Defence Family Support

The Defence Transition Mentor (DTM) program has been made possible through funding by the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) to provide ‘hands on’ support within the College for ADF members and their families. The purpose of this role is to support students during their transition into and out of the College or at times when a parent is absent from home due to deployment, training exercises or courses.  

 At St Anthony’s Catholic College we strive to lessen the negative impact of these situations by carefully monitoring the students and by providing activities which will help them work through the many practical and emotional issues involved. Mrs Sharon Welham is the College DTM and works 4 days a week over both campuses, Monday/Tuesday on the Assisi Campus and Wednesday/Thursday on the Padua Campus.

The DTM and DSTA at St. Anthony’s Catholic College provide support for students and their families by:

  • Being a primary point of contact for Defence Families at the College.
  • Helping to welcome defence families into the College Community.
  • Following up new students in the classroom and the playground.
  • Assisting with the Operation of Assisi Student lounge.
  • Spending time in the classrooms and taking an interest in the children and their progress.
  • Attending assemblies, class culminating activities, musicals, carnivals.
  • Working closely with other staff, especially teachers in monitoring Defence students during times of transition or deployment.
  • Being available to support partners and other family members during deployment, training exercises and courses.
  • Providing pastoral care to students who are not coping with the effects of beginning a new school, news of a new posting, deployment or post-deployment issues.
  • With other staff, planning suitable farewell activities for students posting out.
  • Assisting with Applications for Educational Allowances which provide tutoring support for ADF students.
  • Linking students and their families with programs and services offered within the College, St. Anthony’s Parish, DCO, and the wider Townsville Community.
  • Keeping up to date with resources and events in the defence community by attending regular DTM/DSTA Cluster Meetings and professional development courses.
  • Providing regular updates of College and DCO activities through the College Newsletter.
  • Assisting with Applications for Educational Allowances which provide tutoring support for ADF students.
  • Linking students and their families with programs and services offered within the College, St. Anthony’s Parish, DCO, and the wider Townsville Community.
  • Keeping up to date with resources and events in the defence community by attending regular DTM/DSTA Cluster Meetings and professional development courses.
  • Providing regular updates of College and DCO activities through the College Newsletter.

 Please keep in touch with your College DTM

Sharon at the Assisi (Senior) Campus,

T: 4751 7300 during term hours Monday/Tuesday

and at the Padua (Junior) Campus

T:  4751 7200 during term hours Wednesday/Thursday or email: swelham@sacc.catholic.edu.au

USEFUL LINKS

Defence Community Organisation:

http://www.defence.gov.au/dco/default.htm

 REDLO

Gail McDonald

Nathan Business Centre

340 Ross River Road,

Aitkenvale 4814

Phone: 4753 6532

redlo.nthqld@defence.gov.au

 Geckos Family Centre: 

Phone: 4411 7031

Fax: 4411 7229

hq3bde.familiesnq@defence.gov.au

 Tropical North Family Centre:

Phone:  4752 1149 

Fax:      4752 1149

 Townsville City Community Directory:

http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/townsville/infocentre/Pages/communitydirectory.aspx

Kids Matter:

http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/

Padua Campus Assisi Campus
AddressA

Veales Road, Deeragun
QLD 4818

Joanne Street, Deeragun
QLD 4818

PostalP

PO Box 143
Deeragun, Qld 4818

PO Box 143
Deeragun, Qld 4818

PhoneT

07 4751 7200

07 4751 7300

4751 7280
Absentee Line

This number can be called at any time to record a student absence

18 Oct

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