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At ACHPER QLD, we’re committed to sharing best practices and encouraging networking in the field of HPE, as well as showcasing innovative health and physical education programs and inspirational teachers. Our community page aims to share stories from our schools, educators and activities across Queensland.


Pauline Harvey-Short - Dean of School, Brisbane Girls Grammar School

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Few educators are as experienced and passionate about the field of HPE as this month’s Feature Teacher. Meet Pauline Harvey-Short, Dean of School at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Pauline’s career has spanned the last four decades, beginning as an HPE teacher on Brisbane’s south side, before moving to BGGS and holding a variety of roles including HPE teacher, Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport and Associate Dean.

I love the creativity of teaching, the interaction with young people, the feeling that you can make a difference, the opportunity to challenge students, particularly girls, to take them out of their comfort zone and experience success and failure and learn to believe in themselves. I love that you are in a position to help young people discover their passion and develop their skills.”

Pauline is particularly interested in competitive sport and its historical importance and its place in developing resilience, confidence, challenge and self-discovery. She believes the HPE teacher provides the opportunity for every child to aspire to become the best athlete they can be, and develop a passion for physical activity. Health and Physical Education is an essential part of every child’s educational experience and pivotal to every individual’s health and well-being.  

Pauline was the ACHPER Chair of Women in Sport and Recreation for 15 years and was a foundation Board member, vice-president and president of Womensport Queensland (1993-2014). In 2011, Pauline’s book on the BGGS history of Health, Physical Education and Sport was published.

Pauline has been an integral part of the BGGS faculty for close to 40 years. When asked if there were aspects of her school’s approach to HPE of which she is particularly proud, Pauline had this to say:

“I am probably most proud of the fact that HPE is compulsory in my school and has been since 1875. Across the years, many programs have been developed and integrated into the fabric of the curriculum and I am blessed with innovative female thinkers as leaders. The BGGS Senior Physical Education program, celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2018, has been a strong and original program, with the Lifesaving unit used as an exemplar within Queensland.”

Top Tip for Teachers: “Be passionate about your discipline. Be thorough. Be prepared. Teach because you love it!”


Jaime Scott - Texas P-10 State School

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ACHPER QLD is very pleased to recognise the efforts and achievements of Jaime Scott from Texas P-10 State School, recipient of the 2017 Inspirational HPE Teacher Award.

Jaime has had a profound impact on the lives of her students and school community. A few years ago, Jaime implemented a morning program called Smash Up for the entire school which focuses on fitness and skills development. All students and staff participate in the 15 minutes of physical activity at the beginning of each day. Jaime then coordinates these sessions with Friday afternoon sport, reinforcing students’ abilities and interest in specific sports. Smash Up also includes ‘crunch and sip’ encouraging students to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable and water to school every day. Coupled with Jaime’s ‘Nude Food’ program, where students are encouraged to limit pre-packaged foods in their lunchboxes, this attitude of health and well-being has seen eating habits change through-out the school community, with a more healthy mindset becoming the norm for many school families.

Jaime shows extraordinary commitment to her students. An accomplished athlete in a number of sports, Jaime coaches students in a wide variety of sports including cross country, athletics, netball, touch football and girls’ rugby league. One of her students explained that State titles for cross country were scheduled straight after a holiday period. Jaime trained with her students every morning over the holidays, completing the activities with her students and motivating, encouraging, mentoring and ultimately enabling her students to be the very best version of themselves.

The results speak for themselves. Over the time Jaime has been at the school, Texas has had increasing representation in State teams across a variety of sports. In the last few years, Texas students have represented State in swimming, cross-country, athletics, girls’ and boys’ rugby and water-polo.

Another achievement has been the school’s Little Athletics program. When Jaime started at Texas, Little A’s had almost ceased to operate. Jaime re-invigorated the program by designing ‘coach the coaches’ sessions, on sports that were unfamiliar and spending time developing confidence in support staff and colleagues. Jaime’s infectious enthusiasm and ability to make every individual feel valued and special saw Little A’s expand exponentially and now involves around 100 out of the 190 students who attend Texas P-10. Students from other schools also attend the program and Jaime is now helping other school communities set up their own programs. Little A’s Association have also expressed interest in templating Jaime’s classes.

There countless other examples of Jaime’s commitment and dedication to her community and sport; a community netball club, driving students long distances so they can attend training for zone teams, as well as teams for girls rugby, girls rugby league tag and touch football, which are particular passions for Jaime. Again, Jaime will devote time to additional training before and after school, during lunch times and weekends for students hoping to make regional and state teams or for those who just want to develop their skills.

Jaime encourages every student, colleague and family member in the community, no matter what their ability. Jaime is sensitive to cultural differences and uses sport to bring her community together, encourage participation and as a way to positively change behaviours. Testimonials from her students and colleagues say Jaime “goes beyond inspirational” and “has completely changed lives”. An extremely worthy recipient of the 2017 Inspirational HPE Teacher Award.

Inspirational Teacher - Special Mention 2017


ACHPER QLD recognises and thanks the following teachers for the significant contribution they have made to their students' lives in 2017:

Glenn Carpenter - St Mary's College Ipswich

Belinda Hammett - Southport State High School

Rebekah Horsey - Faith Lutheran College, Plainland

Angela King - Shailer Park State High School

Jen Mauch - Samford State School

Tania Scott - Gatton State School

Stephanie Ullmann - Northern Beaches State High School

Caitlin Wilesmith - Cleveland State School



Lucas Nicholls – HOD for Junior Secondary, Redbank Plains State High School

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Lucas Nicholls, a Head of Department at Redbank Plains, is passionate about setting his students up for success, using their HPE studies as a pathway to further tertiary education. With 10 years teaching experience and a Certificate III in Fitness, Lucas values the opportunities to impact and create positive change in his school environment.

“One of the most rewarding parts of teaching is seeing the ‘lightbulb’ moment when a student understands a new concept, idea or movement. I’m proud of the opportunities our school provides staff and students to engage with sport at all levels – school, district, state and beyond”.

Lucas believes firmly in the value of robust curriculum development and implementation and is proud of Redbank Plains’ willingness to get the Australian Curriculum embedded in Years 7 – 10, particularly in HPE.

Top Tip for Teachers: “Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done”.


Bruce Lee – Teacher, Brisbane School of Distance Education

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With over 32 years in teaching roles, Bruce is a highly experienced educator. As a teacher in distance education, he is passionate about developing ways in which technology can enhance the learning experiences of his students. In appropriate situations, this can provide tailored opportunities for student learning, which is especially helpful in distance education where there are such a broad range of students. Introducing 360 degree 're-coaching' using video, has allowed students who are separated by vast distances to experience places and events in a virtual environment together and other teachers are now being trained in the further use of this virtual space.

Bruce believes in providing experiences not usually available to distance education students and encouraging students to think outside the box and participate in activities they might otherwise overlook.

Top Tip for Teachers: "As much as possible, personalise learning for each student based on ability, needs, interests and context."

2017 Fellow Award Recipient

Dr Louise McCuaig

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Dr Louise McCuaig resides in Queensland. Louise’s support and commitment to ACHPER since joining in 2010 has been unconditional and unwavering and makes her a most worthy recipient of the ACHPER Fellow Award.

Read Louise’s citation below:

Louise, you have been an asset to ACHPER. Your support and commitment to the organisation have been unconditional and unwavering. You have made an immense contribution to the professional development of health and physical education teachers at ACHPER conferences across Australia, especially in Queensland. By sharing your knowledge at events like these, and through your work on industry advisory committees and syllabus writing teams, you have provided strategic leadership to the profession and influenced the practices of health and physical education teachers in Queensland and elsewhere. You have been a tireless supporter of early career health and physical education teachers, a passionate advocate for ACHPER, and a mentor to many past and current members of the ACHPER QLD management committee - a committee you served on with distinction.

Read about the other 2017 Fellow Award Recipients here.

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