Im Gespräch mit unserem Schulleiter: Jörg Dopfer

Erzählen Sie uns ein bisschen über sich. 

I am originally from Freiburg in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany’s southwest. I am 51 years old, married and have two daughters aged 15 and 17. I have been a keen rock climber for the last 30 years and a member of a book club for the past 15 years.

In Freiburg, I worked as Head of the Languages, Arts and PE Department at the Kepler Gymnasium and was in charge of the school’s bilingual program. I also spent two years as Interim Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School at the Izmir Branch of the German Embassy School in Turkey. With a Master’s degree in teaching and as an IB (International Baccalaureate) certified teacher of English, I bring more than 20 years of teaching and several years of leadership experience to my role as DSM Principal. 

Warum haben Sie sich der DSM angeschlossen?

Deutsche Schule Melbourne’s unique program which combines many of my professional and personal passions and experiences. I have a true passion for bilingual education. I love working and living in an international and intercultural environment. I am excited and feel very fortunate to be a part of the journey to develop DSM into an even better school. Right from the moment I submitted my application, I was impressed by the positive tone and trustful communication with the DSM Board.

Was bedeutet Erfolg für Sie?

Smiling children. Be your best. As a teacher to help and guide children and teenagers to become the best versions of themselves and to find joy and fulfillment. 

Wie wichtig ist es, die Eltern in das Schulleben mit einbeziehen?

Crucial! Parents and the school are equally responsible for the students’ social-emotional well-being and academic success. To do so, we encourage our parents to participate actively in our school community. It is crucial for us to communicate well with our individual DSM families. For example, through our weekly newsletter, parent-teacher interviews and individual meetings.

Welche Beziehungen hat die DSM zu der breiteren Gemeinschaft?

DSM is an inclusive and not an exclusive school. Therefore, we strive to represent all parts of our broader, globally-minded, peaceful community.

It is important for our school to be an active member of our local community as well as the German-speaking community. We host a variety of cultural activities that families, teachers and neighbours equally enjoy. Our students participate in regular excursions, which provide a chance for them to interact with their local community – for example, our youngest students visit the local Fitzroy library. We also strive to participate in interschool sports activities that connect students to the wider community and promote teamwork and good sportsmanship.