Meet our DSM Families

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!'

The Weinekoetter family German-German background

'Before we even had kids, I had looked up DSM as I always wanted my kids to grow up bilingually. It has been really good for them. I love watching them navigate seamlessly between the two languages and cultures. They are both extremely happy here. My husband and I have also found our place in the DSM community. I am heavily involved in the organisation of the DSM Christmas Market. It’s a year-long project, really, but so much fun. Starting with doing the graphics with another mum, crafting for it, finding space for stall-holders, laughing a lot and finally decorating a mountain of gingerbread in the last three days before the market. It is my most treasured kind of madness! DSM has a very vibrant school community. It has been a really great meeting place. It is a mix of cultures, really – not just German and Australian. Many families have lived all over the world and bring their experiences to the school. It’s this richness and open-mindedness that is truly inspiring.'