The ACHPER Advocate
 Issue #1   
February 2014
In This Issue
Get Faster with Freelap
AC: HPE available online
Review of the Australian Curriculum "Students First"
ACHPER National & Tennis Australia Collaboration
SAVE THE DATE: 29th ACHPER International Conference
2014/15 ACHPER Bookshop Catalogue
ACHPER Blog: 10 Links we Like
2013 ACHPER Member Survey Results
Flinders & La Trobe University Research Project

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Primary PE 101 - VIC
21 February 2014

HPE Week - QLD
3 March - 7 March 2014

FMS Workshops - WA
3 & 4 April 2014

K-6 Conference Sydney South West - NSW
4 April 2014

HPE Conference - SA
23-24 April

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Welcome to 2014
A Message from ACHPER's National Executive Director, Alison Turner
I would like to welcome all educators, kindred associations and stakeholders with an interest in the Health and Physical Education learning area, sport, physical activity, and student health and wellbeing outcomes to the first issue of the "ACHPER Advocate" for this year. 

In 2014, ACHPER National will continue to build on the momentum generated by the 28th ACHPER International Conference held in Melbourne in November 2013. Based on feedback received from the Implementing the Curriculum: Intentions for Action pre-conference forum, delegates from all states, education sectors, schools, and kindred agencies, generated four 'intentions for action': advocacy; professional learning, connections and coherence; and resource development

Get Faster with Freelap
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Australian Curriculum: HPE available online
(available for use, awaiting final endorsement)
Teacher The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has made the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education for Foundation - Year 10 available on the Australian Curriculum website.

It is important to note that at this stage Health and Physical Education has not been endorsed by Ministers as national curriculum. The curriculum however, at the request of the ministerial council, is being made available for states and territories to implement if they wish to do so. 

Review of the Australian Curriculum
"Students First"
On January 10 2014, the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne, announced a review of the Australian Curriculum led by Professor Ken Wiltshire AO and Dr Kevin Donnelly. 

ACHPER will be actively involved with processes around the Students First review and advocating for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. ACHPER's National Board and branches will contribute to this process across all four foci as outlined on the Students First site
ACHPER National & Tennis Australia Collaboration
Supporting program delivery in Primary & Secondary schools
In January, Tennis Australia extended an invitation to ACHPER to meet to discuss further opportunities around collaboration and partnership development.

Over a series of meetings, ACHPER National and Tennis Australia fostered collaborative outcomes, with the aim of supporting program delivery in Primary and Secondary schools and also offering advice to Tennis Australia around resource development including possible curriculum changes within the Australian Curriculum: Health & Physical Education. 

29th ACHPER International Conference
Save the date!
ACHPER is pleased to announce that the 29th ACHPER Biennial International Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from Monday April 13 to Wednesday April 15 2015.

Please mark these dates in your diary and watch out for the abstract call for papers, posters and workshops. The peer reviewed conference proceedings for the past three ACHPER International Conferences are available online, and demonstrate the quality of the conference content and research presented at ACHPER International Conferences. 

2014/15 ACHPER Bookshop Catalogue
Now available!
Looking for new resources to reinvigorate your teaching in 2014?

The ACHPER Bookshop's 2014/15 Health & Physical Education Resource Catalogue highlights the latest titles available in the areas of primary, secondary, self-development, teacher education, sport and recreation, and dance.

Download the electronic version or request a print copy today.

10 Links We Like
Once a month we will be highlighting ten links to articles of interest on the ACHPER Blog.

February's links include the Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, Learning Frontiers - A Case For Change resource, and an infographic on Why Schools Need a Powerful Physical Education Policy
2013 ACHPER Member Survey
Summary of Results
chalkboard-teacher.jpg Late last year, we called on all ACHPER Members to participate in the 2013 ACHPER Member Survey.

This survey was designed to get feedback from our members about ACHPER's performance and advocacy efforts, membership benefits and value, communication efforts and more, in order to help us to improve the quality of service we provide.

Flinders and La Trobe University Research Project
Seeking Secondary PE Teachers
Flinders and La Trobe University are undertaking a research project exploring secondary physical education teachers' conceptualisation of PE.

Australian HPE teachers' understanding of the nature of their subject is partially constituted by an interpretation about its particular point and purpose. As a result, this research project has three broad objectives: firstly, to explore the "everyday philosophies" of Australian secondary school HPE teachers towards the teaching of physical education (PE); secondly, to investigate how this influences the design and enactment of PE in Years 7-10; and, thirdly, to extend on the Crawford Report's (2009) concerns about both the status of PE within the key learning area of HPE and with the consistency in the application of PE in Australian schools.

Secondary PE teachers are invited to participate in this research via an online survey.

Shane Pill (Flinders University) & Steve Stolz (La Trobe University)
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