Our Lady of Dolours School is a proud participant in the Defence Transition Aide Program. This program provides support to the children and families of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, particularly when moving in and out of a school on a posting or when a parent is absent from home.
Defence School Transition Aides (DSTAs) are located in primary schools throughout Australia where there are significant numbers of ADF families.
The role of the DSTA is to:
Keeping Defence Families Connected
We have at least one opportunity to gather as a Defence community each term, either through a morning tea, dinner or school event. Our Teddy Bear’s Picnics, Christmas parties and parent dinners are always well attended and aim to create supportive relationships between our Defence Families.
Our school has very strong ties with the Defence forces, with many in our community actively involved in the great responsibility of protecting our country. As a school we are involved in many activitie each year. For our Defence Students, Mrs Kerri Wilson, organises Defence Club each week. Here the children participate in many varied activities and lead the school in whole school commemoration events.
Each class makes a wreath for ANZAC Day.
ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day are commemorated both at school and with the local community.
Students make commemorative flags.
Care Packages are compiled.
Sometimes we get a very close look at equipment.
The Teddy Bears' Picnic.
The Bingo Challenge
Mother's Day and Father's Day craft are popular activities.
Defence Club students help to sell commemorative merchandise for ANZAC and Remembrance Days.
Making a Welcome Home banner.
When a parent is away from home, Kerri Wilson supports the children and family. In the photo above the child has made a cutout of her family with bead hearts and fishing line tying them together (the invisible string that binds us). Kerri also helps the children to keep the absent parent informed of what is happening at in their lives at school.