Peter Botsman Award 2005

Dr Lenore Ferguson

In 2005 Dr Lenore Ferguson was awarded the Botsman for excellence beyond the classroom.

Dr Lenore Ferguson has played a significant role in the English community and in ETAQ for over 20 years. She has taught in many schools across the independent and state sectors. Her career as a teacher has taken many turns and changes but her focus has always been on English and the maintenance of the integrity of English. She has been outspoken in her defence of subject English and in her support of teachers across the state.

An interest in further study about student learning and success led to her completing her Phd while serving with Education Queensland. She has shared her interest in functional grammar in workshops across the state and also in her full time teaching at QUT. She has always taken time to support and mentor younger teachers who can take up the challenge of teaching excellence.

It is this support of others that makes Lenore stand out. Her nominee, Helen Rivers has commented on this element of Lenore’s professionalism.

As a past president of ETAQ, as a member of the Management Committee for twenty years and as Senior Policy Officer (English) at Education Queensland, Lenore has worked tirelessly to help shape the direction of English across the state. She has never lost sight of the breadth and depth of English in her work and it is for this that she has gained the respect of English teachers across the state.

Upcoming Events

Short Stories and Poetry

The transformation of text is demanding and difficult, but it is also often a thing of beauty. General English Unit three requires students to transform a poem into a short story, which requires us to guide them through this process. Using poems as stimulus for short story is inspiring and energising and this workshop will offer practical a...

Category: Zoom meeting
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 12th February 2022
Venue: ZOOM
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


March Masterclass 2022

We are delighted to announce our first event for 2022 will be the March Masterclass: Writing: Our future  to be held on Saturday 12 March 2022 at Iona College, Lindum, when Dr Sally Humphrey, senior lecturer (Literacy Education) ACU will present the keynote address. The program will be available by 28 January and registrations will open ...

Category: Master class
Start Time: 8:30 AM
Date: Saturday 12th March 2022
Venue: Iona College


May Seminar 2022

The May seminar Writing our future ... will respond to developments in the text list, National Curriculum and NAPLAN. Keynotes will be presented by Lisa Bottomly and Sophie Johnson, from QCAA with supporting workshops on the new additions to the text list.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 14th May 2022
Venue: To be confirmed


JCU Spectacular 2022

Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play. The workshop will also explore learning activites for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. For further details, see the...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 28th May 2022
Venue: ZOOM


Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculuk

After a work program review Town High explored ways to better embed indigenous perspectives in the year 7 program through a novella study of Black Cockatoo.  The unit became our first taste of analytical essay writing in year 7, in preparation for subsequent years.  We found greater engagement from students across the board. ...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 16th July 2022
Venue: Town High, Townsville


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