“Excellent German Foreign School”
quality seal of approval for the DSK
Three inspectors of the Central Agency for German schools abroad (ZfA) and the Conference of the Ministers of Education (KMK) visited the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt (DSK) from the 13th-17th of February for the “Bund-Länder Inspektion” which is a quality assurance programme operated by Germany for their German schools abroad. Once again, the DSK achieved the “Excellent German Foreign School” quality seal of approval. The school has not only been able to better the result of the last inspection five years ago – it is one of the best inspection results ever achieved worldwide! Chief inspector Mrs Luthe attested “the quality of work done at the DSK is outstanding, on a national and international level”. The inspectors looked intensively at the areas: “results & achievements of the school”, “learning culture & quality of teaching and learning process”, “school culture”, “school management and school administration” and “teacher professionalism & personnel development”. They visited 59 lessons and conducted interviews with the management board, school board, parents, learners as well as the bursar in the course of last week. The high academic level at our school paired with numerous support programs and extramural offerings were labelled as very impressive. The extraordinary co-operation within the school community also stood out. The DSK proudly receives this award and knows that such a success is only possible because of the joint effort and teamwork of teaching staff, administration, maintenance, kitchen staff, learners, parents, school board and the management board. A huge thank you to everybody involved!
German Seal of Excellence Award Ceremony
Provincial Minister of Education, Donald Grant, and Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport and International Relations, Dr Ivan Meyer, attended the award ceremony at the DSK at which the seal of excellence, signed by the Federal President of Germany, was handed to the Principal, Mr Hermann Battenberg by the German Consul-General, Mr Hans-Werner Bussmann.
In his speech Minister Grant praised the school, which endorsed the provincial government’s belief in an open opportunity society, allowing parents to exercise choice when selecting a school for their children.
The seal of excellence, earned by years of preparation towards the improvement of the DSK, was awarded after an inspection by German government officials in April.
Minister Dr Meyer (download speech) then emphasised that the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt was founded in 1883 - a century when child labour was still the order of the day, “but today”, he said, “the DSK is a pocket of success in the Western Cape.” He appreciated the values on which the seal of excellence had been awarded: quality, values, diversity!