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 – everyone has a role to play in helping young people take a step towards leading healthier and happier lives. Help celebrate the health and well-being of our future generations on HPE Day – it’s easy!
The theme of HPE day is
Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities
and in 2021 HPE day will be celebrated on Wednesday 1st September 2021! The purpose of National H/PE day is to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of PDHPE in our schools.
Due to remote learning we cannot connect with each other face to face at school for HPE day, but we can support students and their loved ones to be healthy and active during lockdown. The evidence-based data tells us that as educators we need to think about what we can do to engage our students that are not currently meeting the minimum levels of physical activity and muscle strength activities. In 2017–18, just over 1 in 10 (11%) 15–17 year olds were sufficiently active (including workplace activity) for their age, while just over 1 in 6 (16%) met the recommended muscle strengthening activity guidelines (AIHW, 2021).
So, why not dedicate Wednesday 1st September 2021 to supporting students and their loved ones to be healthy and active? Talk to your colleagues in other faculties and see how they can also actively support the students to be healthy and active in their learning on this day.
So how can I get my students involved? We have pulled together a range of ideas on the Padlet below to get you started. Feel free to add your own ideas of what your school will be doing to engage your students this HPE day.