Defence Support


St Mary MacKillop College's motto is ‘faith and courage’. It is only fitting, therefore, that our school, built on these tenants of the Sisters of St. Joseph, support those and their families who show faith and courage in their occupation to protect our community.

MacKillop, with support from the Australian Defence Force and Defence Community Organisation (DCO), provides a dedicated Defence Transition Mentor. Justin Kain, the current DTM, aims to provide support to students that range from social wellbeing and school transition, to academic outcomes and personalised tutoring schemes. Part of our pastoral system, events that occur as part of our Defence contingent include:

  • Year 7 and 8 Birriagai outdoor camp – aiming to develop resilience, trust and friendships
  • Year 9 and 10 retreat – (TBA)
  • Regular fortnightly morning teas and lunches– aiming for students to share concerns in a safe and understanding environment, and allow them to develop or sustain friendships
  • Specialist incursion days – guest speakers provide life stories and life strategies on overcoming adversity, or working through feelings.
  • Academic support: Our DTM is there to support students and will coordinate with faculties and the Learning Commons to provide extra support/tutoring. DCO can also provide support through the engagement of professional tutoring as part of a new posting.
  • Counselling and mentoring – Our DTM will actively mentor with students where a need has been identified, be it academic or social. Counsellors are available and students with parent support can be referred to them to provide professional counselling either at school, or as part of the broader Defence support network.
  • Providing a conduit between the student and their families, and DCO and other areas of Defence.

Contact Us:
Mr Justin Kain
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Acknowledgement of Country

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”

With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.

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Phone: 02 6209 0100
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PO Box 1211
Tuggeranong ACT 2901