2022 Early Career Teachers Conference

From surviving to thriving

Friday 20 May 2022 Sydney

For K-12 early career PDHPE teachers

Great ideas, advice and support to help you thrive.

The ACHPER NSW Early Career Teacher Conference is designed specifically for  K-12 PDHPE teachers, with less than 3 years of experience.

Join us for this full-day event. Hear from fellow early career teachers, experienced PDHPE teachers and education experts, who will help set you up for teaching success. Learn more:

About the conference


Date: Friday 20 May 2022
Time: 8am-3.30pm
Format: Choose either:
– Online video conference OR
– Face-to-face at Teachers Federation Centre, Surry Hills 
Registrations close:
7 May 2022


Organisations are invited to exhibit at the conference. Value packages available. Learn more


ACHPER member
Standard $350
(Log in for discount)
Non-ACHPER member
Standard $410

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Early Career Teacher Conference

May 20 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST

$295.00 – $350.00

@ Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills

For new K-12 Teachers with <3 years full time teaching experience

Sessions offered in:
  • Programming
  • Assessment
  • Difficult conversations
  • Report writing
  • Wellbeing
  • Managing different roles
  • Behaviour management
  • Portfolio for accreditation
  • Mentoring
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May 20
8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST
$295.00 – $350.00
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NSW Australia
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Conference program

8am – Registration
8.30am – Conference commences
8.45am – Keynote session
9.35am – Workshop session 1 (options below)
10.15am – Morning tea
10.35am – Workshop session 2 (options below)
11.55am – Workshop session 3 (options below)
1.15am – Lunch
1.50am – Workshop session 4 (options below)
3.05am – Closing session
3.30 – Conference close

Conference keynote and workshops

Keynote session

From Surviving to Thriving – panel discussion and Q&A:
– Strategies for the first year – Brooke Garland, Early Career Teacher, Wellington HS
– Accreditation – Alex Lupton, Head Teacher, Heathcote HS
– Connecting with the school community – Lauren Andersen, Deputy Principal, Toronto HS
Building diverse skills and experience – Louisa Bailey, R/Head Teacher, East Hills Girls Technology HS

A fast-paced, informative opening session with four PDHPE teachers, each at different points in their career. They’ll share their experiences and advice in short presentations followed by Q&A.


Each attendee will take part in 4 workshops. When registering for the conference, you’ll be asked to select 8 workshop preferences from the list below. Based on demand, you’ll be allocated 4 to attend. 

Workshop 1: Class management tips and tricks
Pam Williams, PDHPE teacher
Explore how to support on-task learning time by minimising disruptive behaviour and disengagement.

Workshop 2: Quality assessment in PDHPE
Brendan Jones, Teacher Quality Advisor
Learn how formative assessment and feedback can help teachers easily monitor student progress and increase learning retention.

Workshop 3: Planning engaging and meaningful lessons in PDHPE
Angus Glynne, Head Teacher PDHPE
Learn a planning process to support the development of meaningful and engaging lessons in PDHPE.

Workshop 4: Report writing
Louisa Bailey, R/Head Teacher PDHPE
Get report writing tips and tricks and learn how to write meaningful student comments.

Workshop 5: Parent-teacher interviews
: Rebecca Sammut, PDHPE teacher
Preparation tips to confidently engage with parents and carers to discuss their child’s progress at parent–teacher interviews.

Workshop 6: Planning inclusive theory lessons
Veronica Brogden, Diversity teacher
Learn practical strategies for planning lessons that allow for the diversity of students in your class. 

Workshop 7: Inclusive practises in PE
Sonja Maric, PDHPE teacher 
Explore how to plan PE lessons that engage all students. The focus will be on practical strategies for valuing all types of movement and ensuring that all students are challenged in PE classes. 

Workshop 8: Difficult conversations
Lauren Andersen, Deputy Principal
Explore complaint and conflict resolution and learn practical strategies and processes you can use to confidently deal with challenging conversations.

Workshop 9: Teacher wellbeing
Karen Halwagy, PDHPE teacher
Tips for managing teacher wellbeing and how to take care of yourself.

Workshop 10: Teacher accreditation
Alex Lupton, Head Teacher
The strategies and processes to prepare your accreditation portfolio.

Workshop 11: Assessment apps
Janice Atkin, ACHPER NSW Professional Learning Officer
Learn time-saving ideas to assist in making evidence-based decisions about student’s level of achievement. We’ll model strategies, processes and apps that streamline assessment and help collate evidence of learning to support you make consistent judgements of student achievement.

Workshop 12: Student wellbeing
Huw Blood, PDHPE teacher
Unpack strategies to support student wellbeing. Learn how to check-in and monitor how your students are going. Explore ways to respond to a range of different situations you may experience.

Workshop 13: Planning engaging movement lessons
Brendan Lee, Assistant Principal
Learn practical strategies to create engaging movement lessons for maximum participation. The session will focus on key factors that increase engagement and heighten participation.

Conference presenters

Angus Glynne, Head Teacher PDHPE, Sydney Secondary College 
Angus has worked as a secondary high school teacher for 11 years, including head teacher PDHPE for three years. He is a current ACHPER Board Member and has vast experience in mentoring early career teachers. Angus has worked on the NSW DoE to create inquiry based learning units of work for teachers in NSW.

Alex Lupton, Head Teacher PDHPE
Alex has extensive teaching experience across all three teaching sectors. She has been a PDHPE teacher, mentor, head teacher and senior education officer and has taught all  PDHPE curriculum areas. Alex has been involved in ACHPER workshops for PASS and Stage 6 PDHPE. She values PDHPE professional development as a way of enhancing student learning and teaching strategies.

Pam Williams, PDHPE teacher, Birrong Girls High School
Pam has been an educator for 30 years, with experience as Head Teacher PDHPE and Administration at various schools. Pam’s expert knowledge of PDHPE curriculum planning and syllabus has seen her lead and drive change across a wide range of initiatives. Pam firmly believes in the value of developing and nurturing relationships for effective teaching and learning.

Veronica Brogden, Diversity Teacher
Veronica has a wide range of PDHPE teaching experience in NSW Independent and Catholic primary schools. She has been actively involved in the sports domain all her life as a competitor, coach, manager and convenor, from local to international level. She enjoys assisting teachers develop PDHPE programs that assist students develop life skills.

Brendan Jones, Teacher Quality Advisor, Department of Education
Brendan has been an educator for 35 years. He spent the majority of those in NSW Department of Education schools as a PDHPE teacher and Head Teacher. He currently works as a Teacher Quality Advisor in the Newcastle area, where he supports beginning and experienced teachers with professional learning focussing on accreditation and quality teaching practice.

Louisa Bailey, R/Head Teacher PDHPE, East Hills Girls Technology High School
Louisa has been a secondary PDHPE teacher for 7 years. She has experience teaching and leading in a range of courses, including HSC CAFS, PDHPE and Child Studies. Passionate about being ‘all-in’, Louisa strives to contribute across all aspects of school life, including welfare, the PDHPE classroom, school sport and curriculum development. 

Brendan Lee

Brendan Lee, Assistant Principal 
Brendan has been involved in education at various levels for over 10 years. Currently an Assistant Principal at a lower Blue Mountains primary school, he describes himself as a purposeful educator, motivated to make a difference and a lover of learning. Brendan writes widely on teaching and learning, through ACHPER NSW blogs and his own platforms.

Karen Halwagy, PDHPE Teacher, East Hills Girls Technology High School
Karen has been a secondary PDHPE teacher for 6 years, with experience as head teacher, sport coordinator and year coordinator. Karen was part of a Department of Education PASS project, showcasing how different schools interpret the PASS syllabus to effectively meet student, school and community needs. She is a keen mentor of early career teachers.

Rebecca Sammut

Rebecca Sammut, PDHPE Teacher, St Benedict’s Catholic College
Rebecca has been teaching PDHPE for 9 years, covering all subject areas. With experience as Head Teacher and Sport coordinator, Rebecca is currently facilitating a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Feedback Project. She has experience training and mentoring pre-service teachers and had led in-faculty High Impact Teaching Strategies learning and data-driven HSC improvement plans.

Lauran Andersen

Lauren Andersen, Deputy Principal, Toronto HS
Lauren has been a PDHPE educator for 13 years. During this time she has held leadership roles including Year Advisor and Head Teacher Wellbeing. A former ACHPER NSW board member, Lauren is a contributing author to Pearson Publishing. She is keen to support early career teachers to thrive across a variety of diverse contexts whilst developing their unique professional identity.

Brooke Garland, Wellington HS
Brooke trained at the University of Wollongong and was appointed to Wellington High School in Western NSW when she graduated. She is in her second year of teaching in Western NSW and is loving the choice she made to head West.

Janice Atkin

Janice Atkin, Professional Learning Officer ACHPER NSW
Janice has worked as a PDHPE teacher, head teacher, and curriculum consultant for 30 years. She has extensive experience with curriculum development in NSW, Australia and internationally, including managing the review of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. Janice provides professional development for departments, schools, and teachers across Australia.

Sonja Maric, Lecturer, Australian College of Physical Education
Sonja has 10 years experience teaching PDHPE. With two Masters Degrees from the University of Sydney on Education Psychology, she incorporates educational psychology practises in the classroom. Sonia is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and specialises in social learning in PDHPE. She is also a Master Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach

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