Defence School Transition Aide
At Good Shepherd we recognize that children of Defence families face a unique series of challenges – they experience parental absence and MWD(u) postings, and face major changes in their lives with frequent relocations and starting at a new school . With the right support , children can grow in self reliance and confidence and will learn to develop strategies for coping with change and unfamiliar emotions.
A Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) is employed at Good Shepherd two days a weeks and provides direct and flexible assistance to students, parents and teachers to help reduce the impact of mobility on a student’s education. The role of the DSM is not one of a teacher or counsellor, but as a conduit between these professional services to facilitate information sharing and appropriate referral to support services as required.
Our DSTA coordinates appropriate Welcome & Farewell activities:
Our DSTA assists children to integrate into the school community:
Useful links for families seeking regional and community information:
Absence Support is also provided to children before and during times of parental absence from home for service requirements, with close attention paid to mental well-being.
Defence Student Mentor
Good Shepherd Primary, Amaroo
02 6255 7888
(Mon and Tue 9.00am – 3.00pm)