German School Cape Town

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German International School Cape Town
founding 1883
place Cape Town
province Western cape
Country South Africa
Coordinates 33 ° 55 '47 "  S , 18 ° 23' 57"  E Coordinates: 33 ° 55 '47 "  S , 18 ° 23' 57"  E
student 832 (August 2016)

The German International School Cape Town (DSK) is located at the foot of the 669 meter high Lion's Head near the Atlantic Ocean in the southern part of Cape Town in South Africa . It describes itself as a bilingual encounter school . The matriculation and high school diplomas are intended as degrees . In August 2016 the DSK had 832 students.


In 1875 the St. Martini community in Cape Town bought a piece of land for the construction of a school and eight years later the German St. Martini School was founded in 1883. Before the First World War, the German government began to provide financial aid. After the defeat in the war and the loss of the German colonies, the German School Association Cape Town became the sponsor of the school in 1930.

In 1961, the Adenauer government decided to start over. First the name was changed to Deutsche Schule Kapstadt (DSK). Then the move into the new building, largely financed by the Federal Republic of Germany , began. In 1964, the first students successfully completed their matric exam (South African school leaving certificate "Senior Certificate" after the twelfth grade) at the DSK. In 1978 the Arthur Painczyk sports field was inaugurated; In 1981 the DSK was opened to children and young people of all skin colors . The opening of the new swimming pool in 1983 went hand in hand with the celebration of the 100th anniversary. In 1984 the construction of the science rooms began and in 1987 a foreign language branch was introduced and the new secondary level began .

The first Abitur examination at the DSK took place in 1989. In 1992 the Olympics of the German Schools in Southern Africa took place at the DSK for the first time . Two years later the construction of a new student residence began. Strengthened economic relationships and the arrival of more Germans led to the opening of the second elementary school in Bellville in 1995 and the opening of the Gisela Lange Music Hall and the renovated Konrad Taeuber Hall in 1997. In 1998 the primary school began moving from Bellville to Parow . In 2003 a second computer room was inaugurated at the DSK; Since 2008, computers have been used in conjunction with video projectors and interactive whiteboards in almost all classrooms .

In 2013, an additional building was opened that includes the library, an amphitheater, a multifunctional room and several classrooms.

Building the school

As is customary in South Africa, the school year begins around January 20th. The structure of the DSK corresponds to a comprehensive school , whereby the matriculation is reached after twelve years and the Abitur since 2009 also after 12 years . The model corresponds roughly to that of a comprehensive school. The attempt is made to ensure a level of instruction that corresponds to German standards. If you are new to school as part of the New Secondary Level (integration program for non-German-speaking students from the Cape Town area in the fifth grade), you must pass aptitude tests in mathematics and English .

67 percent of the students come from South Africa, 33 percent from German-speaking countries.

See also


  • Peter Guttkuhn: Between Lübeck and Cape Town . In: Vaterstädtische Blätter, Lübeck, Jg. 25, 1974, pp. 6-7.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ School website (PDF file; 141 kB), accessed on March 14, 2012