Active Schools Update – May 2022

The Active Schools team hit the ground running in Term 2 with the first of our regional workshops in Bundoora and Geelong. These regional events provide a great opportunity for our Expert Support Service (ESS) team to deliver free, in-person professional development to schools, helping build teacher capacity that leads to sustainable change to become an Active School. Each event is specifically tailored to address the Active School priority areas of greatest relevance to that region.

Workshop sessions are delivered by a combination of industry experts, ESS staff and local teachers engaged in developing their school’s physical activity culture. Evidenced-based and aligned with school needs, the sessions provided attendees with a range of ideas they can readily implement in their school setting. 

On Wednesday 11 May we also ran the first of our Online Community live chat events. It was great to see a number of schools checking in virtually.

Regional PD sessions

It was so exciting to welcome teachers to the first two regional workshops in Bundoora and Geelong. After delivering many webinars about the Active Schools framework, it was refreshing to meet face to face with such passionate teachers, eager to build their competence and confidence in creating more active school cultures within their schools.

Delegates understood that with the current focus on improving students’ physical activity and mental health, we really are in a unique position to enact lasting change! Thank you to our fantastic presenters (listed below) for their excellent support and for sharing their expertise:


  • Dr Natalie Lander (Transform US)
  • Rayoni Nelson (SSV)
  • Nicole Adamson (Ride Nation)
  • Rebecca Dickens (La Trobe Sport)
  • Frankie Hocking (Bowls Victoria)
  • Seb Scanu (Plenty Parklands PS)
  • Roz Manester (Paddle Vic)


  • Dr Natalie Lander (Transform US)
  • Hayley Dewar (Colac Secondary College)
  • Chloe Dew (Black Hill PS)
  • Cameron Govan (Tennis Victoria)
  • Sean de Morton (Cricket Australia)
  • Josh Beaumont

All the valuable content presented in these sessions will be available FREE for all DET schools to access. Login to our Active Schools Online Community page to view all session handouts which will be uploaded to our Events Resources page over the coming days. Feel free to reach out to any of the Active Schools team with any questions.

What our attendees had to say:


Here’s some key learnings gained and shared form our attendees:

Here's a couple of pics from the sessions so far:


Don’t forget to check out the extensive range of resources available via the Active Schools Online Community.

FREE Access available for all DET schools. Click below to take a virtual tour >>

Upcoming events

Regional PD sessions

There are still some spaces available at our free regional events for DET teachers in Wangaratta and Swan Hill. Click images below for details and to register:


August regional PD events (TBC):

  • Horsham
  • Morwell/Traralgon
  • 2 x metro Melbourne (east and south-eastern suburbs)

Watch this space for details as they become available!

Online Community Live Chat

Our next Live Chat session is coming up on Wednesday 15 June from 4pm-5pm. Got some questions, or want to share some success stories about Active Schools? Join us anytime between 4.00-5.00 p.m. with your questions, or stories. Stay as little or as long as you need, but be prepared to leave with inspiration!! Click here to learn more and register >>

Latest resources

Check out our extensive case studies and other free resources available via the Online Community 'Resources' dropdown.

We look forward to providing further updates on the work of our ESS team as the year progresses!

For more information on the Active Schools initiative, click here to visit the Online Community, or feel free to reach out to the team via email