Research shows that children’s participation in physical activity leads to better student engagement, improved academic achievement during school years, and better outcomes in adult life.
Health and Physical Education (HPE) is one of the eight Learning Areas of the Australian School Curriculum. Some of the focus areas of the HPE curriculum include – fundamental movement skills, games and sports, mental health and wellbeing and understanding the health benefits of physical activity.
“But not all students in Australia are getting the benefit of quality HPE” says ACHPER CEO, John Stokes. “Whilst HPE is part of the Australian Curriculum, inconsistencies in its delivery mean that many students are not receiving the benefit of daily PE”.
He continued “Given the research findings that link an increase in physical activity to better academic performance, the delivery of daily PE is a no brainer”. Unfortunately, with the pressures on student class-room time, often HPE is relegated in preference to subjects focused on literacy and numeracy.
“Delivering a balanced day of learning areas from the Australian Curriculum areas which includes HPE, is essential” John Stokes said. “Daily physical activity has been shown to not only have benefits at school but also in developing good habits for adult life”. The community benefits of improved health and well-being have both positive social and economic outcomes.
“This is where ACHPER steps in” said John Stokes. As Australia’s peak professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in HPE, ACHPER is staging its annual National HPE Day on Wednesday 5th September 2018. The nationwide event is designed to raise awareness of the value of HPE in the Australian Curriculum and highlight the important role it plays in the learning and development of children, the benefit to all schools, and the value to the wider community.
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.
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)
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.
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.