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Art and Design Exhibition 2015

We had the opening of our very first whole school Art and Design Exhibition from Grade 1 to Grade 11 on Monday evening (30.Nov). Starting from the entrance foyer and moving down towards the E7 art room, our hallways were transformed into a candle-lit gallery space with much wonderful art and design work to see along the way. Our students can be commended on producing truly wonderful artworks this year and we look forward to hosting many more of these events  to give them a platform to shine as young artists!

Two heroes

Last week, on Friday, 27 November, all Grade 6s participated in a Handball- and Soccer tournament on Camps Bay beach. After the tournament a number of students went to the nearby tidal pool for a quick dip in the water. Kyle von Hase and Franziska Ritzenthaler from Grade 6b were among the group. The two learners saw a young man (roughly 21 years) in the deeper part of the pool and was in trouble. He waved and shouted for help. Kyle, who has been an active life guard at the Lifesaving Club in Clifton for the last 3 years, didn’t hesitate to jump into the water. He asked the man to give him his hand so he could pull him to the side. Luckily the man cooperated and he was quickly pulled out of the water with the help of Franziska and Mr Lange. The young man thankfully didn’t swallow any water, but was in deep shock. When Kyle was asked what thoughts ran through his mind when he was jumping into the water, he answered: “The water was pretty cold, but I wasn’t scared. I just wanted to save the man.” The man, whose identity we don’t know, was incredibly lucky that Kyle and Franziska were at the right place at the right time and reacted immediately! We are extremely proud of the two of them; because of their fast actions they were able to save the man’s life!

Soccer fever in the Primary School

The long anticipated Speina Cup took place on the 26th of November and the whole Primary School swopped their classrooms for the sports field.
Despite the chilly weather, the atmosphere was great with everyone cheering on their teams. Here are the winners of the Speina Cup 2015:
Tournament of Grade 1 and 2:
1. 2b
2. Tygerberg
3. 2a
Tournament of Grade 3 and 4:
1. 4a
2. 3a
3. 3b
Congratulations and many thanks to all volunteers!

And the winner of the reading aloud competition 2015 is …

As in previous years the audience enjoyed listening to the enthusiastic learners of the 'reading aloud' competition for Grades 5-7 in the library. All participants had to read both a known and an unknown text for three minutes. Our jury (Andrea Schmidt: Buchhandlung Naumann, Rudolf Rode: DaF teacher, Marion Singler: primary school teacher and Sarah Kossow-Kwoll: volunteer) had a difficult task to decide on the winners of the competition 2015, but here they are:

Grade 5: Lina Kunz (5b); Jorja van Schalkwyk (5c)
Grade 6:  Anthony Rivett (6b); Phi anh Nguyen (6d)
Grade 7:  Josua Wenzel (7b); Aaron Filmalter (7c)

Congratulations! We were especially impressed by the performances of our Grade 5 learners who only started learning German at the beginning of the year. A special thanks to our librarian Andrea Schulz, who helped a lot in organizing the competition.
Jan Schumann HoD DaM

Christmas project day 2015
Our 1st Graders enjoyed their Christmas project day on 20 November when they crafted and painted Christmas decorations and even baked their own Christmas cookies! It was a fun morning and many thanks to the organizing teachers and parents who volunteered!

Three music scholarships for 2016

Thanks to the proceeds earned at the wonderful fundraiser “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, the music centre can offer three DSK learners a music scholarship next year! Learners can take up singing lessons or learn/advance  playing an instrument. The GLMZ will contribute towards the 12 months bursary to cover all costs. If you would like to receive more information, please contact Mrs Seiwert on

The power of the sun

The primary school learners of the satellite campus of the German International School Cape Town (DSK) in Tygerberg cooked an egg without the need of water, electricity or fire. These young “engineers” built a sun oven using only the power of the sun to cook an egg which worked well. How smart and environment friendly! Well done!

Congratulations to our learners who passed the DELF diploma

DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) is an official qualification delivered by the French Department of Education to certify competencies of non-French native speakers in the French language. DELF is internationally recognised and consists of six levels, each independently  recognised as a diploma.  Candidates can choose their examination according to their level.  
Alice Brambilla (Grade 10) and Carolina Brambilla (Grade 8) sat the A2 exam in October and both passed with distinction. Joshua Macheroux-Denault (Grade 10) passed the B2 level with distinction, an outstanding achievement considering the difficulty of this exam ! These students are to be congratulated on their excellent results!
Kathryn Chiles

German Ambassador Mr Walter Lindner at the DSK

During his stay in Cape Town, the new (since July 2015) German Ambassador Mr Walter Lindner fitted a brief visit to our school into his busy schedule on 18 November.

KIDS member to receive award from blood transfusion service

It with great pride that the Interact Club can announce that one of its members, Nicole, in Grade 12 is to receive an award as a Peer Promotor at a glittering event at Canal Walk on 27 November.
KIDS voted unanimously that Nicole was the most enthusiastic Peer Promotor at our Blood Donation clinics in 2014 and 2015. The club then forwarded her name to the Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service so that her support of blood donation would be recognised.
Congratulations to Nicole on her achievement and for making the KIDS and the German School proud of its tradition in supporting good citizenship. 
S. Ball

DSK Bazaar 2015

The posts and photos that were shared by our visitors on Social Media had all one thing in common: the DSK Bazaar 2015 was lots of fun!
Thousands of visitors were in for a treat when they entered the school premises of the German International School to attend the DSK Bazaar 2015  which was held on the 31st of October. The new set-up on the sports field gave the popular fundraising event a whole new atmosphere and enough space to host many more bazaar fans than in previous years. Several tents were set-up in a half circle forming a plaza with the dance floor placed in the middle just in front of the stage and a LED screen.
The main kids entertainment area moved up to the school building. On the Boltzplatz was a skate park, the talent stage, several field games, face paint and a Halloween photo booth. You had to be brave to do the long fuffly slide down to the sports field, which was also home to the popular bubble soccer, paint ball and bull riding.
Bargain hunters enjoyed the vast selection of German and English books at give-away prices and you had to be quick to get your hands on the things on offer in the Second Hand Boutique and flea market. The Christmas Boutique once again had stunning handmade Christmas decorations and handmade & imported yummy Christmas treats from Germany.
You were spoilt for choice in the popular Café Engel which was the place to be for all coffee and cake lovers in a more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Two return flight tickets offered by Lufthansa were the main prize at our DSK Raffle Ticket sales and there were many more attractive prizes to win making the raffle tickets a very popular feature of the fest. And there was another chance to win 2 return flight tickets to Europe: to our surprise Turkish Airlines started a spontaneous draw making another visitor a happy winner.
The sports field was the right mix of entertainment, music, stalls with different themes and the German traditional food in the Bavarian tent was a class of its own at excellent prices. The Alumni bar this year had a refreshing look and welcomed not just previous students and parents, but all friends of the DSK.
This year the main tent offered sufficient space for all guests to sit down or mingle around the various stalls. Live music started on the field at 10:45am and four bands including “Bayernkracher” from Germany, entertained the crowd throughout the day into the night. And of course there was the Rugby! Fans were able to watch the World Cup final live on a big screen and on several flat screens.
Party goers enjoyed dancing under the stars and singing along to well-known cover songs. The crowd chanted for more when Bayernkracher wanted to leave the stage, so the party continued for a bit longer before the DSK Bazaar 2015  came to an end. A thoroughly happy day with lots of cheerful yet tired smiles on the faces of the volunteers.
A big thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who helped make this year’s bazaar yet another big success. We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our visitors outside of the school community! To all our sponsors and the combined help of the school community, thank you for your support, this event would not be possible without you. A special mention must go to all who bravely raised their arms to become a DSK Bazaar Rep for 2015. We know it is not an easy task and we really appreciate all your efforts!
See you all next year: same time, same place!

Victory for our DSK Robotic Team!

On Saturday nine DSK learners did not attend the bazaar. Instead these young engineers went to Cape Town Science Centre to compete in the Western Cape round of First Lego League – a worldwide robotics competition. And, they won! – beating stiff competition from 24 other schools. This qualifies them for the national championships in Johannesburg at the beginning of December.
So proud of our learners Daena Damonse, Oliver Gosnell, Sebastian Haug, Thomas Alexander, Aaron Filmalter & Abdu-Daiyaan October who are seen in the picture with head judge and their champions trophy! Suheimah Mateus, Mathew van der Merwe & Leo Kamhoot also took part on Saturday. We wish them best of luck for their biggest competition ever!
First Lego League is sponsored by SAP. They also sponsor our team whose competition name ASAP is.
This YouTube video shows their robot’s highest scoring run on the standard competition course -

Letter festival Tygerberg

On Friday, 30 October the time for celebration was ripe in Grade 1d since all letters and phonics have been learned and practised. The long anticipated letter feast started off with partner work at numerous work stations, all concerning letters. After the first concentrated phase, baking turned out to offer a really welcome change. Everybody was excited to start forming their favourite letter with dough. After a second productive working phase, the morning was rounded off with letter noodle soup for all. Now, the exciting journey into the world of books can start in all earnest.

New student mediators at the school

A school is a place where young people from all different walks of life come together. Dealing with difficult personal interactions is a challenge all our learners face on a daily basis. Naturally there will be conflict situations amongst students.
With the help of mediation, students learn how to discuss their disputes effectively to solve their problems better. The actual meaning of mediation is the intervention of a third, neutral party in order to resolve a conflict.
There are trained students at our school whose aim is to mediate in conflict situations in a relaxed manner. They try to give the peers more communication and problem-solving skills in order to find a mutual agreement/solution.
It is not the task of those mediators to judge, but to resolve a conflict through certain communication strategies. The overall goal of the mediators is to find a long-term and future-orientated agreement in the dealings with the peers.
A lot of conflicts do not necessarily need the intervention of a teacher and can be solved by our student mediators.
This year we trained 4 mediation couples, who can be contacted from now on. Mediation should be in the preferred language, so we speak in our Mediation extra mural class German as well as English.
Luca McGhie (8a)+ Carolina Brambilla (8a) – English or German
Leah Haywood (9c)+ Andile Mafiyana (8c) -  English
Megan Farmer (9c)+ Maxine Mielck (9a) - English
Annie-Joy Merkel (7a)+ Zoe Küpper (7b) - German

If you need help, you can approach these mediators directly or get in contact with the mediation teacher Katrin Rothmann (

Valedictory Ceremony 2015

It was time to say goodbye to the graduating class of 2015 on the 23rd of October. Parents and the school community gathered to wish the 49 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!
All the best for the future and we hope to stay in contact with you!

U9 and U11 soccer tournament

We couldn’t have asked for better weather at our annual u9 and u11 soccer tournament on 17 October. A record number of over 200 children in 24 teams participated. Amongst them schools from Langa, Athlone, Khayelitsha, Hout Bay, Llandudno, the Ecole Francaise, the Chappel Street Primary School, the Sunningdale Sports Club, the Minisoccer Sports Club and of course the teams of the DSK were there. We catered for food and drinks and everybody had a great time doing what they love doing: playing soccer!
We received a lot of positive feedback from the participating teams who thanked us for a great day and we are happy that the children enjoyed themselves.
Congratulations to the Disa Primary School in Hout Bay  who won the u9 tournament against the kids from Minisoccer. In the u11 group the Sunningdale Sports Club defeated the Arc Christian School in a dramatic finale.  

On behalf of the children we would like to sincerely thank all volunteers who made this tournament possible: the ladies from the Tuckshop, the referees, Isaac and his team, the first aiders, Sassan, Torsten, Keenan and everybody else involved!

Kids Inauguration Dinner

On 13 October our interact club, Klub Interact Deutsche Schule, celebrated the inauguration of the new board for 2016 at the Royal Cape Yacht Club with parents and members of the Cape Town Rotary Club in the presence of our headmaster, Mr Kirmse.
The new board comprises Mila Newby (President), Ally Winkler (Vice-President) Leonie Schmocker (Secretary) and Nicolas Schulz (Treasurer). The speeches were so good that all KIDS members especially those who told the audience why they had joined KIDS should be members of our debating team and were much admired by the Rotarians. Special mention must be made of Julian Oldenburg, our outgoing vice-president who acted as master of ceremonies. Julian kept the programme going smoothly without a hitch and with an appealing sense of humour. Nicolas was able to report that our coffers are overflowing and that we will not need the financial help of our mother club in the events we are planning for next year. Special awards were presented by Rotary to the following for their dedication and commitment: Mila Newby, Ally Winkler, Nomzamo Tshuma and Katja Diedericks.
KIDS would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of the school staff for its support, especially the attendance and warm words of Mr Kirmse. Cape Town Rotary Club provided the venue and orchestrated the seating and meals seamlessly. Their ongoing support is much appreciated. The most important people we need to thank are the parents who have encouraged their children to have a social conscience and uphold the good name of our school in the broader community.    
Sue Ball: Liaison Teacher

Langa High School Fundraiser

In February this year Grade 10 learners from the Adolf-Weber- Gymnasium in Munich came to visit the DSK on an exchange programme to learn more about Cape Town with all its beauty, diversity and challenges. Besides the “normal” tourist activities, the German students also visited a school in the Langa township.
The principal of the Langa High School showed the learners around the school grounds and he offered the group the opportunity to participate in some class lessons. For the German students this experience was one of the highlights of their stay and the idea of a fundraiser to support the school was borne.
A small African Bazaar was organized at the school in Munich and when the DSK learners came to visit in return this past June cakes, Rooibos Tea, key rings and Cape Town pencils were for sale.
The students decided to buy two printers with cartridges from the proceeds and  together with a private donation of two laptops and 10 Computers by the Bavarian government, the Langa school received equipment for their teachers work room.

Many thanks to Tanja and Thomas Graben who were the driving force behind this wonderful student initiative. Mrs Graben handed over the computers to the High School during an Assembly on Tuesday, 20 October. The feedback was overwhelming and the Langa community would like to thank all donors, the DSK and the Adolf-Weber- Gymnasium in Munich for their generous support.

Fantastic results at the SA Gymnastic Games 2015

Congratulations to our learners who participated at the SA Gymnastic Games 2015 in Gauteng during the school holidays!
We had some fantastic results with Levinia Küpper winning the Gold Medal in Mini Trampoline, Xenja Pospech came third in Mini Trampoline and Black Top Trampoline respectively and Eugenie Bezuidenhout won Bronze in Tumbling.
Furthermore Kamira Bessenbacher, Nicola Scherner and Anouk Kunz ranked under the first ten! Well done, girls!

Jan Frodeno

Congratulations to our Worldchampion! We are very proud of our former student Jan Frodeno (Abitur 2001) who won his first Ironman World Championship (3.86km swim, 180.25km cycling, 42.2km run) of his career beginning of October! With this victory under his belt he is the first athlete to claim both an Olympic Gold medal (2008) and the Hawaii Ironman victory! Wow, what an incredible achievement!

Textbook - order 2016
The order forms for the books used in 2016 were handed out to all learners this week. Orders can be done electronically under:
Please take advantage of this opportunity. Support our school by ordering in time!
For better control please keep a copy of your order.

The deadline for handing in this list is Monday, 26.10.2015

Birds of a Feather…

A whirr of wings, brightly-coloured feathers and birdsong filled the air at the DSK Tygerberg Campus on the first fine day of October as the children entertained their audiences to “Vogelgeschichten aus aller Welt”. The stories of an enchanting Chinese nightingale; a flock of spotless Guinea fowl, joyfully emancipated hens and an elusive blue bird, were played out to rapt listeners of all ages. The childrens’ skills on recorder, Orff instruments, and in song, were shown off in the musical intervals between plays. A double bass and violin made a jolly entrance in the hands of two teachers, in a foot-tapping rendition of “Ich wollt ich waer ein Huhn”!
Once again, Tygerberg’s Spring Performance showed us the fun and sense of achievement children can have when they learn their lines, sing their songs and tell their stories in a …
…flock together!
Elizabeth Wenzel

Successful DSK Chess tournament

We followed the same format as last year, splitting the tournament on the 19th of September in two sections, the Open and Junior event. The Junior event had 65 participants with 25 coming from the DSK. This is a big increase compared to the 9 that participated last year.
The strength of the DSK learners has also improved significantly. Zoran Alexander of Grade 3a narrowly lost his final game, which was a championship decider.
Two players had five points from five games with Nathan Samuel claiming the title based on his better bucholtz. Cinthala Jaswin was second and third went to Rahul Chagan who made 4,5 points.
The best DSK student prize went to Zoran Alexander. Charlote Kloos claimed the best DSK girl prize. Congratulations!
The DSK Open had 52 participants. It was an incredibly strong tournament that was headed by Grandmaster Aleksa Strikovic from Serbia. GM Strikovic is the official
Coach for Western Province and we are happy that he graced the event with his participation.GM Strikovic won the event, second was Warrick Erlank
and third was shared between Dr Shabier Bhawoodien and the president of Chess Western Province Dr Deon Solomons.
Luka Elliott was the best DSK student in the open event with a respectable score of 4,5 from 7 games, well done!
All in all it was a great event that we hope will keep growing in strength, numbers and status!
Watu Kobese

Visitors from Germany

We were happy to welcome Mrs Dagmar Freitag (member of the German Bundestag) and Mr Peter Dicke (Deputy Head of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad) who visited our school during their stay in South Africa in September.

25 years German reunification

We celebrated the 25th anniversary of Germany’s reunification at our Assembly on the 13th of October with Consule General Dr. Bernd Rinnert attending.
Our new headmaster, Mr Kirmse, was also interviewed by two students about his upbringing in East Germany, his personal experiences of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s reunification.

Melkbos Beach clean-up on International Coastal Clean-up Day

The Two Oceans Aquarium organised a beach clean-up for International Coastal Clean-up Day on the 19th of September where about 20 learners, parents and teachers of our school participated.
One of our students, Annie-Joy Merkel from Grade 7, had a great idea and encouraged her friends who had a sleep-over for her birthday the night before to spend two hours in the morning cleaning up the beach. It was a fantastic experience to make a difference in taking care of our environment together with other schools and families. If you are interested in helping our environment in future, keep an eye on the Eco Rangers notice board to see what is happening next!
Gaby Noble

“Stoogle” Career Q&A Talk at the DSK

Stoogle, an educational information platform for learners, held a Career Talk at the school where parents and scholars were enlightened on what to expect from life after school. Jason Basel, CEO of Stoogle, delved into important topics such as what to study, who to be be, where to go and how to fund it.  The talk was well received and guests actively engaged with the Stoogle team, tackling the difficult questions young scholars and parents face.
In our generation it’s particularly important to give scholars valuable insight and advice about their future and in the process help them make informed decisions. For more career related information, please visit their website

Dragonboating News

“I personally have only raced in 200 to 500 metre races so I found the prospect of this 1000 metre race slightly daunting at first(especially with only half our team's numbers), but when we were in the boats I got reminded of the fact that in every dragon boating session we paddle at least twice the distance. I was very happy about our results (we overtook one boat and almost caught up to another), and found the way everyone in the boat occasionally shouted out something like "we've almost caught up to them!" or "come on guys!" very encouraging. We came third, as it turned out, which I found slightly disappointing, but for half a team and out of six boats all together it was QUITE all right.”  (Robin Zimmer)
We congratulate the team for achieving the 3rd place!

SA Open Racketlon Championships

Jonathan Engelhard confirmed his number 1 ranking by retaining his SA U14 title at the SA Open Racketlon Championships that took place at UCT on Sunday 13 September. Racketlon is called the Ironman of Racket Sports as you have to play each opponent in table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis, in that order.  Jonathan’s good all-round racket skills carried him through to victory against various opponents, but he feels the need to improve on the squash court to be competitive when he moves up to the next age group in 2016. One of the prizes Jonathan received for winning the championship was a 1½ hour one-on-one coaching session with current and 8-time SA table tennis champion Shane Overmeyer. Honourable mention also goes to the DSK’s top table tennis and tennis player, Luka Elliott, who was narrowly beaten into 3rd place in the U19 section.
The event caters for players across a wide range of abilities, and several DSK parents and staff members also participated.

DSK Handball Tournament 13 September

Congratulations to our u14 and u16 boys Handball teams who achieved a great third and second place respectively at the DSK Handball tournament last weekend.

Here are the results of a highly competitive u14 tournament:
DSK – Khayelitsha 5-4
DSK – Atlantis 6-4
DSK – Gugulethu 2-5
DSK – Ocean View 1-4
DSK – Saxon 3-5
DSK – Young Masters 7-5

At the u16 tournament the DSK entered with two teams and they were only beaten by the coaches – very impressive!
Congratulations to all and a special thanks to our very own coach, Franz Seiwert who is the Handball ambassador at our school!
DSK1 – Khayelitsha 9-6
DSK2 – Handball coaches 5-9
DSK2 – Young Masters 7-5
DSK1 – Handball coaches 13-11
DSK combined – Khayelitsha 17-13

Much more than just a concert - the DSK School Concert

Normally a person has to decide to either go to a rock concert, a classical concert or to the ballet, but our beautiful and diverse school concert incorporated all of this!
The evening began with a variety of choreographies by our young ballerina and the Modern Dance group. Afterwards our junior musicians entertained the audience with a creative and diverse program: besides various groups singing and playing the flute, violin and guitar, one group especially impressed by playing a song polyphonically on differently filled bottles.
After the break our school orchestra performed famous pieces like Pink Panther by Henri Mancini followed by the Grade 12 music group which acted and sang along a movie presentation. A couple of bands and the Marimba Band rocked the house before the evening ended with the beautiful song “Glory” by singer Sivuyile Genu, accompanied by the senior choir and some members of the school orchestra.
It is impressive how many learners of the DSK have a keen interest in music and we are proud to share their passion and talent at our annual school concert with you!
Felicitas Weidlich

Our smart Eco Rangers

6 of our Eco Rangers participated in the “Thrive Enviro Quiz” held at the Ambleside School in Hout Bay last on Friday, 4th of September. Congratulations to Hannah Subjee, Mateo Küsel, Mia Saterdag, Sophie Saterdag, Neve Johnson and Franziska Ritzentaler who came joint second out of 12 schools! Well done!
Gaby Noble

Our young debaters won the Cup: Viva Logik und Weltanschauung!

Joy and elation reigned supreme on Monday evening when the German School emerged victorious at the finals of the Rotary Debating Tournament, held at the school. Our Junior Debating Team represented by Mahe Bodard, Naomi Mhlanga-Arnott and the irrepressible Wilder Zimmer faced Armageddon in the KTS. They confronted a formidable opposition in D.F. Malan High School who supported absolute freedom of speech. However, our quick - witted trio convinced the adjudicators that, if there were absolute freedom of speech, anarchy and mayhem would follow.
The magnificent cup, complete with a soaring eagle on the lid, was presented to our winning team and will be re-awarded at our next assembly. In addition, the team won R5000 for the school. The team that has taken us since February through all the preliminary and knock-out rounds includes Kirsty Tredoux and Erik Polzin who have also spoken with flair. A word of thanks must go to Rob Grant, our UCT coach, himself a school boy debating prodigy, who has educated our students in the finer points of debating strategy and argumentation.
In the meantime, Wilder was awarded a trophy as the best speaker in the Junior Debating Tournament held at UCT over the long weekend. On Monday morning, Wilder received news that he has been selected to represent Western Province in the national tournament. Both these wins are firsts in the annals of our school debating history. Wilder’s individualistic style, his fiery wit and ability to twist an argument so that it backfires on the proponent have been instrumental in creating a winning platform for our team.
Lastly, the support from Schulleitung and the Estate Manager are deeply appreciated. Our guests on Monday evening were hugely impressed with our location and well-maintained facilities. Thanks are also due to the Signal Hill and Waterfront Rotary Clubs, for hosting, sponsoring and organising the Tournament. We salute the many adjudicators, mostly students from UCT, who give up Monday evenings to travel to various parts of the peninsula to provide comprehensive and constructive adjudication.
Sue Ball

DSK Fashion Show 2015

This Year’s DSK Fashion show was a huge success! Our models hit the runway in absolute style, showcasing fabulous winter, summer and evening wear collections of both local and international designers and shops!
Thank you to the audience of 400 who  attended the show, the incredible live performances by Sivuyile Genu, Franca Stoll and dance group Electric Funk. A huge thank you to our incredible models, clothing contributors, our backstage and production managers Kim Gush and Yaz Skazikis, the Valedictory Committee and Mrs Maunder for all the months of hard work and for organizing a brilliant show!
And finally a heartfelt thank you to the two charity organisations, Love Your Nuts ( and U-Turn (, for coming through to create awareness for the work you and your team are doing. Love Your Nuts, run by our own Torsten Koehler, is promoting testicular cancer awareness and are working to implement a life-giving, life-saving educational programme in schools. With the statistics showing that young men fall into the high risk category for testicular cancer, knowledge on cancer is power and is vital for early detection which saves lives.  U-TURN runs a full homeless rehabilitation programme which is upskilling, equipping and changing the lives of our cities homeless folk and keeping them off the street. They have soup kitchens, clothing drop offs, charity stores in the City, Wynberg, Claremont and Kenilworth,  with meeting points for the homeless to get professional and personal help to change their situations around for the good. Our school is privileged to create a platform for these organisations to share the incredible work they are doing and encourage our DSK Family to get involved with these initiatives where possible. Thank you all!

Winner of the Fives Futbol Tournament

Congratulations to our u16 soccer boys and coach Peter who won the Fives Futbol Tournament at Canal Walk last week!
Man of the match was our learner Alyasa-a! Well done, boys!

Best speaker trophy goes to…the DSK!

Something extraordinary in the annals of the DSK happened on Saturday 15 August. The event, or should we call it a battlefield, was the annual Provincial Debating Tournament held at UCT.
Five brave young teenagers challenged the might of the established debating world. Like young Davids to the debating world Goliaths, our Junior Debating Team emerged as semi-finalists, losing only to La Rochelle Girls’ High School, Paarl. Mahe Bodard, Naomi  Mhlanga-Arnott, Erik Polzin, Kirsty Tredoux and Wilder Zimmer have made DSK history in going as far as the semi-finals for the first time. Wilder was judged best speaker of the tournament and he and Mahe have been selected to contend for places in the Western Cape Provincial Team later this year.
Our pride in this unprecedented success does not go without thanks. Thanks to Rob Grant our UCT coach, thanks to the patient parents who help with transport and thanks to the school for providing the support system and infra-structure to make our participation in these prestigious events possible.
Finally, thank you to the teachers in the English Department for encouraging our talented students and providing them with the language skills to make our success a reality.    
Sue Ball

What to do after graduation? - Career Expo 2015

For the first time we held our annual Career Expo with universities, colleges and other educational institutions in the afternoon.
The Expo on the 12th of August was well attended and we were happy to see so many parents as well as scholars took the opportunity to speak to the 50 exhibitors.
This was an important milestone in the Career Guidance and we feel that the combination of the Parent/Alumni Career Expo and Career Expo with university and institutions is a good mix to give our learners valuable insight and advice about their future possibilities. We would especially like to thank Muriel Kossmann who was the main force behind the event.

K.I.D.S. organises blood donation clinic at the school

On Friday, 7 August, the Klub Interact Deutsche Schule (K.I.D.S.) organised a successful, temporary blood donation clinic at the school from 9h30 to 12h30.
Four Peer Promotors, all members of KIDS, especially trained by the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service, monitored the morning’s activities. Nicole Istain, Nande Mjamba, Kira Feddersen and Bongoletu Lobese called donors from the classrooms, helped them fill in forms and provided calm words of encouragement to the faint-hearted. Without the assistance of these students the event would not be possible and the Blood Transfusion Service was effusive in its praise of the wonderful PRO job our students provided.
The temporary clinic recorded 55 visits. 34 pints of blood were taken and of these 15 came from new donors. It was noted that the event was supported by members of the school’s cleaning staff and parents.  Grade Eleven K.I.D.S. would, therefore, like to thank the entire school community for its support in this philanthropic, life-saving service. The co-operation of the Estate and Events Managers and their staff is also much appreciated. K.I.D.S. thanks the headmaster and teachers for supporting a blood donation clinic on campus
The personnel of the Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service were superb in setting up, in a blink of an eye, a fully- fledged temporary clinic on the school campus. The friendly professionalism of the Service will, no doubt, encourage our learners to become donors for life. The interact club would like to thank the Service for providing a valuable learning experience in social responsibility for the students of our school.
S. Ball


There was a great atmosphere and team spirit at our annual SLIM Cup (Soccer Lady Indoor Master Cup) on the 6th of August.
The SLIM Cup was held at our sports hall and is one of the annual highlights in the ladies soccer league. Well done, DSK! Our u19 girls came third in a very competitive tournament.

Open Day

On 1st of August we held our annual Open Day, the first one with our new headmaster Mr Alexander Kirmse.
Besides getting to know our facilities, teachers and current parents, our visitors were also able to sit in on classes. Most popular were the Primary School and Grade 5 classes, as our school offers non-german speaking learners the opportunity to join the school in Grade 5 after passing an assessment examination in English and Mathematics. A big thank-you to everybody involved; a special thanks to all parents who took their time to meet our visitors and were great representatives of our school!

Principal of the DSK for 8,5 years- Hermann Battenberg

He was one of the longest standing principals at the DSK and definitely one we will fondly remember.
On Monday, 20 July the school bade farewell in an Assembly with speeches of the SRC, Parents’ Council, teacher Mr Schulz as well as words of thanks from the maintenance and kitchen staff. With a daily jam-packed time schedule Mr Battenberg hardly ever had the time to take a lunch break, so the kitchen staff packed him a healthy, yummy lunchbox for his new headmaster position at the German European School in Singapore. The children of the Primary School Cape Town and Tygerberg contributed a wonderful song and a musical piece.
A few days later, on Friday afternoon, the internal farewell with the teachers, administration staff and invited guests took place in the KTS. It was a memorable celebration with Mr Battenberg and his wife Jenny showing a slideshow of his personal life before the DSK, with him as a young teacher and ambitious musician. He surprised us with musical extracts of the past, when he played in various bands and conducted big orchestras at schools in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Speeches by the admin team, his secretary Marina Vucurevic and the music department followed before Mr Battenberg himself showed off his talent on the piano. Accompanied by our learner Bettina Zidek on the flute he presented a self-composed jazz piece. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the staff sang their farewell song „Hermann Du gehst nicht ganz, denn so viel von Dir bleibt hier. Hat bei uns seinen Platz . Wir danken Dir!“ The afternoon was rounded off with a surprise gig from Hermann and Jenny Battenberg which was for many the highlight of the celebration. Jenny sang a traditional Chinese song “The son comes home” and was accompanied by her husband on the piano.
Together they left the DSK stage hand in hand: it was a special celebration for a special principal of the DSK - Hermann Battenberg.
Verena Quentin

Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life to make South Africa a better country.
What did you do with your 67 minutes on Mandela Day?
A group of learners, teachers and parents donated 67 minutes of their time on Saturday 18 July.
“Kinder mit Herz”  initiated a knitting drive over the holidays. On Saturday about 20 volunteers met to sew up the knitted strips to make blankets. Thank you to all the knitters and those who came to sew.
Keep knitting for more blankets!
In co-operation with K.I.D.S. the blankets will be distributed to those who need them most.
We made a difference this Mandela Day :)  Let’s make every day a Mandela day!
Renate Filter

Hape Kerkeling at the DSK

If you are German you know this man: Hape Kerkeling, Germany’s popular comedian, entertainer, TV star and author came to the German International School Cape Town for a charity book reading on Friday, 17th of July. His book “Ich bin dann mal weg”  describes the experiences from his pilgrim of the Camino de Santiago and has sold over a whopping 4.5 million copies. The news of this event spread quickly amongst the German community and the 500 tickets sold out like hot cakes. The evening was a great success with a relaxed, witty-funny Hape reading extracts from his book and answering all questions from the audience. All proceeds went to West Coast Kids and our junior rotary club K. I. D. S. (Klub Interact Deutsche Schule). Many thanks for a wonderful entertaining evening, Hape, and a big thank-you to all organizers who made this event possible.

First chess book in Xhosa

Our very own chess teacher Watu Kobese is not only well known as one of South Africa’s best chess players, he is also a passionate ambassador for the game. He was recently interviewed by News24, to read the full article please follow this link
Watu just launched the first Xhosa chess book in collaboration with the Western Cape Cultural Affairs Department to make the game relevant and understandable especially for youngsters.
By using chess terms the kids can understand and relate to, he hopes the game will be more and more popular amongst the Xhosa communities. Chess is not only a game, it is proven that chess improves the learning of mathematical concepts, problem-solving and working under pressure- just in a fun way.
Watu plans to distribute the book to local chess clubs and take it along with chessboards to different townships as part of a roadshow. Congratulations Watu, we are proud of your dedicated efforts!

Game Days
Every year just before the winter break, all learners swop the class room for the sports hall on their annual Game Day.
Here are the results for all Grades.
A big thank you to all sport colleagues for their tireless input, all referees, all Sani’s and colleagues for their loyal support.

Information Evening

After receiving numerous requests to offer an information evening regarding addiction I was able to organize an event on Wednesday the 10th of June. Dr Samantha van Reenen, a specialist in the field, came to the school and informed the parents about “Addiction- what parents should know”.
Her presentation included three main areas. Firstly she gave valuable and detailed information about addictions like anorexia, bulimia, cutting, gambling and drugs and discussed their availability and dangers.
Secondly she emphasized why addiction is an increasing danger for school children and why adolescents are so vulnerable to become addicts.
Lastly she advised parents to look out for signs of addiction and gave them examples of how to identify the signs.
Dr Van Reenen gave valuable tips on what parents can do to prevent their child from becoming an addict and where to get help.
Overall it was an informative evening with lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss issues with the other participants.
Unfortunately the evening was not well attended even though it is such an important topic.
Silke Werth
Grade Head 7-9

Parents meet learners at our first Parents/Alumni Career Expo 2015

Over 30 parents and alumni came to our school yesterday to talk about their professions and to give valuable advice to our Grade 10-12 learners.
A big thank-you to all the parents and alumni who made themselves available on Monday morning, it is greatly appreciated!
The Career Expo with universities and private exhibitors will take place on the 12th of August.

Lantern festival

We were lucky with the weather for our lantern festival at the satellite campus in Tygerberg on Saturday, the 16th of May. Just in time the last rain clouds disappeared and families from the German Kindergarden in Bellville and the campus joined together for this wonderful traditional fest with music, soup and glühwein. The evening started off with learners playing popular lantern songs with their flutes, before the big fire and lanterns were lit once the sun set. Everybody sat around the big fire and listened to Harald and Josua Wenzel’s stories about St. Martin. Afterwards all families started a lantern procession around the school which was the highlight of the evening.
We are happy to host this nice traditional fest and we are looking forward to next year.
H. Kovats

Handball tournament at the DSK

On 6 June the DSK organized a handball tournament which is part of the preparation for the upcoming Sports Olympiad in Johannesburg next year.
Our U13 girls team played the first match against a team from Khayelitsha and won 8:4 thanks to our top scorer Lena Teichmann.
Afterwards the U13 boys took on the Khayelitsha selection and although Liam Schneider was on top form they unfortunately lost 5:9.
In return our U16 boys team trashed the Khayelitsha team with a whopping 28:14. It was a great team effort and Jonathan Engelhard and Derren Dohlen were convincing with their strong performance.
Well done boys and girls!

German Olympiad

We are proud that our very own scholar, Catherine Johnson came 6th in the nationwide German Olympiad. This is an annual event which takes place in several South African cities throughout October and the contestants are examined in the following categories: hearing and understanding, reading and understanding, grammar and written expression.
Catherine together with the best contestants in South Africa has now been invited to participate on an educational trip to Germany from the 25th of June to the 25th of July, which has been organized by the Pedagogic Exchange Service (PAD).
She will live with a host family and attend school for the first two weeks, before taking part on excursions to Cologne, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg with a group of other international students.
We congratulate you Catherine and wish you a wonderful trip with lots of unforgettable experiences.

Goethe’s Faust in Cape Town

In his solo performance,  German-Turkish stage actor Haydar Zorlu brought Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's “Faust” to the DSK on the 19th of May.
In the play, condensed into an engaging 80 minutes production, Zorlu invited the audience to probe the question of “what holds the world together” and captured his audience with every word and gesture starting with his first appearance on the stage.
His novel interpretation of one of the greatest works of German literature and his incredible solo performance made this play well worth seeing.
He understood to seamlessly flow between the three different main characters: the narrator Dr. Faust, the devil Mephisto and Gretchen, an innocent young woman. Zorlu focuses on mimicry art and styles of speaking during his performance. With language and animation, all the characters of this piece get their uniqueness. The actor was supported by the students of the Grade 8 and 9 Drama Class, led by Mrs Engelhardt who met with Zorlu the previous day for an intensive theatre workshop.
We would like to thank the German Embassy in South Africa and the German Consulate in Cape Town for their friendly support and for bringing this extraordinary play to Cape Town.
Jan Schumann

„I meditate Africa“

The South African government designated the month of May as “Africa Month”. Part of this campaign is “I meditate Africa” which is a global initiative to support the unity and peace for Africa using meditation as a tool for peace building. On Wednesday our learners, teachers and staff had the opportunity to participate in a guided peace meditation in the big sports hall during lunch break. We would like to thank Sabine Weihe and Daniela Schleusener for introducing this initiative to our learners!

One big healthy pot

The satellite campus Tygerberg celebrated Earth Day, harvest festival and healthy nutrition with a big vegetable soup.
On the 30th of April the classes 2d, 3d and 4d learned about these topics at various learning stations and cooked the vegetable soup. The class 1d joined the older kids for lunch which was an ideal opportunity for everybody to practise table manners, tidying and washing up afterwards.
Many thanks to Lizl Brand who donated fresh rolls she made herself.
Anke Brand

The Kangaroo comes to Cape Town

The “Kangaroo Competition” is a popular, annual mathematic competition initiated by the “Mathematikwettbewerb Känguru e.V.” in Berlin with over 10.000 schools from Germany participating. Teacher Rainer Utz was the driving force behind our school participating for the first time this year. Last week our students from Grade 8-11 received their results and some won prizes like, Greta Gaiser from Class 8a who received a T-shirt for the longest “Kangaroo jump” (she solved the most consecutive tasks correctly). The picture shows the students from Grade 8a with their math teacher Dirk Schulz. Congratulations to Greta and all other participants!

Dragonboatregatta 9th of May

After the regatta on Saturday the DSK Dragonboatteam can now confidently state that it is moving towards its former glory. We had a full boat and came second in the Open Category (no restrictions in the form of gender) and fourth in the Mixed Category (one needs a minimum of six female paddlers). This was highly motivating and the urge to achieve more is starting to spread amongst the team. The parents deserve a big thanks, as they made a commendable effort, providing food and beverages. We also want to thank Miss Bachmann and Mrs Singler who paddled as well to ensure that we would not disqualify from the Mixed Category due to a lack of girls. The input of our trainer Aurelien is the motor behind this improvement and we hope that he realizes how much we appreciate this.

Your Team Captains
Ally Winkler and Philip Hambrock

„Bam- Poetry Slam“

With her text “Bam- Poetry Slam” Emma from Class 8c couldn’t describe the tension of this year’s Poetry Slam on the 7th of May any better.
Every year our learners from the German and English stream show off their lyric talents and compete against each other with witty and thoughtful rhymes and text. The texts were mainly about topics like school, music, friendships or current issues like load shedding.
It made us especially proud to see our students on stage whose mother tongue is not German. They proved that it is possible to play with the German language and “rhyme like Goethe” after learning German for only a short while.
All in all it was a wonderful morning celebrating lyric in a refreshing way. Many thanks to the organisers and MC’s Dirk Schulz and Anke Wolfram.

Classes 5/6

1. Anthony Rivett/Torben Rebeski (6b)
2. Lisa Augustin / Katinka Augustin (6a)
3. Lily Küpper /Julie Hamphill (6a)
DaF-Preis: Tashrique Dryden/Asive „Charlie“ Genu (5c)

Classes 7/8

1. Frederik Schulz/Livio Alberti/Thomas Leichtfuß (8b)
2. Emma Kubach (8c)
3. Josua Wenzel (7b)
DaF-Finalistin: Olwethu Mayekiso (8c)

Classes 9/10

1. Nick Blecher/Ben Hoffmann (9a)
2. Lennart Schulz (9b)
3. Eric Polzin (9b)
DaF-Preis: Rachel Völkel (9d)

DAAD and Amazon information morning for our high school learners

“What am I going to do after my graduation? Do I want to stay in South Africa or rather go overseas?” These are questions every learner will have to answer at some stage.
And it is not an easy one with loads of options and possibilities out there.
To help our students answer these questions we invited representatives of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to the school. They presented various study and funding possibilities to those students who are interested in studying in Germany. 
This is an interesting opportunity for any DSK student who passes the DSDII exam or is doing their Abitur.
The international company Amazon, which has a branch in Cape Town, also introduced their career opportunities for German speakers in South Africa.
Katrin Rothmann

“Die Nacht, in der die Mauer fiel“ (The night of the fall of the Berlin Wall)- Reading at the DSK

Certain historical events have a huge impact on the world, one of those events was the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.
Renatus Deckert, author of the book “Die Nacht, in der die Mauer fiel” visited the DSK on the 28th of April and read excerpts of his book to our high school learners in the morning and interested parents in the evening.
His book is a collection of memories of this particular night by authors from East and West Germany.
Our students had the opportunity to ask him about his upbringing in East Germany, while the evening reading was accompanied by a top-class panel discussion. Renatus Deckert discussed with the two guests, Raenette Taljaard (lecturer at UCT) and Rhoda Kadalie (Executive Director Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre) what impact the fall of the Berlin Wall had on the democratisation in South Africa.
We would like to thank the German General Consulate and the Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung for their friendly support and Mrs Hambrock for interpreting in the evening.

DSK at the Cape Town Triathlon

Our two learners Pascal Hauser and Ralf Hansen represented the DSK at the Cape Town Triathlon on the 26th of April.
Unfortunately the swimming race was cancelled due to the cold water, but they still had a lot of fun and enjoyed the great atmosphere of the event.

Outeniqua Hike

The Grade elevens, accompanied by six teachers (Graben, Grier, Schulz, A.Wolfram. Heye and Schumann ) returned from a week’s hike in the OUTENIQUA mountain’s behind the Sedgefield/Knysna area.  A total of 98 km of pristine indigenous forest were covered in five/six days ranging from gentle meanders, steep, slippery slopes to the famous ‘suicide hill’.
An exercise in endurance, fitness, camaraderie, support and friendship like no other!

Congratulations Peter and Lee!

Peter Etzold won the 100m freestyle final (age group 9 & under) and came second in the 50m event at the Western Cape Regional Swimming Championships on the 25th of April. Lee Anderson (10 years old) won the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke event.
Both improved their personal records. Well done, the DSK is proud of their young swimming talents!

Buren Tournament
Two teams of the DSK participated at this year’s t which is a girls soccer fundraising tournament for underprivileged schools.
Our U 19 girls showed some good football skills and came second and fourth. Well done girls!

1.  Fairmont K  -  24
2.  DSK 2    -  17
3.  SCS F  -  15
4.  Fairmont D  -  12
4. DSK 1  -  12
4.  Camps Bay -  12
7.  Buren O   -  11
8.  SCS E  -   8
9.  Milnerton   -  4

DSK Holiday Care – Easter 2015

Just over 50 learners of the Grades 1-6 participated in the DSK Holiday Care during the Easter holidays (half or full day). Therefore, we were able to offer the children different activities to choose from: the soccer fanatic children were able to improve their soccer skills and the others enjoyed a diverse “circus” program.
The circus group was led by a trained circus entertainer from England, Tom Pucket and the volunteer Anne Schreiber. The children tried juggling, handstands and cartwheels as well as building human pyramids. They even practiced various "Stand Up" comedies which was a lot of fun.
Frau Mascher and volunteer Anita Must kept the children entertained doing craft work. The learners designed their own posters for the final circus production, and invited their parents, families and friends to come and experience what they had learnt at the end of the 4 day workshop.
The soccer fanatics were headed by DSK coach Peter Magcweka and our volunteer Maximilian Kohrs. They trained and played nonstop and only stopped for water and food breaks.
The holiday care team and the children had a fantastic time together and for all participants it was great to experience the school in a different atmosphere!
Many thanks to everybody involved- we had a lot of fun!
Please find pictures of our holiday care here
Katja Mascher und Iris Henkel

DSK Easter holiday trip

The DSK easter holiday trip with Julia Immenkamp-Farnell led us to the Timbavati Foundation close to Hoedspruit, Limpopo, where we were warmly welcomed. We participated in the Timbavati Foundation Environmental School programme for four days and learned all about nature and conservation. The local approach of the environmental school really impressed us. During this time we also visited projects of the foundation at local schools and the Holiday Eco Children’s Training at Klaserie headquarters.
Afterwards we went on an expedition into the Kruger National Park and visited surrounding nature attractions to experience the new knowledge on our own. We were very fortunate to see the Big Five within two days. Furthermore we viewed endangered animals, swung with the big swing over a gorge and learned how to search for gold. Certainly a highlight was the visit to an African Easter mass. The days flew by and we came back to Cape Town with many new experiences, impressions and friends and we are looking forward to the next adventure in Africa. Thank you so much, Julia, for this incredible holiday trip and your relentless commitment!

Another win for our debaters

On Monday evening, 20 April, the German School debated against Jan Van Riebeeck.  Both our Debating Teams emerged victorious.   The Seniors, Georgia Orrill-Legg, Gcobani Mapungu and debutante, Celine Bakker, were invincible in their opposition to slum tourism. Celine’s poise, Gcobani’s attacking style and Georgia’s razor-sharp points of information reduced the opposition to jelly. Georgia won best speaker.
The Juniors were not to be outdone. They had a difficult task in proposing that the feminist movement should ban Barbie dolls. Kirsty Tredoux presented a fool proof case, exposing the shallow values of Barbie and Mahe Bodard excelled as best speaker with her ability to connect to an audience, speaking without notes. It was Wilder Zimmer, however, who hammered the nails in the coffin of the opposition’s weak defence with his surprise - rather unconventional - rebuttal.
Congratulations to all our debaters whether they debated last night or not. You are a stunning team and your support of each other makes us a difficult team for other schools to beat. The next debate takes place on 4 May.
Frau Sue Ball

Great success at the International Diercke Competition 2015

Some Grade 7 learners took part at the Diercke competition of the German schools abroad in March. This competition is an annual event where learners of the Grades 7-10 test their general knowledge in Geography. In total 5400 students at 59 German schools abroad competed against each other and we are extremely proud to announce that our very own Thomas from Grade 7 came 11th worldwide! What a fantastic result considering that Thomas was one of the youngest participants!

Dragonboat news

The regatta on the 28th of March confirmed the promising expectations we had after the last event. We had a full boat despite the holidays having just started and paddled extremely well! We qualified (with the second-best time) for the Major Finals of the 500m Mixed races (a minimum of 6 girls to qualify) and it was a very tight finish between us and the two other best teams. To our dismay our team lacked one or two girls for the results to be valid, yet that did not prevent us from enjoying the races. The Open Category (no restriction in the form of gender) consisted of only one race (due to the lack of time). Again we want to thank the parents for their support, Frau Bachmann for representing us at the school and especially our trainer Aurelien Brandt for his never ending efforts to improve our team. We look forward to the second term and hope for equal and greater success.
Your Team Captains
Ally Winkler and Philip Hambrock

Björn Otto, Olympic Games silver medal pole vault winner visited DSK

Yesterday the DSK learners had the privilege of meeting an Olympic Games silver medal pole vault winner. Björn Otto, who is presently training in Stellenbosch, took the time to visit the DSK during his athletic and Olympic training, and answered questions by the pupils. He also gave them an introduction to his sport of choice – pole vault.

Thank you so much, Björn, for an amazing afternoon. We wish you an injury free season and many more successes!

Huge Easter egg thanks

To every learner who brought Easter eggs for underprivileged and needy children, a huge thank you.  To the parents who went to the trouble to provide their children with these eggs, an equally huge thank you!  To the teachers who inspire their learners to contribute eggs, another huge thank you! Together we make a difference in the lives of children who are not as blessed as we are.
These eggs are annually collected from schools and distributed by the Lions – an organisation that does charitable work where needed. Our school is a very dependable and generous supplier of Easter eggs and every contribution, small and big is valued.
Until next year …
Carli van Soelen

Sports Meeting 2015

With lovely weather 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.
In the fun relays the red team won 18 – 12. The exciting tug of war was won by the red girls and the blue boys.
At the end the red team came first, but the blue team won the trophy for the best team spirit.

In assembly on Thursday, we honoured our new school champions and Victor/Victrix Ludorum: Congratulations to Kamira Bessenbacher (Victrix Ludorum Junior), Kai Stross (Victor Ludorum Junior), Linda Detering (Victrix Ludorum Senior) und Ralf Hansen (Victor Ludorum Senior)! Well done everybody!

The results of the sports fest can be found here.

Western Province Junior Championships 

Peter Etzold from Grade 4b became WP Champion in his age group (9 and under) in the 100m crawl with a personal best time of 1:23:05 and came second in the 100 Individual Medley also with a personal best time of 1:37.53.

Lee Anderson from Grade 5 won the bronze medal for the 100m breast.
Well done! We are proud of you!

Western Cape School Sport Athletics – Primary Championships 

The Coetzenburg stadium was filled with enthusiastic spectators as the first athletes marched onto the field, among them Amelie Kloos from grade 4 in her Western Province outfit.  Amelie had already befriended one of her team mates and did not seem very nervous.  She easily jumped 1,15m high and was a little disappointed when she did not make it further.  The experience gained this year will stand her in good stead next year though.
Fabio Pugin from grade 7 had to wait until midday with the shot put.  Some of his opponents from Boland and South Western Districts looked very sturdy. Nonetheless Fabio managed to get into the final cut with a throw of 9,70m which is an outstanding accomplishment.
Congratulations again to Amelie and Fabio for reaching the fourth round and representing the DSK as WP athletes.  They are the first to do so in athletics!
Annegret Diebold
(on behalf of the Sports Department)

Milnerton Junior Gala

At yesterday’s (4th March 2015 ) gala against Milnerton, Table View , Pinelands, Elkanah and Parkland our junior swimmers (grades 2-7) fought brilliantly in defending our title for the third year running ! We brought home the Störzner trophy once again! Well done to all the participants and a big thank you to all the mommies and daddies for their support.
Stefanie Grier
Photos: JM Rolando

Grade 2 swimming lesson

In 38 degree heat the Grade 2a, b and c learners were given another opportunity to practise their start  jump (belly flops for some!) after a very successful school gala held on 27 February .  Much fun was had by all including teachers Grier , Graul and Lehmann as well as student teachers Maxi and Agnes.
May the joy of swimming prevail at our school always !
Stefanie Grier
Junior swimming coach

Swimming Gala Prize Giving
Download Medals and trophy winner

At the Swimming Gala last week our learners broke many records in best weather and a happy atmosphere:
Johanna Freers 3x, Nicholas Oosthuizen 2x, Jule Heckscher 1x, Lisa Fourie 4x, Ralf Hansen 2x, Kaia Kohrs 1x. Johanna and Nicholas broke records, which had been standing for more than 10 years!!!!
The results were: Blue 5 , Red 6. In the Challenge  – Girls/Boys/ Parents and on Friday again with the 2 teacher teams the boys were the victors!
We would like to thank all colleagues, who assisted and ensured a smooth event, also Mrs Heckscher – place judge, the parents, who participated in the Challenge and provided food, drink and delicious cakes, the school paramedics, who were always in their posts.
Now the best can show their mettle: on  4 March in Milnerton (Grades 2 – 7) and also on 4 March in Newlands (Grades 6 – 12).
Congratulations and we wish you all the best for these events!!

At the weekend the DSK-dragon boat team took part at the Century City Sports Festival

The 2400m race on Friday in Canal Walk was an absolutely awesome experience, with the boat full of motivated paddlers! We overtook one of the best teams despite their fifteen-second head start. Everybody was excited for the 1000m race in which we overtook two boats. Although an accident occurred during that one, it did count towards the final results. 

On Saturday quite a few of the paddlers were unable to attend due to the Enviro-Sports Day and events such as KDay, so we did not fare as well for the 200m races. However, the DSK team won two out of the five races that it had taken part in. Last but not least, it was great fun and we went home tired and satisfied.

We want to thank all the parents and Ms. Bachmann for the refreshments and their constant support (which included jumping into the boat as well and being part of our crew for the day). It is thanks to them that the team is improving and growing as well as it is. 
Your Team Captains
Ally Winkler and Philip Hambrock

The hoodies of the dragon boat team arrived

At the Century City Sports Carnival the Tsunami Dragons (DSK-paddlers) finally received their long-awaited hoodies.
The hoodies were designed and ordered by Mrs Manda Woermann. They are a part of the school uniform and the students are allowed to wear them during the lessons and the breaks.
The team would like to thank Manda Woermann. Without her support and effort it would not have been possible to design such a fashionable and comfortable piece of clothing which highlights the great sport of dragonboating.
Ramona Bachmann
Dragonboat Coordinator

Swimming Gala 2015

Results of the swimming gala - Grades 2 to 4.
Results of the swimming gala - Grades 5 to 7.
Results of the swimming gala - Grades 8 to 12.

Visit to Cape Town Holocaust Centre

Sometimes it is necessary to move outside the classroom in order to make History come alive. On 10 February 2015 Ms Flemming & Mr Schumann took 55 ninth graders to the Holocaust Centre in Hatfield Street. Well-informed guides gave them a very comprehensive background history and explained the permanent exhibition of this horrific period.
The artefacts that were shown made a huge impression on the students. One of the highlights was interviewing a contemporary of the Holocaust, who was fortunate enough to escape the annihilation itself. Learning about how she had been helped by various Germans was a great source of comfort. She assured the students that not all Germans had been Nazis.
The students were completely absorbed by the special exhibition called “Germany’s confrontation with the Holocaust in a global context”, which demonstrates how Germany dealt with its past to the point where it even became an example to other countries. (The exhibition continues until 27 March 2015 and can be viewed at the DSK towards the end of the year.)
Students also had an intensive workshop where they had to discuss various monuments and present their findings to their groups.
Later, students voiced their emotions thus:
“When I came here today I didn’t understand the Holocaust at all and today I learnt so much. The programme today gave me an amazing insight into the whole situation.”
“Today inspired me to stop judging people on their outward appearance.”
“I would like to come again and take [bring] my parents with.”
Jan Schumann

Report on the Interzonal Athletics Championships

The Interzonal Athletics Championships between 10 zones (including the City
Bowl zone) took place on Saturday, the 21st of February 2015 at the Vygies-
kraal stadium.  Our 17 learners with enthusiastic support from their parents
participated in the 100m sprint, 70m hurdles, 1200m and 1500m middle distance events, high jump, long jump and shot put.  They all gave their best under trying conditions, with a strong wind blowing even in the morning
which worsened towards afternoon, blowing off the high jump bar repeatedly.
As always the competition was most formidable in the middle distance events
and Tim Ellerholz(U/11) did well with a 5th place in the 1200m, as did Michael
Buser(U/13) with a 6th place in the 1500m. Both Peter Etzold(U/10) and
Kamira Bessenbacher(U/13) achieved a 3rd place in the long jump.. Livinia Küpper(U/11) and Eugenie Bezuidenhout(U/13) got a 2nd place and Amelie
Kloos(U/10) an outstanding 1st  place.  Fabio Pugin(U/12) won his heat in the 100m sprint and sadly injured his hip in the final.  Despite this he easily won
the shot put soon afterwards and then came 2nd in the high jump.
We are proud of all your achievements and thanks for taking part in the competition.  It takes a lot of courage to participate in these athletics
events.  A special thank you goes to the parents for offering up their Saturday
to help look after the learners and take photographs.
The following six athletes moved on to the next round at the Coetzenburg
stadium in Stellenbosch:  Amelie Kloos, Peter Etzold, Livinia Küpper, Fabio
Pugin, Kamira Bessenbacher and Eugenie Bezuidenhout.  We wish you all that
you will gain lots of experience and improve on your personal best results.

Annegret Diebold
(on behalf of the Sports Department and all athletics fans at the DSK)

Sunset Cinema

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 Friday the 13th. ;-) More than 700 tickets were sold! The set-up was picture-perfect 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. A big thank-you to the Valedictory Team and Ms Ashanti Maunder who made this beautiful evening happen!

The carnival polonais wound its way through the Tygerberg campus

On Fat Thursday (Altweiberfastnacht), on 12 February, once again all the small and bigger school friends came to school in the funniest costumes. A number of them tumbled out of the cars with a din while others needed to maintain their sense of security coyly behind their parents. It was not difficult to recognise the many princesses, hunters, film heroes or even Indians, but even until the very end some of the little ones were not quite sure who the older witch with the gruesome spider on the arm really was….!
The polonaise crisscrossed through the school grounds to the small hall, in which the younger pupils learnt the newspaper dance for the first time. They learnt how to halve the newspaper dance area every time the music stopped! Necessity is the mother of invention: some of the smaller partners were eventually heaved onto the backs of their dancing partners. The strong victors were quite exhausted at the end when all participants were divided into groups. Each group then thought up a little theatre play according to the characters in their team, which they performed for everyone.  
A big watermelon and juice were the perfect ending to this mad day.

KIDS Blood Donation Event

KIDS hosted a Blood Donation Event on Friday 6 February in the Small Hall where a temporary clinic was set up by Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service. Despite a late start because of the traffic gridlocked in the city, 38 people tested and 23 pints of blood were taken. Many were turned away because of low iron counts which is apparently normal for teenagers but it was encouraging to see so many members of our cleaning staff participating in the event. The technicians of the Blood Transfusion Service were very impressed with the facility and the pleasant, supportive atmosphere generated by our learners. Special thanks go to Nande, Kira and Nicole who acted as peer group mentors after having been trained in this role last year. And no-one fainted!

First aid training for teachers

In addition to a highly qualified learner First Aid team, sixteen DSK teachers have signed up for a 40 hour intensive level three First Aid training course. The course has been designed specifically to address any medical emergency that might arise on the school premises during the course of an ordinary school day as well as extra -curricular functions.
The first twenty hours of training were covered during the holidays.  The remaining lessons will be absolved during the first term, at the end of which the teachers have to sit an exam.
Good luck and as the saying goes ‘break a leg’.
Stefanie Grier

Welcome at the big school!

A record number of 73 German-speaking Grade 1 learners started school on 28 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!

Abitur and IEB results of the Class 2014

The DSK is very proud of its 51 Grade 12 learners of 2014 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).
In the IEB-stream the top candidates were Bjorn Kuempers, followed by Luke Taylor and Jona Valcarcel who tied in second place, followed by Marie Wrodnigg and Julia Uys.
Special mention should be made of Luke Taylor who achieved 90% and 84% respectively for Information Technology and Mathematics; Jona Valcarcel who achieved 87% for Mathematics; Kefuwe Chaoane 85% for Xhosa and Marie Wrodnigg 84% for History. In addition, our Deutsch als Fremdsprache class achieved five A symbols out of a class of ten students!
Out of 26 Abitur candidates, 8 learners achieved an average of 2,0 and better!
The overall Abitur average mark of 2,34 of the 2014 graduates is equally successful as in the previous years (2,38 / 2,39).
Special congratulations go to our top candidates:
Kristin Winkler (766 points; average 1,4), Katharina Krux (759 points; average 1,4), Oscar Junge (695 points, average 1,8), Nina Scholtz (668 points; average 1,9) and Svenia Ratheiser (662 points; average 1,9).
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 51 learners in the respective German Abitur and  IEB NSC  examinations demonstrate a level of commitment of which we are justly proud.

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