About the program
Larrakeyah Primary has included the Defence School Transition Aide Program which provides the practical support and services of our Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA).
The DSTA’s key role is to help provide a smooth transition into and out of the Larrakeyah Primary School community for ADF children and their families.
What our aide can help with
Our DSTA assists with student transitions in and out of schools, works within class rooms on a regular basis assisting Defence children. She also conducts lunch time activities for students, hosts afternoon teas for parents and supports students during times of parental absence due to deployment, either for professional development or military reasons.
The DSTA works closely with teachers to monitor Defence children’s personal issues such as friendship & peer groups and any classroom difficulties. She also provides opportunities for ADF families to meet other ADF families within the school community. The DSTA relays information, services and events of interest to Defence families in the newsletter each week and by email.
We understand the challenges faced by defence families
Through working with the DSTA all Larrakeyah staff and teachers are aware of the difficulties that mobile military family life can sometimes cause with parental absence, settling in a new school environment and of course saying goodbye to friends for the next adventure. The DSTA’s primary goal is to reduce the educational and emotional impact of postings and parental absence for Defence students through support and activities to assist building student’s confidence, friendships and resilience.
Getting in touch
Please don’t hesitate to contact Larrakeyah School’s Defence School Transition Aide, Jodie Murdoch, for any information that will assist your relocation to our community and ensure you advise the school you are a Defence family when filling out your enrolment forms by ticking the appropriate boxes so the support of our DSTA can be readily provided.