Active Schools update: fostering local connections in Swan Hill

The Active Schools Expert Support Service (ESS) team had an awesome day delivering one of its free PD sessions to 25 educators at Swan Hill Lawn Tennis Club last term.

The day was filled with all things Active Schools (AS) as teachers gained hands-on application of elements of the AS Framework including experiencing Active Classrooms, learning how to implement lunchtime activities, and being challenged to further develop quality physical education (PE) programs at their schools.

An unexpected (but fantastic) outcome from the day, was the teachers from Swan Hill PS, Swan Hill North PS, Swan Hill College, Swan Hill SDS and St Mary’s Primary all realising they shared a common goal to improve the physical activity levels of their students (and staff). 

These teachers, along with representatives from other local schools, decided to continue their professional development journey through the formation of a Physical Education network. This group of teachers will meet each term to share teaching ideas and pedagogy, and discuss how to overcome any barriers they might be facing. Their first networking session focused on minor games, where each teacher had to present their favourite game to the group. What a great way to build your knowledge and support network!

Upcoming Active Schools regional PD (fully-subsidised for government schools)

To discover creative ideas to get your kids moving both in and out of the classroom in a way that fosters active learning, why not consider attending one of the free AS regional events coming up in August. Make sure you register to come along and meet the teachers within your network so you can share ideas and learn together:

  • Maribyrnong Sport Academy, Maribyrnong, Friday 5 August [register]
  • Traralgon Bowls Club, Traralgon, Thursday 11 August [register]
  • Alexandra Oval Community Centre, Ararat, Thursday 18 August [register]
  • Springers Leisure Centre, Keysborough, Monday 29 August [register]

Download the flyer for all the details >>

Grants announced to encourage active kids through Active Schools

ACHPER Victoria congratulates the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting more kids to be more active more often with the recent Victorian Budget 2022/23 investment of more than $20.8 million to boost the Active Schools program and promote long-term health and wellbeing in young Victorians bringing the financial investment in this initiative to $45.4m since 2019.

Learn more about further support for schools to encourage physical activity as well as offer exciting community sports programs announced recently.

If you have any questions email [email protected] or visit the Active Schools Online Community for more information.