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Cambewarra Public School

Cambewarra Public School

"Quality Education in a Caring Environment"

Telephone02 4446 0038

Defence School Mentor

Defence School Mentors are found at schools across Australia where there are significant numbers of Defence students. Defence Mentors are funded by the Department of Defence and are employed to provide information and support to Defence families, especially when transitioning into a new school and during deployments.

A Defence School Mentor (DSM) performs a variety of roles including:

  • Smoothing the transition between different education systems thereby helping Defence students to minimise the impact of relocation on learning outcomes.
  • Monitoring the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of Defence students.
  • Referring Defence families and students to school, Defence and community support groups.
  • Enhancing an awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools and the greater community.
  • Assisting Defence students to develop their self-confidence through involvement in resilience programs.
  • Enhancing the links between the local, school and Defence community.


If you are a new Defence family to the Shoalhaven, DCO Nowra's newsletter will provide some valuable information: 

Mrs Kat Mills is our school's Defence School Mentor. If you would like to contact Kat please call the school office on (02) 4446 0038 or email 

We also have a dedicated facebook group for our school defence families to join. This is the main platform for Kat to communicate with Defence families and for all Defence families to network with eachother. Search for D-Force Club Cambewarra and request to join the group.