In This Issue
National Health and Physical Education Day 2016
Water Smart Education Toolkit
#ACHPER2017 Early Bird Registration Extended
Unpacking and Implementing the AC:HPE
Announcing new ACHPER National Board
Announcing 2016 ACHPER National Award Recipients
BLOG: Strength Focus - Using positive psychology in sports coaching
Get Social!
2016 Professional Learning

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

9 September 2016

16 September 2016

26 September 2016

17 October 2016

26 October 2016

21 & 22 November 2016

24 & 25 November 2016

ACHPER's 30th International Conference
Active and Healthy TPSR Special Edn
Partners and Supporters
AITSL Announcement
Welcome from the National Executive Director 
ACHPER presents National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day on Wednesday September 14, 2016.  A nationwide initiative, National HPE Day highlights the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children. Learning in HPE makes an important, positive difference to students and their lifelong participation and health outcomes.

The theme, Good for Children, Good for Schools, Good for Communities, is being celebrated over three years and this year's event will focus on how HPE is 'good for communities'.  ACHPER encourages schools and children to celebrate and presents a call to action to showcase your involvement to #HPEday.  I encourage you to visit for further information.

National Health and Physical Education Day 2016
National HPE Day will be celebrated on Wednesday September 14, 2016 with a focus on HPE: Good for Communities

We have produced some short videos to explain more about National HPE Day, and to detail what others are planning to do to celebrate this important event.

Celebrate the Rio 2016 Paralympics on National HPE Day by trying modified games and sports to provide children with an understanding of different skills and abilities

Water Smart Education Toolkit
Water Smart is a water safety education program that includes the Water Smart Award and the Water Smart Education Toolkit.

The Water Smart Award is for primary school children that can be taught in the school's classroom and playground by school teachers. It includes water safety knowledge, basic rescue techniques and an introduction to resuscitation.

The Water Smart Education Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for schools to use to teach a unit of water safety. Curriculum materials are available for all students from the Foundation Year to Year 10. Unit outlines with activity descriptors, teacher notes, activity sheets in PDF and SMART Notebook formats, water safety tips, posters and video clips are available.

Be a Water Smart School today!

To gain access to FREE resources, Visit - Go to Schools and Register Your Interest to get your login password. 

*Advertising does not indicate ACHPER's endorsement of the product or service.

#ACHPER2017 Early Bird Registration Extended
Early bird registration has been extended until September 30, 2016 and applies to 3-day registrations only. After this date, the full rate for 3-day registrations will apply.


ACHPER was overwhelmed with the response to the call for abstracts, and as a result, received over 230 submissions by the closing date. With draft programming currently in development, the 2017 ACHPER International Conference promises to showcase the best practice and research ideas from National and International presenters. 

Unpacking and Implementing the AC:HPE
ATT: ACT HPE Teachers

ACHPER National is hosting a one day workshop in Canberra on Friday September 16, 2016, where we will unpack the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education to assist HPE teachers in planning and implementing a quality program at their school.

Announcing new ACHPER National Board
At the National Representative Forum held in Adelaide on August 20th and 21st, ACHPER farewelled its National President Mr Graeme Quelch.

The ACHPER National Office and National Board would like to send its sincere thanks to Graeme for his work over the past 25 years at state and National level and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.

Announcing 2016 ACHPER National Award Recipients
ACHPER is pleased to announce five National award recipients in 2016:
  • Professor Chris Hickey as an ACHPER Life Member who is based in Victoria;
  • Ms Naomi Lind as an ACHPER Fellow who is based in Victoria;
  • Mr Graeme Quelch as a recipient of the National Honour Award who is based in Western Australia;
  • Mrs Denyse Passmore as a recipient of a National Service Award who is based in Western Australia; and
  • Mr Matt Schmidt as a recipient of a National Service Award who is based in South Australia.
Sport is a great platform to build optimism and resilience in students which can potentially provide greater performance in the classroom and in other aspects of their life. Positive Sports Coaching™ is an approach that has been developed to use the science of positive psychology which focuses on strength development and athlete well-being.