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Defence Families


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 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 students education. Our DSTA helps smooth transitions into and out of our school, assists children to develop strong social connections, and provides ongoing support particularly during changes in family circumstances.


DSTA Support includes:

  •           assisting children and families to integrate into the new school and local community,
  •            monitoring the social , emotional and academic wellbeing of Defence students,
  •            helping students develop self confidence, self-reliance and resilience,
  •            referring students to services, or school and community programs that meet their needs,
  •            providing families with details on accessing education assistance if gaps are identified by the teacher,
  •            enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique defence lifestyle in schools and communities, and
  •            providing support to children during times of parental absence.


Useful links for families seeking regional and community information:


  • Thank You

Mandy Woodall

Defence School Transition Aide

Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Amaroo

02 62557888