Primary Online Workshop 1 2024

ACHPER Qld this year is extending our offerings to Primary HPE teachers by offering additional events tailored directly to Primary School teachers.

HPE Primary Workshop (Online)- Friday 31 May 2024




SESSION 1: 9.00 am to 9.15 am



SESSION 2: 9.15am to 10.15am


Technology in HPE.
Margaret-Mary Opstelten, Gladstone West State School.

SESSION 3: 10.15am to 11.15am



Finding the right balance – teaching gymnastics in primary schools

Andrew Cordery, Ascot Park PS & Alpha Gymnastics.


Break 11.15am to 11.30am

SESSION 4: 11.30am to 12.00pm


Making Cross Country training fun.
Elly Hallas, Glenore Grove State School.


SESSION 5: 12.00pm to 12.50pm


Respectful Relationships.
The Embrace Collective.


Lunch 12.50pm to 1.20pm

SESSION 6: 1.20pm to 2.00pm


How to use the QCAA planning App effectively in HPE.

Amy McCabe, QCAA

SESSION 7: 2.00pm to 2.45pm


Discussion Panel: Question and Answer

Amy McCabe, QCAA
Margaret-Mary Opstelten, Gladstone West SS
Kerryn Cormick, ACHPER Qld.


Margaret-Mary Opstelten, Gladstone West State School
Margaret-Mary is the current Prep to Year 3 HPE teacher at Gladstone West State School. She coordinates, and coaches the sport aerobics and tennis programs – both competitive and recreational.  A Senior Experienced teacher with over 40 years of teaching involvement, Margaret-Mary has a philosophy that everyone can enjoy and participate in a physical activity at their ability level. As a child, Margaret-Mary competed in gymnastics which led to coaching, judging and managing state and national gymnastic teams. One memorable highlight was being selected to be the flag bearer for the Australian team in the Opening Ceremony for the World Gymnaestrada in Sweden.

Technology in HPE
Technology is an effective support for teachers to accomplish their learning objective. Margaret-Mary is looking forward to demonstrating how technology can work for your classes. When COVID changed the way we taught, the passion for digital resources was reignited! Ultimately using the right digital program or tool can lead to student enthusiasm and engagement, rediscovering excitement in teaching and support learning content. Discover how the use of an app (IMG Play) and a program called Plickers can reinvent any HPE lesson. Both IMG Play and Plickers are free and offer so many creative uses.


Andrew Cordery
Andrew Cordery has been teaching PE and gymnastics in schools and gymnastics clubs around the country for the past 20 years, most recently at Ascot Park Primary School. In 2015, he started Alpha Gymnastics – a club with a focus on teaching fundamental movement skills through a gymnastics-based curriculum which offered public classes as well as servicing local primary schools through the Sporting Schools program. He has served on State and National committees and has developed educational resources across several GymSports. He is also an internationally accredited judge and judged at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2014 World Championships. He is currently taking leave from teaching to focus on a new position as Operations Manager at Koorana Gymnastics Club in Adelaide.

Finding the right balance – teaching gymnastics in primary schools
During this session, we will use “A Quick Guide to Gymnastics for Teachers” as the foundation for developing a gymnastics unit for your school. Limited equipment? No problem! This session will provide ideas using traditional PE equipment and other resources your school may already have. Think playgrounds and grassy hills! We will run through practical examples of activities and concepts for differentiation within a school.


Elly Hassas, Making Cross Country training fun
Elly started her teaching career at Glenore Grove State School, in the classroom.  She specialised in science at university, therefore jumped at the opportunity to take on the school HPE role.  Elly has a passion for her students to understand why and how they are performing certain drills and skills to maximise their performance.  Her experience in cross country and sprinting training as a child in school was not very enjoyable and usually involved running laps of the oval.  At Glenore Grove SS Elly developed a cross-country program where students were not only engaged and enthusiastic about their training but were improving their running times because they understood technically what was required.

Respectful Relationships, The Embrace Collective
The Embrace Kids Classroom Program brings the best of the EMBRACE KIDS film to every school in Australia - for free. This program has been developed for Year Prep to 6 students, because these are the ages at which universal prevention is likely to be most effective (Yager et al., 2013). The program includes five lesson plans, clips from the EMBRACE KIDS film and associated classroom activities, all planned out with curriculum alignment, slides and worksheets provided for teachers to implement the program. The five lessons are modular, offer flexible pedagogical opportunities, and are intended to be delivered without additional teacher training, to reduce barriers to implementation. Activities are based on the emerging evidence regarding the potential for self-compassion, appreciation of body functionality, and celebrating diversity as strategies that can improve body image and wellbeing.


Amy McCabe, QCAA

Amy McCabe is a dedicated Health and Physical Education (HPE) specialist with much experience in primary and secondary education. Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions to HPE, impacting students and teachers. As a specialist in HPE, Amy has brought innovative teaching methods, engaging activities, and a deep understanding of curriculum frameworks to her classroom. In her current role as Principal Project Officer at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), Amy is focused on the P-6 Australian Curriculum v9.0: Health and Physical Education (HPE) familiarisation and planning, developing resources and guidelines for teachers to create high quality HPE curriculum and assessment plans across Queensland schools.

How to use the QCAA planning App effectively in HPE.

In this presentation we will explore the P–10 Planning app in the QCAA Portal.  Teachers will experience a fast and efficient way to plan effectively for Version 9.0 of the Australian Curriculum across all year levels in HPE.  You will learn about the app's unique functionality including, auto-populated year level/band curriculum and assessment plans, assessment tasks and marking guides based on school curriculum decisions and user inputs.  Direct mapping to achievement standards and content descriptions, promoting strong alignment between the Australian Curriculum v9.0, what is taught and what is assessed.

31/05/2024 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
E. Australia Standard Time
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