Media Release – DSP Top Candidates

Educated for the world

The Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria’s Class of 2019 consisted of 58 learners who boast a 100% pass rate. This promising group of learners achieved 59 distinctions as well as 103 B-symbols and 131 C-symbols. 90% of these learners passed with admission to study for a Bachelor’s degree. The DSP’s internationally recognised school leaving certificate as well as a sound knowledge of the German language opens the door to the world by affording the learners the opportunity to not only study in South Africa but also at universities abroad.


We are very proud of our top achiever, Kimberley Taku who who belongs to the Top 1% of IEB candidates and aced eight distinctions in the following subjects:


Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), French (SAL), German (SAL), Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science and Life Orientation.


In second position we congratulate Sabine Klingelhöfer with seven distinctions in the following subjects: Abitur Biology, Abitur Chemistry, Abitur French (FAL), Abitur History, Abitur Mathematics, Abitur Physics and Arts Appreciation.


In third position, we congratulate Julia Prinz with six distinctions in the following subjects: Abitur Biology, Abitur Chemistry, Abitur German (HL), Abitur History, Arts Appreciation and Life Orientation.


In the Class of 2019 the girls seem to rule the roost in terms of top achievement. Our top performing ladies had the following to say about their future plans:


Kimberley who was Deputy Head Girl and Dux Scholar in Matric, received several conditional offers at more than one university. These include medicine at the University of Cape Town and actuarial sciences at the University of Pretoria where she was fortunate enough to be awarded a bursary.


When asked what she thinks is the secret to success, Kimberley answers with three sayings that she lives by: “Hard work pays off. Practice makes perfect. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” According to Kimberley balance is crucial to success. Her role models include Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk but predominantly her parents who have been the biggest sculptors of her being. The best advice Kimberley has been given is that: “The challenges you face are not the end of the world. Strive to do the best and be the best you possibly can. I tended to be very hard on myself but as time passed and I look back to the Grade 8 me, I realise that the one bad mark I received or the falling out with a friend truly was not the end of the world. This is a piece of advice I will keep with me my adult life.”


Sabine who unwinds by doing karate found it very hard to stay motivated during her final year. “Luckily, I have the best friends who supported and pushed me all the way,” she confessed. If all goes well Sabine will study Mathematics in Germany. She believes in being open-minded, flexible and to go with the flow and above all listen to good advice. She aspires to be as confident as Malala Yousafzai or Martin Luther King for fighting for what they believe is right.


Before Julia commences her studies in European Law in September 2020 she wants to complete two internships at CA-Associates in Madrid and another law firm in Mannheim as well as do some community service. She believes that aptitude and attitude determines ones success. Her family is very important to her and she names her father, caring mother and brave sister as her role models.


Our other distinction candidates include:


Kiyura Ponnen with five distinctions in Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), German (SAL), Mathematics and Life Orientation.


Kiyura showcased her leadership skills as Head Girl in 2019 and also served on the Junior City Council. According to Kiyura the best advice she has received is that the first step to success is realising that it is going to take hard work and in order to achieve one has to make sacrifices. Her hard work was awarded with a scholarship to study medicine in Germany. At this point in time Kiyura intends to eventually specialise in forensic pathology in South Africa. She is passionate about writing, especially poetry and plans to publish at least one book and one anthology.


Kiyura reflects on the exceptional education the DSP has afforded her: “The DSP teaches independence in both culture and academics. Furthermore, the DSP provides the opportunity to learn German until fluency is reached and thereafter use the language to study and work in Germany and many other countries worldwide.”


Franka Schneider received four distinctions in Abitur Biology, Abitur Chemistry, Abitur French (FAL) and Arts Appreciation.


Lathan Dooms obtained three distinctions in English (HL), French (SAL) and German (SAL).


Xingyue Wang also received three distinctions in Abitur Mathematik, Arts Appreciation and Life Orientation.



The following learners received two distinctions each:

Lehlogonolo Chabalala

German (SAL), Mathematics


Silindile Mtshweni

German (SAL), Afrikaans (FAL)


Ralph Preusse

Abitur Mathematics, Afrikaans (FAL)


Schermiel Rodgers

German (SAL), Afrikaans (FAL)


The following learners received one distinction:

Jolyn Barry

Mathematical Literacy


Feriel Davis

German (SAL)


Saskia Hertell-Moraloki

Arts Appreciation


Niklas Lösche

Music Appreciation


Janka Meyer

Arts Appreciation


Mpho Makhafola

German (SAL)


Angelina Mandla

German (SAL)


Buang Mogashoa

German (SAL)


Goitsimang Mohlala

German (SAL)


Itebogeng Ndhlovu

German (SAL)


Gabriela Peckover

Arts Appreciation


Florian Reis

Abitur History


Shannon Speelman

Afrikaans (FAL)


Nobhekisipho Twala

Business Studies


Jennifer Voet

Abitur Biology



The DSP, which offers tuition from 3 months to Grade 12 is independently rated as an international school of excellence. Young minds are prepared for a global future from an early age. Learners in the higher grades are continuously exposed to the challenges of tertiary education and the future. Teaching is guided by German as well as South African syllabi and prepares learners for the different school-leaving certificates that can be obtained at the DSP.

Ms Kapfhammer, who coordinates the combined South African and German qualification at the DSP explains: “Teaching in Secondary School II (Grades 10 to 12) is characterised by small classes that allow intensive debate on content and scientific methods, top results in all examinations and two school-leaving certificates after 12 years.”

A dual school-leaving certificate is comprised of:

  • The German International Abitur and the National Senior Certificate (NSC) from the Independent Examination Board (IEB), called the Kombi-Abitur or;
  • The NSC from the IEB together with the German Language Diploma Level 2.

“Our flexible approach through either the Kombi-Abitur or the NSC in conjunction with the German Language Diploma allows entrance to local universities and opens the door to study internationally. We therefore educate our learners for the world,” concludes Mrs Bischofberger who co-ordinates the NSC at the DSP. –END-




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