The ACHPER Advocate
 Issue #9  
October 2014
In This Issue
Review of the Australian Curriculum
Closure of the ACHPER Bookshop
Registration now open & call for papers extended
Special Journal issue: Critical health literacies
Physical literacy - a journey, not a destination
Teaching less & learning more
Game sense coaching to improve kicking

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Healthy Lifestyles Support Officer, Physical Activity (Fiji)
An enthusiastic volunteer is being sought by the Australian Red Cross to help plan and implement physical activity programs that will encourage more Fijians to exercise, encourage community-driven activities and increase the number of children aged five to 17 participating in physical activities at school. The volunteer will be required to work at both policy development and implementation level.

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A message from ACHPER's National Executive Director, Alison Turner
Effective and sustained advocacy with the aim of supporting the educative value of Health and Physical Education (HPE) has been recognised as a priority for ACHPER National. Significant agendas for HPE, teachers and ACHPER Members has been a focus and have required leadership, with some key outcomes being achieved. 

The Hon Christopher Pyne, Federal Minister for Education, initiated the 'Students First' review process of the Australian Curriculum early in the year and the Final Report has now been released.   

As indicated in the Final Report, submissions to the review indicated strong support for the inclusion of HPE in the Australian Curriculum. ACHPER statements highlighting the importance of the HPE curriculum and the delivery of the curriculum are included in the Final Report, emphasising the significant work ACHPER does in lobbying for HPE on a national stage.
Review of the Australian Curriculum
Final Report
The Review of the Australian Curriculum Final Report has now been released, which has highlighted a number of key areas the reviewers felt should be addressed to strengthen the Australian Curriculum.

ACHPER National will take the opportunity to read the report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum now that it has been released, and develop a considered response in relation to the implications to the Health and Physical Education learning area. 


What's Happening to U?
What's Happening to U? is a free, new and comprehensive teacher's resource to significantly support the teaching of personal development in schools. After extensive teacher and student research and advice, What's Happening to U? offers digital, video and printed materials that tap into real attitudes and needs, with an emphasis on students talking to and being heard by other students. We use language, imagery and technologies that students relate to while being fully syllabus compliant.

Laid out in a format for teachers to customise including:
- Print
- PowerPoint
- Electronic white board files

"I'll definitely be using this resource."
- Michelle Keatinge, NSW.

"I think it's FABULOUS! I'm really looking forward to teaching this unit of work. I don't have to do any preparation for it because it's all there."
- Angela Coleman, NSW.

You can find out more & order your teachers resources at 
Closure of the ACHPER Bookshop
Shop set to close
The ACHPER Bookshop operating in Adelaide will close on 31 December 2014. A number of factors contributed to the decision to close the ACHPER Bookshop (formally the Healthy Lifestyles Bookshop) after 34 years of service.

However ACHPER National will continue to publish high quality print and online resources specifically catering to the needs of the Health and Physical Education profession. As outlined in the 2014-16 Strategic Plan, ACHPER National will focus on prioritising effective resource development and the expansion of ACHPER's online resource provision.  

Registration now open & call for papers/presentations extended
29th ACHPER International Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, April 13-15, 2015
Registration is now open for the 29th ACHPER International Conference. To find out more information about the registration costs and to register online, click here.

The call for papers/presentations submission deadline has been extended to Friday 28 November, 2014. We are delighted that over 80 presentations have been received already from all over the world, and we encourage your involvement. Click here for more information.

The Conference theme is 'Values into Action - A Brighter Future', with the following sub-themes:
  • The educative purpose of HPE
  • Strengths based HPE
  • Learning in, through and about movement
  • Health literacy
  • Critical inquiry and problem solving in HPE
  • Sport pedagogies
Papers/posters can be considered for the Early Career Researcher Award, Young Scholar Award and the Academic Poster Award



Special issue: Critical health literacies
Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education
Health literacy is increasingly recognised as a central aspect of health promotion in schools and in the wider community. 

In this special Journal issue, a range of perspectives are offered examining the development of literacies as a framework for health-related learning as situated social practice.


Physical literacy - a journey, not a destination
New to the ACHPER Blog
Dr Amanda Stanec from Move Live Learn writes about community as a key support in developing individuals' physical literacy on the ACHPER Blog.

She shares why it is important to consider facilities, active transportation, natural environment, infrastructure, and policies within the community.

Teaching less & learning more
Popular Blog post
What critical knowledge, concepts and skills do you want your students to leave your Health and Physical Education program with? Clear planning within the limitations of your setting will result in a more clearly defined program, making the task of assessment and evaluation less stressful!

On the ACHPER Blog, Bernie Holland from ACHPER Victoria highlights the premise that teaching less allows your students to learn more! 

Game sense coaching to improve kicking
On the ACHPER Blog
Dave Reynolds from the SANFL writes about how a game sense approach to coaching Australian Rules football is the perfect way to maximise development and enjoyment for players.

It involves creating environments specific to the game, technique development, maximizing involvement, finding the optimal challenge for each activity and the art of questioning. 

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