Defence Support Program
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Defence Support Program

Defence families are a very important and dynamic part of St Edmund’s College, and we warmly welcome Defence students and their families to our community. As a War Memorial School, established in 1954 our College has a long proud affiliation with the Australian Defence Force.

Defence School Mentor

St Edmund’s is fortunate to be part of the Defence School Mentor Program which is an initiative of the Defence Community Organisation (DCO). The Defence School Mentor (DSM) role supports Defence students from Years 4 to 12 during their transition into and out of the College and throughout the duration of their time here. My name is Danielle Ridgway and I am the DSM at St Edmund’s, I am a Defence spouse, a mum and an advocate of Defence families. I support Defence students and their families at times when a parent is absent from home due to deployment, posting, training exercises or courses. I work closely with Heads of House, Pastoral Care, Junior School and High School Teachers to monitor social, emotional and academic wellbeing of our Defence students.

At St Edmund’s we develop individual strategies for Defence students to help them adapt to the unique nature of family life in the Australian Defence Force. There are also a number of programs, excursions and services offered in partnership with DCO across the college designed to assist Defence students to build self-confidence, self-reliance, resilience and leadership skills. We regularly hold lunch time activities, barbecues and morning teas here at the College for our Defence students which encourages interaction and friendships with other Defence students.

We pride ourselves on actively engaging as a school community with our Defence students and their families in commemorative ceremonies such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. These ceremonies provide a wonderful opportunity for our Defence students and their families to be remembered and recognised as important parts of our community.

Our College understands the opportunities, benefits and challenges that exist for Defence students and their families. We pride ourselves on our streamlined processes that create a ‘smooth’ transition in to a new school with ongoing care and support. If you would like further information please contact me on 02 6239 0604 or email dridgway@stedmunds.act.edu.au

Danielle Ridgway
Defence School Mentor

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