I would like to introduce myself, my name is Gill Lofthouse. I am very excited to be joining the Port Kennedy Primary team as the Defence School Transition Aide (D.S.T.A.). I have been appointed one day per week which is going to be split into two parts Monday and Friday from 11.50 till 3pm.
I am very passionate about my D.S.T.A. position hence I have been in this role for the past ten years. I am currently holding D.S.T.A. positions at Golden Bay Primary and Rockingham Beach Primary. I have also worked in various positions within the school system including Education Assistant, Special Needs Assistant assisting adolescents with educational, emotional and social difficulties.
The establishment of the D.S.T.A. 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 a group support.
If there are any Defence families at Port Kennedy that we are not aware of please let our office know so that your child/ren can become part of our ADF Kids Club. Looking forward to seeing you all.