In This Issue
#ACHPER2017 Update
Banana Boat Sun Safe Schools Program
Announcement of New ACHPER National Board Members
2016 Professional Learning Calendar
BLOG: The Future of Coaching in a Changing World
Semester 1 Sporting Schools funding is now open
ESA Survey: Understanding ICT in Your School
Get Social!
2016 Professional Learning

Upcoming professional learning events being held by your ACHPER State/Territory Branch: 

17 February 2016

19 February 2016

29 Feb - 4 March 2016

18 - 19 April 2016

13 May 2016

14 September 2016

2016 ACHPER Membership
Active and Healthy Magazine
ACHPER's 30th International Conference

The blog on the ACHPER National website aims to provide weekly articles of interest for our target audience of Health and Physical Education teachers and pre-service students. Topics fall under the areas of physical education, sport, health and physical activity.

ACHPER National is currently seeking individuals who may be interested in writing a blog post on a topic of interest to our readership. Please contact us if this is an opportunity of interest to you.

Partners and Supporters
Welcome back to the 2016 school and academic year.  In a year that sees the commencement of implementation changes to HPE curriculum delivery for many states, sectors and jurisdictions, this year may present challenges for teachers and school leaders alike.  ACHPER offers support through advocacy, partnership and professional learning to enable you, your school, university or sport and health setting to be engaged with current pedagogy and agendas in educative health and sporting contexts.  ACHPER strongly advises you to check with your state authority to determine the implementation schedule for the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education (AC:HPE) in your local context.

ACHPER includes a state and national calendar of professional learning opportunities that will be presented over the year to offer currency of upskilling to teachers.  The 30th ACHPER International Conference in Canberra in January 2017 is also an event to be planning towards as the sub themes of the conference deliver specifically to the five propositions of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.  Recognising that learning is enhanced when teachers are aware of the five interrelated proposition that underpin the AC:HPE, the Conference is inclusive of these propositions and also recognises the value of sport within our communities and schools.   The five propositions for the AC:HPE are: focusing on the educative purposes of HPE; developing health literacy; including a critical inquiry approach; taking a strengths based approach and valuing movement.

#ACHPER2017 UPDATE: Announcement of Conference Theme and Confirmed Keynote Speakers
The 30th ACHPER International Conference: Participation in an Active and Healthy Life: Valuing the Participant Voice will be an opportunity for delegates to consider the participation of children and young people in our schools and communities and ensuring they have a voice, feel valued and make a difference. 

To support the connection between the conference theme and sub-themes, the Program Committee has invited both National and International experts in our associated fields. ACHPER National is pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynotes Speakers for the 30th ACHPER International Conference:
  • Sean Slade, Outreach (USA)
  • Professor Donna Cross, University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute (AUS)
  • Professor Damian Farrow, Victoria University (AUS)
  • Peter Hastie, Auburn University (USA) 
Join in the conversation using #achper2017 on social media.
Banana Boat Sun Safe Schools Program
Banana Boat is committed to helping kids and families across Australia have more fun outdoors. The Banana Boat Sun Safe Schools program provides teachers with the resources to help educate students about the importance of sun safety in Australia's harsh climate.

Entering into its third year, the program has seen a staggering 900 schools engage with the resources and take marked steps towards improving sun safety in Australian schools.

If you download the sun safety resources before 15 April 2016, your school could win a fantastic playground sun safety stand OR a pack of 300 sunscreen samples for your students to take home!* For your chance to win, simply visit and download the resources today.

We hope you enjoy implementing our fun and engaging lesson plans in your classroom.

*Terms and conditions apply. Visit for details

Announcement of New ACHPER National Board Members
The ACHPER National Board is pleased to welcome two new Appointed Board Members:
  • Mrs Sarah Maxwell; and
  • Mr Bob Schroder
Mrs Sarah Maxwell is a PE/Sport Coordinator for Mill Park Heights Primary School in Victoria. Sarah works closely with RMIT University and offers her time and resources as a mentor to aspiring teachers. 

Mr Bob Schroder is a multi-faceted and experienced general manager with 30 years' experience either in senior management positions or as an advisor to senior management and boards. He brings a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge to the National Board.

2016 Professional Learning Calendar
Now is a great time to think about your professional learning needs for 2016. There are a number of workshops and conferences for both primary and secondary teachers being held by your ACHPER branch this year to inspire you to new heights with your teaching. 

You can view Term 1 events via the National PD Calendar. This is updated regularly so make sure you keep checking back.

The Future of Coaching in a Changing World: "The good, the bad and the game centred approach"

An average 21 year old in western society has spent a parallel life in playing video games, leading to the notion that video games are a central part of many people's lives today. What is it about gaming that captivates the human mind and how can they be aligned to the game centred approach in PE and Sport?

Amy Price from St Mary's University in London discusses how the principles of 'good digital game design' can be used to re-shape the use of the game centred approach in teaching and coaching.

Semester 1 Sporting Schools funding is now open
Register and lodge your funding application today to get your students active, engaged and having fun!
Funding applications for Term 1 close on Friday 26 February 2016. Term 2 applications close on Friday 27 May 2016.
Sporting Schools is a $100 million Government initiative aimed at encouraging more children to do more sport-based activities and empowering schools and teachers to help them do that.
Sporting Schools offers your school access to nationally endorsed sports programmes from a choice of 32 different national sporting organisations. The programme can assist teachers to deliver health and physical education outcomes that complement your school's curriculum. In addition, user-friendly sports based resources and teacher professional development opportunities are available to you through Sporting Schools.
Students who participate in Sporting Schools benefit from more sport and physical activity in their daily lives. Regular physical activity supports better health and fitness, as well as enhanced social and emotional wellbeing, cognitive functions, and improved fundamental movement skills in students.
Any Australian school can be a Sporting School. Visit Sporting Schools to join the programme.
Sporting Schools is a proud partner of ACHPER National. 
ESA Survey: Understanding ICT in Your School
Education Services Australia (ESA) specialises in the planning, design and delivery of education technology products and service to support learning and teaching.

ESA is looking to better understand schools' use of ICT and their future needs.  It is undertaking market research with educators from across the country to understand how to effectively and sustainably deliver ICT products and services that provide measurable outcomes for schools, teachers and students. ESA is seeking your perspective on what good education technology should looks like, as well as the barriers and enablers to effectively using ICT.

To gather your perspectives ESA has developed surveys for Principals and Deputy Principals and TeachersEach survey will take no longer than 10 minutes and will be open until 29 February, 2016. All responses will remain anonymous.

As a thank you for your participation, ESA are offering all those who complete the survey entry in a prize draw to win a $250 voucher.