Your day will usually be made up of a mixture of teaching in class plus the chance to coach children a sport or a number of sports during PE lessons. As the sports lessons won't fill up your time-table, you'll help out with other lessons, too, such as English and helping with reading and writing. The sports that you can usually coach are Football and Cricket.
Coaching takes place in the day time during school hours, to children in Primary schools. The ages range from 5 to 10 years-old. The children at the school are young and sport is part time and to a “playground” standard only. These primary schools are IEC (Intensive English Centers) schools and take refugee children from countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia. However, the combination of teaching and coaching will give you great diversity on the project.
When you are working on sports, you will be working as an assistant to the sports teacher during school hours.
The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children.
Different sports have different seasons and the main sports are as follows:
- February - April: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
- May - July: Rugby Union & League, Football (soccer) , Hockey, Netball, Australian football
- August – October: Football, Netball. AFL
- October - December: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.
You won't be involved in sports all the time, as the school may assign you to whichever activities are needed most by the children at the time of your project. There is only a modest amount of sports coaching availablel in the schools, so you must be prepared to get involved in all aspects of school work as well, thus you will do a lot of classroom teaching.
Regarding your normal teaching lessons, as well as teaching English, you get involved with teaching a number of other subjects with the children from the IEC centre. The subjects that may be available for you to teach are:
- Maths / Science
- And possibly other academic subjects
SCHOOL TERM TIMES AND PROJECT DATES:
- Term 1 Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
- Term 2 Monday 30 April - Friday 29 June
- Term 3 Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
- Term 4 Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December
If you choose to do Teaching at the primary schools in Perth during Term 4 (Oct- Dec), your project may be disrupted for 2 weeks due to school swimming lessons.
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