ACHPER (SA) Awards


The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, SA Branch Inc, with the support of Credit Union SA, are pleased to provide 2 Excellence in Health and Physical Education Teaching Awards:

  • Norma Jenner Memorial Award – Primary School HPE Excellence teacher

  • Howard Mutton Memorial Award – Secondary School HPE Excellence teacher

These awards recognise two outstanding educators and ACHPER Life Members who helped shape the formation and growth of ACHPER (SA). Howard Mutton championed the cause of increasing participation for more than 30 years. Howard was a member of ACHPER from its formation and was passionate about the social value of involvement in sport and believed there was a place and level of participation for anyone who wanted to have a go. Norma Jenner was an ACHPER member from the early 70’s and was always an enthusiastic and professional activist for the cause of physical education in Schools, with a specific passion to and for dance and movement for people of all ages. 

These awards recognise and reward South Australian teachers who:

  • model outstanding pedagogical practices,

  • build the capacity of their colleagues as HPE professionals 

  • develop healthy and physically active learners.

Teachers from Government, Catholic and Independent sectors are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open for the 2020 Excellence in Health and Physical Education Awards, and nominations will close 26 October 2020, with finalists announced shortly after. Please consider nominating a colleague for these prestigeous awards in 2020.

Click here for 2020 nomination form.

Award prizes– The Norma Jenner and Howard Mutton Memorial Award Winners both receive:

  • Winner – $500 ACHPER PD/Resource vouchers, a plaque, a perpetual award (for one year)

Judging - The ACHPER (SA) Board will decide on the winners and runners up in each category via a majority vote. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Announcement of Winners and Runners-up - All shortlisted teachers will be invited to attend the ACHPER Physical Education Week Dinner at a reduced rate, Friday 6 November, 2020 where the winners and runners up will be announced.

For more information contact:

Executive Director, Matt Schmidt
132 Rose Terrace, Wayville, South Australia 5034
tel: 8363 5700

Previous Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Excellence in HPE Award winners, Jess Morrish winner of the Howard Mutton Memorial Award - Secondary School HPE Excellence award and Nick Warren winner of the Norma Jenner Memorial Award - Primary School HPE Excellence award. These awards were supported by Credit Union SA and were presented at the popular dinner. Both winners receive an ACHPER PD/resource voucher to the value of $500, a plaque and a perpetual award (for one year).

2018 recipients pictured below, from left to right: Travis Henderson, Wilderness School (Primary winner) and Brad Snell, Wilderness School (Secondary winner).


2017 recipients pictured below with respresentatives from Credit Union SA and ACHPER SA from left: Matt Schmidt ACHPER (SA), Katie Liebelt, Clare High School, Scott Hughes, Catherine McAuley School and Peter Dinan, Credit Union SA


Pictured below 2016 recipients with respresentatives from Credit Union SA and ACHPER SA from left: Debbie Meich, Credit Union SA, Kain Noack St Ignatius College, Kylie Newbold, Parkside Primary School, Matt Schmidt ACHPER (SA)


Testimonial- from 2016 Excellence in HPE award winner- Kylie Newbold

Winning the ACHPER Excellence in HPE Award was such an honour, the recognition from colleagues was most humbling and it meant a great deal to me.  Being awarded this at the Physical Education Week dinner in front of 'like' people was special and a lovely way to be recognised for putting in just that little bit extra to make a difference to the kids we work with.

Receiving money as part of this award went towards future training and development opportunities within ACHPER. This was greatly appreciated and it allowed me to attend many conferences and workshops for free.  These conferences are key to what we do and how we can grow as a learner and PE educator. I was also acknowledged as a winner of the award at conferences throughout the year which made me feel quite special. 

I encourage your Principals, leadership, colleagues and peers to consider nominating an outstanding HPE educator.  It will put a spring in their step, it will show that you value all that they contribute and it recognises their efforts as a learner and someone who is continually striving to a high standard.  Your nomination will mean a lot.

ACHPER (SA) Wins 2016 APTA Award

ACHPER (SA) were delighted to collect the Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA) National Innovation Award in Sydney on Saturday 4th June 2016 at the APTA Awards Ceremony in Sydney. In conferring the award, the APTA Board noted the outstanding contribution ACHPER (SA) has made to teaching across Australia, and our leadership and innovative approach to supporting teachers. Thank you and congratulations to all of our hard working volunteers, Board and Staff for your diligence and professionalism.

ACHPER (SA) would also like to acknowledge our own Professional Learning Coordinator, Rick Baldock, for winning the APTA Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award.

Below are the citations for both ACHPER (SA) and Rick Baldock from Saturday's APTA Awards:

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation SA, ACHPER (SA)

An outstanding attribute of ACHPER (SA) as an innovative association is its highly disciplined approach to all the facets of its organisation, ethos and structure that allows it to have the capacity to be innovative.

In particular it's capacity to engage with its members in the world of social media and through online technologies is a hallmark of ACHPER's innovative capacity. This innovative online capacity not only allows the association to connect well to its existing members but it connects ACHPER (SA) to its newer members, as well as Interstate and Overseas people.

Just as importantly, an innovative social media and technological capacity ensures that the workload is reduced and that communication is more efficient and reaches a variety of places and people. Through modern Governance, accessing contemporary research and practices, through strong connections with members, ACHPER (SA) has provided a wide range of professional activities that inspire, challenge and support educators with their important roles within the Health and Physical Education Learning area.


Rick Baldock (ACHPER (SA) Professional Learning Coordinator)

Rick over the past 45 years has invested way and beyond any person would do either as a volunteer or in a paid position.

What is outstanding is the levels at which Rick has made a contribution, at the committee room meeting, at the association level, state and national.  It is clear that Rick brings advice, knowledge and experience that range from the micro to macro to the operational to the strategic.

Rick is selfless, self-deprecating and always with an eye to an opportunity but also ready to face the challenges. His work in the Council of Education Associations of South Australia (CEASA) cannot be overestimated, particularly in terms of self-sustainability.

Rick's input and advice has been sought due to his standing within the education community.  This standing has included membership of DeakinUniversity's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation National Vice President from 2002-2010 and a member of the South Australian Board of Studies Physical Education Advisory Committee for 8 years. Rick was President of the Council of Education Associations of South Australia from 2009 to 2015. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA).

Rick is a role model for others.


                                ACHPER (SA) Executive Director Matt Schmidt & Professional Learning
                                                                        Coordinator, Rick Baldock, receiving their awards