Where it all began

In 2004, a group of senior members of the German Consulate General, the Goethe-Institut Melbourne and the Victorian State Government took the first steps to establish a German-English primary school in Melbourne.

When Deutsche Schule Melbourne opened its doors in 2008, our vision was to offer an enriching learning experience to the expatriate German-Australian community. Since then however, this vision has broadened and evolved into so much more.

Today, we exist to deliver a bilingual education to all families who value the priceless benefits it offers. 

Our school is also designed to empower and inspire children to take part in a global network.

But like all great stories, ours began with a lot of planning – and a few leaps of faith.

2004

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.

2005

Incorporation of Deutsche Schule Melbourne as a not-for-profit organisation.

2006

Establishing of an educational model and school concept. Partnership agreements with the German-Lutheran Trinity Church and the German-Catholic St Christophorus Parish.

2007

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 Deutsche Schule Melbourne.

2008

Deutsche Schule Melbourne's first operating year. 14 students with different mother tongues start school. In May, the school's playground is inaugurated.

2009

Deutsche Schule Melbourne is officially recognised as a 'Deutsche Auslandsschule' (German School Abroad) by the German Federal Government. Furthermore, the school establishes a program for teachers in training.

2010

Achievement of a full primary school registration with the VRQA. Construction works for new toilet facilities, an outdoor learning area and further infrastructure improvements are completed.

2011

In our fourth operating year, 37 students from Foundation Year to Grade 5 are enrolled at 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.

2012

Expansion of the 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 Deutsche Schule Melbourne.

2013

The school installs SmartBoards in all classrooms, thanks to a successful grant application to the German government. Furthermore iPads are integrated into the classroom activities.

2014

Deutsche Schule Melbourne operates a full primary school with grade levels Foundation Year to Year 6. The Foundation Year class of 2008 has reached Grade 6.

2015

Our first Principal, Bernice Ressel, joins the school and officially opens our new sportsground. We commence with our first instrumental program.

2016

We launch the German Language Certificate (DSD), which is run by our Deputy Principal, Christina Remshardt.

2017

Deutsche Schule Melbourne proudly welcomes 100 students for this school year. We open our state-of-the-art Music Pod.

2018

Deutsche Schule Melbourne celebrates its 10-year anniversary.