Vol 21.4 2014
Active & Healthy Magazine
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Editorial Note
Welcome to the final edition of the Active & Healthy Magazine for 2014.

This edition has some inspiring content from a diverse range of authors which I know will challenge and strengthen your teaching and learning programs in preparation for next year.

I would also like to use this opportunity to thank all of our 2014 authors, the editorial team, ACHPER's National Executive Director Alison Turner, and the ACHPER National Board and all of the State Boards of ACHPER for their support and advice throughout 2014.  

I look forward to a wonderful 2015 and hope that the Active & Healthy Magazine continues to be an essential part of your professional learning.

Rick Baldock

The role of the five propositions in the Australian Curriculum: Health & Physical Education
We begin this edition with what in time will become a seminal article. Jan Wright from the University of Wollongong has gone to what is at the heart of the new Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.
If you are grappling with the implementation of the new curriculum then you must read this article to understand how the new curriculum is different to past curricula. This article points us to where the content of the new curriculum meets the pedagogical practices that we need to employ when providing quality learning and teaching programs.

Student Inquiry: A Net Games example

Mel Hamada explores how the updating of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) led her to re-think the PE and Net Games program she offers students at Yokohama International School in Japan. 

In this article she provides a unit overview to illustrate how she weaves all the elements of the MYP IB programme together from planning to assessment. If you are using the IB: MYP then this article will provide a great practical illustration of how to plan, implement and assess a unit of work. 

Exploring physical activity opportunities to complement the Health and Physical Education curriculum

As teachers we often wonder how we can increase students' participation in physical activity, not only in PE lessons but also in other aspects of students' lives. 

Brendon Hyndman, Amanda Benson and Amanda Telford have developed a gem of an article where they have shared their findings of a Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) intervention in an Australian primary school. If you are wanting ideas and an evidenced informed approach to your school based interventions in this area, then this article is an excellent place to begin your work.

Why Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander histories and cultures and intercultural understanding are essential in Australian HPE curriculum

Sue Whatman has developed a thought provoking article where she highlights the need for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander histories and cultures and intercultural understandings to be taught through the new Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.

Sue also discusses the importance of the General Capabilities and their emphasis in the Australian Curriculum. She argues that the recent Review into the Australian Curriculum by Donnelly and Wiltshire needs proper consideration and response from the profession at all levels. 

Tennis Hot Shots

Rebecca McDonald of Tennis Australia shares some example activities and games from their highly successful ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program for primary schools written by an ACHPER team of writers, Jeff Emmel, Shane Pill and Rick Baldock. 

Keep an eye open if you are a secondary teacher for Tennis Australia's new resources for secondary schools due to be launched in the near future. 

BRONZE e-LIFESAVING: a FREE interactive e-learning program for secondary schools

The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia have developed some great new resources which they have launched this term. The Bronze e-Lifesaving program includes support materials such as video scenarios, multiple choice questions, slideshows, quizzes and reflective and problem solving tasks. 

These resources will be a great support to secondary swimming and aquatics programs. 

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