ETAQ E-pistle 19-12
Response to ACARA’s draft senior English courses
A draft response to the suite of senior English courses proposed by ACARA for the Australian Curriculum has been posted to the “Australian Curriculum” Page to be found under the Discussions tab on the ETAQ website at http://www.etaq.org.au/?page_id=881
Members are encouraged to peruse this and send comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Management Committee will be holding a special meeting to discuss the ACARA proposals in the first week of the vacation and our response will be finalised at our next regular monthly meeting on 10 July.
The final form of the senior part of the Australian Curriculum can be expected to have a significant impact on teachers’ work in the future so members are urged to be part of the consultation process.
Digital Storytelling Competition
Members are reminded that the closing date for entries in our inaugural digital storytelling competition is Friday 22 June. We hope you’ve been encouraging student to enter – and thinking about it yourself. There is still time!
- Junior Storytellers (years 7, 8, 9) – winner receives $200
- Senior Storytellers (years 10, 11, 12) – winner receives $200
- Master Storytellers (teachers, pre-service teachers, ETAQ members) – winner receives $100 cash, $100 book prize from Jacaranda, ETAQ membership for 2013.
Download the 3-page information sheet here: http://www.etaq.org.au/wp-content/uploads//ETAQ-Digital-Storytelling-Competition-2012.pdf And access full resources here: http://www.etaq.org.au/?page_id=824
Students and teachers planning on entering the long-running annual Literary Competition have the vacation for a final creative burst. Entries for that are due on Friday 13 July.
Writing for Words’Worth
The vacation could also provide an opportunity for members to write something for our journal Words’Worth. Contributions should be sent to the editor, Sue Grotherr, at Sue.Grotherr@calvarycc.qld.edu.au.
ETAQ State Conference
There is still time to be a part of the program at the annual ETAQ State Conference at Lourdes Hill College in Brisbane on Saturday 18 August. While there has been a good response so far, the convenors advise that they could still accommodate a few more volunteers willing to share aspects of their professional practice via workshops and papers. A reduced registration rate applies for presenters. The conference theme is “Making connections”.
The Call for Presenters document was included in the most recent mailing and can also be downloaded from the website at http://www.etaq.org.au/?page_id=308. Session proposals are required by Saturday 23 June.
Hang in there!
The vacation’s not far away.
President, English Teachers Association of Queensland (ETAQ)
Wednesday, June 13, 2012