Doctor Christina Curry

Doctor Christina Curry

Dap - Secondary Education,
Secondary Education (soe)

Primary Education (soe)


In January 2009 I joined the academic staff across both Primary and Secondary Education  in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney.

I am an experienced leader with a demonstrated track record in education and people development. My 20 years experience in the physical education sector has developed and refined my skills in teaching, research, recreational needs, wellbeing, and community engagement.

Currently I am responsible for co-ordinating the Secondary Health & Physical Education program. Previously I lecturered in Human Movement at the University of Sydney and was Head of a HPE department in a NSW Secondary School.

I am particularly focused on improving the wellbeing of children through physical education and working collaboratively with teachers and schools to achieve positive PE experiences that lead to life long participation.

Expert commentary in media


The Project, Channel 10, 14.6.12: Response to NSW Audit on Physical Activity in Government Primary schools

Preschool fee rise, Channel 10 News 5pm (John Hill) 30.1.12.

School A to Z Website Launch, Channel 10, 5.8.11.


ABC Radio in Newcastle 21.5.12 (Physical Education in Public Primary schools)


Schools struggling to make it over the fitness bar (Sydney Morning Herald, 14.6.12)

Facts behind the active decline: Opinion Piece (Sydney Morning Herald, 21.5.12)

Preschool fee rise sparks children’s exodus (Southern Courier, 8.11.11)


Director on the Board of The Randwick Club

This information has been contributed by Doctor Curry.


  • MEd University of Sydney
  • Teac Department of School Education NSW

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Secondary Education (soe)
  • Primary Education (soe)


  • SoE Facebook Page
  • DEC Beyond the Line


Phone: (02) 47360 257
Location: J.G.14
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100977 PDHPE K-6 Curriculum, 2014
  • 400793 PDHPE: Invasion Games, 2014
  • 41108 Pdhpe Method 2A, 2014


Chapters in Books

  • Curry, C. and Light, R. (2014), 'The influence of school context on the implementation of TGfU across a secondary school physical education department', Contemporary Developments in Games Teaching , Routledge 9780415821193.
  • Curry, C. and Knijnik, J. (2013), 'Physical education and the after-school sports program in Australian schools : barriers and challenges for the 21st century', Global Perspectives on Physical Education and After-School Sport Programs, University Press of America 9780761861171.
  • Curry, C. (2013), 'Oztag', Game Sense: Pedagogy for Performance, Participation and Enjoyment, Routledge 9780415532877.
  • Curry, C. (2013), 'Ultimate frisbee', Game Sense: Pedagogy for Performance, Participation and Enjoyment, Routledge 9780415532877.
  • Zammit, K. and Curry, C. (2013), 'Literacy and health and physical education working together', Literacy Across the Curriculum, Common Ground 9781612291420.

Journal Articles

  • Yager, Z., Gray, T., Curry, C. and McLean, S. (2017), 'Body dissatisfaction, excessive exercise, and weight change strategies used by first-year undergraduate students : comparing health and physical education and other education students', Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Knijnik, J. and Curry, C. (2014), '"I know PE is important but I don't feel confident teaching it" : Australian primary pre-service teachers' feelings and thoughts about teaching physical education', International Journal of Sport Studies, vol 4, no 3 , pp 289 - 296.
  • Light, R., Curry, C. and Mooney, A. (2014), 'Game sense as a model for delivering quality teaching in physical education', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, vol 5, no 1 , pp 67 - 81.
  • Light, R. and Curry, C. (2009), 'Children's reasons for joining sport clubs and staying in them : a case study of a Sydney soccer club', Healthy Lifestyles Journal, vol 56, no 1 , pp 23 - 27.

Conference Papers

  • Attard, C. and Curry, C. (2012), 'Exploring the use of iPads to engage young students with mathematics', Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Conference, Singapore.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Research into Outdoor Education Learner Attribution Theory: The Effects Of the Duke Of Edinburgh's International Award on Learning', Research Report

Health and Physical Education Pedagogy, Engagement and HPE, Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), HPE in Primary Schools

This information has been contributed by Doctor Curry.

Western Sydney University

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Penrith NSW 2751

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