Outstanding Winner

Fit for Life Years 7 & 8 and 9 & 10 for the Victorian Curriculum

Rob Malpeli, Claire Stonehouse, Lee Anton-Hem et al.

The new edition of Fit for Life: Health and Physical Education for the Victorian Curriculum has been explicitly aligned with the Victorian Health and PE curriculum and brings a practical and inquiry-based approach to the subject.

Particular emphasis has been placed on ensuring health and wellbeing, and respectful relationships content is up-to-date and reflects best practices in an increasingly prominent area of the curriculum. Partnerships with leading mental health and wellbeing organisations Smiling Mind and Mood Mission are among many new features for this second edition.

New edition features include:
* Investigations (eg Levels 7 & 8, p.204 and Levels 9 & 10, p.209) designed to support students to research and analyse data
* New, evidence-based wellbeing check-in activities (eg Levels 7 & 8, p., 195 & 197 and Levels 9 & 10, p.188, p.242) developed with Smiling Mind and Clinical Psychologist Dr David Bakker from MoodMission
* New and updated case studies (eg Levels 7 & 8, p.218 and Levels 9 & 10 p.191) allow students to apply their knowledge to real-world examples

New digital resources:
Videos to engage students at the start of a lesson and spark discussion, including:

* Animations to introduce important health concepts (eg, Bullying)
* Interviews and case studies with Victorian students (eg, What are some of the benefits of playing ultimate frisbee?)
* Meditation videos (from author Lee Anton-Hem, qualified meditation instructor with Meditation Australia), to further support student wellbeing.
Quizzes which provide formative assessment opportunities:
* Pre- and post- section quizzes
* Students can track their own progress with immediate feedback

Sample chapters, series overview and author team biographies available at https://cengage.com.au/secondary/fit-for-life
Webinar (Rob Malpelli): https://www.dropbox.com/s/wlremzmljci8uc2/2020_Webinar_Fit%20for%20Life.mp4?dl=0

Judge’s Comment

Judges' comments for Category:
Fit for Life Level 7 & 8 and Fit for Life Level 9 & 10 are an exciting and engaging series with a practical and inquiry-based approach. The books bring together the print and digital worlds seamlessly so that students and teachers are well supported. A diverse range of learning tools, activities and assessments scaffold student learning and promote engagement, and the format encourages students to make their learning visible through reflection. The partnerships with trusted wellbeing organisations Smiling Mind and Mood Mission are a feature that is much needed in today’s world.

Judges' comments for Outstanding Winner:
The judges praised the variety of formats and tools that Fit for Life offers. Students are encouraged to engage in and reflect on their learning. The judges were particularly impressed by the real-world partnerships with trusted wellbeing organisations Smiling Mind and Mood Mission.

Outstanding Winner, Winner, Student Resource – Junior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education
Resource type
Student Resource
Health and Physical Education
7 October 2020, 23 September 2020, 28 October 2020, 19 October 2020

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