Celebrating the return of in-person PL at #ACHPERVIC22
ACHPER Victoria is thrilled with the buzz created over the two days of our Annual Conference on November 24-25. Teachers were able to return to in-person professional learning for the first time in three years at Monash University Clayton and the feeling of being together really drove the two-day program.
Over 700 teachers from across Victoria and interstate joined us for this professional learning event, which saw full use of the amazing new Learning and Teaching Building for theoretical sessions, as well as the Monash Sports Centre in full swing with practical sessions taking over the venue.
Kicking off the conference were five feature presentations covering the areas of physical activity levels in students and mental health, teacher wellbeing, sexuality and relationships education, classification of games, and the Active Schools program - all designed to get teachers thinking, discussing, and engaging with content.
As we came together to celebrate the successes and acknowledge the challenges overcome from the past three years, it was fantastic to see connections being made at networking opportunities which included networking happy hour on both days, as well as the joyful celebration of ‘not giving a care’ at Kat John’s dance party on Thursday afternoon. Those who felt like wallflowers blossomed into carefree movers and shakers, ending their day with a sense of peace after a mini-meditation post dancing.
Setting the tone for day two, the traditional breakfast transformed into an active breakfast with the help of RHSports and the Active Schools staff. Music played while Roundnet, Speedminton and simple yard games were played, meaning teachers went into their morning sessions invigorated, connected and ready to learn!
We closed the conference differently this year, with a feature panel discussing the potential future of technology in the practical PE classroom; plenty of food for thought on how students and teachers may engage with technology advancements.