Throughout the school year, the DSK hosts numerous internal events as well as others which are open to the public. Our main event is the DSK Bazaar, a family event which is a parent initiative and the school’s biggest annual fundraiser. Below is an overview of our annual events calendar.
DSK Swimming Gala
At the end of February, our top swimmers in Grade 2-12 compete at the DSK Gala. It is a festive event which encourages school spirit and traditionally ends with a fun relay between learners, teachers and parents.
Our Open Day takes place on a Friday in March. Learner guides accompany prospective students and families on a walk through the school and give insight into life at the DSK. This is followed by a presentation by the school management team, which explains the structure of the school and a question and answer session. If you are a prospective parent with a child you would like to enrol in the Primary School or in the English stream that starts in Grade 5, it is highly recommended that you join us for the Open Day.
The school hosts a Career Expo day where parents, alumni, private institutions and Western Cape universities give our Grade 9 – 12 learners professional career, study insight and advice.
The annual Sports Fest for Grade 1-7 usually takes place at the end of the first term. This is a compulsory school day (on a Saturday) where learners participate in various athletic disciplines on our sports field. The red and blue team compete for the trophy, the winners being those who collected most of the points (from the swimming gala and Sports Fest) as well as for best team spirit. Parents are invited to support and snacks and refreshments are on sale.
The Sports Olympiad is a bi-annual event and an absolute sporting highlight for us. The five German schools of Southern Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Hermannsburg and Windhoek) compete in various sports and disciplines for 5 days. The school with the most points wins the prestigious trophy. The DSK hailed as champions for two consecutive years, 2014 & 2016.
The orchestra festival takes place every two years, musicians from four German schools in Southern Africa join on stage for one big classical concert. It is a great experience for all musicians and guests. Hosting and organization of this event rotate each year.
Battle of the Bands
The Battle of the Bands was relaunched in 2016 by DSK parents from the Art & Cultural Parent Portfolio. Due to its popularity, it has become an annual event which is aimed at young musicians from schools in and around Cape Town. The Battle of the Bands is a free concert at De Waal Park and forms a great opportunity for all keen school bands to perform live on stage for professional judges from the industry as well as an enthusiastic crowd.
At the beginning of Term 2, Grade 11 learners go on a 5-day excursion, called The Outeniqua Hike. This is, for many learners, an unforgettable experience where the learners bond, make new friends and have the opportunity to work together in teams.
Our Annual General Meeting is held in May where all DSK parents are invited to attend. Important school issues, developments and the financial status of the school are presented here. Each year the parents elect new members to the school board. These parents stand for two consecutive years, each responsible for one or more portfolios. They may be re-elected at the end of their terms.
Entrance Assessment for Grade 5
English-speaking learners, with no prior knowledge of the German language, can join the school in Grade 5 as we offer two streams from this point on, one for German and one for English speakers. Each year we have an Entrance Assessment, testing the level of English and Mathematics of current Grade 4 English applicants. The test is normally on a Saturday morning and learners need to register beforehand by contacting admissions on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Music Evening
Individuals or small groups of learners from all grades have the opportunity to perform at this event. Musical or dancing talents are showcased on stage for family and friends.
DSK Chess Tournament
Our annual chess tournament takes place dependent on the tournament schedule of the Western Province Chess Association. Once a year we host an Open and Junior Tournament at the school where all DSK and outside chess enthusiasts can pay a small entry fee to compete.
On Games Days our learners move their classroom to the sports hall. In the week before school closes for the winter holidays, everyone participates in this sports tournament. The Primary, Middle and High School’s compete on respective days.
Munich or Hamburg exchange/study trip
Once a year a group of high school learners have the opportunity to go on a 2-week exchange or study trip to Germany. The Munich exchange alternates with the Hamburg exchange, while the study trip is an annual excursion.
The Slim Cup is an annual girls’ soccer tournament and a highlight at the end of the soccer season. Teams from local schools are invited to partake.
Once a year the school board and school management team invite the school community to our annual strategy meeting. Reaching milestones, defining new targets and identifying improvement areas are discussed here, in order to fulfil the school’s vision for 2025.
DSK Creative Indaba
The DSK Creative Indaba was organised for the first time in 2017. It is set to become the art and culture highlight of the DSK year and aims to bring all smaller cultural events under one ‘umbrella event’ which takes place over 2 days. Learners get to showcase their talents in the form of art exhibitions, dance and music performances, guest speakers, a market for homemade goods, and much more. This event takes place every two years.
Grade 12 learners celebrate the end of their school careers together with family, friends and teachers on the last day of term 3. The Matric Ball Committee (Grade 11 learners) are responsible for the fundraising, planning and organisation of this send-off!
Neighbouring schools, as well as our partner schools, Thembani and Disa Park, participate in our annual “Nsek” Football Tournament. It is typically held on a Saturday in October. The aim is to have our learners mingle with learners from other schools while enjoying some fun soccer competitions.
The Valedictory ceremony is the graduation and farewell celebration at which Grade 12 learners receive their provisional results. Outstanding academic, sporting, social and music results are awarded to them in front of proud parents and friends. After the official ceremony, guests are invited for light refreshments.
DSK Family Bazaar
The Bazaar is a parent initiative and it is the biggest annual fundraiser of the school. Traditionally it takes place at the beginning of November each year and it is a compulsory school day for all learners and staff. Known as the ‘German cultural family fest’, it attracts not only the German community in the Cape but also people from all over Cape Town (we have had around 7000 visitors in the 2017 and 2018 events). An event of this size is only possible if parents, learners, teachers, sponsors and staff get involved and work closely together, which we have managed to do with great success. At the parents’ discretion, the proceeds go towards projects in the upgrading of facilities such as; new soccer cages, the new multifunction sports court, interactive whiteboards for classrooms or for the support of individual learners at school camps or outings.
The Speina Cup is an end of year highlight for the primary school. This soccer tournament was initiated by our former Primary School principal, Mr Jürgen Speina. Grades 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 compete for the winning trophy and also for best team spirit.
At the end of school year prizegiving assembly (the Primary, Middle and High School all have separate ceremonies), we celebrate the academic, social, sporting, cultural and musical achievements of our learners. Extraordinary learners who fulfil certain criteria are awarded partial scholarships.