The Defence School Transition Aide Program provides support to children of Australian Defence School (ADF) members and their families, particularly during their transition into and out of a school on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The DSTA can assist with any educational, emotional or social concerns families may have about their child/children’s needs and liaises with the principal, parents, teachers and professional therapists. The DSTA offers lunchtime activities and games in the friendship room, which creates an environment for students to participate in small groups which fosters friendships.

Trooper Theodore “Teddy” Bourne has been an important part of the DSTA program since the project’s launch in 2008. Teddy Bourne is enrolled as a student at Swanbourne and is officially enlisted in the Australian Army. He has accompanied troops from nearby Campbell Barracks on several deployments. The Teddy Bourne project aims to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges that the Australian Defence Force families may experience during times of deployment and family separation.

In April, Teddy Bourne was welcomed home from deployment with a special assembly. He was accompanied by some of his mates from Campbell Barracks who came to talk to students about life in the army. We presented the army with messages of support and encouragement that our students had written to troops who are deployed. These messages have been received with gratitude, with many deployed members finding messages from their own children.

Our DSTA is available 4.5 days a week from 8.00-3.15pm Monday - Thursday 8.00 - 12.30pm Friday. Should you require information or assistance, please contact (08) 9385 5033