Peter Botsman Award 2000

Annette Curnow

Annette Curnow is an outstanding contributor to English education in Queensland.

Annette has worked in the area of English for many years at a variety of schools including Clifton SHS, Toowoomba SHS and Harristown SHS. She has consistently supported colleagues in her roles as teacher, Head of Department and Education Adviser for ELA.

She has shown herself to be a leader and representative of the English teaching profession in her capacity as State Panellist and Education Queensland’s representative on the Board of Teacher Registration.

Annette has been an enthusiastic supporter of all things English. Her involvement in supporting students in debating and public speaking events as a coach and adjudicator is just one of the many ways she works to lift the profile of English in the school community.

As an English teacher, Annette is inspiring and supportive of all her students. As an English HOD, Annette has led her staff through a technology revolution and the Senior English Program shift in paradigm trialling pilot syllabi (both Senior English and English Extension) ensuring her Department is at the “cutting edge” of new and improved approaches.

Annette has worked tirelessly in making best practice part of her teaching repertoire, and enthusing others to deliver quality-teaching programs. Her work in bringing the community into the English classroom is one such example with the Local Community Day Conference, with students participating in a keynote address and workshops delivered by local identities. It is a highlight of the Year 12 program.

Last year she led a process with the University of Southern Queensland’s Faculty of Education to investigate literacy beliefs and practices at the school. She has developed school-wide programs on literacy education and helped teachers enhance their literacy teaching skills.

Annette has received public recognition of her dedication and abilities as an Australia Day Achievement Medallion recipient. Her English Department has also been recognised by the Australian College of Education for innovative practices.

As Head of Department, English, at Harristown SHS, Annette provides outstanding leadership both in the classroom and in her role as an educational leader. A former Educational Advisor, she has a wealth of experience in English teaching and has lead both her staff and other teachers in the Darling Downs region, always being in the forefront of innovative theory and practice.

Annette has supported wholeheartedly the initiatives provided by the STELLA Project, being a stalwart of the Brisbane South-West panel, and encouraging support of the project on the Downs through her own enthusiasm and energy.

She has been instrumental in forming a new branch of the Association in Toowoomba and has been elected President.

Annette is highly regarded by her peers and students, providing a model of exemplary practice worthy of this 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
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au
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
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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
 Repeating On specific dates
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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