This post is made on behalf of Paul Sherman OAM, ETAQ's newest Life Member. Like an earlier post, it is a letter to The Australian in response to an opinion piece by Christopher Bantick. The paper did not choose to publish it.
Paul was elected a Life Member at this year's Annuanl General Meeting on 15 March and it is planned that the award be formally conferred at this year's State Conference on Saturday 16 August.
Poetry Lives in Schools
As an 80-year-old retired actor and teacher, who is still invited to schools to perform plays and poems, I question Christopher Bantick (The Australian, l5-16/3/14 "Dying Light of Poetry") on his statement that few schools teach poetry. I also wonder at the basis for his claim that poetry (“is badly taught, or not taught at all." lf few schools teach it, how does he know it is badly taught?
I'm now preparing for a visit to Ouyen P-12 College in Victoria's Mallee, where I've been asked to present poems of John Kinsella to Year 12's. Last year at Tully State High School in North Qld I shared with keen Grade 8's poems of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (formerly Kath Walker), whom I had the honour of once knowing on her Qld island of Minjerribah ("Stradbroke").
Last year in Brisbane schools I had sessions ranging from England's Keats to America's Robert Frost to our own Judith Wright, Bruce Dawe and others. A couple of years ago in England's Lincolnshire I found students very responsive to our Banjo Paterson. I can't share Christopher's view that the Banjo and Henry Lawson "have not stood the test of time." Sadly, Henry was at times "the drunk" that Christopher calls him, but I'm glad that in his sober sessions he wrote poems that the good old Sydney Bulletin was proud to print.
In his letter to the paper, Paul noted that:
Teacher event - external assessment
Latest news Due to the lockdown in south east Queensland, this event will now be fully online. Links for the sessions will be emailed to all registrants on FRIDAY afternoon; you will be able to access the materials from 9am on Saturday morning. If you registered for in-person attendance, your registration will be automatic...
Darling Downs Branch presents
The Darling Downs Branch will present Everything about the external exam on Wednesday 11 August from 3:30 to 5:30pm.
Join us for an afternoon to reconnect with English colleagues, engage in discussion and explore ideas on how to prepare students for the external exam.
Grammar PD term 3
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 28 August at a venue (to be announced) in the metropolitan area. Download the flyer for further details. If your school is inter...
Student event - external assessment
Flexible modes of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you. Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of Wednesday 8 September. The recorded materials will th...
Pre-service teachers present
Townsville branch will present EMBEDDING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY UNIT. by a group of pre-service teachers on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 9 am till 11 am.
See the flyer for more details. Registrations will open on 1st September.
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
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