New sports hall for German school

The German International School Cape Town officially opened its new sports hall on Friday August 23.

After 25 months of planning and building, the German International School Cape Town (DSK) is thrilled to finally make use of its new modern, well-equipped sports hall.

There was lots of anticipation in the build-up to the opening as many pupils, teachers and parents got to see the new facility for the first time. Principal, Alexander Kirmse, said they were all very excited and thanked the parents and the German government for their substantial contribution.

Due to the increase in the number of pupils at the school, indoor gym space became
limited, especially in the winter months.

The hall has a gallery offering space for more than 150 spectators overlooking a 23 x 44m court with a clear height of nine meters, two automated curtain walls that descend from the roof to the floor and divide the main court into three sections, allowing three classes to have a sports lesson at the same time; and acoustic panels ensuring that the noise levels meet the requirements for acoustics in school sports halls.

The hall also includes three basketball, three volleyball and six badminton practice courts while the main centre court offers a handball, basketball, tennis and volleyball court of international size.

The building is also wheelchair- friendly with toilet and shower facilities on the ground level and four changing rooms built on two separate floors as well as a catering area with a serving kitchen on gallery level and overlooking the court.

“I hope the hall will become a place of many sporting memories for our DSK community,
but also for us as a school of mutual encounter, and a place to share a passion for sports with our wider South African community,” said chairperson, Mirabel Bausinger.