School Association & Board

School Association

Deutsche Schule Melbourne is a not-for-profit incorporated association with more than 180 members. Members support the success of the school in various ways. They are involved in different working groups or committees, support school events or are members of the board.

Most board members are elected representatives of the school association. In addition, the German-Lutheran Trinity Church and the German-Catholic St. Christophorus Church hold one board position each.

Annual membership fees are $27.50 for one person or $55.00 for the whole family. You can find the application form here.

Organisations can support the school directly by entering a sponsorship agreement. For further details please contact our Business Manager, Barbara Walsh.

Deutsche Schule Melbourne operates the following gift funds that can accept your kind donations:

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.


The Board is responsible for the overall governance and performance of the Deutsche Schule Melbourne. It oversees the school management team and the members of the Board are personally liable under common Australian company law.

Board Member Committee
Florian Dehne (Chair)
Florian is Chairman and one of the founders of the school. He led the start-up of the school and since its opening has focused on school development and governance. He is also a member of the HR committee. Florian has a background in management consulting and driving the growth of internet businesses - currently with SEEK.
Human Resources
Christine Baumberg
Christine is a financial lawyer and has strong links to the DSM community. Christine's international experience includes working at law firms in Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. She holds the Board Secretary role and focuses on governance and policy.
Board Secretary
Darkus Lam
Darkus holds the role of Treasurer. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Master’s Degree (Accounting) from RMIT University as well as Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Finance from Monash University. He is currently performing the role of the Finance Manager for the ANZ Employment Business and Commercial Operation at Seek. Darkus has over ten years of experience working in various finance roles for Domain, Kikki.K, and AIESEC. Being bilingual himself, speaking English, Cantonese and Mandarin, he is very passionate about bilingual education.
Bernd Kalinna
Bernd has been on the board since March 2010 and is currently focused in the area of curriculum development. After finishing his Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree at La Trobe University, he became a Science Teacher at Keilor Downs College, specialising in high ability practice (addressing special needs of gifted and talented students).
Paul M. Southwick
Paul is a chartered accountant, aviation journalist, business magazine editor, and general aviation test pilot. He tests and writes reports on fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, and jets, for aviation and business publications. Paul also represents two aircraft manufacturers in Australia. He is of German heritage, and was previously an officer of Allianz AG in Munich, and CFO / Company Secretary for ASX listed entities.
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