Please take note that this page is a work in progress, we are constantly uploading new or changing existing information.

We wish you all a restful winter break. School resumes on 20 July 2020.
Further information on the planning of Term 3 will follow by school management during the school holidays.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in Term 3!

Distance learning and re-opening of the school
After two and a half months of distance learning, the DSK campus was finally able to welcome specific grades starting from the 1st of June.
While some learners attended face-to-face lessons, others remained at home and continued with e-learning. Participation in classroom tuition is voluntary. During the current coronavirus pandemic, we respect the parents’ decision, should they choose not to let their child/children take part in lessons at the school.

Please use these pages as your primary source of information. Here you will find information specific to the Primary, Middle and High School, helpful tips and guidelines for parents as well as learners, and some great stories of how distance learning is progressing in the DSK school community.
By now, learners are familiar with the necessary online tools used to access class materials, assignments, homework and online lessons via Zoom, Skypiom or Office365 (Middle and High School) and via Zoom as well as e-mails in the Primary School.

The quick transition to a distance learning model was and is challenging for everyone; parents, learners, and teachers alike. Some will thrive while others will struggle, but all learners can develop important skills of self-management, independent organization, and responsibility; something that forms the core of our teaching and learning philosophy:
We empower our learners according to the German philosophy of education which emphasises independent and critical thinking, problem-solving and autonomous learning. We encourage our learners to take initiative, to collaborate and adapt confidently to changing circumstances.


For detailed information about e-learning in the Primary, Middle and/or High School please use button below:

Primary, Middle & High School e-learning info

General Guidelines and FAQs

How does distance learning work in the Primary, Middle and High School?

Distance learning began on 17 March. We shifted our learning from the classroom to the home using various platforms and distance learning plans. While we recognize that distance learning is not a substitute for the face-to-face learning that takes place in our classrooms, especially the social-emotional benefits of working with your peers, we do our best to make the lessons engaging, practical and consistent with DSK’s academic standards and approach to independent, creative and critical thinking and learning.

For detailed information about e-learning in the Primary, Middle and/or High School please follow button below:

Primary, Middle & High School specific info
How is the DSK responding to COVID-19?

The DSK transitioned to distance learning from 17 March and the school campus has been closed until 1 June. We are actively monitoring the situation and will base any decision to re-open on guidance from the public health officials and the local as well as national Education Department.

School management, board members and members of the administrative team have been meeting regularly over the past weeks to share information, coordinate distance learning plans and respond to other issues related to school operations.

Our maintenance staff will conduct a deep-cleaning and disinfecting of the entire campus before and during the re-opening phase.

DSK Parent COVID-19 Handbook

Scroll down this webpage to read more on “Health and Safety/Hygiene measures at the DSK”.

How does the DSK plan the partial re-opening of the school?

In the past weeks, there has been an extensive consultation process between school management, the board, teachers and parents’ representatives on the question of the phased reopening our school. The open and constructive input from everyone involved has helped us enormously in this tough decision-making process.

The safety of all our learners and staff members remains our top priority and takes preference over the speed of action. We remain committed to providing – as far as is reasonably practicable – a safe and healthy schooling environment for all our learners and staff particularly during this time of the pandemic. This is a responsibility that the board and school management take very seriously.
Please find more information about our gradual re-opening of our school in the latest newsletter from 30 May below.
There are unfortunately continued uncertainties regarding the deviations applicable to Independent Schools for the phasing in of grades. We, therefore, have decided that Grades 1, 2 and 5 will not return in the first week of June as planned. Grade 11 will only come to school to write their compulsory tests as planned.
We will keep you updated of any further development as we hope that new directives by the DBE will be published soon.

DSK Xtrablatt: Gradual return to school was sent out on 30 May:

Read Xtrablatt

Our COVID-19 plan and guideline video will help prepare you and your child on what to expect on the first day of school.
We have put strict daily protocols in place to ensure our learners and staff are safe by following our regular screening, sanitizing, cleaning and social distancing regulations.

DSK Parent COVID-19 Handbook

Official guidelines and standard operating procedures of Independent Schools:
Guidelines Managing COVID-19 cases in schools WCED
Standard operating procedures of Independent Schools DBE

Does COVID-19 impact the admissions process?

No! Although the administration office is operating remotely, we will receive all applications, entrance assessment enrolment forms and assist you wherever we can. For admissions related queries, please contact Marina Janson on admissions@dsk.co.za.

Is COVID-19 impacting the Grade 5 entrance assessment?

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the Grade 5 entrance assessment on 23 May, as our school campus was not open for the public yet.
It will now take place on 13 June. To register or for further information, please send an email to admissions@dsk.co.za before 31 May.

How does lunch at school / Linga Longa operate (once school resumes)

The tuckshop is open from 8:30h to 13:00h, the cafeteria until 16:00h.
Only a limited selection of food and snacks will be available.
No cash payments are allowed. Please make sure to upload money on the eLunch (student ID card) card.
Pre-booked lunches for the NAB will not be invoiced during the suspension of this service.

Is the school shop open/can I order clothes online?

The Schulshop is open from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 7:30h to 14:00h.
You can also purchase school uniform items online. To place an order, please visit the website https://shop.dsk.co.za/
Please have the invoice numbers ready for collection.

If you have any questions, please contact Medeze Schulz on schulshop@dsk.co.za .

Visit online shop
Access to the school and availability of the school secretary/admin office?

There is currently no access to the DSK other than for staff. Most of the admin team works remotely during school hours and can be contacted via email.

View contact list
Does the current situation have an effect on the school holidays and Term schedule?

Yes, the second term will be extended by one week until 26 June 2020. This should enable all classes and learners to end the term with at least a brief presence period at the school. By the same token, we will keep an eye on the social and emotional impact that the coronavirus pandemic has on our learners and will provide pedagogical support. We will resume – as planned – on 20 July with Term 3.
The one week of the winter holidays will be postponed to the beginning of December (30.11. – 4.12.2020), assuming that the curriculum has been fulfilled by that time.

 

Attendance, schedule & workload

Attendance

Learners are expected to attend school (e-learning) during regular school times. E-learning is mandatory and learners should notify a teacher well in advance should they not be able to attend lessons or complete assignments/tasks in the designated times.

Learners must document their learning and work progress accordingly by means of exercise books, videos, photo documentation etc. If they do not participate in e-learning, leave tasks incomplete or do not complete them without feedback to the subject teacher, they may not be able to reach the class target.

It is not planned to teach the content of e-learning again at a later stage in the year.

Schedule & test plans

In the Middle and High School we follow the usual 5-day class schedule with between 7 and 9 possible lessons daily. Expect a possible Zoom meeting to begin at the usual scheduled time according to the current class time table. The class or subject teacher will notify learners well in advance of such a meeting.

The subject teachers decide whether and if so, which form of performance assessment they want to use during the coming weeks and will inform the learners and parents’ representatives accordingly. The Term 2 test calendar of the Middle School and Grade 10 will NOT apply. Teachers will communicate any form of assessment to the learners one week in advance.

High school learners in Grade 11 and 12 will receive further information from their High School coordinator (Kombi stream) or Head of IEB (English Stream) as soon as we have the appropriate feedback and instructions from the examination authorities. The test plan will be uploaded here.

Grade 11 & 12 test plan

The above button’s test plan is not yet available. 

Parents in the Primary School will be informed by email of possible tests.

Workload

For most of the time, learners will be working independently, completing all the work assigned by the teacher. Learners are expected to turn in assignments online and on time.

Despite all the pressure of homeschooling and e-learning, it is important for learners/parents to manage screen time. Learners should take regular stretch breaks and get some fresh air. It’s important for the body and mind. Sing, dance, be creative and catch up on reading from real books. Last but not least, we would like to ask all learners to enter into a constructive dialogue with their subject teachers if the tasks assigned to them are too demanding or not demanding enough.

Feeling overwhelmed? Not coping?

Please do not hesitate to contact our Star Centre on starcentre@dsk.co.za.

Our counsellors Shannon Piennaar, Katrin Petterson, Inge Harms and Heidi Ortmann are available to you!

Other available hotlines

  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group – SADAG (0800) 12 13 14
  • Adcoc Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline (0800) 70 80 90
  • Lifeline South Africa  (0861) 322 322
Message from the Star Centre

Questions or extra help

If you have questions or need extra help academically, let your teacher know, either in the Zoom conference or via email. Teachers may arrange extra small group or one-on-one Zoom tutorial sessions.
Remember your teacher is working hard on adapting the curriculum for you to access online, try not to email outside of normal working hours and don’t expect an instant reply.

Technical guidelines and support

By now everybody should be familiar with our world of e-learning. Learners and teachers alike have adapted very well to the challenging circumstances of distance learning.

Below is a list with some technical advice, please check the FAQs first before contacting our IT support.

General info & IT hotline

In these difficult times and new methods of learning/teaching we like to remember a statement of our former President Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible – until it is done.” Our experience from the past few weeks make us condiment that we are getting it done. We are very proud of our learners and staff members that have made and managed this transition successfully.

For those not so easy moments or reoccurring questions, please ALWAYS contact our IT helpdesk in English in WhatsApp or by SMS on 061 804 3830 or email helpdesk@dsk.co.za

No internet-enabled device or no internet?

All learners who do not have access to an internet-enabled device and/or the fixed network or WiFi and need a data package must please contact the IT department immediately. Please DO NOT send messages on behalf of other learners to the helpdesk – tell them to contact us directly.
This is especially important if they have connection problems: many learners that received sim cards before the lockdown has not sent us their number as instructed, which means we cannot allocate data to them. We need an SMS from the actual sim card to have the correct number to allocate data.

Where to find work/assignments

Check your computer/phone daily! Assignments or classwork will be distributed by email or on the existing framework/solutions/apps within Office365 (SharePoint, ClassNotebook, Forms, Teams). These assignments might we weekly or daily. Even though teachers will always try to give you enough lead-time, it is the learner’s responsibility to check all possible channels regularly.

What is a Zoom meeting?

Zoom is a virtual electronic meeting platform. A host (in this case the teacher) will arrange for such a meeting and will invite selected participants (in this case a class/the individual learners). On this platform, the teacher will “meet” the learners not only in voice but also in picture. The teacher can see and hear the learners and the learners can see and hear the teacher as well as their peers. Zoom allows the class to meet in front of a virtual smartboard with their teacher and have a “normal” lesson. Zoom meetings are not necessarily as long as a normal school lesson.

Wrong time settings in Zoom

Zoom meetings are initiated by a teacher sending a link with an invitation and meeting time by email. These zoom meetings will also appear in your Microsoft calendar – so should you be checking your emails from your smartphone, reminders for those meetings will also pop up. It is essential that the teacher and his/her learners have set the correct time zone settings – the correct zone for South Africa is UTC+02:00 Harare, Pretoria. If learners see different times for meetings, they or the teachers have set the wrong time zone.

How to join a Zoom meeting

There are 2 ways of joining a Zoom meeting:

  1. with a zoom ID and a password (which would be in the email you received) via the Zoom app. The Zoom app would have to be downloaded first.
  2. just join the Zoom conference in the browser via the link from the invitation email.

Please do not stress or give up when technology gets the better of you. We are all in this together and the school is always there to help.

If your problem is password or link related to a specific subject task, please contact the class teacher for assistance.

Should the electronics, however, be acting up or your e-learning platforms not doing what they are supposed to do, please contact the IT helpdesk immediately. We are here to help!

Health and Safety/Hygiene measures at the DSK

We have always put the wellbeing and safety of our learners, teachers and staff members first. This will remain our focus when learners, teachers and colleagues return to school during COVID-19.
With this in mind, the DSK has put in place certain hygiene/health & safety/screening measures for the months going forward.

General measures
  • Daily screening of staff members and learners: The school will conduct body temperature screenings, mask checks and hand disinfection of all staff members, learners and visitors of the DSK upon entry – dedicated staff members will be doing the screening daily.
  • Access to the school building: Access to and traffic within the school grounds is restricted to reduce the movement of people. Learners/classes will be assigned fixed classrooms as well as break rooms.
  • All members of the school community that belong to the high-risk category (with regards to pre-existing health issues, travel history, positive COVID-19 testing, contact to infected people etc.) are requested to self-isolate and remain and work from home.
  • Staff training: We will conduct regular training of the maintenance and kitchen staff with regards to disinfection processes, cleaning of particularly frequented areas and the handling of personal protective equipment.
Measures for attending classroom teaching/learning
  • Parents/legal guardians are obliged to examine their children daily for symptoms of illness (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhoea, impaired sense of smell and taste, body aches, weakness, etc.) before sending them to school.
    If even one of these symptoms applies, the learner must not be sent to school or enter the school premises and must of course also not use the school bus.
  • The parents / legal guardians agree that we screen the learners for symptoms of illness (e.g. infrared temperature measurement) before entering the school building and throughout the school day. If there is a symptom, e.g. if the measured body temperature is above 37.5°C, these learners are isolated and must be picked up by the parents immediately.
  • If you suspect that your child, yourself or someone you have been in contact with within the past 14 days may have developed COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, you are to inform the school immediately. Your child will not be able to participate in face-to-face classes until there is no longer any risk of infection for classmates and DSK staff members. The information transmitted to us in this context is, of course, treated confidentially and processed only in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations or statutory reporting requirements.
  • If learners show symptoms of COVID-19 during school attendance, we are obliged to isolate them and request an immediate pick-up by the parents or an ambulance.
  • Should learners violate the regulations in connection with the COVID-19 protection and hygiene measures, they will be excluded from further participation in classroom teaching/learning and must be picked up by the parents immediately.
  • Entering and staying on the school premises and using the school bus is only permitted with mouth and nose protection (face mask). We are currently still examining whether this should also be worn in the classroom during work. Should a replacement become necessary during the day, we will provide (as an emergency backup) mouth and nose protection (face mask).
  • Each student must also bring a small amount of hand sanitizer (at least 70% alcohol) to the classroom as an emergency backup.

A high level of safety and hygiene can however only be maintained when each and every member of our school community does their personal bit to uphold a high level of personal hygiene and social distancing.

Classroom set-up and measures
  • Only a few classrooms will be used. Learners/classes will be assigned fixed classrooms as well as break rooms.
  • Classrooms will be prepared to allow for enough space between the learners. i.e desks will be allocated to specific learners by means of a nametag sticker
  • All classrooms in use will be supplied with medical gloves, hand sanitizer and a sanitizer spray for special electronic/IT equipment (keyboards etc)

A high level of safety and hygiene can however only be maintained when each and every member of our school community does their personal bit to uphold a high level of personal hygiene and social distancing. We, therefore, ask you to:

  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Wash hands regularly and with soap and use hand sanitizer afterwards
  • Stay home when/if you feel unwell and self-isolate / get tested
  • Inform us if your child is sick and cannot attend school (021 480 3830 / info@dsk.co.za )
  • Should your child fall ill at school, please collect him/her IMMEDIATELY. Prolonged exposure to other peers or members of the school community will increase the risk of infection.
What to do if you or a family member gets sick?

Keep in mind that most other virus infections start with exactly the same symptoms as COVID-19. As we are entering winter, normal flue infections will increase as well and just because you are feeling unwell, does not mean that you have contracted the Corona Virus.
So your first step should be to stay home, stay calm and self-isolate.

Here is a link to the official website of the Western Cape government with useful information on hotlines, news and statistics: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/

What signs/symptoms to look out for?

  1. Do you have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher?
  2. Do you suffer from a dry cough or a sore throat?
  3. Are you short of breath, wheezing or do you have difficulty breathing?

What questions to ask yourself?

  1. Were you in close contact with a person that was confirmed with COVID-19 or could possibly have been infected?
  2. The current travel ban should prevent everyone from travelling, but you should still ask yourself whether there is a possibility of you having been in contact with someone who might have been travelling (repatriated etc.)?
  3. Have you been to healthcare facilities or in contact with healthcare workers where COVID-19 patients were being treated?

Who to call?

If you show any of the above symptoms, please call your GP/doctor or health facility to notify them about your symptoms as well as possible exposure before you go to your appointment.
DO NOT JUST ARRIVE.

Official hotlines for any COVID-19 related questions.
All lines are operational 24/7
Provincial Hotline: 021 928 4102
National Hotline: 0800 029999

Do I have to tell the school when I get sick?

  1. Once the school has resumed and learners have returned to school, phoning in an absent learner due to any form of illness is obligatory. Please contact reception on 021 480 3830 first thing in the morning so that your child can be properly excused and marked as absent.
  2. Should you, your child who is a learner at our school or their siblings test positive for COVID-19, please contact the school IMMEDIATELY. All names and information will be treated strictly confidentially but school management has to know of possible infections within the school community to take the necessary safety precautions. All COVID-19 related sick notifications should, therefore, be directed to the school secretary on secretary@dsk.co.za.

General Health/ COVID-19 information

As we are aware of the overflow of circulating information regarding COVID-19 on all social media platforms, we would like to urge you to be wary of fake news and sensationalism. Only trust reliable sources like the official local news or SA government gazettes. We are just as at the mercy of these information channels as you are and cannot give any professional medical advice. The above should therefore only be seen as guidelines.

School management will keep you informed with any news or regulations directly affecting the running of and teaching at the DSK. Please do not react to hearsay or privately generated messages.

Should you be looking for general Information about COVID-19 and the current situation, we suggest connecting with the WHO via the following link:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Communication

We kindly ask that during this time, parents are mindful of the challenge that distance learning presents to teachers, who must rework their curriculum and teaching methods to a very different context.

We ensure you, that we try our very best to keep up the academic standard and our approach to independent, creative and critical thinking and learning.

Communication channels from school

As per normal school practice, we will communicate via the following channels:

  • Posting on D6
  • Emails from school management via email
  • Emails from class teachers
Parent communication

While parent WhatsApp groups are a great way to stay in touch with the whole class, we remind you to please use this platform mindfully. The spread of fake news and unverified or even irrelevant information does more harm than good.
If you have any questions or concerns, please use the regular and official channels of communication ways by contacting your class teacher first.
If you want to raise a question or concern to the parent council, you can contact send an email to elternrat@dsk.co.za
The parent council is in regular contact with school management and we will try to provide answers where we can.  Please keep in mind, that we are currently trying to the best of our knowledge and judgment to keep an eye on the bigger picture and cannot always respond to every eventuality or all individual needs.

In general, please do not contact teachers for issues related to technology (unless you specifically have issues to log in to a certain class or wrong time settings) or non-urgent issues; they will have a large workload and will be unable to provide instant responses.

For technical issues, please read the technical guidelines first before you contact the IT hotline
via WhatsApp or SMS on 061 804 3830 (in English) or via email to helpdesk@dsk.co.za
For finance or admin related queries, please contact the relevant persons as listed on the contacts list.

Financial questions

General info

We do understand that some of our parents may be severely impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis. We want to use the cost savings and funds available to assist parents in financial difficulties on an individual needs basis. Parents who remain able to pay school fees for their children need to continue to do so, to enable us to carry on providing the services that will allow all learners to conclude the 2020 academic year. We encourage parents in financial need to contact Helga Ewers at bursar@dsk.co.za so that confidential financial arrangements can be made where necessary.

Your continued contributions are signs of solidarity with the school community and its more vulnerable members, and we thank you for your ongoing support.  Your contributions are crucial to help us all get through this crisis together and ensure the long-term sustainability of the school.

The DSK has been standing strong since 1883. Thanks to stringent financial management and the ongoing support, financially and in spirit, of the greater school community we are probably in a better position to navigate this crisis than other private schools in South Africa and abroad. Rest assured that we together with school management will do the utmost to manage the situation to the greater benefit of our larger school community.

We thank you for your loyal support!

Please read the following COVID-19 related newsletters on school fees below;

7 May: Update from the Treasurer 17 April: School fees
Application for financial assistance 2020

As communicated in the Xtrablatt of 17 April 2020, parents hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for assistance with regards to school fees.

Please find the relevant form on the following link. Once completed, please email to Helga Ewers, bursar@dsk.co.za

Download Application for Financial Assistance

Emergency childcare, online NAB and extramurals (AGs)

The NAB would like to offer all Primary School learners the following free service on a voluntary basis from 11 May to engage with the kids in a creative and fun way!
From 8 June, the DSK offers free emergency childcare at school for children whose parents are working and have no other childcare options.
For further information, please click here.

General info

There is an online live lesson every day from Monday to Friday in the afternoon via the Zoom app. For Grade 1 & 2 from 15:00h to 15:40h and for Grade 3 & 4 from 15:45h to 16:30h.

In addition to physical exercise, yoga and creative activities, we also offer support on Tuesdays with the weekly class padlet plan.

Weekly NAB plan

Even if the offer can be used voluntarily and free of charge every day, a once-off registration is necessary so that we can predict how many children will take part.

Registration link Grade 1 + 2: https://dsk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduuoqjwjGNbVivr9oEiiGlZ9qjhmZiZJ

Registration link Grade 3 + 4: https://dsk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvd-yhpjMiHdyceehTzQW9QWXqeXplUig9 

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link, which is valid for all upcoming offers of the respective age group.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Sabineweihe@dsk.co.za

Available extramurals (AGs)

Ballet
Juanita Yazbek
juanita@jydance.co.za

Clay Creations
Colleen Hulley
colleen@claycreations.co.za

Chess
Paul Khupwathea
061 783 0492

Drama
Nicole Levin (DSK teacher)
Nicolelevin@dsk.co.za

Karate/Judo
Gerhard Plos
072 932 0278
shindokan.martialarts@gmail.com

Golf
Warwick Dodds
juniorgolfacademysa@gmail.com
082 872 1213

Soccer
Peter Magcweka
Petermagcweka@dsk.co.za

K.I.D.S. Club
Adrie Vivier (DSK teacher)
adrievivier@dsk.co.za

Swimming
Maik Diercks
068 259 6325 (call)
076 901 0616 (WhatsApp)
maik.diercks@gmail.com
Virtual lessons of land training and/or home pool exercises in small groups or individually.

Yoga
Jeannie Holmes
082 775 8952
079 691 1321

Gym Wizards  
Tania Williams
More info on www.activekids.co.za

Debating
Mats Elliott
ELLMAT005@myuct.ac.za
072 771 9729

 

 

 

COVID-19 24-hour hotline

Provincial Hotline: 021 928 4102
National Hotline: 0800 029999

Who can you contact?

General school-related issues 
Marina Vucurevic (School secretary)
secretary@dsk.co.za

Admissions 
Marina Janson (Admission secretary)
admissions@dsk.co.za

View more contacts Teacher email addresses

Community Stories

Join our #DSKcommunity online to get the latest news. Email marketing@dsk.co.za if you have something you would like to share!

Useful educational resources

The DSK has compiled a list of resources to support aid learning and engagement during this time of distance learning. At the same time, we want to provide inspiration and new learning opportunities for our families.

If you have resources you’d like to share with #DSKcommunity, please email marketing@dsk.co.za

Download PDF

DSK Back to school plan and guidelines

We are excited and ready to welcome our first learners back to school!

Our COVID-19 plan and guideline video will help prepare you and your child on what to expect on the first day of school.

We have put strict daily protocols in place to ensure our learners and staff are safe by following our regular screening, sanitizing, cleaning and social distancing regulations.

Welcome back to Term 2

Here are some good wishes from our teachers.
We wish you all a good start to Term 2 and don’t forget, we are in this together!

Welcome back to school assembly

Normally, we sing the school song at the end of our assemblies on the first day.
Here is a video from a previous assembly in 2019.

Life in lockdown part 1

What an awesome video showing what our Grade 4s have been up to during lockdown! Thank you to our school mom, Angela Naumann and all participating families for sharing this with us.

Life in lockdown part 2

Check out “The evolution of the Grade 5s … and their pets!”
Thanks again to our school mom, Angela Naumann and all participating families for this FABULOUS clip.

DSK Sporties compilation

Blinding lights compiled & presented by our “DSK Sporties”
What a great and vibey video with some serious dance moves!

Grade 3b sporty surprise

What a cool sporty surprise video from Grade 3b for their teacher, Kristina Joss.

No excuses during lockdown! (Part 1)

Thank you to Ms Olivier for this creative and great take on an indoor exercise routine, fun for the whole family!

No excuses- getting fit during lockdown (Part 2)

Introducing another great fitness session, with our teacher Michael Walmroth – many thanks!