I managed to secure a position, starting January 2011, at a established school with this letter.
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To: Name of School
Name of Principal
Re: Application for a Student Teacher position at Name of School.
I would like to apply for a Student Teacher position at Name of school, please? This in addition to the aftercare position I already hold with your establishment. I do believe that I am physically and mentally capable of fulfilling a full day’s work at school. I am currently working at Current Employer until midday every week day. During school holidays I work full days at Current Employer and on weekends and public holidays I work half day shifts as the Bureau de Change operates seven days a week (with the exception of Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). I would prefer to discontinue my services at Current Employer and to rather dedicate my time to my chosen profession as an early childhood education facilitator.
I chose to study Name of applicable course with Name of University. Although I am still to complete my first year, I have undoubtedly found my vocation. I have worked at Name of school aftercare since January 2007. With the assistance of my colleagues I supervise the children and coordinate the daily routine. Together we focus on the children’s all round well being. I get along well with children from a wide spectrum of milieus and I am fluent in Afrikaans and English (I have a limited comprehension and small vocabulary in Swazi, Arabic and Portuguese). In addition to my studies at university I am planning to do a level one first aid course later this year.
There are several reasons why I would like to have a student post at your school. Firstly, I believe that I can make a positive difference that would resonate with the child throughout life. Secondly, my passion is early childhood education. In addition, I attended Name of School in my primary school years and have a great commitment to the school’s ideals, values and goals. My rented flat is only one mile away… I did learn that much from the “Sitrus Pretloop” during my primary education! My daughter attends Gr. 2 and aftercare at Name of School which offers logistical convenience. Having a student position at Name of school would afford me more time to study and spend time with my family. As I already work at the aftercare, I know the teachers and most of the children attending Name of School. I too, am familiar with the daily routines and will be able to fit in without disrupting classes.
Children tend to be comfortable in my company and I find spending time with them rewarding and fulfilling. Their energy and boundless creativity is invigorating – their openness inspiring! I do believe that I could be an asset to the school as I am creative, dynamic, pro-active and very adaptable. My main priority will be to guide the children to achieve personal success. I consider that my credentials and interests match with requirements and the high standards set forth by our school.
Thank you for taking time to consider my application.