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Frequently Asked Questions

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School Life

Does the DSM offer an extra-curricular program?

On three afternoons the school offers an extra-curricular program parents have to enrol their children for. The program is designed to be held for 60 minutes for pick-up at 5pm. The program varies during the school year and usually there is at least one musical and one sports activity on offer.

Please contact the school office to obtain more details.

What does the school’s music program include?

Music education is part of the DSM curriculum. At the moment the DSM does not offer any instrumental lessons after school. However, we are working on options and will certainly keep you up to date.

How does the physical education program look like?

Physical Education is part of the DSM curriculum. At the moment, the sports lessons are held in the school yard (weather permitting) or inside the school building. The PE teachers use the school’s sport equipment for their lessons. The school is currently working on having a proper sports ground at the rear of the school building. Plans have been designed already, any update will be announced on our website.

Does the DSM teach religious education?

Students can take part in the school’s religious education class which is taught once per week in cooperation with the German speaking churches in Melbourne (with a focus on General Christian education). Alternatively, they can take part in an Ethics class. Parents will be asked to let the school know of their decision at the school start.

Does the DSM have a kindergarten program?

Our cooperation partner Froebel who already runs two successful child care centres in Sydney will open a bilingual child care centre and kindergarten in Melbourne (next to our school) in early 2014. Children will be taken from 6 weeks to 6 years. If you are interested please send the waiting list application form back to Gisela Schumacher on and they will be in touch once there is an update regarding the opening of the kindergarten.

Does the DSM have Before/After School Care program?

The DSM does not run an own Before / After School program. We do, however, cooperate with EXTEND, a before and after school care provider running a program at the nearby Our Lady Help of Christians school on 26 Miller Street, Brunswick East. DSM students attending this program will be picked up in the morning and dropped off after school by DSM staff members. For more details in regards to enrolment and fees, please contact Extend directly under www.extend.com.au.

Please always inform the DSM should your child attend the program on a regular or casual basis.

Will there be composite classes in the future?

Although we do see benefits from composite classes we are mainly looking at separate classes for the future as our school is constantly growing and we are getting full classes.

How can I as a parent get involved in the DSM school life?

There are many different ways to get involved and we always appreciate parents taking the time to support our school. We are very proud of our energetic and committed school community. Potential tasks might be the school’s reading program, being part of one of the committee (Events, Newsletter etc.). Please talk to us should you be interested in getting involved.

Support the school!

DSM is a not-for-profit association based on a strong membership. Members support the 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 Deutsche Schule Melbourne. Annual membership fees are $27.50 for one person or $55 for the whole family. You can find the application form here.

Sponsorship

Organisations can support the school directly by entering a sponsorship agreement.

For further details please contact the Business Manager Barbara Walsh ().

Donations

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

All donations over $2 are tax- deductible.