pretoria in 2011 and Windhoek in 2012.
The next orchestra meeting will take place in Johannesburg in 2015.
The German School Cape Town has its own Music Centre with top musicians as teachers to give learners the best opportunities to develop their talents in music.
Head of Department Music of the DSK is Felicitas Weidlich who was in charge of the organization of the Orchestra meeting and concert.
A big thank you to all musicians, organizers, teachers and host families to make this wonderful event happen!



Basketball U18 Girls won the Western Province Top Schools Finale

We are proud to announce that our U18 Girls won the Western Province Top School finals and our U13 Boys came second!
The finals were held on Saturday, 16 March in Bellville.
In the photograph is Annie Oldenburg holding a trophy which she won for being the most valuable player of the finals.

The following pupils were selected for the Western Province Schools Basketball training squads:
Boys U13
Telamon Ardavanis
Luke Pugin
Jonathan Engelhard
Stefan Ryll
Fabio Pugin

Boys U16
Stephan Scholtz
Well done everybody!


International Pi day

The class 7a/b with Ms Quentin celebrated the international Pi day with lots of interesting stories about the number Pi und small round cakes during their math class on 14 March. All students who were able to say the first 10 decimal places of the number Pi got an official membership card of the Pi club. Who says math can’t be fun?
Class 7a/b


We are proud of our learner Laura Andreas. Well done!

20th Enviro Sportsday organized by the German International School initiative K.I.D.S.

K.I.D.S. ( Klub Interact Deutsche Schule) was founded 23 years ago. Since then DSK teacher Brigitte McKee is guiding the actively involved junior Rotary organization, which strives to improve the critical situation of Cape Town’s home-, refugee camp- and street children.
The club helps in a way that promotes community involvement of the kids themselves as well as enables them to learn empowering skills to uplift their lives.
Amongst the various projects and workshops organized by K.I.D.S. is the Enviro Sportsday, the most important annual project which allows over 850 children of 10 children homes and their 150 social/childcare workers to have a fun day at the beach and to interact playfully with other children of other homes.
The 20th Enviro Sportsday was held at Big Bay Beach in Blouberg on 02 March and was blessed with good weather.
Kicking off with a beach clean-up the kids spent the rest of the day playing games such as touch-rugby, cricket, soccer, beach volleyball, tug-of-war and lots of other games.
Prizes were handed out to the winners of the beach clean-up, treasure dig, sand castle and Breakdance competition in form of donated soccer balls, toys, and sports articles.
Just like in previous years  the members of K.I.D.S. were amazed by the children’s need for love and attention and they realized how important initiatives such as K.I.D.S are.
A big “thank-you” to all organizers, participants and Mrs McKee for the success of the Enviro Sportsday and their great social engagement!


Pieter-Dirk Uys at the DSK

Pieter-Dirk Uys is author, actor, anti-apartheid activist, comedian, satirist and one of the most popular and renowned figures in the South African theatre.
With his extraordinary body of work he has also been celebrated in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Uys visited the DSK in the course of his HIV/AIDS awareness and education campaign and performed his one-man show in front of our older students (Grade 9-12).
He is particularly well-known for his on stage creation and alter-ego Mrs. Evita Bezuidenhout who was unfortunately unable to attend and who was replaced by her younger sister Bambi Kellermann.
The trade mark of the 67 year old entertainer is the constant change of characters live on stage and his provocative and satire expressions.
In his funny and witty style he described his upcoming during apartheid, the liberation struggle and poked fun at the ire of politicians while Evita’s sister focused on the HIV/AIDS prevention topic.
He spoke straightforward to our students and the message came across clear with sentences like: „This is the only life you have got- grab it- grab it with care and stay hungry for information!”, “Don’t look away from your fear- it will win! You must ask questions and speak up!”, “Future is one of the most exciting gifts ever” or “Democracy means every single person is the most important person in a democracy”.

Pieter-Dirk Uys has been campaigning with his HIV/AIDS education programme throughout the country for the past 12 years and had last visited the DSK 11 years ago.

He has since spoken to more than half a million children at schools in a frank and open manner about HIV/AIDS prevention.


Ivana chosen to participate at Junior Marine Biologist Course by ESKOM

Ivana from Grade 6  is a member of the Aquarium.  There is a Junior Marine Biologist Course sponsored by ESKOM at the Two Oceans Aquarium. 
After entering and handing motivation letters from various teachers and the principal, Ivana was one of only forty chosen out of hundreds to participate. 
She is thus the only one from the entire DSK to have the honour to participate in this prestigious Workshop.  Well done!!


Dragon boat training camp to prepare for the first competition

The dragon boat team met for a training camp at school last weekend, a week before the first competition kicks off at Century City.
The students camped on the sport fields and were kindly supplied with food and drinks by some of the parents who even brought home-made Lasagne.
Among the exercises were paddling at the Waterfront and running and climbing up Lions Head. It was a successful training camp in terms of team building and getting ready for the dragon boat season.
On Saturday there will be a Taiwanese opening ceremony at 11.30 am before the competition start at 12pm.

Students and parents are more than welcome to watch and support our team.
Ramona Bachmann- Dragon boat coordinator


Project day for classes 1a,1b and 1d

The first project day for the classes 1a,1b and 1d took place on the 27.02.with the help of the class teachers, parents and interns.
14 learning stations of different subjects were set up and explored by the young learners in the first three school lessons. The children were able to hear, paint or write letters or guess the fruits blindfolded while others were busy doing math games and reading exercises. All in all it was a fun interactive way of learning. Many thanks to the class teachers Veronica Schulz(1b), Ingrid Rode(1a), Steffi Müller (1d) and to all parents and interns who assisted the teachers.
Manuela Siegel (Principal Primary School)


DSK Junior Swimming Team won Störzner Trophy!

The DSK junior swimming team beat four other schools (Table View, Milnerton,  Elkanah and Golden Grove ) by a two point margin at the Gala held in Milnerton on Wednesday, 27 February .
We last won the Störzner Trophy in 2006. What a fantastic achievement!!!
Well done to all the swimmers, especially the new swimmers that have joined our school this year. The team spirit was phenomenal, we are very proud of everybody!
Also a big thank you to Mrs Grier and all the mum's and dads who assisted the team!!


Great results at the DSK Swimming Gala

The best swimmers were honoured at the assembly on 26.02, here are the results:

Lisa Fourie (Year 98): 4 time winner and 4 new school records
Tiana Schwab (Year 95):  4 winner and 3 new school records
Luke Taylor (Year 96): 4x winner and 2 new school records
The following learners came first four times: Julia Heckscher (Year 2000), Liv Etzold (Year 2003), Jonathan Kohrs (Year 2001) and Ralf Hansen (Year 1998)
Peter Etzold (Year 05) also received a cup for his great performance he came first three times and once second.

The following learners were top of their age group and received a medal for their achievement:
Girls:
Year 05: Camilla Smith
Year 04: Ella Bräuer
Year 03: Liv Etzold
Year 02: Dora Tartie
Year 01: Tamara Schmuck
Year 00: Julia Heckscher
Year 99: Johanna Engelhard
Year 98: Lisa Fourie
Year 97: Antonia Raabe
Year 96: Christina Geromont
Year 95 and older: Tiana Schwab

Boys:
Year 05: Peter Etzold
Year 04: Mark Backeberg/Lee Anderson
Year 03: Stefan von der Heyden
Year 02: Nicolas Oosthuizen
Year 01: Jonathan Kohrs
Year 00: Marco Detering
Year 99: Siphiwe Zulu
Year 98: Ralph Hansen
Year 97: Marc Müller
Year 96: Luke Taylor
Year 95 and older: Oliver Hansen

The red team dominated the fun relays and won with 9:2! Many thanks to all teachers for the great organization and the parents who volunteered to sell food and drinks!

Siemens Stiftung Experimento Workshops for teachers at DSK on 14./15. February

With its international education project, Experimento, the Siemens Stiftung aims to provide educators with the instructions and materials, which invite children and young people to think about possible solutions independently and creatively.
In terms of topics chosen, Experimento covers all aspects of energy, the environment and health and thus reflects global challenges such e.g. the greenhouse affect, renewable energies and drinking water abstraction.
Experimento offers roughly 100 experiments and teaching materials for age groups 4-7 (Experimento 4+), 8-12 (Experimento 8+) and 10-18 (Experimento 10+).
In developing Experimento, the Siemens Stiftung relies on the cooperation with experienced educational partners like the DSK which have expertise in implementing experimental educational projects.
The first Experimento 10+ workshop of this year took place on 14 February. It was organized by DSK teacher and coordinator Linda Schomer. 14 teachers from 10 schools from Cape Town and its surroundings participated, some travelled even as far as 200km. The participants were very enthusiastic after the workshop: “Best Valentine’s Day gift ever” and “I would like to stay here forever!” were just some of the positive feedbacks. Amongst the teachers from mainly township schools in and around Cape Town were also two teachers from the UCT Teaching Development Unit who will promote the programme to other schools in future. At the end of the day all participants took the materials of the learned experiments to their school to implement them in their classes.
The workshop includes in total four monthly meetings at the DSK.

The pilot programme Experimento 8+ led by DSK teachers Tasja Reckhaus and Anke Brand started on the following day. Mainly Primary School teachers from Cape Town were invited and the feedback during and after the workshop were as positive and enthusiastic as from the colleagues on the previous day. All in all is the programme a great success and all participants and lecturer are looking forward to the next event in March.


DSK Swimming Gala 21./22. February

The Swimming Gala was held on 21./22. February and lots of parents and classmates supported the swimmers.

Here the results to download.
Grade 2 to 7
Grade 8 to 12
Well done everybody!


Athletics Day of the Metropole Central Athletic Zone on Saturday, 16.02.

We are very proud of all our students who qualified for the next round at the Interschool Athletics Day Qualifiers on Saturday, 09.02.!
The performance level of the Metropole Central Athletic Zone was already pretty high and our learners Enzo Bergmann, Kirsty Davies, Olwethu Mvinjelwa, Marco Detering and Sandy Roberts unfortunately just failed to secure their place in the next round.
We would like to congratulate Ben Mohrstedt (1200m), Yalani Jacobsen (100m) and Frieda Hicks (1500m) on making it through to the Western Province Primary Schools Championships at UWC next Saturday (23.February)! We wish you the best of luck!


Eco Rangers beach clean-up

The first project of the DSK Eco Rangers kicked-off with a beach clean-up last Sunday (17.02.).
A group of 10 students and their parents collected 10 bags filled with rubbish when cleaning the beach of Melkbosstrand followed by a nice beach picnic and some fun in the water!
The project leader Steven Ehrman says: “It was a productive and fun day out! The young rangers are eager to make a difference and are currently discussing the next event which is supposed to take place in March.”
The Eco Rangers are part of the school’s “Go Green” campaign focusing on environmental issues which ultimately have a huge impact on our society.
The group meets every Tuesday from 2:30h – 3:15h at G1. Everybody is welcome!
If you have any questions please email Mr Ehrman on stevenehrman@dsk.co.za.
“DSK Eco Rangers- Be part of the solution and not the problem!”


Holocaust survivors Mr. Sonnenschein and Mrs. Silbert visit learners of Grade 9 and 12

Students from Grade 12 reflected on Mr Sonnenschein’s lecture on Friday (8.2):

"Usually the Holocaust seems a distant event that, while horrifying, is remote from our experience as young, born-free South Africans.  We found Mr Sonnenschein’s lecture a vivid reminder of the inhumanity of that time but we also took away with us some valuable life skills and insights that will help us in the future.
For instance, we could take a lesson from Mr Sonnenschein to stop blaming the past like Apartheid and rather focus on the future. We found Mr Sonnenschein’s determination to survive and, thereafter, to thrive a key in overcoming so many obstacles and close shaves with death. When he arrived in East London in the early 1950’s, we were impressed with his principled stand against the discrimination of Apartheid in treating his workers as equals and in not judging  people according to their race. He has given us a sharper appreciation of the simple needs in life like a slice of bread and the hunger for education which the Holocaust years denied him.
We also learnt the graciousness of his ability to forgive and be reconciled with his past tormentors – something we South Africans can learn so that we can be reconciled with the perpetrators of Apartheid and rather look toward the future and celebrate the rich diversity of our rainbow nation."
Babalwa, Robin and Silindo: Gr 12B History Class


Grade 6b: Valentine’s Day and Black Friday
In the true spirit of Valentine’s Day as well as Black Friday, learners and their teacher, Mrs. Grier, dressed in support of a common cause. 
Class discussions were held to highlight awareness of abuse against vulnerable women and children.

15.02.: Black Friday Campaign for Rape Awareness
Lots of learners and teachers were dressed in black today to take a stand against rape and the sexual abuse of women and girls.

Interschool Athletics Day for primary schools

The athletics day of the primary schools DSK, Jan Van Riebbeck, Camps Bay, Reddam, Tamboerskloof and Sea Point was unfortunately overshadowed by rain. Some events needed to be postponed to Monday, 11.02.
Here is the list of learners who qualified for the next Western Province qualification event at UWC coming Saturday (16.02).

Ben Mohrtedt –Boys U10: 1200m
Kristy Davies- Girls U12: 1200m
Kai Stross –Boys U12: 1200m, 75mH, 100m, Long jump
Frieda Hicks- Girls U13: 1500m
Emily Plambeck – Girls U10: 70mH
Yalani Jacobsen-Suma – Boys U10: 70mH, 100m
Enzo Bergmann – Boys U11: 70mH, High jump
Salina Luedi – Girls U13: 75mH
Lily Deleuriot- Girls U11: 80m
Olwethu Mvinjelwa  - Girls U13: 200m
Alexander Brodbeck – Boys U13: Long jump
Loreen Brinkmann- Girls U12: High jump
Sandy Roberts- Girls U13: High jump


Congratulations to our swimming team!!
The DSK High School swimming team won the Gala at Somerset College after an exciting relay Thursday 7 February!
Our swimmers competed against 5 teams from 4 schools: Somerset College, Durbanville High School (2 teams) and Fishhoek High School.

Well done everybody, we look forward to the next Gala at our school on the 21./22. February!

Latest results of our Basketball High School teams

Our teams started the season after the long holiday break with the following results:
28.01.2013  U18 Girls DSK 31  vs  Settlers High 30
31.01.2013  U18 Girls DSK 11  vs  Western Cape Sports School 59

30.01.2013  U13 Boys DSK 18  vs  Linge Primary 15
30 .01.2013 U16 Boys DSK 17  vs  Westerford High 18

30.01.2013 U19 Boys DSK 13  vs  Westerford High 64

Our High School Swim Team started the season with a third place at Camps Bay High School Gala
Congratulations to our High School swim team which competed against 6 schools at Camps Bay High School last Thursday, 31.01.
Milnerton High School won the first Gala of this year before Stellenberg, DSK, Camps Bay, Elkanah House and Reddam. The next Gala will be hosted at Somerset College on the 07.02.

Happily reunited after 40 years Matric at the alumni get-together at the DSK

The school celebrates its 130th anniversary and 2013 is especially dedicated to our alumni!
Linda Schomer, Rainer Uebersezig and Rolf Annas had a lot to talk and laugh about: the three school friends saw each other for the first time after their Matric in 1973! Though they were close friends during school days they lost contact when everybody spread out in the big wide world - what a nice surprise to see their fellow class mates at the gathering and sure enough they will stay in contact from now on! Younger and older alumni celebrated in a relaxed atmosphere outside the school cafeteria with great live music from the band of Adolf Thelen, Bratwürsten, beer and sunshine on Saturday, 26.01.. Especially one alumni was able to talk about the olden days of the school: Gerald Lompa was one of the first students to pass Matric in 1964 and the first to move into the new school building in Tamboerskloof in 1961. His Matric year celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and his goal is to bring every single student of his year back to the school, no matter where they live in the world!

It was only the first alumni get-together of the year with more events to follow!
If you would like to stay in contact with the school, fellow class mates and teachers please sign up directly on our alumni portal https://dskapstadt.alumniportal.org. For any questions, ideas or suggestions please email our new Alumni and Communications coordinator Sandra Oberste on alumni@dsk.co.za.


Record number of learners starts Grade 1 at the German International School

For our 57 German-speaking Grade 1 learners school started on Wednesday 23 January 2013.  They kicked off with the German traditional “Zuckertüte” (colourful school bag with sweets and stationery), Pretzel and a great school play performed by learners of the 2nd Grade. It is the first time the DSK has 4 streams of German speaking school starters, which seems only fitting since we celebrate the 130th  anniversary of the founding of our school!!!
It was a big day for the youngsters and some parents seemed to be as excited and nervous as the little ones!


Grade 2 students welcomed the new learners with a great school play
A big ‘thank you‘ to all learners of Grade 2 who performed in the school play “Niko und der kleine Bär auf dem Weg zur Schule“ in front of the new Grade 1 students and their parents at the welcome ceremony. The message of the play was clear: if you want to learn something you need to go to school!
The little actors repeated their performance for their proud parents in the evening.
Many thanks to the class teachers who put a lot of effort into this brilliant play.

DSK welcomes new non-German speaking learners

School started for the learners of the DSK on Thursday, 17.01.2013.
Two new classes of the English-speaking stream (starting in 5th Grade) and their parents were introduced and warmly welcomed at the assembly.

Warm welcome to the new teachers
From left: Fadia Williams, Steffi Müller, Swantje Grüßling, Watu Kobese, Thomas Horler, Peter Fellner, Thomas Graben, Ramona Bachmann, Jens Zundel and Nicole Fellner

 

 
 
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