Meet our DSM Families

The Piechutowska Family Polish-German Background

'Coming from a multinational background, we always knew that our children would grow up multilingual, simultaneously learning to speak German, Polish and English. It was with real sense of anticipation that we enrolled Matilda in the Foundation Year in 2013, followed by her sister in 2016. Our primary goal was to reinforce our children’s spoken German, learnt at home, by assisting them in becoming fluent in reading and writing German. Giving the girls the tools to later live and study in Germany was also an important consideration when choosing the school. DSM enables our girls to live multicultural and multilingual lives, effortlessly moving between languages and cultures, learning to understand and appreciate their special connection to both Germany and Australia...' Read more

The Bukhari Family English-German Background

'As our daughter Marley attends her fourth year at DSM we couldn’t be happier with how well she has adjusted to life at a bilingual school. It is always a tough decision when deciding on which school to send your children to. However, in Melbourne that decision seems even more difficult due to the many quality schools available. During our search for the right fit for our children, we spoke to many parents about own experiences and that led us to Deutsche Schule Melbourne. We felt that bilingualism would give our children a great gift for life: the opportunity to communicate with family and friends in Europe as well as benefits to their emotional development. We truly believe the generations of tomorrow will have to face entirely new challenges and complexities in both work and life...' Read more

The Arbaci Family English-English background

'We discovered Deutsche Schule Melbourne whilst enjoying an Oktoberfest fundraiser back in 2009, before even contemplating children. With a strong German background in our family, we were excited to see there was a school that we could consider for our children that would provide them the gift of the German language as well as exposure to the cultural aspects a bilingual school can bring. We attended an Open Day, saw the benefits of a bilingual education and enrolled our son. He joined the school in 2018 as a Foundation Year student. Our daughter will soon be attending as well. The diversity that the school brings in terms of Australians with German heritage, native Germans working in Australia along with Australians with no connection to Germany was an attractive proposition for our family and one that attracted us to the school. Zac has connected strongly with the school and enjoys the bilingual education he is receiving, in particular being able to converse with his ‘Opa’...' Read more

The Backwell family English-English background

'We have been at DSM since 2016 when Claude entered the Foundation Year, having attended the FROEBEL Bilingual Early Learning Centre next to DSM for their kindergarten program in 2015. We love DSM and feel very privileged to be able to give our child the gift of a bilingual education. And whilst learning a second language is important in its own right, DSM also attracts a very diverse and international group of families in which Claude can learn different customs and ways of being that can only serve to enrich his understanding of and curiosity about the larger world and his ability to function with confidence in it. And so, for our family, a German bilingual education is proving to be the perfect pathway to creating a good global citizen. DSM has become a second family for us and we cherish all of the friendships that we, as a family, have made.'

The Wolf family German-English background

'After our experiences in other schools around Melbourne, DSM is a unique and enriching experience for children, parents and no doubt teachers alike. We have four children and three that are school age and attending DSM from Foundation Year to Year 3. We have made this decision to give our children a German cultural immersion (German traditions, language and native German teachers). We believe this is such an advantage for personal growth, understanding and knowledge for life. By sending our children to a small school, we know that our children will not be lost in the system which we have experienced. DSM has a strong community among parents and teachers and we feel that our children are cared for in the very best way and that they feel safe. We have been very impressed by our children’s development over the past two years at DSM, especially with that of our son, who has greatly improved since joining the school in mid-2017 to now. After just half a year he has made progress in many areas and now he is speaking German to other classmates. We thank DSM for all your hard work and support!'