Registrations are now open for the Primary HPE Conference. 

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2016 Primary HPE Conference


Resources Now Available


Monday, 17 October, saw 60 Primary HPE Teachers enjoy a day of lectures, practical activities and peer information exchange at the 2016 Primary HPE Conference.To give teachers extra skills, sessions about teaching dance and circus skills were conducted for the first time by ACHPER QLD. The resources are listed below.

Vestibular Function and Development

Teaching Relationships and Sexuality Education

Conflict: Can it Improve Relationships and Contribute to a Healthy Classroom Community?

Helping Australian Schools Improve Their School Physical Actvity Practices


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The final program for the Primary HPE Conference has been released. The morning session will see teachers working in small groups to workshop their assessment and curriculum materials in P-2, 3-4 and 5-6 rotations. The middle of the day is taken up with a great selection of presentations (both theory and practical) and the afternoon sessions are all practical. These sessions range from dance to circus skills to traditional sports. The smaller size of the conference, workshops and practical sessions provides a great opportunity for sharing and networking between teachers and presenters. The Primary HPE Conference is conveniently scheduled for the student free day of Monday 17 October at John Paul College, Daisy Hill. Register now. 


Scott Easdown, Sheldon College

Assessment and curriculum in primary

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This plenary workshop will involve all teachers who are invited to bring along some copies of their planning and assessment for the curriculum  for discussion.

With the introduction of the new Australian Health and Physical Curriculum Primary HPE teachers want to know how they can implement the strands into the already crowded time frames. In this session we will be workshopping the curriculum to discuss and share ideas of how best to teach our subject material to our students.  We will be planning the best ways to engage our students so they grow to love Health and Physical Education and continue their passion throughout their schooling and adult life. Participants are requested to be ready to interact with ideas and questions throughout the session.

Michalis Stylianou, University of Queensland

Helping Australian Schools Improve Their Physical Activity Practices: The School Physical Activity Index (SPAI)

In this workshop style session, teachers will be engaged in a process of reflecting on their school physical activity practices. Movement and physical activity is one of the content strands of the Australian HPE curriculum. We expect students to move their bodies, understand movement and learn through movement. There is also robust scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of physical activity. Accordingly, aspects like active play and minor games, fundamental movement skills, and games and sport are some of the focus areas of the HPE curriculum. However, given the limited time allocated to HPE in Queensland primary schools, a more holistic approach to promoting movement and physical activity in and around the school is necessary. Thus, the purpose of this presentation is to share with teachers a self-assessment instrument that allows teachers/schools to reflect on their physical activity practices and subsequently target specific areas for improvement. The School Physical Activity Index (SPAI) is based on a whole-of-school, multi-component approach to physical activity promotion, including HPE, recess breaks, before and after school programs, and family and community partnerships.

Amanda Bacon

The vestibular system's function in motor competency from preprep through to adolescence

Amanda Bacon

Amanda's interacitve workshop will present the potential impacts of the vestibular system on behaviour, posture, learning and movement from preprep through to the elite athlete and even post football concussion rehabilitation. Amanda is a physiotherapist who has an extensive background in paediatrics, with a particular focus on developing adolescent fundamental motor skills. In recent years she has worked closely with teaching staff at Somerville House College to implement a movement program, designed to evaluate the movement capacities of Primary aged students.

Debra Ayling, Christian Heritage College

Conflict: Can it improve relationships and contribute to a healthy classroom community?

Teachers are continually assisting students to manage relationships and healthy choices at school. Can an educative process examining four key questions improve student reflection and outcomes in conflict to improve relationships and contribute to a healthy community?

Friends In Conflict Sort It Together (FICSIT), was a program developed by a classroom teacher in a Brisbane suburban primary school as part of a Master’s action research project. The project explored the implementation of an educative process to improve student reflection and outcomes for conflict scenarios. The focus was on identifying and developing student understanding of their perspective, empathy, insight and decision making skills to develop respectful relationships. This session will examine this teacher’s journey and the insights gained and provide a catalyst for discussion, sharing and exploring positive actions to encourage a healthy, safe and active classroom.

Sally Hannah, St Peter's Lutheran College

Importance of Fundamental Movement Programs in learning readiness

The benefits of perceptual motor programs (PMPs) have been subject to debate since their conception in the 1980s.

 Perceptual Motor Programs were once hailed as the “be all and end all” tool, to both prepare children for the classroom and assist children to develop academically. There have been few results which support the goal to increase academic performance as a result of PMPs, however studies have indicated marked improvement in gross motor skills.  By using PMPs we are not teaching children to be better academically; we are providing them with skills that will enable them to be more receptive to the lessons being taught. 

Fundamental Motor Programs need to adjust to the changed demands of modern society. Original programs written in the 70s and 80s are no longer relevant to the computerized generation.  Teachers are required to constantly update and modernize both teaching contents and styles in order to remain current with ever-changing curriculums.  Teachers not only need to be experts in their chosen field but they also need to be competent in progressive and challenging areas such as dealing with behavioural issues or the inclusion of special needs students within the mainstream cohort. A programs which can assist a student to prepare for the classroom, is also assisting that student’s future teacher.

The Australian curriculum adopts the approach that schools should be “student inclusive”, meaning teachers are expected to adapt lessons and curriculum so that all students benefit. Problems have arrived as teachers are now presented with students who not only have a wide range of academic and mental abilities but also exhibit extremes in gross and fine motor development. A new generations of students exist who have developed in a world of computers, electronic devices and a lack of physical activity in early learning life. Some students are presenting with such under developed motor skills that the inhibition of early reflexes, which ordinarily would be inhibited by motor skills development in the first 2-3 years of life, are still not inhibited by the time a student commences Prep.

 If the link between PMPs and the receptiveness of a child in the classroom to learning can be identified, it will be an opportunity to improve the learning outcomes of children. There is an ever-increasing need to not only mentally prepare our children for classroom learning but to also physically prepare them.


Primary HPE Conference

Monday 17 October 2016

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Demand for the ACHPER QLD Primary HPE Conference was so strong in 2015 (over 60 participants) that it is back in 2016. Save 17 October in your diary for a great day of targeted professional development! The Primary HPE Conference will be held at John Paul College, Daisy Hill, Brisbane. Attending this conference will contribute 6 hours to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements to enhance the Professional KnowledgeProfessional Practice and Professional Engagement Domains of Teaching, derived from the Australian Professional Standards for teachers. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued on the day. 

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Teachers can apply for funding through the Sporting Schools program to attend this event where a link can be demonstrated between sessions they attend and the delivery of the Sporting Schools prorgram.

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