Inauguration of the new library building
The school celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art two-level multimedia library as part of its 130th anniversary commemorations on Saturday, 13.04.2013.
The library is one of the new additions to the school which recently underwent an R18 million upgrade to their facilities, partly funded by the German Government.
In attendance at the celebration was Dr Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Horst Freitag, the Consul General, Mr Roland Herrmann and all members of the school board.
The German International School Cape Town is for us in the Western Cape a symbol of “ithemba” – a symbol of hope. Hope is an acronym for “Higher Opportunities for People to
Excel” and I am very happy that the German International School Cape Town is delivering “ithemba” in Africa,” says Dr Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
After speeches given by honourable guests and members of the school board, our guests were shown to the main entrance of the new building by the German Ambassador Dr Freitag and our principal Hermann Battenberg for the official inauguration.
The guided tour of the new library was certainly a highlight followed by the bricks buyer raffle in the new multi-function room where refreshments and finger food was served. DSK alumni Mr Volker Stehle was the lucky winner of the raffle and received a return flight ticket to Istanbul sponsored by Turkish Airlines.
Through this upgrade the school maintains their reputation as a learning institution of excellence offering an international education. The upgrade encompassed the construction consisting of a multimedia library, eight new classrooms and a multi-function room to accommodate more learners.
"I am proud to join today's very special occasion. There is no better investment than in the most precious resource of any nation – the education of the next generation. The German Government's long-term investment into the German International School Cape Town is also paving the way for German and South African children from all walks of life to become open-minded, multilingual, responsible, as well as contributing citizens. I am particularly pleased that these additional facilities are giving more children from the greater Cape Town community the opportunity to access the excellent standard of education this school offers," says Dr Horst Freitag, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.