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Alumni Class of 2014

The DSK Class of 2014 presented the school with their Altschüler/Alumni present. Seen here is parent Bettina Taylor donating 3 picture frames for the KTS.
The frames will be filled with outstanding art work of the Class of 2014 and mounted on the walls of the KTS. We hope future leavers classes will be inspired to continue this new found tradition. Ein herzliches Danke Schön an die großzügigen Spender!

Siemens Foundation MD visits the DSK

We were pleased to host Nathalie von Siemens (MD of the Siemens Foundation, Germany) and Rebecca Ottmann (Siemens Foundation Project Manager for Africa). They were keen to speak to teachers from the Khayelitsha schools that had attended the Experimento workshops at the DSK this year. So together with Gillian Kay (UCT Schools Development Unit) we visited Intshayelelo Primary School and Forest Heights Senior School, where we met with the headmasters and the science staff. As both schools have no adequate laboratory facilities, the teachers are very grateful for the training and laboratory kits they have received through the Siemens Competence Centre at the DSK.

Siemensstiftung Workshops für deutsche Kindergärten

Tasja Reckhaus and Anke Brand hosted two Siemensstiftung workshops at the DSK this term. Child care workers and staff from the German Kindergartens St. Martini Kindergarten Cape Town and Wynberg branch, Purzelbaum Kindergarten Bellville, Kunterbunt Kidz and KIKUS SA were amongst the attendees. Several stations were set up to run interactive experiments where participants learned about the environment, energy and health.
At the last workshop all participating Kindergartens were excited to receive their big Experimento 4+ box to take home as their “graduation present”.
Linda Schomer

Grade 6 Stufenfest at Linga Longa

The Stufenfest was held at Linga Longa on Tuesday 25th November. All Grade 6 children, parents and teachers were invited. We combine all of classes because the class reps Mirabel, Manda, Karin and Lauren have committed to hosting 2 parties per year to integrate the classes from both streams from Grade 5 onwards. We hope that by setting this example that classes below us follow and that the two streams become much more integrated. The evening was fun. It is lovely to meet the parents that we don't always get a chance to see and also to meet the children and parents from the other stream. There was lots of laughter and chatter around the braai area.  Linga Longa provided an excellent relaxing venue for our function. Our sincere thanks goes to Eike and Francine from Linga Longa who assisted us tremendously in making the evening a success. 
Lauren Bräuer

Reading competition of the Grade 5-7 learners

On 27 November the reading competition of the Grades 5-7 (DaM and DaF) took place in the library. Two learners from each class were selected to participate and had to read out a chosen and a given (not known) text in front of a jury.
The jury consisted of Ingrid Rode (Primary School), Andrea Schmidt (Bookstore Naumann), Boris Pfeiffer (Children book author), Peer Barsch (DaF) and Mrs. Eckrich ( intern for German and history).
Congratulations to the winners:
DaM: 1.  Josua Wenzel 6b, 2. Lola Steiner 7a, 3.  Romy Stevens 6a
DaF:  Emma Kubach 7c und Phi Anh Ngyuen 5d shared the first prize, 2. Liyema Centane 5c,  3. Sade Tizora 6c
The jury was especially impressed by the DaF learners, who aced the unprepared German text.
Well done everybody!

Santa Shoebox Project 2014

The Santa Shoebox Project continues to be supported with enthusiasm and artistic creativity by our school. This is an inspiring and heart-warming project which provides useful Christmas gifts for under-privileged children in South Africa.  Not only does the box include a toy and sweets but also toiletries, an item of clothing and stationery.
This year our Interact Club (KIDS) managed the collection and distribution of the boxes and eventually 174 exquisitely wrapped and generously gifted boxes were collected. Each shoe box was in itself a work of art, inscribed with endearing, personal messages from our learners.
Shoeboxes for children ten years and younger went to Philisa Abafazi Bethu, an organization committed to serving the women and children of Lavender Hill. When the social worker for the organisation, Lucinda Evans, arrived to collect the boxes in their kombi, she was overwhelmed by the school’s generosity and care. With tears in her eyes, she thanked the school and told us what a wonderful surprise she would have for her committee when she returned to Lavender Hill that morning. The gifts will be distributed at their Christmas party for disadvantaged children in Lavender Hill on 5 December.
The balance of the shoeboxes which are appropriate for teenagers went to two homes supported by our Interact Club, namely Percy Bartley House and Ons Plek. Many of these youngsters are either orphans or have been removed from homes where they have been abused. This shoebox will be the only gift they receive for Christmas. All of the wonderful leaners who took the time, the trouble and thoughtfulness to create these stunning gifts can feel proud that they will have brought so much joy to children less privileged than themselves.

Grateful thanks go to Mila Newby, Gcobani Mapungu, Gianluca Verolini and senior members of KIDS who were responsible for the collection and distribution of these unique gifts. To all the amazing teachers in our school who inspire our learners to have a sense of social responsibility to think of others and produce so many beautiful gifts, we owe a deep debt of gratitude.  This year the prize for the most shoeboxes pro rata goes to the Parow school. But, in fact, there should be a prize for all the learners who made a contribution. In the act of giving, you are all winners! 

Marimba Concert

On Thursday, 27.11.2014 Sonwabile Marimba Band had their annual concert. All our hard work, fun and love of music  was put on display for parents and guests. Among old favourites, like Welcome to Cape Town, Fairytale and Pretty Belinda, we also performed some new songs. Sinako, Amasiko, P.N.M. and Noma China were all a huge success and delight to the band members. Ikamva performed as our guest band and I can only say: “Thank you, Kwanele. Hopefully we can aim to sound like that.” It was wonderful to end the year on such a high note.
Silke Engberts

Well-known children book author from Germany at the DSK

Boris Pfeiffer, the German author of the popular children book series “Die drei ???” and “Das Wilde Pack” visited the DSK for a few readings from the 24th-27th of November. The vast majority of children are familiar with his books and were excited to meet him in person and to ask him all sorts of questions. It was Mr Pfeiffer’s second visit to the DSK. After Cape Town he is heading to Durban and Johannesburg visiting more schools as part of his two week reading-tour in South Africa. We hope to see him again in 2015!

DSK Chess tournament

On 15 November our DSK chess tournament took place at the school, welcoming chess fans of all ages and different levels (Open and Junior section).
Congratulations to the winners of the Open section (51 participants): 1.M James; 2. A.Dole ; tied third place: S Bhawwodien and S Willenberg.
The highest scoring DSK player was Luka Elliott (Grade 10).
The Junior event had 53 participants with A. Weiner, T.Barbosa and S.Siyo achieving first, second and third place respectively.
The best DSK player of the Junior event was Charlotte Kloos of Grade 5. Congratulations to everybody!
Many thanks to our chess teachers Watu Kobese and Ingrid Rode, who organized the tournament this year.

Class 2a and 2b theatre performance

It was with great enthusiasm that our Grade 2 learners practised for their theatre performance on 6 November. The evening started with the great play “Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten” from class 2b with teacher Mrs Schulz, followed by the musical “Regenbogenfisch komm hilf mir” from class 2a with Mrs Rode. Congratulations to our young, talented actors!
Ingrid Rode

Ex- national handball player at the DSK

A prominent guest visited our Girls Olympia Handball training session on 13 November: Kathrin Scholl, an ex-national player from Germany imparted her knowledge of Handball to our girls!

First Lego League (FLL) victory

Last Saturday (8 November), our SAP Edukids team won the Project Innovation Award at the First Lego League Western Cape Competition at the Cape Town Science Centre!
They impressed as a team – and this is about presenting in front of total strangers – so, above all, valuable life skills for the entire team under team captain Sebastian Haug and Teacher/coach Teddy Veerasamy were gained.
Well done guys!!
Ute Buerkle, SAP mentor for FLL

25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

To celebrate this memorable event the German Consulate- General Cape Town in conjunction with the DSK organised a run on 9 November, starting from St. George’s Mall to the sports field of the DSK.
Almost 50 runners of all fitness levels joined and enjoyed a relaxing braai at the school afterwards. Let’s do it again next year for the 25 year anniversary of German Unity!

Soccer tournament at the DSK

With a record number of participants the soccer tournament of the “Neue Sekundarstufe”(English stream) kicked off at the DSK sports field on 18 October.
We are happy that this tournament is a well-established and popular annual event these days which attracted 20 teams from 9 schools this year: participating were Bokmarkierie Primary School (Athlone), Impendulo PS (Khayelitsha), Llandudno PS, Disa PS (Hout Bay), Chappel Street PS, The Ark Christian School, Sunningdale Football Club and of course the teams from the DSK including Tygerberg.
On a sunny day 160 children enjoyed a fun filled day of soccer fighting for the popular trophy and mingling with each other.
Learners from disadvantaged areas were provided with transport to and from the DSK as well as food and drinks during the tournament.
Parents organized a wonderful flea market and you could find everything from Spiderman masks to playmobil, Donald Duck comics and clothes. The winner of the U9 tournament 2014 was Llandudno Primary and the trophy for the U11 tournament went to Sunningdale Football Club after two exciting and well-played finals. Congratulations to the winning teams, we hope the DSK can win the trophies back next year!

Last but not least a big thank-you to all helpers including: Eike, Ingrid and the Tuckshop team, Reedwan, the first aiders, the ground staff, colleagues who acted as referees, interns and all I forgot to mention here: Without your help this wonderful tournament wouldn’t be possible!
Holger Wolfram

Levinia Küpper qualified for the national team

Congratulations to our learner Levinia Küpper who won the National Championships in mini trampoline (junior elite) the second year in a row!
She also qualified for the national team and will represent South Africa at the Zone 6 African Competitions in Namibia on 10 December.
The DSK is very proud of Levinia and we wish her the best of luck!

News from our satellite campus in Tygerberg: Ballet exam

We are proud of our young ballerinas who successfully passed their first ballet exam: Primary Test - Classical Ballet – Cecchetti Society Faculty by "Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing".

Congratulations to Mia Schmeißer, Angelica Lutz and Juliette Brügers and their coach Tanja Koschorrek who is a DSK Alumni!

Grade 1 „Buchstabenfest“

On 29 November our Grade 1 learners (1a,1b and 1c) excitedly awaited a special day at school where they celebrated their “Buchstabenfest”.
At 12 different working stations they practised everything they had learned about letters within the past year: they cooked, baked, stamped, read, wrote letters and even used their bodies to form different letters.
Everybody had lots of fun and at the end of the day each child received a medal.
A big thank you to all parents, who assisted on that day and made it a fun learning experience!
Tasja Reckhaus, Lena Acton und Julia Graul

School bazaar 2014

It was that time of the year again: our biggest annual fundraiser took place on the first Saturday in November!
The weather forecast predicted strong winds and it didn’t look too promising for the bazaar day, but thankfully it turned out to be a pleasant summer’s day! As in the previous year’s thousands of bazaar fans flocked to the DSK to spend a fun filled day with family and friends.
This year the younger visitors were able to enjoy an even more action filled programme including water balls, a fuffy slide, a trampoline, a petting zoo, archery, go-karting, face painting and other field games, while the youth was taken care of in a youth park and youth disco.
At our popular talent show our learners showed what they have got on stage and they danced, sang and performed in groups or individually in front of a jury and proud parents.
Late comers were disappointed to find all raffle tickets for our Tombola were sold out. Valuable prizes could be won with the main prize being 2 return tickets to Europe sponsored by Lufthansa. But there was a second chance to win flight tickets this year: the winner of the Bull-riding competition went home with 2 return tickets to Europe from Edelweiss Air!
Especially bargain hunters enjoyed browsing through our bookstore, nursery and flea market while our popular Christmas Shop sold wonderfully creative articles and yummy homemade German Christmas treats.
Lots of different food stalls catered for everybody’s taste, from a huge cake variety in our Mozart Café to one of the many stalls offering typical German food like Bratwurst, Kassler, Meatballs and Sauerkraut to name just a few. In the afternoon live music kicked off in the beer tent.
Turkish airlines sponsored the flight tickets for this year’s main gig from Germany. The cover band “Bayernmän” created a great atmosphere and entertained the crowd with popular party songs in the evening, inviting everybody to sing along and mingle on the dance floor.
If you liked it a bit quieter, the Vinoteca and Alumni Champagne bar were the places to be. The bazaar is always a popular event for former students, teachers and parents to mingle with old classmates and meet familiar faces.  But the bazaar is not only a highlight for the German community in the Cape. Our fundraiser is a well-known event for Capetonians!
The DSK (German School Association Kapstadt) is a NPO (Non-profit organisation) with the aim to raise funds to keep up the high level of social welfare at the school.
Funds generated at the bazaar will be allocated to various projects aimed at benefitting the school community and improving the school life of our learners. Though the school bazaar is a parent initiative, each year the whole school is involved with many months of preparation. We would like to say a big “thank you” to everybody involved who helped to make this year’s school bazaar another big success!
A special thanks goes to Iris Henkel and her bazaar team for the great organization and their incredible efforts!

Curiouser and Curiouser: „Alice im DSK Wonderland“

Please click here for the article in German.

Basket project of Class 2a

After some organisational difficulties we finally got the material for our class project. Since days the children weave with great excitement and are surprised of the various possible forms and designs of the baskets.
Many thanks to “Cape Town Society for the Blind” who provided us with the rattan and to Mr Bernd Schulz who delivered the bottom of the baskets.
Ingrid Rode Class teacher 2a

"Lesefest" Grade 2

On 21 October whe had our annual “Lesefest” of Grades 2a, 2b and 2c.
We had 15 work stations in three rooms between which the children could move freely.
The stations were planned in a way to provide reading, writing, maths, handicraft and games with different grades of difficulty. Provision was also made for individual and team work.
After 4 lessons we finished with delicious cake provided by helpful mothers.
Ingrid Rode

Swimmers qualify for WP team

Finally! After a two month waiting period the names of swimmers who qualified for the Western Province team at the SA School Games in December was released. And the school is very proud to announce that 5 learners of the DSK made the team: congratulations to Liv Etzold (Grade 5), Nicholas Oosthuizen (Grade 6), Johanna Freers (Grade 6), Paula Freers (Grade 8) and Jule Heckscher (Grade 8) who will participate at the National School Games in Pretoria from 11-15 December! We keep our fingers crossed!
Jule Heckscher

Valedictory Ceremony 2014

It was time to say goodbye to the graduating class of 2014 on the 20th of October. Parents and the school community gathered to wish the Grade 12 learners well and to celebrate the end of their school career at the Valedictory Ceremony in the KTS.
Congratulations to all Valedictorians and special congratulations to our prize-winners for their outstanding achievements in various subjects: Kristin Winkler, Marie Wrodnigg, Katharina Krux, Oscar Junge, Chelsea Daniels, Jona Valcarcel, Jeffrey Munks, Alexandre Ortscheit, Julia Uys.

Prizewinners Valedictory 2014
Stahmerpreis Kombi
Kristin Winkler
Stahmerpreis NSC
Marie Wrodnigg

Katharina Krux

Oscar Junge

Gisela Lange Preis
Deutsch als Muttersprache
Marie Wrodnigg
Katharina Krux
Chelsea Daniels

Jona Valcarcel

Jeffrey Munks
Alexandre Ortscheit
Julia Uys

We wish you all the best for your future!

Till Eulenspiegel at our satellite campus in Tygerberg

How do you know that spring arrived in Cape Town? Of course when the learners of our satellite campus in Tygerberg perform their annual “Frühlingsgtheater” (Spring theatre)!
This year we were entertained by eight different Tills with their original red costumes as every class showcased two stories of Till Eulenspiegel.
Every child had a role in the story and it was overall a great and creative event. Many thanks to the young actors and teachers!
Karen Hahne

Alumni and Swim star Sarah Poewe at the DSK

We were very happy to welcome our Alumni and Swim star, Sarah Poewe to our school on Monday 20 October!
Sarah matriculated in 2001 and looks back on a long and very successful swimming career: She successfully took part in 4 Olympic Games (2000-2012), won 2 World Cup Gold medals and countless German and European Championship titles!
While in Cape Town for her new Swim clinic, she took some time out to meet our Swimming Gala learners to give an inspirational talk about her career, how to overcome challenges and her new venture as a coach. The learners were given the chance to ask her a lot of questions and were fortunate to also receive an autograph from Sarah afterwards. Some of Sarah’s old teachers also took time to say hello and catch up with her.
Many thanks to Sarah for her great talk and her mother Lorraine who made the effort to visit the school! We wish her all the best for her future!

Great performance of the play “Die Jagd nach einem extra Katzenleben”

The Grade 5-9 DaF and DaM theatre group showcased their play “Die Jagd nach einem extra Katzenleben” in the KTS on the 23rd of September.
The play starts with the old cat Kasimir telling some young kittens a story of his past. He recounts the famous “Katzenball” that was held on Table Mountain every year, but one year was unforgettable! The talent show was always the highlight of the ball with all cats showing off their dancing and performing skills. The winner received the sought-after “Golden Mouse” which gives the person who eats the mouse an extra life. The cat “Mitternacht” and her friends decided to steal the Golden Mouse during the show, but thankfully the detectives were able to find and arrest the thieves.

At the beginning of the year the theatre group decided to not only perform but also write their own play. It was challenging at some times but very rewarding at the end. The children learned a lot and it was great to see how much the group grew together over the past months. All in all it was a wonderful experience and a great success! We are looking forward to next year!

Reading aloud competition of the Primary School on 16 October

Last week the reading aloud competition of the Primary School took place in the KTS for the Grade 2-4 learners. The children from Tygerberg also participated.
The children had to read out a known and an unknown text from the book “Die feuerrote Friederike” written by Christine Nöstlinger.
All learners who didn’t read out loud had to listen intently as there was a quiz on the book afterwards where small prizes could be won.
Well done everybody and special congratulations to the winners of the competition 2014:

Grade 2:              1. Yannik Fellner (2b)
                              2. Gia Balmer (2a)
                              3. Ruby Dewes (2a)

Grade 3:              1. Nicola Scherner (3b)
                              2. Konstantin Spechtler (3c)
                              3. Clemens Seiwert (3a)

Grade 4:              1. Dimi Skokas (4a)
                              2. Maxine Roesler (4b)
                              3. Isabelle Gautier (4b)

Day of German Unity Assembly

With a special Assembly the school celebrated the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) and the 25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall yesterday.
The school was honoured by the attendance of the new German Consul General Dr. Bernd Rinnert who shared his personal memories with our students about the division of West and East Germany.
The assembly concluded with the rendition of the German and South African National Anthem.

“Büchner Prize winner” Felicitas Hoppe visited our school

The “Büchner Prize winner” Felicitas Hoppe visited the school on 23 September to read out various extracts of her work to our high school students.
Felicitas Hoppe was born in Hameln as the third out of five children. In 1980 she obtained her Abitur, after which she started her studies in literature, rhetoric, religion, Italian and Russian at various universities in Hildesheim, Tübingen, Oregon (USA), Berlin and Rome. To finance her studies she worked at different language schools, was a teacher for German as a foreign language, which she taught at the Goethe Institute and wrote articles for various Feuilletons. Since 1990 she received numerous scholarships, since 1996 she is an independent writer who lives in Berlin.
1997 she took a year off to travel around the world on a container ship with her journey starting and ending in Hamburg. After this experience she regularly travels around to write and present her work in Germany and overseas, including a visit to our school!
Besides literature she has a love for music and history. Occasionally she works as a journalist for various newspapers, magazines and the radio, as well as for school books and children books.
Felicitas Hoppe is a member of the German Academy for language and recently worked as visiting professor for intercultural poetics at the university in Hamburg.
Mrs Hoppe presented a short extract of her book “Der Balkon” and invited the students to an open discussion afterwards, which developed into a lively question and answer game.
The last 30 min of her presentation she was supported by our former principal of the DSK, Mr Harthmut, who visited the DSK during his holidays in Cape Town and who knew Mrs Hoppe from previous readings in Germany.

Valedictory Ball 2014

The culmination of one’s school-going years is something every student looks forward to.  Not only is it a time to reflect on the years spent learning and growing, it is a time to don a suit, or a gorgeous dress, and eat, drink, dance and be merry in a final farewell to school-life.  This is exactly what happened on the evening of the 23rd of September at Suikerbossie Restaurant in Hout Bay where the DSK Class of 2014 celebrated the end of twelve years of schooling with parents, partners and teachers.  The evening, themed ‘The Night Circus’, was an elegant affair, with the venue dressed in accents of black, white, red and gold and bathed in soft light from candles and lanterns.  Bottles of champagne were popped, touching and humorous speeches were delivered and delicious food was savoured by all in attendance.  A group of Grade 11s provided entertainment and the chequered dance-floor remained festively full for most of the evening.

Thanks and congratulations for the organisation of the event go to Miss Nicole Nortje and the Grade 11 Valedictory team, assisted by Mrs Pedersen.

Thought-provoking play “Foursight” in the KTS

There were two performances of the play “Foursight” by Kate Liquorish in the KTS on 6 October. Kate is a very talented and experienced young actress who is telling the story of a High School killing a year after the event through the experiences of the four characters closest to the perpetrator.  It’s about perception and loss, culpability and just being human.
In attempting to understand how and why it happened the play cracks open the shell of school violence by investigating the roles of bullying in schools, our education system, the media, the teenage mind and the absent parent.
Foursight is as entertaining as it is insightful. It’s a beautiful display of storytelling with one actor seamlessly flowing between four characters: a cynical teacher, an estranged best friend, an unstable mother and a girl who just doesn’t quite get it. It’s a funny and heart wrenching piece of theatre that needs to be seen.
The Grades 7-12 were attending this thought-provoking piece of theatre and a vivid discussion followed afterwards reflecting on this important topic.

Career Talks with parents

After the successful parents and alumni involvement at our Career Expo, the career guidance team in cooperation with the SRC initiated a series of Career Talks with parents.
As part of the SRC Life Skills Talks the first Career Talk kicked off on Tuesday with DSK mother Ute Bürkle, who presented her profession as a “project manager” as well as different job opportunities at the international company SAP.
The learners had the opportunity to ask and discuss personal questions. It is planned to regularly invite work professionals (parents) from various industries with the aim to present our high school learners  a broad spectrum of interesting professions in an interactive environment.  We hope that the Career Talks will be a valuable and well perceived event in future. If you are interested to present your profession and your company within our Career Talks series, please contact Muriel Kossmann on

Hands on Biology lesson

The Biology lesson for all Grade 7 and 8 learners took part in nature this morning. Our DSK Eco Rangers joined the big clean-up project, which took place behind our school premises and was also the first event for our new Eco Ranger teacher, Gaby Noble.
In groups of 9 and under the guidance of a City Ranger, all students hiked up the stretch behind the Jan van Riebeeck sports field. Equipped with plastic gloves and recycling and non-recycling bags, they enthusiastically looked for rubbish to fill their bags, while asking the rangers lots of questions about the environment and their job. This resulted in numerous rubbish bags being filled and the learners enjoyed swopping their classroom environment  to being more hands-on!
Many thanks to Christoph Abt who initiated this project in conjunction with the City Bowl Section Ranger, Mathabatha Matjila.

Excursion to the aquarium

On Wednesday, 3 September all our Grade 5 classes visited the aquarium at the Waterfront, as part of their biology curriculum.
Divided into small groups and supervised by a teacher or parent, the groups visited the different levels and areas in the aquarium, trying to answer all questions related to a questionnaire they received. The questionnaire focused on topics like Indian and Atlantic Ocean, penguins, seaweed and predators. Following that task, the learners had the opportunity to dissect a fish in one of the aquarium’s own class rooms. Though the smell of dead fish was something they had to get used to, they all had great fun and learned a lot during their visit.

DSK Concert

The DSK concert was the musical highlight of the year and once again our young learners showed off their talents in a diverse line-up  of entertaining solo and group performances!
The KTS was jam-packed on both concert days with lots of visitors standing in order to get a glimpse of the stage.

We saw lots of promising talents and the variety of singing, dancing and musical performances catered for everybody’s taste. As every year, the students and teachers worked very hard to make it happen. We want to thank all our young performers, our music teachers David Patrick, Felicitas Weidlich and Silke Engberts as well as all helpers who contributed to the success of our concert evenings!

Five’s Football Tournament

In the first September week we had three of the DSK soccer teams take part in the Five’s Football Tournament. On Tuesday 2 September, the u14 boys played a successful tournament and finished with a deserved victory on the first day! The following day the u15 girls played and though they had a slow start, they reached the final which they unfortunately lost. On Thursday the u16 boys competition kicked off, which was even tougher and more competitive. The boys made me proud as they reached the final, but then they lost in a nerve-racking penalty shoot-out.
All in all I am very proud of all three teams for reaching the finals and I can confidently say that the DSK teams flew the DSK flag high with pride. Well done to all my players who took part!
Peter (DSK soccer coach)

SLIM Cup: Soccer Ladies Indoor Master Cup on 21 August

I would like to start off by saying “thank you” to all those that helped with the tournament and came to support.
I want to say “well done” to both of the DSK teams as both teams reached the knock- out stages playing some amazing football  and representing the DSK flag with pride.
The older girls team came 3rd . What took me for a surprise were the younger girls who went all the way to the final by beating former champions Camps Bay in the  semi-final in a nerve-racking penalty shoot-out. They went to play Fairmount in the final, but lost with pride. Well done, I’m proud of all the girls who played!
Peter Magcweka (DSK soccer coach)

Rodger Rileys trip to Germany

Rodger Riley has been working at the DSK since 2010 and you can easily recognize him: always busy and always a polite smile on his face. He belongs to the New Apostolic Church and sings in the Cape Town male choir which is no surprise listening to his beautiful tenor voice!
Thanks to the great relationship between the New Apostolic Church Cape Town and their headquarters in Germany, the South African choir was invited to the big Church Convention which was held in Munich on the 7th and 8th of June 2014 to perform in front of thousands of people. What a big honour and a once in the lifetime opportunity!
The choir with its 104 members planned a two week trip to Germany from 29 May – 11 June where they gave several concerts in different cities. “I have never been to Germany before; in fact I have never been flying in my life. It was all so exciting!” said Rodger.
A warm welcome by their host families at the airport quickly eased the nervousness. Sightseeing, giving concerts and experiencing the German way of life was the schedule for the coming two weeks. After Hamburg they visited Dortmund, Munich and Frankfurt staying either in hostels or with a host family.
For Rodger the most unforgettable event was definitely the Church convention in Munich. His choir had the honour to sing in front of 30’000 people in the Olympiapark stadium. The next day they experienced a church service with over 60’000 members of the Apostolic church which was led by the chief apostle. This was the ultimate highlight for all members.
This was Rodgers impression of Germany: “I had a great time! Germany is very clean and tidy. The trains and busses are always on time. I even timed the train and it arrived on the dot! That was impressive! I noticed a lot of people on bicycles, also in the cities. The people were not always so friendly, they always seemed to be in a rush.” Besides an overall fantastic experience and an amazing trip he will especially miss the German food and a cold Weissbier.
Though everything was planned and organized for the choir members in Germany, each of them had to raise funds to cover the costs for the flights and some living expenses. Remarkably all 104 members were able to reach that goal. For Rodger the DSK was the most important fundraiser: “I want to thank the DSK community and everybody else who made it possible for me to go to Germany from the bottom of my heart! Without you the trip would have not been possible! Lord bless you!!”

Teambuilding day

There were lots of speculations about this year’s teambuilding day, as no information about the location or the actual event was leaked in advance. Only a brief email from the organizers, Verena Quentin and Swantje Grüssing, to bring along sneakers, comfortable clothes and sun cream indicated that some outdoor activities were involved.
At 11am sharp, teacher and administration staff met outside the school and was transported to our secret destination! Luckily the weather changed for the better and the sun welcomed us when we arrived at Backsberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
Our two hosts gave us a brief rundown of the history and philosophy of the family owned wine estate, which is almost 100 years old, before some snacks and wine was served in their beautiful garden. The atmosphere was relaxed and we looked forward to the actual teambuilding event which sounded thoroughly entertaining.
We divided into groups of 10 and were tasked with creating our own blend of red wine combining Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz. With only five attempts we had to choose our best blend to enter into a 'competition'. A judge and jury of three viticulturist's were not only on hand to rate our wines, they also required a name, logo, poem or slogan for our blends. The teams had to present their blends to the group which proved to be very entertaining as teams came up with creative ideas leaving the group in stitches.
Team 1 won the best blend followed by team 4. Team 7 won the prize for the best presentation for their “Red Ruby Riot”.
After the competition we all enjoyed a fantastic lunch in a beautifully set-up garden leaving us enough time to mingle with colleagues in a relaxed environment. All in all it was a great teambuilding day for the DSK staff and we would like to thank the organizers, Backsberg Wine Estate and of course the school board management who made this successful day happen.

DSK Fashion Show

“Not just another Fashion Show” was our vision, to give the annual DSK Fashion Show a facelift, & that is exactly what it became. Those that came out to support would not hesitate in saying that the fashion show, hosted on the 15 of August 2014, was a hit.  Not only did we have top local designers that catered for all the trend-setters of the Cape, we also had an array of entertainment that left many of our audience questioning their dancing skills.  From Hip Hop Dancers to Burlesque performers & our very own Magic Mikes, the show was a great success.
Overall it was a memorable night & it was amazing seeing our hard work come to life on the ramp.
The 2014 Valedictory Team

DSK Career Expo 2014

This year’s Career Expo was held in the big and small sports hall at the DSK on Wednesday, 20 August.
Over 60 exhibitors, parents and alumni gave learners from Grade 9-12 valuable insight into various industries, universities, colleges and professions. The smaller sports hall was mainly reserved for our parents and alumni who volunteered as work professionals to share their experiences and professions, which was very well received by the students. The learners of Grade 10 and 11 visited the Expo well prepared as they completed an online career test in life orientation beforehand. They also received a list of exhibitors to prepare questions for the Expo accordingly. All in all it was a great success and in future a stronger cooperation between students, parents and alumni is planned.
A big thank you to all participants and special thanks to all parents and alumni who made the effort to join our Career Day!

Dragon boating regatta

On Saturday 16 August the DSK Dragon boating team took part in another regatta at the Waterfront. There was only a 1000 metre race and  each team started with 10 second intervals. Our team of 17 paddlers started last and overtook two other teams during the race. In the end we came 5th out of 8 with a time of  5 minutes and 31,6 seconds. The parents generously supplied us with food and drinks after the race. Well done to the team and thank you to the parents!
(Alexandra Winkler, 10d, team captain)

The Astrid Lindgren workshop in Class 2b

The children of Class 2b followed Astrid Lindgren, the famous Swedish childrens book author, into her world of fabulous tales and stories in the past weeks. 100 years ago, Astrid Lindgren was the same age as our 2nd Graders today. The children learned what Astrid Lindgren experienced in her childhood which inspired her to write some of her most popular books like Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson On The Roof, Six Bullerby Children and Emil of Lönneberga.
During the workshop the children solved riddles, read extracts of the books,  answered questions and wrote their own texts.

Project day of Grade 2

At 17 different working stations all Grade 2 children experienced and learned about the topic wind and weather. Many thanks to all parents who happily assisted with our project day (18 August).

Wakaberry competition - a Grade 8 Design and Technology project

Nicole from Wakaberry Kloofstreet visited the school on 08 August to present Salina with the first prize and all other participants with a runner’s-up prize.
Thank you Wakaberry and well done everybody for your creative work which is on display in our foyer!

Blood donations at the school

A mobile blood donation clinic was set up in the small sports hall on 30 July.
Great to see that a lot of learners of the higher Grades, teachers and staff members took the opportunity to donate blood.
Thank you to K.I.D.S., the Junior Rotary Club of the DSK, and teacher Sue Ball who took on the initiative to help save many lives!

Western Cape Swimming School Trials

Last Saturday (09 August) we, Liv Etzold (5b), Johanna Freers (6b), Jule Heckscher (8b) and Paula Freers (8b) participated at the Western Cape Swimming School Trials in Strand. We achieved great results and we are hoping now to be part of the Western Cape Swimming Team to compete in the SA School Games in Pretoria in December. Fingers crossed: The nomination of the team will be announced in three weeks time!

Nicholas Osthuizen (6b) also qualified for the trials, but could unfortunately not participate due to sickness. We were proud to represent the DSK at the Trials and hope to represent our school on a national scale in Pretoria. Many thanks to Sabine Heckscher who volunteered as an official in the name of the DSK!

Successful World Congress of German School Abroad
Written welcoming speech by Federal President Joachim Gauck

Date 11.06.2014
The 4th World Congress of German School Abroad took place in Berlin from 4 to 7 June under the motto: "Education worldwide. Chances worldwide."
Source: WDA/AA/ZfA/Dirk Enters
At the invitation of the  WDA (World Association of German Schools Abroad), the Foreign Office and the Federal Office of Administration – Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) - about 450 board members, principals and bursars from the more than 140 German School abroad (DAS) as well as, for the first time, the ZfA subject advisers as representatives of the approx. 1.100 Language Diploma schools, the heads of the vocational training centres abroad as well as the facilitators from DAS attended the summit meeting.

Qualitative exchange
In the centre of the many and high-ranking participants in the podium discussions, workshops and expert contributions stood current educational and political topics such as the Foreign School Law, the mutual identity of the subsidised schools abroad or the meaning of educational quality. Best Practice examples explained successes achieved so far, but also action needed in the sector career development as well as inclusion.

Increasing political acknowledgement
Source: WDA/AA/ZfA/Dirk Enters
Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the World Congress on 4 June in the Foreign Office and emphasised that Culture and Education would play a more prominent and decisive role in the future foreign policies. “We often simply arrive too late when we approach Abitur learners in China or India, who already have their school qualification. ” What the German Schools abroad achieve overseas is therefore "no ornamental art, but an important part of the foreign policy”, said the Foreign Minister. Politicians, such as the chairman of the sub-committee for Foreign Culture and Education , Dr Peter Gauweiler, as well as the Vice-President of the German Bundestag Ulla Schmidt also underlined the meaning of the German “Auslandsschulwesen” in their contributions.

Strengthening of the network
Source: WDA/AA/ZfA/Dirk Enters
The World Congress, which takes place every four years, aims to strengthen the foreign school’s network and honour the input of its various stakeholders. Dr. Thomas Schmitt, section head in the  Foreign Office, praised the good cooperation of the participants: “The World Congress shows how good a public-private partnership as well as a Federal/State partnership can function with Foreign Schools abroad.”. Joachim Lauer, head of ZfA, summarised: “The World Congress in Berlin has shown that the perception of the work of the German Schools abroad has increased very much, not only with all participants, but also with those responsible in politics. ”
Impulses were also set in this respect with a study initiated by the WDA on the qualititave contribution of German Schools abroad at the St Gallen University, which was introduced at the World Congress. “The study forms the basis of a long term exchange, to discuss the diverse value contributions of this singular global school network“, said Detlef Ernst, Management Board Chairman of the WDA.


A new playground at the sports field

Finally, the new playground for the aftercare has been completed! “With an increasing number of learners using our aftercare facilities, a new play area was needed. “The school was looking for the right space which fulfilled all requirements,” says school board member Nils Heckscher who was one of the driving forces behind this project. The project had its challenges especially because the playground was to be built on a slope which required extensive earth removals that was time and labour intensive.
“But slow and steady wins the race”: now the kids are excited about a great playground with a soft subfloor, a “hopscotch”- path and a big sandpit. The new playground was inaugurated on the 29th of July with a small celebration involving all parties.
A big thank-you to everybody who helped initiate this project and a special thanks to Nils Heckscher, as well as Gail Bester and her team, who were at the forefront with planning and implementing the playground project!

Improving the teaching of science at the German International School Cape Town (DSK)

From left to right:: Linda Schomer, Dr.Jonathan Clark, Rolf Huber, Rebecca Ottmann, Numvuyo Mgoqi

Since 2012 the German International School Cape Town (DSK), together with the support of the Siemens Foundation Germany, has offered teacher training courses at its Science Competence Centre. Teachers from schools without adequate laboratory facilities have been taught to use the Experimento Laboratory Kits to enrich their science teaching with pedagogically prepared, real-life, practical experiments.
On a recent visit to Cape Town, Rolf Huber (Managing Director of the Siemens Foundation) and Rebecca Ottmann (Project Manager for Education of the Siemens Foundation in Germany) met with Linda Schomer (DSK teacher and co-ordinator of the Science Competence Centre), Dr. Jonathan Clark (Director of the School Science Development Unit (SDU)) and staff at the Education department of the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Some of the UCT SDU staff have already attended the Experimento programme at the German International School Cape Town and have been given laboratory kits for their use. The SDU works with previously disadvantaged schools to improve the teaching of science in order to increase the number of students entering into institutions of higher learning.
Further fruitful co-operation between the DSK and SDU for in-service training of science teachers has been planned for the future.

WAKABERRY - Design and Technology Project

The Grade 8 Design and Technology project drew to completion with the judging of the  “Wakkaberry- Recycle and Rock” competition. There were two external judges, a designer from Pretoria and the manager of Wakkaberries, Kloof St.
The project brief had been to design a product out of recycled Wakkaberry spoons and cups. The learners approached their task with enthusiasm and commitment, and the end product included monster spoons, fantastic mirrors, delectable strawberry-ladies, word-cup-stadiums and designer lampshades.
To choose an overall winner was challenging, as the products were so interesting and diverse, but one product that stood out in excellence is Salina Lüdi’s lampshade. Congratulations!

Wakkaberries will generously be presenting Salina with the first prize and all other participants with a runner’s-up prize. Please come and admire the products in the DSK entrance.

Games Day

Every year just before the winter break, all learners swop the class room for the sports hall on their annual Game Day.
The primary school played “Völkerball” and “keep the field free”, Grade 5-7 organized a soccer- and Grade 8-12 a volleyball tournament.
Some of the teams made a real effort by dressing up and created a great atmosphere during the tournaments. 5-7 Graders got into the spirit of the day with each class representing a team of the Soccer World Cup using face paint and self-made t-shirts in the respective national colours.
Here are the results of the 2014 Game Day:
Grade 1 “Keep the field free”: 1st:  Class 1b, 2nd: Class 1a, 3rd Class 1c
Grade 2-4 “Völkerball”: 1st  Class 4a, 2nd: Class from Parow, 3rd Class 4b
Grade 5-7 Soccer:
1st: Girls: 5b; Boys: 7c
2nd: Girls 6c;  Boys: 7b
3rd:Girls 7b; Boys: 5b/6c
Overall winner of the soccer tournament was class 5b (England). This the only tournament England are ever going to win!
Grade 8-12 Volleyball:
1st: Girls: 12ab; Boys: 11d
2nd: Girls: 8a; Boys: 12cd
3rd: Grade 12cd; Boys: Grade 12ab

Congratulations to all the winning teams, everyone that participated and the organizing teachers! If you are interested in more photographs, please visit our Facebook page.

Erinnerungen schaffen und einen Grundstein legen -
Über das erste Konzert der Schulband von Pierre Milano (FSJ-ler)

One could sense Adrenalin even more potently than Dopamine on this Friday evening. The walls of the school had been plastered with posters and directions to what was once the school’s cafeteria. After all the tables were removed, the benches tied together, spotlights, amps and speakers set up, one could have thought this hall of eating was originally built to host concerts.
After 8 months of cooperative playing, the school band wished to complete the predominantly classical music regime of the DSK. A short four weeks of planning brought this new form of event to the school. The group of students ranging from 10th to 12th grade had developed an original style which they were keen on releasing to the public. They felt an intense appreciation for the almost 150 people who did not want to miss this hitherto undiscovered idea and its implementations. The crowd showcased their appreciation on the other hand with their respect. I for one, who had been stationed at the mixer throughout the concert, formed goosebumps at the crowd’s immediate mimicking of Sivu’s chorus chanting.
Once more: Shortly before 6 o’clockI sent three people down to the "Main Gate" to let in the first visitors. From 6 onward they could distribute stamps in exchange for tickets. The sound check was complete. At five to seven I activated the stage lights and turned off the overhead main lights.
Let the music begin. The first act was performed by 11th grader  Georgia Orrill who sang songs by artists like The Beatles. Georgia was accompanied by the graduate Jona Varcacel on the guitar. After a short break, Jeffrey Munks showcased his skill with an impressive loop station guitar trick and was soon joined by rapper DJ Orrill and the school band’s singer Sivuyile Genu.
The clock strikes 8! We started with an upbeat cover of AWOLNATION’s Sail, which brought the crowd to an uproar. This uplifting opener was followed by our own creation NEW TO THE GAME. The song was well executed and included a virtuous piano solo by our lead pianist Alexandre Ortscheit who also had his brother with him on stage playing the keyboard, Matthieu Ortscheit. The singing was done by the rapper DJ.
Our third song was sung by Cathrine Johnson from the 10th grade, I SEE FIRE. As we were now moving to a softer side of our concert, we followed with our second original song, which was described as “weird” by our singer Sivu but well received by the audience. To pick up the pace again, we brought on the school’s respective choir who started off with HEY BROTHER followed by COUNTING STARS and concluding with Linkin Park’s HANDS HELD HIGH, which was accompanied by the violinist Philip Hambrock who earlier had also contributed to Cathy’s Ed Sheeran song. The choir left the stage to initiate our third and final original song, BIGGER THAN I, which was slickly performed by our lead singer Sivu and filled up with a monstrous bass solo by bassist Leonard Schulz. We followed this jumper with WET SAND by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Michael Foster, our guitarist, needed no second invitation to take off this flyer and complete a gigantic solo. As our last song we called up an original member of the band, Antonia Raabe. Together, we ended the concert with NUMB by Linkin Park. Antonia and Sivu collaborated excellently to end the concert with a bang!

Drummer Felix Koelble left the stage with the quote „I enjoyed playing on stage“. These words echo on, because that’s what it was all about: Creating memories. The most overpowering thing about this live performance was the question “what knob can I turn to make it sound better?”. After two hours of concentrating on the tiniest inconsistencies it was difficult to react appropriately to all the positive feedback. But of course there are always people other than the performers that deserve thanking. Three extremely important persons shall be mentioned by name. Robert Hambrock, without whom I could not have completed much. And many thanks to Eike Ryll and her team who helped set up the whole event. And last but not least I would like to thank David Patrick for his incredible support and his great work with the choir. All of these people helped to shape what turned out to be a successful novelty, which hopefully will be repeated soon.
Pierre Milano

New South African Karate Champion

Our learner Laurens Keuker (Grade 11) took part at the Shotokan Karate South Africa Nationals in Brakpan beginning of May and he won both competitions in “Kata” and “Kumite” in his division.
He also won the trophy as the best junior male. Congratulations, Laurens!

Saving the Rhinos

9 year old learner Bianca Buerkle from our Primary School in Tygerberg donated her fleamarket profits of 500R to support the NGO Project Rhino.
In appreciation of her great effort and dedication to saving South Africa’s rhinos from poachers, she received the RhinoKidz certificate. What an inspiring idea - well done, Bianca!

World Conference of the German Schools abroad

Education worldwide. Chances worldwide.
This was the motto of the fourth World Conference of the German Schools abroad.
After Mexico City, Cape Town and Shanghai, the World Association Of German Schools Abroad (WDA) in collaboration with the Foreign Office (AA) and the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) organized the World Conference in Germany, Berlin, from the 4th -7th of June 2014.
Patron of the conference was Germany’s federal president Mr Joachim Gauck.
The biggest event of the German schools abroad
More than 450 participants were expected in Berlin. From the DSK Wido Schnabel (Chairman of the school board), Hermann Battenberg (Principal) and Helga Ewers (Bursar) were taking part. Amongst the participants were for the first time representatives of the roughly 1000 schools which offer the official German language diploma. Furthermore, representatives of the German foreign education department, the minister of cultural and educational affairs as well as representatives of the economy were on the guest list.
A stronger network
The overall goal of the World Conference which takes part every 4 years was to strengthen the network of the German schools worldwide, to increase the potential and to secure the high quality the schools provide. It was also emphasized that the cooperation between all organizing bodies has great potential to work closer together in future.
The goals are stated as follows:

  • To strengthen the network and the exchange
  • To strengthen the partnerships
  • To secure the competitiveness  and standard of the German Schools abroad
  • To raise more awareness within Germany
  • To strengthen the cooperation with Germany’s economy
  • To give new impulses
Speech of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in German.

Grade 5 supports the Cart Horse Protection Association

On Friday the 30 May the Grade 5 class that had read “Black Beauty” held a cake sale in honour of the novel and the Cart Horse Protection Association. Within 15 minutes they were sold out and had raised R1333.65 which we sent off immediately. Many thanks to the parents for their support of this venture and very well done to the boys and girls for raising this substantial amount!

World Environment Day 2014

The DSK Eco Rangers used the World Environment Day to raise awareness towards environmental problems.

This year’s topic was “Pollution! What is your solution?”. The students prepared one board with pollution photographs showing the devastating effects of pollution on our environment . Next to it they set up a solution board featuring a tree. During break time the Eco Rangers, with the help of their teacher Steven Ehrman, encouraged the DSK learners to make a pledge to the environment with each leaf demonstrating a promise! The result was a colourful tree full of promising ideas to help our environment.

New recycling duty

Starting this week 4 high school classes not only have litter-, but also recycling duty.
Under the guidance of the maintenance team the students control if their class mates separated the rubbish according to our new recycling system.

Successful Chamber Music Evening

This year’s Chamber Music evening which took place on the 30th of May was completely sold-out and once again a great success!
Tension was in the air as it wasn’t just a premiere for some students, but also for the responsible teachers David Patrick and Silke Engberts.
It was fantastic to see a lot of new promising and very talented performers on stage who performed music, song or dance acts on their own or as part of a group. The audience enjoyed a diverse program on a high level and we are looking forward to upcoming concerts!

All performances were recorded and the media team filmed the whole evening. Many thanks to all participants and a special thanks goes to David Patrick and Silke Engberts, who successfully jumped in for Felicitas Weidlich!


The theatre group “Storieskip “ performs annually  for our Grade 6 and 7. They always have a theme. This year it was “Aliens are neighbours of the boy Koejawel and his granny Ouma” . Koejawel is a normal boy, who enjoys his skateboard and to shoot with his “ ketty “. Tritney Spears lives next door to Koejawel and is in love with him. They were suspicious of the strange new neighbours and though the aliens didn’t have good intentions on earth at first, they leave and all is well.
Anita Klimke-Visagie

The wheels go round and round

It was that time of the year again: the children were excited to learn about traffic.
The traffic signs were undusted and the Grade 2 had the task to position all signs correctly. After some trial and error and discussions the signs were finally all at the right place. The Grade 1 learners had to learn the signs and rules though doing the hand signs were still difficult for some. The older Grades set up a parlour for everybody to practise for their bicycle and scooter exam which was held on 17 April. From now on everybody is allowed to use the traffic parlour on their dedicated day.
Anke Brand

From wool to felt

Felting is the oldest technique to make clothes. Back in the days Germanic farmers and warriors wore caps and gowns out of felt as it keeps the body warm and dry during the winter months.
Last Tuesday all learners got the opportunity to felt their own little piece of clothing.
Anke Brand

Highlight for the German School Ballet Dancers

Ballet teacher Juanita Yazbek is proud to announce the achievements of the beautiful ballerinas from DSK.  At the Cape Town Eisteddfod, we had some winners and mostly diplomas and honours from most of the girls.
They did some spectacular group dances and made us all very proud!
Some will be performing on Friday, 30th May at the Kammermusikabend, so don’t miss out and get your tickets at reception now!

Holocaust Survivor Egon Sonnenschein at the DSK

On the 8th of May the Grade 9 and 12 students got the chance to listen to the Holocaust survivor Mr Egon Sonnenschein who shared his experiences and survival story of World War II.
Mr Sonnenschein moved to South Africa at the age of 21 to set up his own textile business.  30 years later he left the country because he did not agree with the apartheid regime.
Now based in Sydney (Australia), he comes to Cape Town once a year to visit friends and to do educational talks at several schools.
The graciousness of his ability to forgive and to be reconciled with his past tormentors is remarkable and the students felt he is a great example for South Africans to overcome the experiences of Apartheid and rather look towards the future of this rainbow nation. For Mr Sonnenschein time was a great healer and today’s Germany is a completely different country to Nazi Germany. When asked what made him survive, his answer was, ‘The will to live is so strong, that it is beyond description.’
Please click here if you are interested to read more about Mr Sonnenschein’s life during and shortly after the war.
Ramona Bachmann (HOD Geschichte)

Dragonboat news

The DSK Tsunami Dragons took part in another competition at the Waterfront on the 10th of May.
Despite the bad weather, there was a good turnout of parents and friends to support our dragon boat team who defeated the cold with hot chocolate and hot dogs.
The fading old dragon boat sticker was removed last November while cleaning and maintaining the boat in a great group effort. But the boat won’t look bare much longer as the new DSK Tsunami sticker will be ready this Monday.
The next dragon boat parents meeting will take place at the Waterfront on Monday (19.05.) at 6pm. They will meet behind the Cape Grace Hotel and all parents of interested learners are welcome to join us!
Ramona Bachmann

Teambuilding Day for Grade 6 and 8

As there are no class camps for the Grades 6 and 8, the school alternatively established a Teambuilding Day for both Grades respectively which was held just before the Easter break.
The learners spent a fun-filled yet challenging day on the sports field solving various tasks with their teams.
The four different challenges were set up in a way that all team members had to participate in order to succeed. Key was communication: the better the students communicated the better the chances of defeating the other teams.
The learners enjoyed themselves while learning the importance of communication and team work. Many thanks to Andrea Springer (responsible for Grade 5/6) who organized the Teambuilding Day and to the company Innovative Adventure who conducted the tasks.

Easter Project Day at the satellite campus Tygerberg

The last day before the school break was focused on Easter. The Easter bunny arrived just before the first break to fill all self-made Easter baskets with little treats and hid them in the beautiful school garden, to the delight and excitement of the children.
Afterwards the creative Project Day started: Everybody was separated in groups and rotated at four learning stations where the children were able to paint Easter Eggs, craft cute chickens out of egg cartons and bake yummy cookies with Mrs Brand.
At the fourth station everybody got creative and invented Easter Egg machines. Mrs Hahne introduced the funny game “Egg rolling” where the children rolled hard boiled eggs down a ramp and little prizes could be won.
Last but not least all successful learners of the sports fest were honoured with certificates before they said their goodbyes, leaving in high spirits for the Easter holidays!

Street Art lesson for the high school

Just before the Easter break the artists Dirk Mertin from Germany and Roger Williams from South Africa visited an art lesson at the high school to demonstrate different Graffiti and Street Art techniques.
Dirk Mertin a.k.a Dee One, dedicates his whole passion to the field of cross media. Especially illustrations, video, graphic and the design of characters are his skills.
Roger Williams is a multiple award winning artist from Cape Town. Working by day as an illustrator in the advertising industry, and by night as a video artist in the entertainment industry, his work has reached Europe, Africa and the far East.
During the demonstration they both showed and explained  some of their graffiti techniques and the students had the possibility to ask about art and their profession afterwards.
The artists currently have a combined exhibition called “Crossroads” at the BlackBox Gallery in Cape Town.

A big thank-you to Mrs Buchhorn from the German Consulate in Cape Town who organised Dirk and Roger to visit our school.

Sports fest

Despite the blaring heat on Saturday, the annual sports fest was a success with lots of parents coming along to support their children and their favourite team.
Which team will win the trophy this year and who will be the new Victor/Victrix ludorum? Lots of children and even parents came dressed up and the war cries of each team were good fun and kept the team spirits high during the day.
At the end the blue team came first, but the red team won the trophy for the best team spirit.

In assembly on Wednesday, we honoured our new school champions and Victor/Victrix ludorum: Congratulations to Tatjana Schwalm (Victrix Ludorum Junior), Salvador Diebold (Victor Ludorum Junior), Linda Detering (Victrix Ludorum Senior) und Nicholas Nefdt (Victor Ludorum Senior)! The results of the sports fest can be found here.   Well done everybody!

Soccer cages for the school

Yesterday was the official kick-off of the soccer cages in the Primary School courtyard and the kids love it already!
A big thank-you to the school community, who sponsored the cages with part of the 2013 bazaar profit as well as Iris Henkel, Gail Bester and Franz Seiwert, who organized and arranged the set-up.

DSK Dragon Boat - Join the team!

On the weekend of the 28th of February and the 29th of March the DSK dragon boat team took part in their first two competitions of the season. Paddlers earned their first points thanks to a great team spirit and hard work! Unfortunately due to a lack of dragon boat members, the DSK team did not perform as well as they could have! So we are looking for new team members:
The training sessions are on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons from 4.30-6.30pm. There is a bus leaving from the school at 4pm, so students only need to be picked up from the Waterfront after the training. If you are only able to join us once a week, it is also fine!
Race days are normally on a Saturday every 4 weeks, so being a team member would hardly take up any time on the weekends.
Paddling is a very good work out and being on the water after a stressful day at school is very rewarding. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact me via email ( or find me in the staff room. Friends and relatives who like to take up paddling are also welcome, so please spread the word!
Ramona Bachmann

Gold for Rowan

On 15 March our student Rowan from Grade 5 went to Johannesburg to compete with his brothers in the annual Kung Fu Nationals. He very proudly came home with a gold medal for his performance in Taolu, which is the form section of Kung Fu. Rowan has been practicing martial arts for 5 years and won his first bronze medal at the Nationals two years ago.

Save The Rhino - Practical design and technology project

Just over 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2013, the equivalent of nearly three animals a day, making it the worst year ever for rhino poaching in the country, with more rhino’s being killed than are born.
As our first Design and Technology project, the Grade 8’s started the project designing products that express their concern for this devastating Southern African tragedy. The project will ran according to the Design stages given in outline to all learners. They came up with individual solutions, starting with a written planning and development phase and ending in individual 3D products.
The 8’s then embarked on a group project of making the biggest origami rhino ever, or so we think!  We received a generous sponsorship from the established paper merchants C D Fox of Cape Town of brown paper and incredibly strong double sided tape. To put it into perspective, the origami paper was taped together and measured 5m² and then the Grade 8 attempted the daunting task of folding it, which included their entire bodies wrapped up in paper at times. This project would not have been possible without Wilder Zimmer, whose understanding of 3D form and working with incredibly complex lines and folds was staggering.

Please come and admire the amazing end results in the DSK foyer. If you feel like making a financial contribution towards the Rhino poaching plight, please feel free to leave a donation at the ‘Rhino-box’ with Ingrid Still. The money will be donated to Anti-poaching dogs in the Royal National Parks in Swaziland.
Mrs Lovely

The first DSK Golf social

It’s official, the DSK now has a group of keen golfers! The first golf social took place on 24 March in Mowbray golf club where the weather resistant enthusiastic few overlooked the rain and the cold to spend time together, and have a laugh. If success can be measured in fun, then this was a great success, and yes we had wet feet at the end of it, but also plenty of stories about cavernous bunkers, deep water, near misses, and the odd birdy! If you enjoy golf and would be keen to play once in a while send an email to and go on the golf mailing list. This way you will always have enough notice to plan the day accordingly.

The DSK donates tables, chairs and cupboards to Simondium Creche

“Here are some photos of what your very generous donation has been able to achieve for the crèche, who are now well able to store equipment and teaching material – previously a total nightmare.
We now have a 4 year old classroom which can accommodate 18 children, courtesy of DSK, as well as some wonderful storage for them, and have started to equip a 2-3 year old classroom as well in terms of teaching them about colours, shapes, simple books etc. They have inherited the plastic tables and chairs that were in the older classroom, so everyone is very fixed up!
I would be very grateful if you could send on the photos and our thanks to the principal Mr.Battenberg.
Our renewed thanks for your kindness in helping to co-ordinate this donation.”
Kind regards,
Chris Maraspini & Kathleen la Grange
Simondium Creche

Sports Olympiad: Victory ceremony and arrival of our champions

After a very successful sporting week we all had reason to celebrate: the DSK won the Sports Olympiad 2014 in Johannesburg! With only one point difference to the DHPS and two points lead to the DSJ.
It was a nail- biting event right up until the last moment.

Our proud and tired champions arrived at Cape Town International and were met by lots of supporters waiting to welcome them back!

The DSK team wins the Sports Olympiad 2014 in Johannesburg!!!!!
Words cannot describe how proud we are of our whole Olympiad team, teachers and trainers!
And to top it all, both Victrix Ludorum titles go to the DSK as well! Well done Ralf Hansen and Linda Detering and congratulations to all!!
The DHPS came second and the DSJ third!
Download final results here.

Day 4 - Sports Olympiad

Today was again an amazing day for the DSK. All of us split up in the morning to go our separate ways, seeing that all of the ball games were at different locations. I went with the WK3 Boys to watch their basketball matches.
We arrived at a set of dilapidated old basketball courts which had chains as nets. It gave us all the feeling as if the team was about to play some street basketball.

Once the matches began, we were constantly receiving updates from the girls and boys at soccer, handball and volleyball. The other DSKians were doing so well in their respective disciplines, that it inspired the basketball squad to achieve well. In the end we lost one game. This gave DSJ the gold medal and us the silver. After the depressing last game, everyone felt rather bleak... But that ended soon! We went to an amazing theme park - Gold Reef City, and had the most amazing time one could possibly have. After we left, everyone had a smile on their faces.
Nicolas Taylor

Day 3 - Sports Olympiad

Today was a great day for the DSK squad, seeing that we racked in gold medal after gold medal and dominated multiple events. Before the athletics began, we started off our day with a long bus ride and high spirits. Once we all arrived at the stadium, the athletes warmed up on the tartan track. A new experience for  the squad, but that most definitely did not stop them!
The weather once again proved its unpredictability, as it was blazing hot in the morning and rather chilly in the noon. There was also a short moment of drizzling rain. The constantly changing weather did nothing to change the teams high spirits though. As a matter of fact, the DSK teamed up with the DSP to mess its war cries against those of the other cities. It was a rather fun ending to an already amazing day.
Nicolas Taylor

Day 2- Sports Olympiad

Our day began at the crack of dawn, despite the early morning hours, the DSK was ready for the upcoming day!
First on the program was swimming. In support for our swimmers we went through every war cry and song that we had at our disposal until we had hoarse voices.
We won first important medals, also gold medals though the DSJ seemed to be very strong.
After the swimming, we went off to the tennis courts that were located on the other side of town (in Joburg "on the other side of town" is quite a distance). Throughout the bus ride, our songs and cheers never ended. 
When we arrived at the tennis courts, the weather started shifting. It rained and stormed for a minute while the sun shone and it was hot the next minute- a typical summer day for Johannesburg.
Overall the DSK achieved good results on the first day of sports and congratulations to all medal winners! All of us went to bed with a lot of anticipation for the athletics day.
Nicolas Taylor

Day 1- Sports Olympiad

The DSK left Cape Town at the crack of dawn on a journey to the city of gold and its unknown climate.
We arrived at the DSJ where we reluctantly parted from one another and left with our host parents to see where we would be living for the following week. 
That night we returned to the DSJ to witness the big opening ceremony.
Among other things we heard the story of a former South African Olympic gold medalist. In that moment we felt proud to be South African.
The most fun and engaging part of the ceremony was the theatric performance by DSJ students from grades 1-12.
At the end of the evening, the DSJ principal officially opened the long awaited Olympiad 2014, which made everyone’s heart beat faster! The night ended with excitement and anticipation for the following week:
everyone is “stoked”, and “so ready for this”!
Nicolas Taylor

Our chess teacher Watu Kobese wins the Western Province Chess Open

The annual Western Province Chess Championships took place from 7th to 9th of March and DSK chess teacher Watu Kobese could defeat his opponents with 6.5 points out of seven games!

Congratulations, we are proud to have Watu as our very own DSK chess teacher!

Poetry Slam

The learners showed off their slamming talents at our 5th annual DSK Poetry Slam on 13 March.
The following students convinced the audience, congratulations to:

Grades 5-7      
1st place: class 7a – Alexandra Nortier und Lola Steiner  ,,Käsekuchen“
2nd place: class 7b – Marco Detering, Alex Modricky, Jonathan Kohrs ,,Die Random-Story“
3rd place: class 6b – Lisa Schmocker  ,,Ein Traum kann schrecklich sein“ 
DaF prize: class 7c – Emma Kubach  ,,Meine Mutter ist eine Hexe“

Grades 8-10
1st place: class 10d - Cäcilia Gräfin Praschma ,,Vaters Stolz“
2nd place: class 10a – Felix Koelble und Alex Schulze-Huber ,,Wir“
3rd place: class 8b – Tatjana Schwalm und Jule Heckscher ,,Schulolympiade“

Daf prize 8d – Lilitha und Isabella  ,,Ein Leben ohne Farben“

“K.I.D.S. helps kids”- annual Enviro Sportsday

The weather smiled benignly on the German School’s Interact Club’s flagship event at Blouberg Beach on 8 March. The occasion was further blessed by generous donations of hot dog lunches from Pick ’n Pay, drinks from Peninsula Beverages and bananas from Crisp Fine Food Products.
K.I.D.S.’s slogan is to help kids and the club prides itself in its relationship with those children in our community most in need of assistance – children who are AIDS orphans, children in homes and shelters where they have been abandoned by their families and are in the care of Non-Government Organizations or the state. A total of 437 children aged 5-18 from five children homes experienced a fun-filled day with various beach activities.
The homes and schools represented were: Ons Plek and Siviwe, Leliebloem Children’s Home, Percy Bartley House, Walmer Primary School and the Village Care Centre.
17 Interact Club members of the German School had been busy for many months raising money through catering and cake sales and seeking sponsorship for the event. Two workshops to plan and train for the event paid dividends in the seamlessly smooth management of the event. The Interact Club planned every detail from an early arrival, the preparation of food and drink, the setting out of the treasure dig,  equipping the various stations where games were to be played and organizing a sound system for the highlight of the day - the dancing competition.
The children arrived at about 10h00 in a flurry of excitement. After welcoming speeches delivered by the German School Deputy Headmaster, Herr Abt , the Interact Club President, Alexandra Winkler, and the Chairperson of Rotary Cape Town , Mr John Gomes, the beach clean-up began to educate the children in the effect litter has on the environment. The children then went to the station of their choice to play games followed by a swim in the sea. The excitement was palpable and it was a heart-warming sight to see young children who might never have experienced going to the beach before bounding in the waves like porpoises under the watchful gaze of their carers and members of the Interact Club. The Big Bay Life Saving Club was on duty in case of any emergency.
After lunch and cleaning up the beach site, the dancing competition began and the children showed off their talent and zest for life in an amazing programme of dance routines, all choreographed by themselves. This proved a marvellous grand finale to the day’s events. The pleasure of the children despite their difficult circumstances made one feel humble but at the same time immensely blessed. One could not leave the beach without having been infected with the air of optimism generated by the German school learners educating and entertaining their less privileged counterparts.

This Saturday the children showed us that with goodwill and caring for others the sun can shine warmly on all our prospects for the future.
A big “thank-you” to all organizers, sponsors and participants for their great social engagement and special thanks goes to Mrs Ball who successfully took over this project from Brigitte McKee.

DSK Team at the WP Primary Schools’ Athletics Championships

Having qualified to represent the Metropole Central Zone, six DSK learners took part in the WP Championships at the Blue Downs Stadium on Saturday, 1 March 2014.  They were realistic about their chances to win medals since every discipline was completely dominated by a huge team of athletes from the Northern Zone.  Nevertheless Kamira Bessenbacher (long jump), Ella Bräuer (high jump), Nicky Ndebele (shot put), Ben Mohrstedt (1200m), Yalani Jacobsen (80m) and Mira Kaestner (75m hurdles) gave their best, and we are very proud of them for having advanced to this level of competition and dmire their fighting spirit.
They will be back again next year!
Annegret Diebold

Recycling at the DSK

At the beginning of the new school year our recycling bins arrived which are stationed around the DSK grounds.
We separate paper, plastic, tins and non-recycable waste, a concept already up and running at the Primary School, thanks to the initiative of school mother Lauren Brauer and Primary school teacher Julia Graul last term.
In today’s assembly the Eco Rangers together with teacher Steven Ehrman presented the recycling system to the rest of the school.
DSK goes green!

“Open lesson day” at the Primary School

On 10 March, prospective parents whose children are currently in Grade R had the opportunity to sit in on a class lesson and experience our school first hand.
They were mainly interested in visiting  lessons of the first and second Grades. Afterwards the parents were able to meet the Primary School teachers where they could ask questions over a cup of coffee in the foyer.

Basketball U16 boys team wins the Western Cape Top Schools Championships

Last year our Basketball girls U18 team stood in the limelight of the Western Cape Top Schools Competition, this year our U16 boys are the proud winners of this prestigious championship.
Huge congratulations go to the whole team with coach Dawn Gomm which showed an excellent performance and commitment throughout the tournament!

After defeating the Western Cape Sports School with 44: 38 on Friday afternoon, the final against Heideveld was played on Saturday morning. Highly motivated and in good spirits our U16 team took the victory home with a comfortable 9 point lead (51: 42) and Luke Pugin of Grade 8 received a Trophy for the U16 Boys Most Valuable Player!

First and second place for our Primary School swimming team

Congratulations! Our Grade 3 – 7 swimmers came first at the Milnerton Gala on February 26th! We defended our title against Milnerton, Elkanah, Table View and Pinelands and very proudly brought back the STÖRZNER TROPHY second year running.
At the Camps Bay Gala on 7th March , we fought bravely and came second against Camps Bay A and B league, Llandudno, Kronendal and Kommetjie.
Well done to all swimmers! Keep up the good work and continue training hard throughout the coming winter months.
Thank you to the Parow team for making the effort on both occasions to join us and to all the moms and dads for supporting us.

 A special thank you to Sabine Heckscher and Britta Etzold for their assistance throughout the season!

The Class of 11a visited the Cape Town parliament

On the 20th of February the learners of Class 11a with their class teacher, Mr Schulz and history teacher, Ms Bachmann got the opportunity to sit in parliament to listen to Jacob Zuma’s speech, a replication to the “speech to the nation” of the previous week.
Lots of ANC supporters already gathered in front of the parliament when we arrived. Inside the building delegates of the ANC, DA and other parties were involved in discussions while waiting for Zuma’s appearance.
Topics of the president’s speech were finance, unemployment, economic projects and the upcoming elections. Zuma spoke for roughly 75 minutes and was interrupted every now and then by supporting shouts of his own party or disagreeing interjections of the opposition. The audience could feel the tense atmosphere with the elections coming up in a few weeks.
All in all it was an interesting experience as we gained a brief insight into the political situation in South Africa and impressions of the parliament.
Celine Bakker
Dirk Schulz

The class of 1964 celebrates their 50 year class reunion at the German International School Cape Town (DSK)

After 13 months of intensive planning and organizing, the big day had finally arrived. On the 21st of February almost 50 alumni from all over the world returned to their old school! 
The excitement was tangible as some Alumni had not seen each other for decades and had not visited the school since matriculating. Questions like "Has the school changed much? Will I recognize my classmates? Will they recognize me?" were to be answered soon!
Only 11 students graduated in 1964, a small close knit group which managed to stay in contact over the years. We were pleased that every student of the anniversary class travelled to Cape Town coming from as far as Germany, Switzerland, USA and England!

The anniversary began in the morning with a warm welcome by our Principal Mr Battenberg, Deputy Principal Mr Abt and alumni coordinator Sandra Oberste. Some alumni wished to experience a class again, so they took the opportunity to sit in a German lesson of a Matric class. In the second half of the lesson, the “old” students mixed up with the graduates of 2014 to discuss professional experiences and to learn about the dreams and challenges of the young generation. At midday more Alumni joined the group for a tour of the school lead by Mr Abt. A highlight of the tour was the present of the 2014 matric class: the school thanks all generous donators for the new drinking fountain for the sports field!
The number of DSK students has almost quadrupled over the past 50 years and demanded many more additional buildings to accommodate pupils. Today the school stretches over nine levels from the sports field up to the school cafeteria. Especially admired were the new double-storey multimedia library and the multifunction room which offers a breath-taking view on Table Mountain.
The alumni cocktail evening kicked off at 6pm. The school invited alumni, the school board, and honourable guests to welcome the matric class and all invited alumni from 1965-1967.
After warm words of welcome by our principal Mr Battenberg, Nils Heckscher from the School Board  and the German Consulate Mr Herrmann, Johann-Adrian von Lucius spoke in the name of the Alumni and thanked in particular former teacher Mevrou Smit for all her hard work and dedication.
Afterwards photographs were taken with a record number of 47 graduates from various years before the 95 guests took a seat in the school cafeteria for dinner. The dinner was excellent and the atmosphere was warm and fun with lots of giggles over shared memories and stories. 
The anniversary celebration was a great success and continued over the weekend before it was time to say goodbye for most people. What’s left are lots of good memories and we hope that many more Alumni- and class reunions will be celebrated at the school each year.
We would like to thank everybody who made this wonderful celebration happen, in particular Karin and Hans-Peter Fröhlich who spent a considerable amount of time and effort in the organization of their class reunion and Eike Ryll with her team for the brilliant catering! Last but not least thank you to the matric class of 1964 for coming to the DSK and your generous donation!

Supporting the children home HOKISA

Since 2009 teachers and interns of the DSK Primary School visit the children home HOKISA (Homes For Kids In South Africa) two to three times a term.
Currently 20 children between the ages 2 and 18 live at HOKISA. Regular visitors are Tasja Reckhaus, Andrea Schulz, Anika Herrmann und Ingrid Rode.

The visits are Sundays from 10am-12pm. Generally 3-4 activities are organized for the kids. Each volunteer plans their own activity in advance. If you would like to get involved, please contact Ingrid Rode to discuss projects and activities you are able to offer.

German-Jewish history through the eyes of Norbert Littig

On 28 February, Norbert Littig from Dresden visited the school to give a presentation on the German- Jewish history and reconciliation to our learners of Grade 9 and 12. He illustrated the life of the Jewish family Schönwald from Großröhrsdorf, featuring the shocking events of the holocaust to the deportation of the couple. Mr Littig documented the faith of this family in a book which he donated to our school library. The learners listened attentively during the presentation and took the opportunity to ask valuable questions afterwards. Further to this documentation, we are looking forward to the visit of their great-grandchild, who will speak about her own experiences and the reconciliation in South Africa in the next term.

Handball test match in Gugulethu

The DSK arranged two test matches in preparation for the upcoming Olympiad and achieved the following results:
DSK girls 12:10 Gugulethu girls
DSK boys 28:27 Gugulethu boys

Only a few more days until the kick-off of the German Schools Olympiad in Johannesburg- the suspense is growing!

DSK Lifeskills Talk organized by the SRC - “Social Media & Internet Awareness”

The SRC had the pleasure to introduce Nicholas Hall, an attorney specialising in Information Communication and Technology law to the school community.
On Monday 24th of February, he visited the DSK and gave two presentations firstly speaking to our Grade 6-8 students and then Grade 9-12 learners. In the evening all parents were invited to learn about the legal risks that learners and adults face when using the internet as their primary means of communication. Mr Hall illustrated these risks through a number of case studies and left learners, teachers and parents more thoughtful and reflective.
The majority of students 10 years and older are in the possession of a cell phone, which is linked to the internet allowing the children to be connected to the world wide web at all times. People behave differently online and create a “virtual me” which contrasts from their behaviour in reality. Mr Hall pointed out the risks and legal consequences when interacting online and gave examples of people going to jail for many years or getting fined heavily for online defamation. His bottom line was:  “If you don’t wish to have this post published in a national news publication, or if you don’t want your parents to read it- simply do not post it! And never ever share personal details online!” Children of 12 years are personally liable for their internet behaviour and should be aware that their online actions can influence job and scholarship applications in the future as most companies check the online profiles of potential candidates.
This was the second DSK Lifeskills Talk by the SRC regarding this important matter, the first presentation was held on Cyber Bullying at the end of last year.

Account of the Athletics Competition on Saturday

10 learners of the DSK took part in the Metropole Central Athletics Championships at the Vygieskraal Stadium on the 22nd of February.
This time we had a real team spirit, starting with a joint warm-up session lead by Frau Bessenbacher.
In spite of nervousness and impatience, everybody gave their best at the crucial moment.
Sophia Blöchliger and Tim Ellerholz ran the 1200m at only 10 years of age and Tim fought his way to 5th place despite being aggressively hindered by another runner. Tim also took part in the high jump and jumped 1,10m.  Leya Klein as U-12 achieved a height of 1,30m und a 4th place.  Yalani Jacobsen and Kamira Bessenbacher made it into the finals of their hurdles events and Mira Kaestner ran an amazing 200m sprint and also got into the finals.
We warmly congratulate you all!
And now for the really astonishing achievements, as a result of which the following 7 athletes have been invited to represent the Metropole Central Zone in the Western Province Championships next Saturday:
Kamira Bessenbacher    U-12 long jump 1st  place             4,42m  
Ella Bräuer                        U-10 high jump 3rd place              1,10m
Ben Mohrstedt                 U-11 1200m                                        3rd place
Mira Kaestner                  U -13 75m hurdles                           2nd place
Emelie Plambeck           U -11 high jump                               1,20m
Nicky Ndebele                 U -12 shot put    
Yalani Jacobsen             U -11 80m                                            3rd place
You did extremely well and we wish you lots of success at the Western Province Championships!
Annegret Diebold

Da Vinci, the Genius!

This was the statement we explored with a group of senior Visual Arts and History students who visited the da Vinci Exhibition at the Waterfront in the beginning of February.

His miniature, encrypted notebooks with detailed drawings opened up to the world of his amazing spread of inventions. Even though he was a genius of the Renaissance, his designs preceded ideas of engineering and flight by centuries. The reconstruction of his designs were fascinating as well as aesthetically pleasing. Mona Lisa’s smile was enthralling.

The impressions and drawings that were gleaned on the outing have been carried back into the lessons of Mr Schumann and Mrs Lovely. And who knows, it may inspire our learner’s minds to explore their ‘genius’ ideas further!

Sunset Cinema on Valentine’s Day

What a lovely evening! Hundreds of families, friends and couples journeyed to the DSK to join our spectacular Sunset Cinema on the sports field on Valentine’s Day. The set-up was picture-perfect under a bright full moon with the cityscape and Table Mountain in the background. Young and old shared their picnic blankets and enjoyed an eclectic selection of short films, animations and videos on SA's largest inflatable screen, curated and presented by Short & Sweet. A big thank-you to the Valedictory Team, Ms Nortje and Short & Sweet who made this beautiful evening happen!

Interschools Athletics Day of the Primary Schools

Fantastic results and a great atmosphere at the Interschools Athletic Day of six Primary Schools in Camps Bay on 8 February!
Congratulations to all the learners: we saw some exciting races and a new school record at the high jump! We are proud of our young DSK Athletics Team and we are holding thumbs for all the learners who qualified for the next round of the Western Province qualification! An amazing day with many winners, well done! A big thank-you to all the parents who came along to support our team!

The list with names who qualified for the next round are published on our sports website.

Karen Hahne’s former class 4c came second in the “AbraPalabra” short story competition in Germany!

We would like to congratulate Stephanie Frenzel, Tristan Frenzel, Benjamin Großmann, Renska Krynauw, ChanélSchmidt- Dumont, Stefan von der Heyden  and of course Ms Karen Hahne on this incredible achievement! Their short story “Abenteuer im Leuchtturm” was selected from hundreds of entries by the jury of the KinderAtelier in Bonn. The learners also transformed their short story into a play which they performed at the Christmas concert at the satellite campus in December.

First victory of the year for our High School swimming team

Congratulations! Our High School swimming team won the Gala in Somerset West on 6 February! The DSK competed against Somerset College, Fairbairn, DF Malan, Durbanville and Hottentots Holland.
Well done everybody, we look forward to the next Gala!

DSK teacher Watu Kobese wins the Cape of Good Hope 2014 Championships!

Our very own chess teacher and International Master Watu Kobese gave a perfect performance with an unblemished scoreline competing against some of SA’s very best at the Championships in Grassy Park last weekend.
Well done and congratulations!

Regional IEB conferences at the DSK

63 IEB delegates from IEB schools from the Western Cape attended the regional conferences for Business studies and Afrikaans at the DSK on the 25th of January.
According to all accounts the IEB Regional Conferences went extremely well.
We had important feedback on last year’s exams, portfolios and oral moderation, as well as information we need to prepare for this year.
Other speakers gave information on educational matters, which livened up the day.
The company was most enjoyable and we were able to connect with colleagues doing the same literature to set up contact groups.
Fiona Kampmann flew down from Johannesburg to represent the IEB officially and she was able to give valuable input during the day.
All attendees were astounded by the school’s spectacular view and marvellous facilities!
Nellie Zimmermann, HoD Afrikaans

The Sports Olympiad Team

The Sports Olympiad is definitely the sporting highlight of the year!This year the Deutsche Schule Johannesburg will host this prestigious event from 15th - 20th March 2014.
We are proud of the increased interest of students participating in the trials, but at the end only 50 boys and girls of different age groups could qualify for the Olympiad team.
Here is our Olympiad team 2014, we wish you the best of luck!

Olympiade team and programme 2014
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First Swimming Gala of the new school year

The High School swimming team came 4th at the Gala in Camps Bay. The girls team came 2nd and the boys 6th. Stellenberg 146, Camps Bay/ Milnerton 145, DSK 128, Elkanah 112 und Herzlia 97 Points.  Due to injury, sickness and other matches taking place, many could not participate. Hopefully we will be at full strength for the Somerset West Gala next week!

Top Schools National Basketball Championship in Bloemfontein from 9 – 15 December 2014  - U18 Girls

Leading up to the Top Schools tournament, schools play against one another to establish who the best school in the province is. On the 9th of December 2014 the DSK under 18 girl’s Basketball team made their way to the Western Cape Sports School where the Western Cape Top Schools converged. We had made it all the way to the national championship! Together with numerous other sporting codes we undertook the long and often noisy bus ride to Bloemfontein, where the play offs were to be held. For a week, we lived together getting to know one another and the other eight provinces Basketball teams better. During this week our first matches were the play offs against our pool. We won against the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal losing only to Gauteng, meaning that we were second in our pool and had made it to the semi-finals! After playing two other teams who had made it to the finals, the DSK team was the 4th best girls’ Basketball team in South Africa! Well done girls!
And by no means was this achievement a walk in the park!  We all learnt what it is like to play under huge pressure, in front of a big audience and at a much higher altitude than we were accustomed to. We left Bloemfontein tired but satisfied. It was a big adventure and a fantastic achievement! So once again, well done!
Kristin Winkler (Captain)

Welcome at the big school!

A record number of 61 German-speaking Grade 1 learners started school on 22 January and excited parents and grandparents accompanied their little ones on the their big day.
They kicked off with the German traditional “Zuckertüte” (colourful school bag with sweets and stationery), welcome speeches and a marvellous school play performed by the Grade 2 learners before they were divided into 4 classes.

We would like to wish you all a successful start to you school career!

Welcome back to school!

In the assembly on Thursday morning, principal Hermann Battenberg welcomed an all-time high of 800 learners and introduced the new learners  and teachers. 2014 started with a double record: the number of students raised to over 800 and over 70 South African and German teachers belong to the DSK community!

We wish you all a prosperous, happy and energetic new school year!

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.

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