German school’s history honoured

2016-05-03 06:00
 From left are Uwe Detering (school board member), Saaliegah Zardad (chair of the parents committee), Silke Werth (deputy principal), Sigi Howes (Centre for Conservation Education), Ansie Kent (Simon van der Stel Foundation), Lorraine Schaefer (chair of the school board), Alexander Kirmse (principal), Katleho Nkojoana (head girl), Max Groeneweg (head boy) and Mirabel Bausinger (school board member).

From left are Uwe Detering (school board member), Saaliegah Zardad (chair of the parents committee), Silke Werth (deputy principal), Sigi Howes (Centre for Conservation Education), Ansie Kent (Simon van der Stel Foundation), Lorraine Schaefer (chair of the school board), Alexander Kirmse (principal), Katleho Nkojoana (head girl), Max Groeneweg (head boy) and Mirabel Bausinger (school board member).

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The German International School Cape Town (DSK) has been awarded a Blue Plaque Award, honouring the school’s 130 year history.

The Blue Plaque programme is run by the Simon van der Stel Foundation which commemorates historically important sites. The plaque was unveiled on Saturday 23 April in a ceremony with Sigi Howes, president of the Centre for Conservation Education, and Ansie Kent from the Simon van der Stel Foundation, as well as numerous members of the school and school board.

The DSK is not just a place for academic, sports and artistic achievements, but also a place for learners from diverse cultural backgrounds to interact. In 1981 the DSK opened its doors to non-German speakers and has since grown proudly to an international school community with children and families from more than 25 nations.

In 1875, property was purchased for the construction of the school by the St. Martini parish. The school was founded in 1883 under the name of the Deutsche St. Martini School.

Initially receiving financial assistance from the government of the German Empire, the school became the responsibility of the School Association in 1930.

In 1961, the school changed its name to DSK, and moved to its new building, financed to a great extent by the Federal Republic of Germany.

The school has since grown to include sports fields, a swimming pool, natural sciences classrooms, hostels, computer rooms, a music centre and, in 2010, unveiled the first solar power plant, which provides electricity to six class rooms.

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