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Defence School Mentor

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What does the Defence School Mentor (DSM) role offer?

The program that is offered aims to support children and ADF families during transition in and out of school due to posting, deployment or parental absences and during the child’s time at the school. The role is funded by the Department of Defence through the Defence Community Organisation.

Tamara Turner  Defence School MentorWho is the Grand Avenue State School DSM?

Tamara Turner is the DSM at Grand Avenue SS, starting this role in June 2018.  Tamara is the wife of a career Air Force serviceman, together they have three children that attend Grand Avenue.  Tamara has a great understanding and appreciation of the unique lifestyle and pressures that defence families face.

What support is available at Grand Avenue State School?

Tamara offer’s support to the children in a variety of ways. This includes Defence Club during break; individualised support leading up to and during deployment (eg craft for parent, care packages, acknowledging significant events); welcoming and familiarisation activities; fare welling activities leading up to postings; in class support both in groups and individually and playground support.

Tamara assists the school in the organization of special services to commemorate ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. 

How can I contact the DSM?

Defence families can contact Tamara by telephoning the school office, 3372 0555 and by email to tturn225@eq.edu.au  Tamara works Thursdays and Fridays during school hours. 

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Last reviewed 06 September 2019
Last updated 06 September 2019