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Above: Kelly Ball Defence Transition Mentor

GIVE YOUR CHILD THE RIGHT START TO A BRIGHT FUTURE Starting a new school can be a minefield to navigate even for the most organised of people; paperwork, book lists, new uniforms, new teachers, new friends; and that’s just for the parents!

Calvary Christian College 569 Bayswater Road, Mount Louisa 4722 9201 enrolments@calvary.qld.edu.au www.calvary.qld.edu.au

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For children, it can be even more daunting; swimming in a sea of fresh faces as they discover a new course in their scholastic life. As one of Townsville’s leading co-educational institutions, the staff at Calvary Christian College understand all too well the nature of our great Garrison city and the challenges faced by families affected by the unpredictable nature of the Defence Force lifestyle. With more than 70 students from Defence families currently enrolled, College Principal Stephen Downes believes forming solid relationships with the families of his students and partnering with parents is integral to seeing children reach their full potential. “We recognise that what goes on at home has a direct correlation with a child’s ability to engage and learn at school, and for this reason we go to great lengths to make sure children of Defence families are well supported,” Stephen explained. “As such, we have a Defence Transition Mentor in place at the college to engage with

students of these families which may have a parent away or they’re new to town.” Kelly Ball is Calvary’s resident Defence Transition Mentor. With a Bachelor of Teaching, a fiancé in the Army and two primary school children, Kelly certainly has the credentials and the empathy to be able to deal with the everyday hurdles of her students. “The services we offer are primarily organised through Kelly and include weekly Defence Club gatherings, in-class support, one-on-one sessions with the students and term parties,” Stephen said. “Also, our strong link to the Defence Community Organisation means we have our finger on the pulse when it comes to local Defence matters that affect Townsville’s ADF families.” Other outstanding facilities at Calvary include an Early Learning Centre, Agricultural Centre, 150 seat lecture theatre, multimillion-dollar library and sports centre (currently under construction) and state of the art Industrial Technology Centre.

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