Thornton Public School

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Defence Support

Defence School Mentor

Hi I'm Yvonne Fletcher

Welcome to Thornton Public School!

I am the Defence School Mentor for Thornton Public School and I am here to support students of Defence families. I work on a part-time basis and am available at school on Fridays.  A message left at the school office at other times will be passed on to me.

My email address is:  

The Defence School Mentor at Thornton Public School:

  • Provides support to encourage the smooth transition into and out of our school. The aim is to assist children and their parents to quickly become part of our school and the Thornton community.
  • Monitor new children on the playground and provide them with a ‘buddy' to help them settle in.
  • Provide a link between family and the right person to give any assistance they may need ie. within the school, DCO, REDLO or other community service contacts.
  • Organise activities to Welcome and Farewell ADF Families.
  • Help the school and the local community understand the special needs of ADF parents and their children
  • Supports children who have parents on deployment, exercise or course.
  • Organise support programs to assist with ADF children to cope with change.
  • Organise social events such as morning teas and BBQ lunches for Defence Students to get to know one another.
  • Help the school commemorate special events such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day

Thornton is a great place for young families to live. It is a growing community with new estates being built. Conveniently located near the freeway to Sydney, the New England and Pacific Highways to Brisbane. The local railway station takes us East to Newcastle (30 mins) and on to Sydney, West to Maitland and beyond. We are close to Greenhills Shopping Centre, beaches, vineyards and wineries, farms and country air. There is a selection of pre-schools, high schools, university and TAFE, evening colleges, family day care and playgroups. All kinds of sports and cultural activities that you or your children can be involved in. We are close to Newcastle, the sixth largest city in Australia, with all the services that go with it.

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