June 2022 HPE conferences wrap up

After much anticipation, we have just wrapped up a fabulous two days of professional development with our annual mid-year Secondary and Primary HPE conferences. These two days of professional learning took place at La Trobe Sports Park with packed sessions of quality hands on and theoretical content.

A special thank you to our event partner La Trobe University for their ongoing support providing the facilities and setup assistance across both days, including the amazing support received in 2021 when these events were cancelled at the very last minute due to changes to COVID restrictions.

The buzz at the sports park was electric as our passionate HPE teachers had the opportunity to see each other face-to-face and learn together in person for the first time since 2019 amongst the many workforce pressures faced by teachers and schools of recent times. With lots of new connections made, it was so great to connect and share with everyone again.

ACHPER Victoria CEO Hilary Shelton today echoed these sentiments. In her words, “The conferences bought together teachers from across Victoria and enabled them to engage in high quality professional learning, networking and fun IN REAL LIFE! It was hugely appreciated by the delegates and the vibe across both days was really positive and energetic”.

We are so grateful to our delegates, presenters and exhibitors for making both days such a success, we couldn’t have done it without them!

Here’s just a few snippets of feedback received so far:

  • “Approachable presenters. Fresh ideas.”
  • “I really enjoyed sharing ideas with other teachers, and seeing the implementation at other schools”
  • “I loved it, I’ll be back again!”
  • “The variety of sessions and topics was so diverse and allowed me to think about so many aspects of teaching, including my own wellbeing”

The sessions were fantastic and included topics such as teaching pedagogy, planning and assessment, practical sessions, teacher wellbeing, active yoga and mindfulness, outdoor education, biomechanical principles in action in the classroom, energy systems lab testing, FMS ideas and active schools to name but a few.

We had several new faces presenting this year, which was awesome to see, as not only does presenting at conferences further teacher capacity, it also goes towards meeting AITSL standard 7.4 ‘Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities learning’.

Thank you to the following presenters for sharing your knowledge with us:

  • Rick Baldock, ACHPER South Australia
  • Dr Lachlan James, La Trobe Sport and Exercise Science
  • Kate Perry, La Trobe Sport and Exercise Science
  • Dr Kane Middleton, La Trobe Sport and Exercise Science
  • Chris Clark, VCAA
  • Monique Sharp, Melbourne Girls' Grammar
  • Meg Durham, Open Mind Education
  • Dr Zali Yager and Dr Georgie Buckley, Body Confident Collective
  • Sam Barrow, Active Schools
  • Dr Bernie Holland, Active Schools
  • Kirsten Smith, Active Schools
  • Arron Gardiner, Active Schools
  • Jo Ritson, ACHPER Victoria
  • Greg Schneiders, ACHPER Victoria
  • Renae Fraser, ACHPER Victoria
  • Laura Widdowson, ACHPER Victoria
  • Dr Justen O'Connor, Monash University
  • Dr Cameron Van Der Smee, Federation University
  • Ben Shelton, Parade College
  • Ben Clark, Gleneagles Secondary College
  • Andy Rae, Keysborough College
  • Kade Robinson, Lacrosse Victoria
  • Sarah Green and Jon Watson, Tennis Victoria
  • Jacinta Maloney and Mark Tregonning, Victoria Legal Aid
  • Susie Saddington, Mernda Park Primary School
  • Samantha Snow, Deakin University
  • Brayden Van Der Pol. Templestowe Park Primary School
  • Robyn Percy Goulding, Ascot Vale Heights Special School 
  • Olivia Goder, Beaconhills College
  • Jane McPherson, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar
  • Michael Ballantyne, Chairo Christian School
  • Kaitlyn Greenhill, Life Saving Victoria
  • Sarah Maxwell, Mill Park Heights Primary School
  • Sean De Morton, Cricket Australia
  • Owen Hulett, Cricket Victoria
  • Jason Webb, Cricket Victoria
  • Grant Weir, Richmond Institute
  • James Will, Milgate Primary School
  • Jessica Close, Christ Church Grammar
  • Andy Gillies, Christ Church Grammar
  • Josh Simpson, Pearcedale Primary School 


And our exhibitors:

  • RHSports
  • La Trobe Sports
  • Tennis Victoria
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • AFL
  • All Terrain Cycles
  • Cancer Council Victoria, Vic Kids Eat Well
  • Carmen’s Road Legacy
  • Integrate AV
  • Kaboom Kid Sports
  • Lacrosse Victoria
  • Matilda Education, Flexibooks
  • METS Performance Consulting
  • Proactivity
  • Road to Zero
  • Shawl Sports
  • Stomp Dance Company


Stay tuned as we are soon to release registrations for our November State Conference on 24-25 November. Register your interest here to be notified as soon as the portal is OPEN!

This term we also hosted a number of VCE Q&A forums offering an open session for VCE teachers to submit questions in their subject areas and hear advice and responses from some leading teachers in each space. Thank you to those teachers who attended live and took the opportunity to seek answers and engage with other teachers across the state.

Don’t forget, our HPE Staffrooms are occurring each month at 4.00pm-4.30pm and are free, virtual sessions that are a teacher discussion forum, providing support for teachers from foundation to level 10.

Click here to register for the next ACHPER Victoria HPE Staffroom #6 2022:  The H through PE to explore how health weaves into PE, as well as unpacking the personal, social and community health strand.