Peter Botsman Award 2021 - in school category

Adam Davy

Adam Davy, the Head of English at Kelvin Grove State College, is responsible for leading the design and implementation of curriculum that has challenged and inspired more than 2600 students across years 6-12. A key member of the English Faculty at the college since 2007, after becoming Head of Department in the English Faculty in 2012, Adam has modelled innovative leadership, defined by his personal belief in the power of compassion, collegiality and creativity.
He has made significant, ongoing contributions to Queensland's broader education journey, through his advisory role in the QCAA's development of the new English syllabus suite, as a co-presenter at several QCAA syllabus in-service workshops around Brisbane, and as a Lead Endorser. His keen interest in the design of challenging and innovative curriculum has been inspirational as he leads the development and implementation of learning and assessment programs for senior English, Literature, Essential English, English as an Additional Language, and English and Literature Extension, and the subsequent revision of the middle years English curriculum to best support vertical alignment. His expertise, experience and insight have instilled his teaching team with great confidence, and he regularly inspires with his explicit commitment to the challenges associated with truly innovative curriculum design and pedagogical practices.
Adam is the architect of the unique EXCELeration program that offers young learners the opportunity to accelerate their learning in the English learning area, whilst simultaneously cultivating their love of the literary arts, and nurturing their growth as writers, thinkers and performers. His students' contribution to Queensland's literary arts landscape is noteworthy. For example, in 2019 and 2020, students from the program were formally recognised as Brisbane Writers Festival Youth Ambassadors. Students have also achieved success in a range of high-profile events such as the SlammED! poetry slam, the John Marsden and Hachette Australia Prize, the Kid's Cancer Council Write a Book in a Day project, and the IEU/ETAQ literary competition.
In addition, Adam:
was instrumental in introducing the role of English Captain at his school. Like traditional student leaders in fields such as sport, the English Captains provide inspiration and guidance to the student population
co-founded the school's Slamasaurus initiative, a collective of creative young arts enthusiasts as young as 11.
designed and implemented biennial student tours to the UK and Melbourne, Australia's very own UNESCO City of Literature
ensured students have direct engagement with local and internationally renowned artists
contributes to ETAQ and AATE events across the country, sharing his unique insight with others on topics close to his heart.
Beyond school, Adam directly contributes to the Australian Arts Community through his role as a Board Member of the Australian Film Classification Review Board, and as an independent author.
Queensland's education landscape continues to benefit from Adam's many and varied contributions, and he is a worthy recipient of the Peter Botsman Award.


Upcoming Events

Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 7 August as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. The program for the morning will address: Learnings to date: messages from QCAA, Adv...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 7th August 2021
Venue: St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries: 0455464000
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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.
The afternoon will commence with Kathleen Hannant, Head of Engl...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 3:30 PM
Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021
Venue: Toowoomba SHS
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venue information: Venue is Toowoomba State High School Performing Arts Centre
   Enter via Stuart Street Parking halfway up driveway on left
   PAC is also on the left next to the car park.

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...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 28th August 2021
Venue: TBA
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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 and again in the morning of Saturda...

Category: Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Date: Wednesday 8th September 2021
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Venue: Online
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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.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Venue: Online
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