October 2022
Special Report from the National HPE Curriculum Leaders' Forum
Some of the representatives at the 2022 National HPE Curriculum Leaders' Forum

I am pleased to be writing this report from Adelaide where the National HPE Curriculum Leader’s Forum is taking place. The forum is annual gathering of HPE curriculum branch staff from every state and ACARA, along with Independent schools sector representatives and ACHPER. Joining me here in dual roles are Carolyn Knutsen, ACHPER NT President, Dino Manalis, ACHPERWA Vice President and ACHPER SA’s Professional Learning Officer, Rick Baldock. The forum is a chance for stakeholders in HPE to share and learn from each other’s jurisdictions and keep abreast of curriculum moves at the national level.

The Forum was opened with a Welcome to Kaurna Country by Uncle Michael Kumatpi Murrutya O’Brien, who was especially supportive of the importance of HPE in the curriculum. Helen Connolly, South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People recently surveyed close to a thousand young people about vaping in schools, sharing the voices of young people in how they would prefer to address such issues in health education. You can find the results here (www.ccyp.com.au). Matt Ryan from ACARA discussed changes from V8.4 to V9 in the AC:HPE, leaving time for the in-person and online delegates to leave questions about what they would like to know more about. A/Prof Shane Pill prepared a provocative keynote about how well Australian children are being educated in health and physical education, followed by another research keynote by Professor Dawn Penney on the place of informal sport in society and the Australian curriculum. The afternoon workshop was led by Dr Andrew Scholefield from Encounter Youth, who have now surveyed more than 2000 students in South Australia on their likelihood of taking up vaping in the next 12 months. Taking a strengths-based approach to sharing their findings, they noted that more than 80% of year 9 students were unlikely to try vaping, and 68% of year 12 students. This shows the majority of young people are not interested in it but the results leave the profession with serious questions on how to take an educative approach to the issue.

Day Two of the Forum will enable Max Lenoy, ACARA’s Curriculum Specialist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, and Matt Ryan, to share how this cross curriculum priority is appearing in the AC:HPE. I am sharing what ACHPER has been involved with over the last 12 months since the last forum and looking to collaborate with each jurisdiction in productive ways. We will also hear from each state on their HPE curriculum developments.
I hope you enjoy reading this latest issue of the ACHPER Advocate.

Dr Sue Whatman
ACHPER Australia President.
Vale John Bloomfield, ACHPER Life Member
It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of one of ACHPER’s founding members and Life Member - Professor John Bloomfield AO. It is also with pride that we list his accomplishments and obvious passion for health and physical education by all that he achieved.

John Bloomfield was born on 12 December 1932. In 1959, he married Noelene Watt and they have two sons and one daughter. He grew up in Kiama, New South Wales due to his father moving there in 1939 as the headmaster of Kiama Central School. He attended Wollongong High School, then Sydney Teachers' College and later University of Oregon.
Living in Kiama, New South Wales he became a successful surf life saver. In 1951/1952, he won the branch, state and Australian Junior Belt Championship and represented Australia several times in the 1950s. He won the Belt Race at The Royal International Carnival in 1954 at Bondi, New South Wales; and in 1956 he won a silver medal in the Surf Race at the International and Australian Surf Championship Carnival, Torquay, Victoria. The carnival was a display event held during the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He also wrote a book titled Know How to Surf.

Prof Bloomfield left Australia in 1960 on a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake post graduate studies at the University of Oregon. In 1967, he was awarded a PhD at the University of Oregon and was appointed to The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1968 to head up its new Physical Education program. In 1974, he became the Foundation Professor in the then Department of Human Movement, becoming Australia's first professor to specialize in sport and exercise science. As a result of his experience, Bloomfield has advised ten Australian universities in regard to establishing similar degree courses. In 1997, he was made Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Australia and between 2001-2008 he was Honorary Professor at the University of Notre Dame at Fremantle...

Curriculum Studies special issue and Meet the Authors' Event
On Friday, November 4th at 10-11am AEDT, Curriculum Studies in HPE is hosting a webinar to launch their latest special issue entitled 'Curriculum possibilities, creative readings, and transformative practice'. There will be a panel of authors - including Dawn Penney, Susie Stevens, and Dylan Scanlon - who will be ready to answer any questions related to curriculum possibilities, creative readings, and transformative practice in HPE.

To register for this special event, please email laura.alfrey@monash.edu and you will be sent the webinar link.
Tennis Australia is recruiting volunteers!
With school holidays just around the corner, Tennis Australia is currently recruiting volunteers for upcoming summer of tennis events in Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth.

If you are interested or may know someone who might be interested please visit tennis.com.au and search for Search & Apply - Volunteers
Fit for Life AC Nelson MindTap: an online learning space that puts you at the centre
Nelson Secondary’s new series Fit for Life for the Australian Curriculum includes Fit for Life AC Nelson MindTap: an online learning space that puts you at the centre.
With this new digital platform, you can customise your classes by:
  • Rearranging content, assessment, and activities. Structure your course for your timetabling needs to suit semester or year-long courses.

  • Choose to show or hide content in the course so your students only see the content you are teaching.

  • Assigning specific content and activities to individual student or groups of students and close the gap between where your students are and where they need to be.
With Fit for Life AC Nelson MindTap you can create a custom and blended learning program that can help you cater to all students.
Want to try it for yourself? Request a sample below! 
Ordering ACHPER books and Play with purpose series e-books through ProQuest and Ebsco
The ACHPER Bookshop is moving towards a digital platform but we still have “old fashioned” hard copies available for sale.

If your school or institution has a library subscription with ProQuest or Ebsco, you can order e-pub or e-PDF versions, either individual copies, or 3-user textbook licences, of Shane Pill's Play with Purpose series for your students. Talk to your librarian today! 
Research participation opportunity - IT PD for teachers
We want to find out how digitalisation is changing the way you work and learn.  

As a nationally funded, university research team, we are working in partnership with ACHPER to share our survey findings. 

Thank you to those who have already completed our survey! 
ACHPER Australia is proud to partner with Tennis Australia.
ACHPER Australia recognises the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which we live and work and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our ACHPER membership, our schools and HPE communities, our partners and our staff.