Defence School Mentor (DSM) Defence families are a very important and dynamic part of St Andrew’s School, and we heartily welcome Defence students to our community. Our close proximity to Gallipoli Barracks means we have a high number of Defence students – currently around 90 Defence Force Students within our school population of approximately 620. Sometimes children may have challenges making new friends and adjusting to the new routines. It is our priority to assist Defence families and children to settle in and make connections within our inclusive school community.
St Andrew’s School has a Defence School Mentor (DSM) to support the many Defence families in the school. The program, administered by the Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS), reflects the commitment by Defence to support its members and their families and recognises the partnership between education authorities, Defence and schools. The program aims to assist students in Defence families in four key areas throughout their education and as they move from one school to another. The key areas are:
The Defence School Mentor:
Caitlin Watson is a Defence spouse, a mum and a very keen advocate of Defence families, on their arrival, during their time at St Andrew’s and as they depart on new adventures!
Please phone (07) 3351 6366 to speak to Caitlin, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the program, need assistance in any way or just for a chat!
For more information on the Defence School Mentor program, please visit http://www.defence.gov.au/members-families/family/kids/education.asp