On Tuesday 21 September the German School London celebrated its 50th Birthday, having first opened its doors on 21 September 1971.
50 years ago, on 20 September 1971, a VIP reception was held at Douglas House in Petersham, South West London.
The party, which included the German Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Karl-Günther von Hase and the British Secretary of State for Education, Margaret Thatcher, was there to officially launch the first German School in the UK. The next day, on the 21st of September, 84 pupils walked through the doors of Douglas House to start their first day of school.
50 years later and German School London has grown to over 800 pupils, from ages 3 to 18 years and from over 30 different nations.
On Tuesday 21 September 2021, the whole community gathered to celebrate their 50th birthday. Also in attendance was the school’s original secretary in 1971, Roswitha Guest, and a delegation from the German Embassy.
All the pupils and staff were encouraged to dress in seventies attire and the students put on seventies dance and music performances. A selection of pupils also re-enacted the very first day of school at the German School London 50 years ago.
This is the first of several events the German School London has planned to celebrate their 50th Anniversary year. Find out more about the 50th Anniversary celebration events.