Oliwia Capala personal statementMy interest in primary education arose after a surprisingly incredible work experience at a local school 2 years ago, Witnessing a child comprehend a new concept and broaden their perspective is incomparably rewarding and since then I have became adamant in my aspiration to undertake a career which allows involves me playing fundamental role in children developing and fulfilling their potential. I believe that it is an indispensable experience for young people to interact with a teacher who intends to support their needs and up keep their well-being whilst continuously striving to make a positive difference to their lives as they progress through education I believe I have a talent for working with children, furthermore I believe that playing an active role in aiding children to develop and adapting the curriculum to make it accessible for each pupil is vital for a primary teacher and I trust that I obtain these qualities.
Over the year I have worked hard to take advantage opportunities offered by my school. As part of the school’s mental health and health and wellbeing groups I have proved to be committed to maintaining the welfare of all pupils. This involved conducting questionnaires to pupils and parents regarding all aspects of their health then working closely with GIRFEC guidelines and Breathing Space Scotland to support pupils as well as staff with an array of self-help coping methods and a self-referral system to make private contact with outside sources including CAMHS and NHS 24.
I am passionate about the vital role mental health should have within education and I believe that improving its links within our school has been greatly beneficial to pupils.I have also taken on the responsibility of becoming an ambassador of rights respecting schools where I work hard to develop the pupil’s awareness of children’s rights and how they directly affect them in everyday life. I experienced teaching all year groups as well as our special learning centre pupils whilst becoming senior pupil heartstart facilitator, as part of my training I developed their first aid and emergency lifesaving skills.Also, this year I have been trusted with the role of senior prefect which has involved me being given the opportunity to stand responsible and involve myself in organisation activities thought the school such as Christmas fayres and parent’s and mental health information evenings which I think have given me a deeper understanding of the level of dedication and leadership necessary behind the scenes of everyday school life.
Along with this I have found time to enrol in the saltire and the caritas awards which encourage me to become an active member of my community; volunteering in local parishes, food kitchens and in our special learning centre and engaging with a multitude of different individuals, I am pleased to be involved in these as it has further perpetuated my belief that education is considerably more than just what happens in the classroom. Through a voluntary work placement at a primary school I have found the varied daily interactions have only deepened my enthusiasm, through aiding in maths lessons and subsequently experiencing the different multi-media methods used to communicate new concepts and accommodate different learners is engrossing and has greatly benefited me by making me more aware of the different aspects to a child’s learning and allowed me to exhibit my leadership skills in a realistic teaching environment. I strongly believe it is worthwhile outlet for my natural compassion and commitment to learning, I am self- assured of my capability and I strive to be accomplished in catering to every pupil and their needs so that by the end of their primary experience they are individuals who have experienced the education system in an effective and child-centred approach as well as being fully equipped with skills to continue successfully in their academic future