Defence Families

We know Defence life can be difficult for some children and we are here to support those students and their families through their time in South Australia.

Many Defence families choose to send their children to Catherine McAuley School because of the care and understanding we provide to these students.

We know that children of Defence members face particular issues at home and school, that is why, in partnership with Defence Community Organisation, Catherine McAuley has a Defence School Mentor on site who works closely with our Defence families to mentor and support children through postings, deployments and times of absence.

Our strong ties with secondary schools in our area also helps Defence students to transition to their final years of schooling in a supportive and familiar environment. 

Jacqui Langstreth has worked closely with many students over the past several years to support. She can be contact through the front office on 8284 1666 or email at

We know moving is not easy

The moving schools checklist for defence parents covers things to do to help children settle in. To access this checklist, click here.

As a defence family, you also have access to the Defence Member and Family Help Line.

You can access this service by calling 1800 624 608 or by clicking here.