Defence Family Community Support

​Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) understands the pressures on Defence families and the impacts this may have on your child. Many of our schools offer specially designed Defence School Transition P​rograms to help your child effortlessly move schools.

Defence School Transition Programs

Catholic schools are passionate about supporting our Defence force families and proudly participate in the Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program.

Based in our schools located close to Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, and RAAF Base Amberley, Ipswich, DSM aides (primary school) and mentors (secondary school) understand the issues Defence families face when transitioning to a new school.

Aides and mentors work with principals and staff to build school capability to support Defence families through direct and flexible on-site assistance to students, parents, teachers, and other support services. Their roles include:

  • Helping with enrolment procedures
  • Obtaining resources to ensure your child/children arrive at school with the correct uniform, books, and stationery
  • Referring your child/children to services or school and community programs that meet their needs
  • Providing support to your child/children during times of parental absence
  • Assisting your child/children to develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience
  • Monitoring the social, emotional wellbeing and personal issues of your child/children, such as friendships, peer groups and classroom difficulties
  • Enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools
  • Organising various activities including ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.

BCE​​ School Locations

BCE Schools are conveniently located in suburbs surrounding Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera and RAAF Base Amberley in Ipswich.

Find a BCE School near you

RAAF Base, Amberley

 Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera

 *schools with Defence School Transition aides/mentors​​​.