In This Issue
National HPE Day: New Ambassador Announced
ACHPER Academic Advisory Group: Call for Expressions of Interest
BLOG: Getting girls more active - shorts and pants would help
2019 31st ACHPER International Conference Expressions of Interest
BLOG: Learning Fundamental Movement Skills through differentiated play-based activities
Gayelene Clews Keynote audio
Skipping: More than just turning a rope
Indigenous knowledges as a way to disrupt norms in PE teacher education
ICSSPE Gender in Sport Special Feature
Join the conversation
2017 Professional Learning
Health and Physical Education: The Five Propositions
Girls Make your Move
Partners and Supporters
Welcome from the National Executive Director 
As educators we are all aware of the impact that Health and Physical Education (HPE) has on students, schools and communities. ACHPER asserts that HPE is an entitlement for all young people in Australian schools, and that the purpose of HPE is to provide ongoing developmentally appropriate and explicit learning about health and movement.
In a celebration of the health and wellbeing of young children across Australia, ACHPER will hold its annual National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day in 2017 on Wednesday September 6.

NATIONAL HPE DAY: New Ambassador Announced
ACHPER is pleased to announce former HPE teacher and current Western Bulldogs AFLW player, Emma Kearney, as a new Ambassador for National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day. Emma is the reigning Best & Fairest for the Western Bulldogs AFLW, a 2017 All Australian player, and is also a cricketer for the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.

Emma joins long-distance runner and former HPE educator Steve Moneghetti, Australian Secondary Principals' Association (ASPA) Executive Director Rob Nairn, and Dennis Yarrington, President of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA), as National HPE Day Ambassadors.

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. Some great prizes to be won, including two AFL 9s kits (one primary and one secondary) valued at over $500 each! ACHPER would like to thank AFL Schools for their support of National HPE Day. 

ACHPER Academic Advisory Group: Call for Expressions of Interest
The ACHPER Board is pleased to advise that an  Academic Advisory Group  (AAG) is being formed to assist in strengthening ACHPER's engagement with the academic community relevant to the Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Sport fields and professional contexts.

The Board is now calling for formal expressions of interest from current ACHPER Members to become inaugural members of the AAG for the remainder of 2017 and 2018.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to the Chair of the AAG, Professor Dawn Penney, by July 21, 2017.

BLOG: Getting girls more active - shorts and pants would help
Lunch breaks have been identified as an ideal time in which schools could work toward increasing girls' physical activity levels. While this would appear to be reasonable, it fails to take into account a key reason why girls may do so little activity at school - the restriction imposed by their uniform.

Dr Amanda Mergler from QUT shares how we can all work together to bring schools into the 21st century, and ensure that girls play, climb and swing at school, and get closer to living in their everyday experience those content descriptors espoused in the Australian Curriculum.

2019 31st ACHPER International Conference: Expressions of Interest for Committees
The ACHPER National Office is seeking expressions of interest from ACHPER Members and the wider community who would like to be part of the Organising and Program Committees for the 31st ACHPER International Conference, to be held in Canberra from Monday January 14 to Wednesday January 16, 2019.

This is a great opportunity to share your skills, knowledge and experience to positively influence and emulate the success of ACHPER's 2017 30th International Conference. 

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is August 18, 2017.

BLOG: Learning Fundamental Movement Skills through differentiated play-based activities
Our aim as primary PDHPE teachers is to provide educative, developmentally appropriate, and fun learning activities for our young students, exposing them to many movement activities to individually and fully support the development of their fundamental movement skills (FMS) proficiency.

Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan from Charles Sturt University shares some differentiation strategies to help enhance the learning of FMS in young children through the creation of play-based, student centred activities in movement contexts. 

There is a Tsunami of DIS-EASE coming but sport is part of the solution with Gayelene Clews
Listen to the fascinating audio of Gayelene Clew 's Keynote from the recent ACHPER International Conference titled "There is a Tsunami of DIS-EASE coming but sport is part of the solution"

Great insights into the central role sport plays in the mental health and well-being of our children.

ACHPER Members can now access this for FREE as part of their membership (log-in required). Non-members can purchase access.

Skipping: More than just turning a rope
Margaret-Mary Opstelten of Gladstone West State School in Queensland outlines how her skipping program is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. She sees that skipping has so much to offer students.

In this Active + Healthy Magazine article, she shares how she has used ICT to shape her teaching practice, using skipping as an example. Margaret-Mary shares the digital devices and apps that she uses to deliver the unit and illustrates how students engage with technology to meet various descriptors and aspects of the Achievement Standards across the Australian Curriculum HPE from F-6.

Indigenous knowledges as a way to disrupt norms in physical education teacher education
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In the latest issue of ACHPER's Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education Whatman, Quennerstedt and McLaughlin report on a study into the potential inclusion of Indigenous knowledges as a way to disrupt taken-for-grated aspects of the purpose, practice and value of HPE as a curriculum practice in schools. 

Through the practical aspirations of contemporary curriculum and the theoretical frameworks of John Dewey and Sharon Todd, the authors argue that the warrant for an increased focus on Indigenous knowledges is undeniable. Through a culturally respectful research design, the paper captures the stories of three Indigenous PETE students and their experiences in seeking to strategically integrate greater cultural awareness and understanding into their practice.

ICSSPE Gender In Sport Special Feature
The International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education ( ICSSPE ) have released a Special Feature on Gender in Sport , published in honour of their former President, Margaret Talbot.

It offers a collection of presentations, held at the 2016 International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) within the Margaret Talbot Memorial Symposium. The authors, Professor Dr Tansin Benn, Professor Dr Jorid Hovden, Professor Dr Richard Bailey, and Dr Pablo Ariel Scharagrodsky offer insights into a cluster of questions that are fundamental to understanding and addressing the challenge of gender in sport.

ACHPER Members can access it for free as part of their membership (log-in required).