Defence School Transition Aide

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Gill Lofthouse.   I am very excited to be with our Golden Bay Primary School Team as the Defence School Transition Aide (D.S.T.A.).  I am here every Wednesday (even weeks) and Tuesday mornings (odd weeks)

I am very passionate about my D.S.T.A. position and I have been in this role for the last eleven years.  I am currently holding D.S.T.A. positions at Port Kennedy Primary School and Rockingham Beach Primary School.  I have also worked in various positions within the school system including Education Assistant and Special Needs Assistant assisting adolescents with educational, emotional and social difficulties.

The establishment of the DSTA program is a Defence initiative aimed at reducing the difficulties experienced by ADF families as a result of changing schools.  Many young people from an ADF background adapt easily to new situations, however everyone reacts differently, and there is no right or wrong way to deal with change.  I intend to support our students through the myriad of changes they experience – transition into a new school, transition to another school, Dad/Mum being away and other family and personal changes. This support is offered on a one to one basis, as support to parents, as a referral service and as group support.

We would love to welcome new Defence families to our school so if you are being posted to Western Australia why not choose our school to support your children.