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Oonoonba State School benefits from the support we receive from our school community to enable the provision of a quality education for all students.

Chaplain

The State Government Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care Funding Program was introduced in Queensland state primary and secondary schools in 2007 to assist school communities to provide supportive school environments for students.  Chappy Ros Parker works in the school 2 days a week.  Ros provides additional social, emotional and/or spiritual support to students and/or staff as well as enhancing engagement with the broader community including parents.  If you would like to donate to this program you can do so through the school or through Scripture Union (SU).

Defence School Transition Aide

We are fortunate at Oonoonba State School to have a Defence School Transition Aide.

The Defence School Transition Aide Program provides support to children of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members and their families, particularly during their transition into and out of a school on posting.  The program aims to assist the smooth transition of mobile Australian Defence Force children from school to school and across the Sates and Territories.

Why do we have a Defence School Transition Aide in our school?

The Defence School Transition Aide assists children and parents to quickly become part of the school community. They answer basic questions about the school and provide a link from families to the school. They also help build the school’s long-term capacity to support mobile children and their families.

Children respond differently to relocation and change. Some make a positive transition into the new school. Others may experience difficulties. These difficulties may present in changes in behaviour, loss of self-esteem and diminished academic performance.

What does our Defence School Transition Aide do?

A Defence School Transition Aide is a member of the school team. The duties of the DSTA may include the following:

• Being a contact for new parents of mobile ADF children in the school

• Assisting the school and parents with enrolment procedures

• Introducing ADF parents and children to the school and its facilities

• Coordinating appropriate welcoming, deployment  and farewell activities for ADF children

• Monitoring day to day children’s personal issues such as friendship

• Acting as a referral point for cases requiring specialised educational advice

• Supporting individual children’s needs as required

• Contributing to the school newsletter items of interest to mobile families

• Providing opportunities for ADF families to meet other ADF families

It is not intended that the Defence School Transition Aide work with an individual child on a long-term basis.

Playgroup

Oonoonba State School, in conjunction with Playgroup Qld, operates a playgroup for children 0 – 5 years.  An adult must accompany children during playgroup and commit to interact with their child and leader.  Playgroup operates in the Multi-purpose Hall on Fridays during school term from 9am – 11.00am.  Registration can be organised at the venue at this time.

Mt Stuart Cluster of Schools

William Ross State High School, Annandale, Stuart, Wulguru, Oonoonba, and Woodstock Primary Schools work together to ensure a smooth transition for students from primary to secondary school.

As well as planning for curriculum alignment, a number of joint activities occur for both staff and students throughout the year.