Vision, Mission and Philosophy



DSM helps students to realise their individual potential and become creative and confident participants in the global community. 



  • We inspire life-long learning by empowering students to lead their own learning journey.
  • We inspire our students by offering learning experiences encompassing the heart, head and hands.
  • We inspire our students to express themselves creatively and think critically about a world without borders.


  • We nurture the whole child in our vibrant German, Australian and multicultural community.
  • We nurture mutual respect, understanding and caring for the individual.
  • We nurture inclusive classrooms in which everyone feels pride and belonging.


  • We challenge our students to embrace diverse perspectives through bilingualism and by exposing them to an immersion program run by native speakers.
  • We challenge our students academically by teaching according to the Victorian and the Thuringian Curricula.
  • We challenge our community to live sustainably by reducing its footprint and taking care of precious resources. 


Together we create and shape everyday school life within our small but strong international community. We value respect, trust, kindness, honesty and patience. Students and parents alike enjoy participating in a variety of school events that foster multiculturalism and life-long friendships.

Our school environment assists children to grow into balanced and confident individuals who are able to take responsibility for themselves and others. Being able to communicate in two mother tongues enables them to perceive the world from a range of cultural perspectives. It assists them in developing a global view on life and appreciating cultural diversity.

This is fostered by the school being an integral part of both local and German-speaking communities. With its strong sense of community among the students’ families and its cultural activities inviting the wider community to take part in the school’s life, DSM is more than an educational institution.Ultimately, the school provides students with the environment to live and learn two cultures.

The bilingual and bicultural education of children at DSM is delivered through the school’s immersion program and reflects the philosophy of the school.

Support our School!

DSM is a not-for-profit association based on a strong membership. Members support our school by electing or being elected to the school board and participating in various school working groups. Members can also use the German/English library of DSM. Annual membership fees are $27.50 for one person or $55 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.