In This Issue
#ACHPER2017 Update
Bring the Olympics to Your Classroom
NEW RESOURCE: Advances in Australian Football
BLOG: Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility
BLOG: Coaching to Create Thinking Footballers
Upcoming Conference
Get Social!
2016 Professional Learning

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

1 April 2016

18 - 19 April 2016

2 May 2016

6 May 2016

13-14 May 2016

14 September 2016

2016 ACHPER Membership
ACHPER's 30th International Conference
Partners and Supporters
As Australian schools and universities embrace a new year of students, challenges and rewards, it was timely for a gathering for the Health and Physical Education Curriculum Leaders Forum on February 25th and 26th.  The forum was particularly pertinent as representatives from states, territories and jurisdiction presented updates on specific implementation process for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (AC:HPE), within the context of their state.  Whilst each jurisdiction will be viewing curriculum delivery from a slightly different lens, it was pleasing to see the similarities and shared agendas that HPE and the wider elements of the learning area have in common, Australia wide.  The HPE Leaders Forum existed until three or so years ago as an annual event.  The forum enabled leaders from the state authorities, jurisdictions and Departments of Education to reflect, share and consider future support across state boundaries and from national perspectives.  I would like to thank the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) NSW and Karen Ingram for hosting this event at such a crucial time, as implementation processes commence across Australia in various forms.

#ACHPER2017 UPDATE: Website Launched and Abstract Submissions Now Open!
The 30th ACHPER International Conference website is now live at! The website contains all the information you will need to know regarding the conference and Canberra including confirmed keynote speakers, Fritz Duras Memorial Lecturer, program schedule, abstract submissions and more.

The Program Committee now invites abstracts for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, lightning talks and/or colloquia (symposia) addressing one of the following sub-themes:
  • Focus on educative purposes
  • Take a strengths-based approach
  • Value movement
  • Develop health literacy
  • Include a critical inquiry approach
  • Sport and recreation pedagogies
Abstract submission closes Friday July 29, 2016

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Bring the Olympics to Your Classroom
The Australian Olympic Committee's 2016 Rio primary resource contains over 60 cross-curriculum lessons themed around the Rio Olympics and the 2016 Australian Olympic Team. It is available to access for free from the dedicated Olympic education website.
The resources are linked to the national curriculum and there are three stages of learning - lower primary, middle primary and upper primary. Selected activities can be used as short engaging activities across a range of Key Learning Area's or teachers might like to use specific activities sequentially.
Specific activities link to Chat to a ChampVillage Art and Cheer for a Champ. There is a major focus on Rio, including the culture, history, geography and association with Australia.
Olympic education is a free, online program for primary and secondary teachers that uses the Olympic sports and traditions to teach life values and life skills.

NEW RESOURCE: Advances in Australian Football
Advances in Australian Football is a unique text in that it delves into social, scientific and coaching aspects of Australian football.  No other book has been devoted to Australian football in such a manner. It explores, challenges and highlights the significance of Australian football in Australian society as well as the role it plays in communities and the enormous changes that have occurred within the sport from a sport science and sport coaching perspective, including game sense coaching, game development, parental participation, and nutrition, to name a few.

The book is divided into two sections:
  • Part one focuses on the application of sport science to coaching; and
  • Part two focuses on a number of social issues currently 'in play' in the game.
RRP: $59.95 (members receive 10% discount)

BLOG: Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility: Thoughts from New Zealand
If Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) is the answer for physical education, then what is the question? Does TPSR work in the realities of schools and does it make a difference? These are all great questions that Barrie Gordon from Victoria University in New Zealand explores in relation to schools in New Zealand.

BLOG: Coaching to Create Thinking Footballers
Hawthorn Football Club has won the past three AFL Premierships and is regarded by many to have the game's most elite decision makers, readers of the game and kick executors under pressure. It's no coincidence that Game Sense coaching is often mentioned when hearing coach Alistair Clarkson talk about coaching methods.

Dave Reynolds from the SANFL explores how coaches can develop not just the technical movement models of possession skills (kicking, handballing, marking etc.), but all facets of 'on-the-ball' and 'off-the-ball' tactical play to create thinking footballers.

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.