Defence School Mentor Program

The Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program provides support to the children of Defence families through on-site, direct and flexible assistance to students, parents, teachers and other support services.

Working within the school, the DSM provides social and emotional well-being to those students during their transition into and out of a school on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

Defence School Mentor activities can include:

  • Assisting new children and their families to integrate into the school and local community
  • Monitoring the social and emotional wellbeing of Defence students
  • Assisting students develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience
  • Referring students to services, or school and community programs that meet their needs
  • Enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools and communities and
  • Providing support to children during times of parental absence.

Mount Claremont Primary school has received funding from the Department of Defence to run the DSM program 2 days a week since Term 3, 2018. The DSM is available on Thursday and Fridays each week during school terms.


Useful links for Defence Families:

DCO Perth

Defence Special Needs Support Group

Defence Families Australia

Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling