About Whitehorse School of Physical Culture

At Whitehorse School of Physical Culture (Whitehorse Physie for short), we proudly teach the BJP Physical Culture curriculum. BJP Physie is the oldest running and most prestigious Physical Culture establishment in Australia. For 125 years, BJP has provided a national platform for Physie clubs to come together to engage in competitions and camaraderie.

“Physie is an elegant way of developing not only fitness but also grace, strength and focus in our girls and women. At BJP, what we are most proud of is how Physie weaves its way throughout the lives of Australian families. Generations of women have discovered lifelong friendships, a true sense of community and a sport for life in Physie.” – Jackie Rawlings, BJP Physical Culture

Empowering Girls for Life

There is an aura of confidence around Physie girls of all ages. Taught to stand tall, with strength and pride, they are team players committed to achieving their goals.

Unlike some ballet and dance studios, Whitehorse School of  Physical Culture focuses on developing the self­-esteem of its students. By teaching them to have a positive relationship with their bodies, we help students blossom with confidence and self­-assurance.

BJP Physie is passionate about nurturing students’ total wellbeing, in both mind and body. Physie is an accepting and encouraging team sport, where every member is supported and motivated to be the best they can be.

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Meet the Teachers at Whitehorse School of Physical Culture

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Lana Hetherington

Lana has been a part of Physie for 26 years, and an associate of the club for the past 13 years. Lana has had many personal and professional achievements through Physie, including being involved in 3 national winning teams, and qualifying for Senior Champion Girl at the Sydney Opera House. However, her biggest accomplishments have come through teaching –  Lana has successfully taught 3 National Champions, 2 Grand Champion competitors and 3 cup winning teams! Outside of Physie, Lana was involved in a performing arts school for 4 years, and also began a Bachelor of Contemporary arts, majoring in Dance for 2 years before finding her passion at David Jones, where she has been working for the past 11 years in Senior Management. Lana teaches the 13-Seniors and prides herself on having fun and not taking life too seriously. Her genuine passion and enthusiasm are what she is best known for, and is why the girls love coming back. She loves seeing the girls grow and form lifelong friendships which is what Physie is all about!

 

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Laura Collens

Laura started as a Physie girl at the age of 4 and never looked back. She has been very successful with her own physie over the years consistently making Junior Nationals and as a Senior has made ‘Grand Champion’ and won the 2 nd year competition at Sydney Opera House. Laura previously worked in retail management and last year found her groove in Happy Feet Fitness a children’s health program rolled out in childcare locations. Laura teaches the 9-12 yr old classes and absolutely adores all the girls she teaches. Every class she aims for the girls to leave with a smile. Laura has also recently studied Exercise Pilates and loves using her new knowledge of muscles, posture and control to better her students and help them to be the best they can be!

 

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Jenelle Campbell

Jenelle is a long time BJP Physie girl, having been a part of the Physie world for as long as she can remember. Jenelle taught the 3-4 yr class for over 15 years and watched many of her students grow up including some of the current teachers! She is also involved in the Ladies class. Jenelle is a qualified pre-school teacher and is First Aid trained. This makes her the perfect person to teach our ever-growing 5-8 year olds. She has great experience with young children and their development needs and brings a lot of fun to each class.

 

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Merilyn Griplas

Merilyn has had Physie in her life since she was young. Originally from Sydney, Merilyn moved to Melbourne with family and after settling in to Whitehorse started our Ladies class. She has taught many Ladies ranging from no dance experience to lifetime physie competitors. Merilyn helps each member to get the best out of themselves whether it’s being competitive or improving their fitness. Merilyn’s classes are fun and engaging, and she organises many social events to catch up outside of class, champagne included!

 

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 Kay Lin Meacco

Kay Lin has been doing Physie since she was 6 and will keep going forever. She is dedicated to achieving her best physie and it shows in her successes. She has competed in ‘Grand Champion Girl’ at Sydney Opera House, has won the 1st year and 2 nd year competitions and has been part of 2 cup winning teams. Kay Lin is currently studying Bachelor of Nursing & Midwifery at Monash University and is First Aid trained. Kay Lin loves Physie because of the life-long friendships she has formed from competing with her friends. Physie has taught Kay Lin so much about strength and self-confidence and her passion for Physie is infectious. She is a wonderful role model for the 13-1 st years she teaches and gives great insight to the Ladies class also.

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Natasha Craig

Natasha has been doing physie since she was little. Natasha has had great team and individual success, consistently reaching Junior and Senior National level. Her highlights include being in 2 National Cup winning teams and achieving 2nd for 2nd year competition at Sydney Opera House. She is First Aid trained and Sports Trainer accredited. Natasha is also completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University and enjoys using this knowledge to benefit her students and teach them strength and conditioning tips. Natasha shows hard work and dedication are rewarding and wants the girls to strive towards achieving their goals. She is passionate about precise technique and loves creating a vibrant environment for the girls to develop in skills and confidence each week! Natasha has had experience teaching 9-12yrs, is currently teaching 7-8yrs and 13-1st years and loves the bonds she forms with the girls.

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 Martina Chan

Martina has been a Physie girl for over 16 years, and keeps coming back to Whitehorse for the fun, fitness, and her amazing Physie family. Martina has achieved incredible personal and team success, including winning the 15 yr competition at Sydney Opera House in 2013, and being selected to perform on the BJP Syllabus DVD for girls and ladies nation-wide. As a consistent National Top 15 performer, Martina aims to pass on her knowledge and experiences to the younger Whitehorse students. She is currently teaching the 7-8s and 11-12s and works with each girl to get the best out of them. Martina is always energetic and smiling, and loves that Physie teaches girls confidence, as well as giving them the opportunity to develop and grow through teamwork and dance.

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Georgia Cherny

Georgia started Physie at the age of 3 in our 3-4 year old class. Throughout her 16 years of Physie Georgia has competed in numerous team and individual competitions and has been part of two 1 st place cup winning teams. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University. Georgia began teaching in 2014 and has seen many students compete at a national level. Georgia teaches the 5-6 year olds and 9-10 year olds as well as being a student herself in the Seniors class. Georgia loves watching the self-confidence of her girls she teaches grow over the years and creates a fun environment for her students!

 

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Amelia Cherny

Amelia has been doing Physie since she was young. Over the years she has competed in many teams and individual competitions and is also a student in the Ladies class. Amelia is currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching at Deakin University and has much practical experience with young children and their development. She has helped teach the 3-4 yr class with Jenelle for many years and 2017 was her first as the class’ solo teacher. In 2018, Amelia continues to take the 3-4s and will also teach the 9-10s. Amelia’s love for Physie is vivid and her bubbly personality comes out in class, so no wonder the girls love her!

 

Testimonials from Students and Family at Whitehorse School of Physical Culture

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PAIGE – STUDENT

“I love Physie because not only is it a great way to be fit and active, it’s the friendships that make Physie the most enjoyable. Growing up with the same group of girls has been amazing, and making friends from different clubs around the country are friends you’ll have for life. Physie also taught me about confidence, believing in yourself and the feeling of performing in-front of an audience – it’s not about winning, but having fun with your friends and being proud of what you have achieved.”

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CORINNE – MOTHER

 

“My daughters enjoy Physie because they get to learn something new each class and have fun with their friends. Physie gives both my daughters more confidence, fitness and improves their posture. The teachers encourage them to believe in themselves and the teachers make it fun which makes it enjoyable for my daughters!”

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KAREN GREEN – MOTHER

“The Whitehorse teachers have been mentors to my daughter and she aspires to be like her teachers! She loves Physie because it is fun and active and she can focus on learning and perfecting the syllabus. Physie also benefits my daughters posture and flexibility.”