History Deutsche Schule Melbourne


Foundation of Deutsche Schule Melbourne following an inspirational lecture by Klaus Steinmetz, then Principal of the German International School Sydney, and initiated by a group of senior members of the German Consulate General, Goethe-Institut Melbourne and Victorian State Government.
Incorporation of DSM as a not-for-profit organization.
Establishing of an educational model and school concept. Partnership agreements with the German-Lutheran Trinity Church and the German-Catholic St Christophorus Parish.
Signing of a lease for a building on the campus of the former St Joseph's college in North Fitzroy. The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) gives regulatory approval for the DSM.
DSM's first operating year! 15 students with different mother tongues start school at DSM. In May, the school's playground is inaugurated.
DSM is officially recognised as "Deutsche Auslandsschule" (German School Abroad) by the German Federal Government. Furthermore, the school establishes a program for teachers in training.
Achievement of a full primary school registration with the VRQA. Construction works for new toilet facilities, an outdoor learning area and further improvements are completed.
In DSM's fourth operating year, 37 students from Prep class to grade 5 visit the school. The school employs two full-time teachers and five part-time teachers. The school starts a cooperation with the Froebel Group who plans to open up a bilingual kindergarten in Melbourne.
Expansion of team by a deputy "head teacher", implementation of a new format for the occupational development for teachers as well as an improved HR-process which lives up to the growing team of DSM.
The school installs SmartBoards in all classrooms, thanks to a successful grant application to the German Government. Furthermore iPad’s are integrated into class activities.
Deutsche Schule Melbourne operates a full primary school with grade levels Foundation to Year 6. The foundation class of 2008 has reached Grade 6!
Deutsche Schule Melbourne celebrates its 10-year anniversary.