Conference all go
THERE were no fatty fast foods or lounge lizards in sight when 250 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teachers (PDHPE) from across NSW came to their annual State conference at the Novotel Pacific Bay.
Some travelled as much as 1300 kilometres from Tooleybuc Central School to attend the conference.
Teachers attended workshops and danced, moved, played touch and netball, surfed the net and checked out new ways to use technology in the classroom and health areas, such as mental and sexual health.
Putting A Spark Into PDHPE was the theme, and helping the teachers do this was the Coffs Harbour Sports unit under the guidance of Kevin Doyle.
Michael Milton was one of the guests, and drew on his experi- ence with overcoming cancer and being the fastest Australian Downhill Skier, to motivate the energetic mob. Other highlights included Drummin up Frenz students from Orara High School, Dolphin Swims, Les Taylor receiving life member status with the association, Australian Curriculum speaker Rosemary Davis and dancing the night away to the Roys.
New scheme teachers took advantage of counting this professional development towards their Institute of Teachers Accreditation, and was a reflection of the quality of the program put together by local PDHPE gurus, Kellie Reinhold and Dave Findlay, from Bishop Druitt Collage, Lynda Shrubb from Macksville, Connel Field and Nick Henry from Coffs Harbour High, Simon Doyle from John Paul College, and Tony Wilson from Orara High School.