Years 7-10

Gamification in physical education

“The research tells us that PE needs to be done differently, and this is an example of PE being done differently,”  Shane Pill Associate Professor, from the Flinders Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE) Research Centre. Have you ever wondered why kids are able to sit in the one spot and spend hours-on-end playing …

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Using virtual escape rooms to engage students in their learning

Using a virtual escape room to increase engagement An escape room is traditionally a room where people (usually in teams) work together to solve puzzles. The use of clues assists participants to solve each puzzle to help them escape the room. They each have different themes. Patricia Raikadroka from Merrylands HS shares her steps for …

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National HPE Day – 1 September 2021

National HPE Day – what have you got planned to celebrate our learning area? Health & Physical Education (HPE) Day is a nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a parent, caregiver, teacher or principal …

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Teaching respect through a reflection on the Olympics

Teaching respect – Olympics reflection Teaching respect in the classroom is a task that teachers must do almost daily. In PDHPE, it is core learning in both the way we interact with others in social situations, but also they way we act and respond on the sporting field. The Tokyo Olympics, as always, have presented …

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More than just gold medals – creating quality discussions

More than gold medals – sharing the right messages to influence our students The Olympic spirit of Pierre de Coubertin was originally described as the notion of taking part, rather than only focusing on elitism and obtaining medals. Represented as the pinnacle of human performance, one would expect the Olympic ‘legacy’ to result in an increase in …

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Explicit teaching of PE to maximise the value of movement

Explicit teaching of PE to maximise the value of movement What’s happening at the moment?   In recent times, it’s been widely broadcast that there is a decrease in students valuing lifelong movement in Australia.  The key question is, ‘What is missing and how can we increase the impact of learning in PE?’  NSW Centre …

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Want some ideas about how to bring the Olympics into your lessons? We’ve got you covered!

The Tokyo Olympic Games are here. The Games are one the best sporting spectacles in the world, and many of us will be watching day and night.  The Games embody many aspects of physical activity, health, achievement and personal growth. For schools, it presents a great opportunity for reinforcing the learning that has been happening in …

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Using Google Forms for instant assessment when teaching remotely – A tutorial by Luke Adams

Luke Adams presented a video tutorial workshop on how to use Google Forms to provide instant feedback to students. This tool could be a valuable addition to your remote learning toolkit over coming weeks. Revisit the video now to go through the steps to setting it up for your classes.

Australian Curriculum Review: Why your voice matters?

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education review – How will it impact on NSW PDHPE teachers? In conversations I have had with teachers over recent weeks about the Australian Curriculum Review, I have noticed a lot of apathy about engaging with the consultation process. The reason given by many of these teachers is that NSW …

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Analysing the food environment – new digital tool

No, it’s not just a lack of control that makes Australians overweight. Here’s what’s driving our unhealthy food habits Shutterstock Gary Sacks, Deakin University and Sally Schultz, Deakin University Public health experts have long argued that when it comes to preventing obesity, we need to stop blaming individuals. Our new online tool, released today, confirms we …

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Re-imagining physical education to increase engagement for all

Workshop series: Re-imagining physical education to increase engagement for all This series of workshops will support teachers and faculties to review current practices related to physical education and explore innovative new ways of presenting learning that reinvigorate their programs and increase levels of engagement from students. The first workshop is planned to be rolled out …

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Sex education begins at home

Parents, your kids are watching you. Sex education begins at home Shutterstock Katy Thomas, University of Tasmania In recent days, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians the treatment of women is not “of a scale that any government can simply change, it is something we must change as a society”. And as a society, we …

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Sexuality education could counter what kids learn from porn, but teachers fear backlash

Sexuality education can counter what kids learn from porn, but some teachers fear backlash when tackling ‘risky’ topics Shutterstock Sharon O’Mara, La Trobe University and Kirsty Duncanson, La Trobe University Thousands of women outlined stories of sexual harassment at private school parties in a petition launched by Chanel Contos recently. Contos is calling for better …

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Are you a PE Pioneer?

We are looking to form a team of enthusiastic and innovative teachers to work with us to co-construct our professional learning program for 2021.  A key focus of our professional learning program is on revitalising PE in schools through quality programming, innovative pedagogy and student-centred assessment.   If you want to get on the front foot …

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What does quality physical education look like?

What makes a quality physical education program? Well if you go to Google for the answer you could be a while coming to any conclusions … 1, 520,000,000 – that’s a lot of zeros. And a lot of people who have made an attempt to answer the question. The first result that comes up is …

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Catch up PL: How behaviour change models can inform our PDHPE programs

Behaviour change and PDHPE Change is never easy – and convincing our target audience – young people – to take action and change their behaviour can be even harder still. We all know the adage that if you tell a young person not to do something … the first thing they often do is ask …

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ACHPER NSW Community Survey

ACHPER NSW Community Survey We need to hear from you about what ACHPER NSW can do to help make your work life easier.  Our Community Survey gives you the chance to have input into our plans for professional learning, resource development and promotions over the next three years. Have your say in the survey below …

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Unfriendly friendships

Unfriendly friendships – bullying by another name? Recently ReachOut.com released their latest research report, titled Unfriendly Friendships. It has found that textbook definitions of bullying are missing the mark with young people. The report concluded that young people found it difficult to label their experiences as bullying, particularly if the bullying comes from a friend, …

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Teaching about Sun and UV at school – taking a critical inquiry approach

Why Sun and UV at School matters? Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and statistics show that melanoma is the most common cancer affecting young Australians aged 15–to24¹. The good news is that skin cancer is highly preventable. The new Sun and UV at School skin cancer resources will assist …

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