Grahamstown Public School

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Transition to our school

Defence school transition

Deborah O'Donoghue is the Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) at Grahamstown Public School. The school is located in close proximity to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown, being approximately eight kilometres away.

The DSTA is at the school on a part-time basis to assist the children of serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  With much defence housing in the area, there are currently over 50 children from ADF families at Grahamstown Public School. The DSTA:

  • Welcomes new families to the school with morning tea and an after school function, and also assisting with information prior to arriving at the school
  • Provides support during the transition process and in particular while a ADF member is absent due to deployment, courses or exercises
  • Enhances the relationship and providing a link between the school and the defence community
  • Maintains contact with defence families and monitoring the various needs of the children
  • Organises a farewell/end of year function for families

Deborah has had much experience with defence life due to her husband's 22 years of RAAF service. She understand the commitments and demands of service life and the consequent stress families endure. 

The DSTA can be contacted at, or by phoning the school office.