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Welcome back to Term 4!
Further information on the planning of Term 4 was sent out by school management (class reps and class teachers) at the end of Term 3.
We look forward to seeing almost all our learners back at school for face-to-face teaching from 5 October 2020!

Please use these pages as your primary source of information about COVID related issues. 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 the DSK school community has made the best of the situation.
By now, all learners should be familiar with the necessary health and safety procedures on the school bus, at school, in the class room and during break times.

The past months of distance learning and hybrid teaching have brought our learners as well as our staff closer to the core of our teaching and learning philosophy:
We empower our learners according to the German philosophy of education which emphasizes independent and critical thinking, problem-solving and autonomous learning. We encourage our learners to take initiative, to collaborate and adapt confidently to changing circumstances.

As we enter the last term of this very different and often challenging school year, we encourage our learners to build on the experiences of the past months, to be confident in their knowledge, work hard to further their skills and always try to be their best.

General Guidelines and FAQs

How did the DSK respond to COVID-19?

The DSK transitioned to distance learning from 17 March and the school campus was closed until 1 June. We continuously and actively monitored the situation and gradually re-opened our school based on the 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 to share information, coordinate face-to-face and hybrid teaching as well as distance learning plans and respond to other issues related to school operations.

Our maintenance staff have been deep-cleaning and disinfecting the entire campus before, during and since the re-opening phase which started the beginning of June for selected grades.

Under Level 1 all learners are expected back in class and we will uphold our current COVID-19 health and safety measures:

  • Daily temperature screening and check-in of learners before the start of school
  • Compulsory wearing of face masks at all times (including on the school busses to and from school)
  • Social distancing of no less than 1m in classrooms, in communal areas, during break times and while travelling on the school bus
  • Frequent washing and sanitizing of hands

DSK Parent COVID-19 Handbook

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

Does COVID-19 impact the admissions process?

No! We will continue to receive all enquiries and, applications and assist you wherever we can. For admissions related queries, please contact Marina Janson on admissions@dsk.co.za.

How does lunch at school / Linga Longa operate

The Tuck-shop is open from 8:30h to 14:30h, the Cafeteria from 07:00h until 16:00h.
Under level 1 we hope to offer you the full selection of freshly produced food items, snacks and lunches again. Please have a look at the Resources section on the communicator for more details.
Please note that we will still not allow any cash payments. Please make sure to upload money on the eLunch (student ID card) card.

Pre-booked lunches for the NAB will again be invoiced as before.

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

The Schulshop is open from Mondays to Thursdays from 7:30h to 13:00h.
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
Is the library open for learners?

The library will continue to offer a contactless loan service. While our learners do not have access to the library building, they can browse the library database via Active Connect on https://libwin.dsk.co.za/ActiveConnect/default.html and order via loans@dsk.co.za

More information on how this works, you will find here.

Library information for Term 4

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

Under level 1 we will continue to limit access to the DSK to staff members and deliveries only where possible. Parents/Visitors that have scheduled appointments with teachers/staff members will be screened in at the bottom gate by our security staff and will be welcomed by the respective staff member at reception. No casual visits of the school will be allowed.

The admin team will be at school during normal office hours and can be contacted via email or telephonically.

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

Yes, as the second term was extended by one week until 26 June 2020, school management in close consultation with the board and the parent council has decided to end term 4 one week earlier than stipulated on our school calendar. This means that the school year 2020 will officially end on Friday, 27 November 2020 at 10h50. This decision was taken after it became evident, that the required curriculum for this year would be fulfilled by that time.

Attendance, schedule & workload

Attendance

Any learners still not attending face-to-face teaching at school 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.

Schedule & test plans

School for all Grades will resume on 5 October at 7h55 according to the respective class timetables. Term 4 test calendars for Grades 5-9 will be published after the first week of the new term.

All High school learners of Grade 10-12 received detailed information about their upcoming term as well as all tests & exams from the High School coordinator (Kombi stream) Mr Thomas Graben by email at the end of Term 3.

Grade 10 - 12 test plan Term 4

Here you will find important dates for our Grade 12 Abiturienten (German Stream):

Abiturterminplan 2020

Grade 5 – 9 test plan will be uploaded in the first week of Term 4.

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, Mariam El-Kaakour, 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

Health and Safety/Hygiene measures at the DSK

The DSK has always put the wellbeing and safety of its learners, teachers and staff members first. This will also remain our focus during lockdown level 1. With this in mind, the DSK will uphold certain hygiene/health & safety/screening measures in the months going forward.

General measures
  • Daily screening of staff members and learners: The school conducts 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.
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, diarrhea, 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). 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.
  • Parents/legal guardians are obliged to examine their children daily for symptoms of illness (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, 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.
Classroom set-up and measures
  • All learners will attend classes in their designated classrooms and/or subject specific rooms.
  • Classrooms will be prepared to allow for enough space between the learners.
  • All classrooms in use will be supplied with hand sanitizer and a sanitizer spray for desks, 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
  • 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)
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. 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

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 directly or class representatives
  • 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
For technical issues, please 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

Aftercare (NAB), Sports and extramurals (AGs)

General info Aftercare

We are pleased to offer a full afternoon care programme in Term 4, which includes lunch, homework tuition, educational leisure programme, free play and bus service.

However, things will remain COVID-19 compliant. Please note the following:

The safety of the school community and the prevention of contagion are most important, which means we continue to pay attention to hygiene and safety measures just like before the holidays.

Children and supervisors will wear protective face masks at all times, hands will be washed and disinfected regularly, classrooms will be ventilated and safety distances are maintained not only inside but also while playing outdoors. Objects and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Parents are still not allowed to enter the school premises. You can pick up your child/ren at the main entrance. Please call us on the NAB cell phone (076 975 4069) or the NAB landline (021 480 3844) when at the main entrance, we will sign your child/ren out on the aftercare list and send her/him down to the gate.

There are no extramurals planned for the fourth term.

Lunch is served daily in the cafeteria at 12:30h in a takeaway container. On Fridays, Grade 1 learners will have their lunch at 11:45h. The seating space in the cafeteria is marked making it easy to keep a safe distance while eating. Please let us know if your child/ren is vegetarian or have any food intolerances/allergies (e.g. lactose intolerance) by sending an email to cafeteria@dsk.co.za

Since we will be outdoors a lot, please pay attention to dressing your child/ren in weather-appropriate clothing. Please also provide enough drinks, a snack, and a suitable toy.

During homework or study time (Mon – Thu from 13:10h – 13:45h) your child/ren will be assigned to the following groups:

  • Grade 1: room 2.11 / 2.12, Lynndel Buchmann, Sabine Weihe
  • Grade 2: room 2.30 / 2.31, Isabel Müller, Theresa Northmann
  • Grade 3: room 1.30 / 1.31, Bettina Nölle
  • Grade 4: room 3.30 / 3.31, Sabine Fleiss

We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to answer your questions by email or by phone during our office hours (12:30h – 17:00h).

sabineweihe@dsk.co.za

NAB cell phone 076 975 4069

or the NAB landline (021 480 3844)

General info Sports at the DSK

To be confirmed.

The plan for term 3 was as follows:

PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-4)

Even though we will not offer a dedicated sports lesson in the sports hall, the teachers will include socially distanced movement and activity sessions into their daily teaching at school. This can either be done in the classroom or on the Primary School ground, depending on the weather.

 MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-9)

All sports lessons for the Middle School will take place in the respective classrooms. These lessons will either be theory lessons with a sports-related topic presented by the sports teacher or the lessons will be substituted by a lesson of one of the main subjects.

Furthermore, the sports department will present and send out a general fitness assessment during the second week of the term. This assessment is to be completed by the learners at the beginning and the end of term – to see how they have kept/improved/neglected their fitness.

 HIGH/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Grade 10 will have sports in the form of a theory lesson in their classroom. These lessons will be conducted by the sports teacher and will be about a sports-related theory topic.

Furthermore, the sports department will present and send out a general fitness assessment during the second week of the term. This assessment is to be completed by the learners at the beginning and the end of term – to see how they have kept/improved/neglected their fitness.

Grade 11 will use their sports lessons for virtual matric dance practice and sports theory. A possible walk up Signal Hill – always keeping the required social distance – is also on the cards.

Grade 12 KOMBI Zweig is looking to have an actual fitness assessment as part of their graduation requirements

Over and above this we want to encourage everyone to stay active and keep that body moving! Why don’t you challenge your friends or family to join you in exercising regularly?

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Choose sessions or activities from this list of links: Online sports lessons
  2. Practice your standing jump and rope skipping to help you attain the “Deutsches Sportabzeichen”once you are back at school. Click here for more details: Sportabzeichen Home Practice
  3. Be creative at home– invent new sports activities or challenges, practice a new skill or perfect an old one! (If you want you can post your video clips here: DSK Lockdown Video Upload)
  4. Get out of the house on those sunny days! Cycling, jogging, skateboarding, cricket on the street, walking through nature… (of course, always practising social distancing and wearing a mask)

Let’s keep our bodies, minds and souls active during these challenging times.

Stay active, stay healthy, keep smiling!

Your sports teachers

Available extramurals (AGs)

To be confirmed if we can offer extramurals in Term 4 again.

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

Jungschar
Petra Gerntholtz
pgerntholtz@yahoo.com

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

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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!