Placements in primary, secondary and independent schools, have allowed health and physical education student, Samantha Downward to get real experience and share her passion for sport with children.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education)
I've had the opportunity to complete a work placement in every semester of program, at a range of schools including primary, secondary and independent schools. The look on a student’s face when they have achieved something new is very rewarding.
I’ve always enjoyed playing sports and working with children, so studying physical education was the perfect fit for me.
I chose to study at RMIT because of the small class sizes and the hands-on, practical teaching experience you gain through work placements. The degree also allows you to teach at both primary and secondary school levels.
The highlight of my studies has been the knowledge and confidence I’ve gained - I now feel confident teaching a group of students. I’ve also built friendships and had fun along the way.
I’ve had the opportunity to complete a work placement in every semester of program, at a range of schools including primary, secondary and independent schools. The look on a student’s face when they have achieved something new is very rewarding.
My final placement was an 8 week placement which gave me a real understanding of what it’s like to be a teacher. I found that I was able to apply everything I learnt in my studies.
Our lecturers have always been happy to help and the assignments we complete mirror what we would be actually doing in schools. You also get to participate in practical sporting classes with your friends, which is fun.
I’ve been offered a job teaching health and physical education. I hope to develop my career over the next few years and also enjoy some travel time during the holidays.
In the future, I’d eventually like to teach VCE Health and Physical Education and to work in a senior position such as a year level coordinator or a head of PE.