Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg

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Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg is located in South Africa
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg
Hermannsburg, KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa
CoordinatesCoordinates: 29°02′26″S 30°47′47″E / 29.04056°S 30.79639°E / -29.04056; 30.79639
TypeGerman international school
GradesKindergarten through Grade 12

Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg is a private school in Hermannsburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It serves Grade levels RRRR (18 months) through Grade 12 (18 years). It was established in 1856, making it the oldest private school in the province.

Hermannsburg has English as its main language of instruction, although it has an intense German language programme.[1] Zulu language, as a subject, is also offered in the school, as a second language alongside Afrikaans. Music and outdoor activities are other focus areas, besides the academic programme.

The school offers boarding facilities, and day students from Greytown, 25 kilometres (16 mi) away, and Kranskop, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away may use a bus service provided by the school.


There are three boarding facilities in the school and they are available for students in Grades 8-12. The Männerheim serves boys in Grades 8-12. Mädchenheim serves girls in Grades 8 and 9, while Neues Mädchenheim serves girls in Grades 10-12. All the boarding establishments accommodate the scholars in shared rooms of 2 or 3 scholars per room.

The primary school and kindergarten are separate from the High School. Both the junior school and the senior school have their own computer centres and libraries.

The school has extensive sporting facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis/basketball courts, rugby, cricket, hockey and soccer fields as well as volleyball nets.


In 1965 it had 14 teachers and 307 students.[2]


  1. ^ Ngene 2013, p. 41:Dies liegt an der Konzeption der deutschsprachigen Schulen mit deutschem Schulziel, die sich als sogenannte Expertenschule größtenteils an deutsche Staatsangehörige und deutsche Muttersprachler wenden und nur in begrenztem Maße auch Kinder anderer Muttersprachen aufnehmen (Z.B. die deutsche Schule in Nigeria). Auch die Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg/Südafrika gehört als einzige geförderte landessprachige Schule mit verstärktem Deutschunterricht (L) in Afrika zu den kleineren deutschen Auslandsschulen. (The reason for this [smaller size of German-language schools compared to bilingual schools] is the school concept of the German-language schools with German educational goals. As so-called expert schools these are mostly targeted at German nationals and native German speakers and only admit a limited amount of children who are native speakers of a different language (the German school in Nigeria is such an example). The only subsidised local language school with enhanced German language instruction, the German school in Hermannsburg/South Africa, is among the smaller German overseas schools.)
  2. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (in German). Bonn: Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

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