What is a Defence School Mentor? The Defence School Mentor (also known as the Defence Transition Mentor) assists young people from ADF families to make a smooth transition between schools
The role is a College-based resource available to ADF young people and their families. The aim of the role is to provide a link between the College and the family that compliments the support services offered by the College, whilst recognising the unique challenges faced by mobile Defence families. The DSM is funded by the Department of Defence but is considered an employee of O’Loughlin Catholic College. The role is provided on a part- time basis, and is responsible to the College Principal. The aims of the program are to:
- Support and assist young people from ADF families to integrate into the College community.
- Create a greater and ongoing awareness of mobility issues within the College community.
- Work with individuals, groups, families and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate relevant programs.
- Provide advocacy for students and provide information and appropriate referral to support services.
- Develop resources and programs to support mobile young people.
- Proactively contribute within the College environment on a variety of programs.
Who is the DSM?
Katherine Peel is the Defence School Mentor for O’Loughlin Catholic College. She is available for students in the Resource Centre each Tuesday and Wednesday during school hours.