The Arbaci Family

'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’. Having one parent as a non-German speaker, the opportunity to learn and interact with Zac and as well as learn an additional language is a wonderful opportunity for our family to connect. He is very eager to get to school early in the morning and spend some extra time before and after the bell with his teachers and friends.

One of the biggest benefits of DSM is the community feel. In the lead up to Zac commencing his Foundation Year, we participated in the 'Weihnachtsmarkt' in 2011, helping out at the sausage stall. Here we met a number of parents across all year levels and have built on those relationships over the last few years. We love the opportunity that Deutsche Schule Melbourne will give our children with not only a second language but also the warm community feel and friendships made.'