Brisbane HPE Conference

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We look forward to seeing you all


15 & 16 August, Iona College, Brisbane


The Brisbane conference will be held on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August, once again at Iona College, Wynnum. There will be a great mixture of classroom presentations, workshops and practical sessions, many delivered by practicing HPE teachers. Every session offers something for primary and secondary teachers, with emphasis on the new Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education AC:HPE and Senior Health and Senior Physical Education Syllabuses.

Cost for 2-Day conference pass: $400 for ACHPER members + $500 for non-members



Liz Foster, Principal, MacGregor State High School

School culture and leadership: Embracing the future

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Liz is an established leader in education and is currently the Principal of MacGregor State High School in Brisbane. Over the past 15 years she has served in leadership positions at Ferny Grove State High School, Stretton State College and Kelvin Grove State College.

As an educator Liz is relentlessly optimistic about the potential of all young people and the change that this generation will lead. With energy and experience she values community, authentic learning experiences and the building of high performing teams.

Liz is passionate about building capable and innovative leaders. She recently facilitated the ACHPER QLD Leadership Retreat and one participant had this to say: 

"The experience is something all middle or aspiring leaders should be a part of. Liz is amazing and balances philosophy and praxis perfectly to enhance leadership capacity. I am inspired to make my team a high performing unit."

2019 Presentation Profiles

We have some fantastic sessions planned for this year's HPE Conference. Read below for just some of our Primary, Secondary and All Years presentations.

For the full draft program please click here.

Featured Primary Sessions


Download the Primary Sessions Draft Program here.

Primary Workshop – Delivery of the AC:HPE by 2020 - Challenges and generating solutions Facilitated by Caroline Brooks, ACHPER QLD Vice-President and practicing Primary PE Teacher.

This workshop is interactive and will provide opportunities for discussion and generation of ideas and solutions to some of the challenges faced by Primary PE Educators. The session will also consider the results of the recent ACHPER QLD Primary PE Survey.

Teaching HPE: Considering the constraints Dr Kath O'Brien

The learning of motor skills can be a difficult process. For example, changes to equipment design, game rules or equipment involved can lead to significant changes in the way students achieve their learning goals. This session will challenge teachers to solve problems through the active exploration of a representative practice setting

Working with Indigenous students: Cultural awareness and culturally responsive pedagogies  Michael English, Springfield Central SHS & Sue Monsen, UQ 

This session will include a practical session for using Traditional Indigenous Games effectively in your PE lessons

Water safety and swimming education program Jane Luxton & Jason Evans, DoE 

This session provides an opportunity to engage with the DoE's new P-10 Water safety and swim education program.  It supports state schools in meeting requirements in the P-12 Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting framework.

Making technology work for the HPE teacher – simple ideas for effective use of digital technologies  Margaret-Mary Opstelten

Using gifs, augmented reality, video replay and analysis apps to support teachers to facilitate learning and to inspire and motivate students.  Using apps such as ImgPlay, HP Reveal, BAM Video Delay, Hudl and Coach’s Eye to reinforce teaching and provide students with skill feedback or an ideal model.  This session will also assist with how to set up digital devices.

Featured Senior Sessions


Mock external assessments — Health 2019 v1.2  Carolyn Jones, QCAA PEO Health

Participants will explore the construct of a Health mock assessment and how the mocks can be used as a resource for teachers and students in preparation for the first external assessments in 2020.

Equity – barriers and enablers: reflections on implementation and assessment  Dan Michael, Stretton College (formerly QCAA)

The session will reflect on the implementation of the Equity – barriers and enablers topic in Physical Education 2019 at Beerwah State High School on the Sunshine Coast, exploring successes and opportunities for future implementation along the way.

Dan Michael will co-present with Belinda Kerr from Beerwah SHS to offer both QCAA and school perspectives on assessment design and implementation as well as making judgements on student responses using syllabus reporting standards

Enabling student success in Heath Unit 3  Shane Roberts Palm Beach Currumbin State High School

The new QCE system is providing many challenges for teachers in the planning and preparation phase. This session will unpack unit 3 and provide teachers with strategies and resources to enable student success in learning and assessment.

Tackling the Investigation – modelling an approach using Ethics and integrity in Physical Education (2019)  Rob Sweeper St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace; Glenn Amezdroz Queensland University of Technology

This session will model effective processes for the development of the Investigation-report (IA2) in Ethics and integrity, using the inquiry approach in Physical Education (2019). Various data capture methods will be used to enable the analysis and synthesis of relevant data to inform strategy design. A logic model will be demonstrated to enable the evaluation and justification of a strategy. This process outlines student cognitions involved in planning the Investigation using key concepts in Ethics and integrity.


Connecting the ACARA-QCAA HPE curriculum dots: practical unit design for transitions to scaffold students’ HPE knowledge and skills from junior to senior  Associate Professor Louise McCuaig

Drawing on a recent curriculum design initiative for Netball Queensland’s Diamond Spirit program, this presentation will engage participants in practical curriculum design activities that can be used to devise HPE units that develop the knowledge and skills students require for their engagement with the new Senior Health and Senior Physical Education subjects. A primary objective in this session is to support teachers’ recognition of the alignment of concepts, theoretical frameworks and pedagogical strategies between the junior and senior Queensland HPE programs.

All Years Sessions


Building a faculty curriculum plan to align ACARA and QCAA Shane Roberts, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School

Schools are currently experiencing the single biggest curriculum change since the implementation of Australian Curriculum. This session will outline a purposeful approach taken at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High to redevelop the entire H&PE curriculum to align to ACARA and prepare students for the new QCE system subjects. The 2019 PBC H&PE curriculum has addressed the challenge of progressive development of content knowledge and assessment capability for both students and teachers.

Teaching literacy through Physical Education  Nyree Wood, Loreto College

The demand for data generation and Naplan focus in schools can result in decreased time given to Health and Physical Education lessons. This session will focus on how to imbed literacy into the PE curriculum within a practical setting. Advocating for H&PE often necessitates thinking outside the box and finding innovative solutions.

The Science of Sleep  Maria Ruberto, Salutegenics

Sleep is a biological imperative that strongly aligns to mental health and physical wellbeing. Understanding the neural processing during sleep, the sleep stages and the core function of the difference restful states has implications for managing student learning. We will step through sleep hygiene, sleep steps and implications for completed cycles or incomplete cycles of sleep.

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