At St Michael’s, we are committed to supporting the unique needs of each of our students, whose families and caregivers serve our nation. For many Defence Members, service is not only the sharing of their mind, body and soul, but a sacrifice of, time with their children and stability for their families.
Students from Defence families are subject to unique challenges, such as;
The Department of Defence, Department of Education and our staff recognise the impact this mobile military lifestyle can have on the academic and social development of some children. The Defence School Mentor (DSM) program aims to assist Defence students and their families predominantly across the key areas of welcoming, integrating, parental absence support and farewelling to facilitate the best possible educational outcome for children of Australian Defence Force Members.
Some of the ways in which this is achieved:
“Every child and family is unique, as is every Defence career, therefore there is no one size fits all in my mind. I love to think creatively and encourage our students to do so, to allow them to each develop their own strategies and styles to thrive in their ever-changing world.”
Defence School Mentor
Available Wednesday to Friday