Summary of National #HPEday

On September 6, National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day was celebrated across Australia. The theme, Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities, is celebrated over a three year cycle, and the 2017 event focused on how HPE is Good for Children.

ACHPER encouraged schools and teachers to get involved in National HPE Day by taking photos and videos of students engaging in active and healthy living and uploading them onto social media using the #HPEday hashtag and tagging ACHPER Inc. Congratulations to Dalyellup College (WA), Haileybury College, Brighton (VIC) and Thomas Hassall Anglican College (NSW) who are the winners or our competition!

Our ambassadors for the day also highlighted the benefits of quality Health and Physical Education for children:

“Quality physical education provides benefits of cognitive and academic results specifically relating to maths, numeracy and NAPLAN”. Kids participating in quality HPE are more engaged, active, social and also have fun!”.
Rob Narin (Executive Director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association)

“The health and physical education teachers play a significant role, however parents and other family members have a bigger responsibility to ensure that kids are living healthy and active lives. Children who are offered quality health and physical education are better equipped to understand the impact that physical activity has on their social, physical and mental health”.
Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs AFL Women’s (AFLW) player)

“Quality health and physical education enables children to develop skills to participate in sport which is part of the DNA of Australia. There are so many career opportunities within the health and PE areas that it should be an integral part of any balanced education program. Many parents and families rely on/expect schools to provide HPE services for their children. Sector leaders, all teachers, parents, community sports clubs and of course community role models are all the enablers of the benefits”.
Steve Moneghetti (Accomplished long-distance runner)

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Below is a snapshot of the impact of National #HPEday had in schools, in the media and on social media.

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ACHPER is pleased to announce the winners from our National #HPEday competition. Congratulations to:

  • Dalyellup College (WA);
  • Haileybury College, Brighton (VIC); and
  • Thomas Hassall Anglican College (NSW)

who have all won an AFL 9s kit thanks to AFL Schools.

For National HPE Day in 2017, ACHPER encouraged schools, children, teachers and communities to take photos and videos of active participation in physical activity and upload them onto social media using the #HPEday hashtag.

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ACHPER is pleased to announce former HPE teacher and current Western Bulldogs AFLW player, Emma Kearney, as a new ambassador for National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day. Emma is the reigning Best & Fairest for Western Bulldogs AFLW, a 2017 All Australian player, and is also a cricketer for the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.

Emma joins long-distance runner and also former HPE educator, Steve Moneghetti, Australian Secondary Principal Association Executive Officer, Rob Nairn, and Dennis Yarrington, President of the Australian Primary Principal Association, as ambassadors.

Register your School

It’s no surprise that schools play a significant role in the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of children. Learning in Health and Physical Education makes an important and positive difference because it encourages lifelong participation and results in better health outcomes.

Getting your school or class involved in National HPE day is easy! Visit our Resources page for ideas on how your school can be involved.

Click here to register your school for National HPE Day!

We get it – everyone leads a busy life, and sometimes it’s hard to spend time being healthy and active.

That’s why parents and caregivers can commit to a ‘parent pledge’ and show their intention to spend 30 minutes of physical or healthy activity with their children on HPE Day.

So put life on hold for a short while, spend some fun time with your youngsters, and show them the importance of living an active and healthy life – commit to the parent pledge today!

Click here to Submit your Parent Pledge.

BLOGS

ACHPER provides articles of interest in the areas of physical education, sport, health and physical activity for our target audience of HPE teachers and pre-service students. Below are a series of Blogs that have been posted on the ACHPER website that have relevance to HPE in schools, children and communities.

BLOG: Health & Physical Education: The Five Propositions

BLOG: Do our kids have all the tools?

BLOG: Active Transport… what’s getting in the road?

FEATURE ARTICLE: Research proves activity boosts young brains

BLOG: The Next Evolution in the Coordination of Health & Education

BLOG: Life Learning Through Positive Education

BLOG: Enhancing Well-being – Naturally

BLOG: What is your 30 minutes?

BLOG: Obesity epidemics – no short term fix, we need long term cures

BLOG: What is the impact of sweating out HPE in top-end NT schools?

BLOG: Healthy eating in outdoor education

BLOG: Coaching adolescents with Autism in a multi-sport program

BLOG: Fostering a love of learning and collaboration

BLOG: Physical literacy – a journey, not a destination

BLOG: Why HPE is good for children

BLOG: Are Our Young Kids Sufficiently Active?

BLOG: Parents in sport: A socio-cultural discussion

BLOG: Aussie kids graded D in first ever physical activity report card

BLOG: Updated physical activity guidelines released

BLOG: Managing Community School Gardens

BLOG: Does exercise make you smarter?

BLOG: Have we lost our way? The importance of joy in PE

BLOG: Royal Life Saving Pushes for Compulsory Swimming Water Safety