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National #HPEday - CEO John Stokes
National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day - ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO
31st ACHPER International Conference January 2019 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED
Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education: Vol 9, Issue 3
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National #HPEday - 
John Stokes 
Wednesday 5 September is a good news day - no politics please!

Research shows that children's participation in physical activity leads to better student engagement, improved academic achievement during school years, and better outcomes in adult life.

Health and Physical Education (HPE) is one of the eight Learning Areas of the Australian School Curriculum. Some of the focus areas of the HPE curriculum include - fundamental movement skills, games and sports, mental health and wellbeing and understanding the health benefits of physical activity.

"But not all students in Australia are getting the benefit of quality HPE" says ACHPER CEO, John Stokes. "Whilst HPE is part of the Australian Curriculum, inconsistencies in its delivery mean that many students are not receiving the benefit of daily PE". He continued "Given the research findings that link an increase in physical activity to better academic performance, the delivery of daily PE is a no brainer". Unfortunately, with the pressures on student class-room time, often HPE is relegated in preference to subjects focused on literacy and numeracy.

"Delivering a balanced day of learning areas from the Australian Curriculum areas which includes HPE, is essential" John Stokes said. "Daily physical activity has been shown to not only have benefits at school but also in developing good habits for adult life". The community benefits of improved health and well-being have both positive social and economic outcomes.

"This is where ACHPER steps in" said John Stokes. As Australia's peak professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in HPE, ACHPER is staging its annual National HPE Day on Wednesday 5th September 2018. The nationwide event is designed to raise awareness of the value of HPE in the Australian Curriculum and highlight the important role it plays in the learning and development of children, the benefit to all schools, and the value to the wider community.

National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO!!!!!

The National HPE Day Website contains some great ideas and activities that your school can undertake on Wednesday September 5 2018 to demonstrate how much it values this important learning area in the curriculum.
ACHPER encourages schools, children, teachers and communities to take photos and videos of active participation in physical activity and upload them onto social media using the #HPEday hashtag. There are some great prizes to be won for the most creative entries!

31st ACHPER International Conference January 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Deadline Extended until
COB Friday 7 September 2018 
The 31st ACHPER International Conference:  Reconfiguring HPE and Sport to Enrich Communities  will have both national and international appeal.

This event has already attracted high quality keynote speakers from overseas and Australia and promises to be a showcase of contemporary and future focused ideas that will ensure that it is a must attend event for Health and Physical Education professionals and health, sports and other industry stakeholders.

We invite abstracts for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, symposia and posters addressing one of the following themes:
  • Community Engagement
  • Contemporary Practices
  • Public Policy Influence
Abstract submissions close on Friday 7 September 2018 

To submit your abstract please 
Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education: Volume 9, Issue 3
Volume 9 Issue 3, 2018 of the Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education has now been released.
ACHPER Members can log-in and browse the latest articles today, including a paper by Stephen Harvey, Matthew Curtner-Smith & Clayton Kuklick titled 'Influence of a models-based physical education teacher education program on the perspectives and practices of preservice teachers'.