About 60 teachers, principals and support staff from Clutha, Dunedin and Southland attended the Clutha Health and Physical Education Conference at Cross Recreation Centre last Thursday.

‘‘We work directly with eight schools in the district but really wanted to provide the opportunity for professional learning for all schools,’’ Sport Clutha adviser Ginny Ridgen said.

‘‘We had a range of workshops and activities and a great turnout, inspired by keynote speaker Dr Susie Stevens, who highlighted the importance of PE when it comes to whole-school wellbeing.’’

Sport Otago is part of the Ministry of Education, Te Whatu Ora and Sport New Zealand’s Healthy Active Learning initiative supporting 25 schools to create healthy, active learning environments and better connections to their communities.

‘‘It’s the first time we have done this here and we’re very grateful to our local sponsors who kindly donated to goodie bags for everyone who attended,’’ Mrs Ridgen said.