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Andre Adam-De-Villiers, Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science

Andre Adam-De-Villiers

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The quality, experience and support from all my lecturers and tutors (they knew my name!), the friendships I have made, the relevance of my degree for my occupation of choice as well as the opportunity to branch out to other areas of interest and the smaller cohort of my course group.

I completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science and Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). My highlights were the many times of laughter between myself and my lecturers, the opportunity to use and apply state of the art equipment and techniques, and discovering my passion for education.

The feeling of support and knowing that, 'you matter and we care' the moment you have your first lecture. Walking into your lecturers' office and they know who you are and are happy to help you in any way they can.

I spent 12 months casual teaching PDHPE in both primary school and high school in the public and private sectors whilst teaching swimming at a private swim school.

I am currently employed by the Catholic Education Office in Broken Bay as a PDHPE Coordinator between 3 schools (Our Lady of Perpetual Succour West Pymble, Holy Family Lindfield and Prouille Wahroonga).

I am responsible for developing, coordinating and expanding the PDHPE and Sport program between the 3 schools. This includes ongoing development, reflection and refinement of lessons, organisation of sports carnivals in school and representative levels, and lots more!

ACU honed my passion for teaching, enhanced my skills with relevant educational theories and application, creativity in the classroom, real experience with my work placement, contacts and the drive to consistently better myself.

How to stay organised, how to remain resilient with the many, many job knock backs I have had, how to be creative, innovative in my lessons and how I can use my own personal strengths to be the best teacher I can be.

Yes for many years. It stemmed from my job as a Personal Trainer as I wanted to work more closely with children and health.

Actually getting a full time job! My school achieving 2nd place overall point score at the 2016 Cluster Swimming Carnival, representative swimmers compete and being told, 'I am the best teacher ever' by a Year 1 student. Knowing I can make a child's day more active and enjoyable is all I need.

Give every subject the same attention and attitude you would give a full time job. The time you spend at University is precious and intangible. Take this time not only to enhance yourself academically, but emotionally. Work on being the best person you can be inside and out.