2023 in review

Tracy Puckeridge and Brad McAllister

7 December 2023
By Tracy Puckeridge, CEO ACHPER NSW

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a fitting time to acknowledge and congratulate all health and physical educators in NSW & ACT for their commendable efforts.

This year has presented various challenges, from addressing teacher shortages to adjusting to new syllabus releases. Despite these obstacles, your commitment to innovation and motivation in imparting education to students is admirable. It is your dedication and hard work that ensure students consistently achieve optimal outcomes. Keep up the exceptional work!

The release of the first draft K-6 & 7-10 PDHPE syllabus and the Stage 6 Health and Movement (HMS) syllabus developments promises to bring a fresh perspectives and opportunities to our field.

ACHPER NSW 2023 highlights

ACHPER NSW highlights for 2023:

  • New HMS professional learning – we were proud to develop a new, comprehensive professional learning program to assist teachers implement the new HMS syllabus. Sessions commenced in Term 3 with free familiarisation webinars for 500 teachers and our Leading Year 11 HMS Faculty Planning workshop – most of which sold out – attended by 280 teachers. A co-design team of experience practioners has helped us create the resources and materials. Two more workshops – Designing Year 11 HMS Units Plans and Assessing Year 11 HMS – will start in early 2024 with more HMS initiatives to follow.
  • In school consultancy – increased over the past year demonstrating a growing recognition of value ACHPER NSW can bring to educational settings.
  • Early Career Teacher Conference – was held in Sydney in May 2023. Feedback continues to be very positive with a 100% satisfaction rate for the second year in a row. We also established an Early Career Teachers Sub-committee comprising HALT accredited teachers, early career teachers, academics, and students. The sub-committee is dedicated to creating a supportive and nurturing environment for new PDHPE teachers.
  • K-12 PDHPE Conference – was held at Western Sydney University in November, with an incredible atmosphere and over 330 enthusiastic attendees. The event featured 60 workshops and 70 presenters and has become an annual highlight, consistently earning high satisfaction rates from participant feedback.
  • Advocacy – ACHPER NSW continues to advocate with NESA, Department of Education, and the Minister for Education to support health and physical educators. We provided detailed input to the draft K-6 & 7-10 PDHPE syllabus released in July. We held information and consultation sessions on the drafts with over 200 PDHPE teachers. Our feedback was provided to NESA via a specific consultation meeting and our final submission to the NESA consultation, available on our website.
  • PDHPE Masterclasses – continued during 2023 and have consistently received positive feedback from teachers. A great range of academics shared their research and evidence-based insights on some very interesting topics this year.
  • PDHPE Awards – we were pleased to announce a very deserving group of winners and highly commended for our 2023 PDHPE Teaching Awards. As always, we received a fantastic range of nominations highlighting the outstanding work of PDHPE educators. Congratulations to winners Caitlin Smith, Rainey Sargent, Lindsay McCallum and the PDHPE Faculty at Northlakes High School.
  • ACT professional learning – we used a hybrid face-to-face and online approach to deliver Australian curriculum professional learning to 70 teachers in the ACT.

Thank you to the National Centre for Implementation Science, ACT directorate, NSW Department of Education, AFL NSW and ACT, Western Sydney University and the ACT sub-committee for their continued collaboration, and fostering a positive environment for learning and growth.

Thank you to our valued partners Tennis NSW & ACT and RHSport for their ongoing support. Also to the sponsors and exhibitors at our conferences and events.

Thank you to our presenters, writers for their commitment and collaborative efforts to bring quality professional learning to educators throughout NSW & ACT.

A special acknowledgment goes to the dedicated ACHPER NSW board, whose passion drives the Association’s leadership in supporting educators.

Huge thank you goes out to the small ACHPER office team of Karen Burton, Shannon Dixon, Janice Atkin, Clare Roden and Mariana Tolj for their support and dedication. They have been instrumental in our successes.

Finally, thank you to our members and the health and physical education community. Together we can shape the future of our field and drive positive change through Health and Physical Education community.

Another exciting year is planned for 2024 with the ongoing implementation of the HMS Syllabus and upcoming release of the new K-6 & 7-10 PDHPE syllabus.

Please take this time to enjoy a well-deserved break, spending time with your family and friends. We look forward to reconnecting with you in 2024.

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