Loktoberfest 2021

Hello to all Oktoberfest fans!


If you too have missed the Eisbein, the Lebkuchen, the Prosit, the Schunkeln and the Gemütlichkeit  of Oktoberfest at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria, then don’t miss this opportunity!


In 2021, the traditional Oktoberfest will come to your home, packed in a box for you to enjoy with family and friends.  Jawohl!  The very first Loktoberfest, Home Edition with German delicacies and beer.

Here’s how you can host your own Loktoberfest:


Sign up via this link: https://bit.ly/3ujOCTt


Order a Loktoberfest kit of your choice and pay by bank transfer by 7 October 2021.


On 22 October between 11.00 and 16.30 collect the party box from the
Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria.


Invite friends, unpack and celebrate!


Limited stock is available.


Don’t hesitate, order, pay and plan your Loktoberfest today!


Best regards from the Loktoberfest team

DSP Golf Day

Golf… the art of practice and skill waiting for luck.



We would like to thank all our players, sponsors and supporters who participated in the DSP Golf Day at Silver Lakes Golf and Wildlife Estate on
2 September 2021.



We hope everyone had a little luck and a lot of fun and that we
will see everyone again on 2 September 2022!

Words of welcome from the acting principal Mr. Ehrich

Words of welcome from the acting principal  Mr. Ehrich

“How can I help?”


This guiding principle for a new school leadership situation, which I did not imagine would happen so quickly, is intended to support me as I begin my work as acting principle. I have taken over a very unsettled school community due to the radical restructuring of the school management, which I would like to rebuild and motivate.


After 12 years as deputy head, taking on the new role within a few days instead of the planned three months was something I had to let sink in. How did I feel? Uncertainty? My state of health? Work overload? Support measures? How can I convincingly go before a staff, a parent body and a learner body that had to adjust to such a rapidly changing DSP situation without courage or hope?


There was not much time to come before the school audience with a plan for the educational leadership. We lost two deputies since the beginning of February, now also surprisingly quickly the principal Ms. Kiehn. Many discussions were held at various levels in South Africa and Germany to maintain the school leadership.


Ms. Kapfhammer will now be responsible for the German school-leaving certificates, the official communication with Germany and the ADLKs, the KMK and the ZfA, the statistics and the like. Mrs. Bischofberger will continue to take care of the South African qualifications, which she has now had a firm grip on for one and a half years. Should I need a substitute, Ms. Kapfhammer (Abitur coordinator), Mrs. Müller-Sonder (NSec head) or Mrs. Bischofberger (NSC coordinator) will take over as required. The Secondary School Heads I & II and the Primary School Head are occupied as before and continue to fulfil their tasks so well. Thus the organisational structure and the official channels for the pedagogical work are confirmed and transparent for the colleagues, learners and parents. The good cooperation with the management of the Kindergarten and the Afterschool Care Centre as well as with the administration continues as before.


I continue to expect good cooperation from everyone in the DSP community, as I have experienced so far in the past years, and I am convinced that together, with some changes, we can go a good and forward-looking way. In the coming days and weeks, I look forward to driving a line of communication that will rekindle hope for an Excellent German School Abroad for all the school bodies involved – even beyond the borders of the country.


With the question in all situations in everyday school life: “How can I help?” I would like to awaken a positive attitude that will turn the current mood around for the better in a goal-oriented and problem-solving way. I would be happy if everyone enjoyed coming to school again and felt good.


I thank you for the good wishes and support from all sides, not to say from all over the world, that I have already received!


Mr. Wolfgang Ehrich
Acting Principal



DSP Golf Day Fundraiser

Kick off spring at our DSP Golf Day Fundraiser on 2 September at Silver Lakes Golf Course!


You can expect a professional tournament with great prizes at one of Pretoria’s best golf courses.


Bring your friends, colleagues or clients and join us for a fabulous fundraising event.


Click here for the registration and sponsorship form.


If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Anja Schlüter on 012 803 4106 or [email protected].


Golfers who are not in a fourball are welcome to register so that individuals can be divided into fourballs. So there is no reason to miss out on this day!


Please note the closing date for registration is 12 August 2021.


Career opportunity Principal

Do you want to prepare learners of different nationalities for a globalised world?


Then apply to become the Principal of the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria by the end of April!


Click here for more information


Prof. Dr. Friedland


Prof. Dr. Erich Karl Helmut Friedland
(4 May 1933 – 29 December 2020)



A man who viewed his profession and his engagement with the community as  a calling.


Erich Karl Helmut Friedland was born on the 4th of May 1933 in Thuringia. The family fled the GDR to the West in 1950. He completed his Abitur in Duisburg at the Max Planck Gymnasium in 1952.  Erich Friedland was appointed assistant at the National Physics Laboratory of the CSIR in 1952.  In his evening studies, Erich Friedland studied at the University of Pretoria and received a bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry with distinction in 1956.  During his master studies in physics, he received a post as a technical assistant at the University of Pretoria.  He earned his master’s degree in 1958 with distinction and was promoted to lecturer in 1959. He received his doctorate in 1965 and the following year worked as a visiting scientist at the Nuclear Research Centre in Karlsruhe. After his return to South Africa in 1967, he was promoted to senior lecturer and in 1972 appointed as professor at the University of Pretoria.


Professor Erich Friedland was an internationally renowned scientist who worked in scientific institutes in Germany, the USA, England, Holland and Denmark. After his retirement, he continued to lead research and supervise doctoral students for many years at the university, as well as on the international stage.


Professor Doctor Erich Friedland was co-opted as 2nd Secretary on the Governing Body of the Deutscher Schulverein Pretoria on the 13th of October 1975.  During this time he was also very active in the “School Action 75” and the “Action Self-Help”, which were partly responsible for the construction and completion of the “new” school in Die Wilgers.  In the “School Action 75” he led the initiative to collect donations from companies.


From the Annual General Meeting in 1978 onwards, Professor Friedland was the chairman of the Governing Body of the Deutscher Schulverein Pretoria.  He fulfilled this office with a great deal of idealism and joy, with some work-related interruptions, until the Annual General Meeting in 1995.  Under his leadership the construction of the school was completed. This also included the construction of the auditorium, the sports hall, the swimming pool and the school dormitory.  He successfully planned the extension for the new secondary school up to its implementation.


Professor Friedland took over the chairmanship at a time when the first opening efforts for non-German-speaking children were discussed in the school community.  What has become a matter of course today was an almost insurmountable hurdle at that time – not only on the part of state politics, but also from the understanding of the German community in Pretoria.  Thanks to the far-sightedness of Professor Friedland, we now have a school which is an example for many other schools.


This required a vision, and it required a man who had both an eye on the present realities as well as future possibilities. A person like Professor Friedland, who also presented his views in the face of opposition, and was able to convince opponents.


After leaving the board, Erich Friedland was elected an honorary member of the school association at the 1996 Annual General Meeting. In 1997, Professor Friedland was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by the Federal President of Germany.  This honour shows the respect given to Professor Friedland in Germany.


After 1995, Professor Friedland was chairman of trustees of the Neitz Foundation for 20 years and later also of the Snyckers Foundation.  He was always very interested in the school and always sought conversation with the respective chairs of the Governing Body of the Deutscher Schulverein Pretoria.  He always had an open ear and was willing to discuss the situation and contribute his experience.


As a school, we have always enjoyed seeing him and his wife as guests at the school. He was not afraid to participate with the children in the large school orchestra.


This school community is greatly indebted to Professor Friedland and we want to honor his memory.  His voluntary commitment, his loyalty to the school and to the cause is an example to us all. A school needs idealists such as Professor Erich Friedland to ensure the continuity of the school.


We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family at this time of mourning.


The Deutscher Schulverein Pretoria, the school management, the teaching staff, the students and the employees of the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria.


(A Rüsch; W Johannes; W Ehrich)



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Life is lived forwards and understood backwards” – Søren Kierkegaard


Megacities: living the present, analysing, thinking ahead, creative design

Interdisciplinary project of the history and art departments in Class 10a


For the first interdisciplinary project, Ms Jeken (head of department: history) and Ms Welwering (head of department: art) have chosen the topic of urbanisation.

Why urbanisation?

Our worldwide megacities are a phenomenon of industrialisation and have been extremely fragile and vulnerable for 50 years of globalisation, and today, since January 2020, extremely exposed. “The fact that we live in an urban age is clear, despite the sometimes unclear database. The fact that new problems arise as a result cannot be ignored either. At the same time, however, cities offer the potential for a civilised world: today it is a matter of realising this potential. […] A dynamic city worth living in can be created neither by planning nor by the market economy, but only through the inhabitants of the city itself. Rüdiger Korff.


Successful cooperation between the history and art Departments

During the history lessons with Ms. Jeken, our students explored how and why urbanisation was able to progress in such a way worldwide and thought about what we want to decide for ourselves or for the future of cities.



Ms. Welvering’s tutorials guided the students through the art lessons.  They had the task of portraying megacities in comics, developing their own superheroes, giving tasks to the superheroes, dealing with evil attackers and creating a mood for megacities.



Take a look at some of the highlights from their visual diaries.



Listen to the interview themed:  “Living in the country or in the megacity” and take part in our survey.  We’d love to get your thoughts.

Click here https://bit.ly/34PIib6

Lessons in the times of Covid-19

In spite of all the restrictions to avoid the spread of Covid-19 making, the subject combining teaching was successful.  The pupils took from everything that makes a person: thinking, dreaming, abstracting and creating. Luckily, all this did not have to be done alone in isolation on the screen, but the pupils were able to have the usual exchange of ideas in the classroom together during the face-to-face lessons and experience how important and motivating the classroom situation is and will remain.