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:
Rebecca Beckwith is the Defence School Mentor at St Andrew’s School. She has spent more than a decade working alongside the Defence Force community within the Ex Service Organisation space. In addition, she has personal experience with the complexities that come with being a Defence family.
Rebecca works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please, do not hesitate to reach out if there is an issue you would like her assistance with.
Please phone (07) 3351 6366 to speak to Rebecca, 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