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 - Year 11

Emma Monfries and Kiri Lucas will present some practical activities and observations from Unit 2: Texts and Culture.  With these activities, students can conceptualise in concrete ways the relationship between place and culture, for example, through layered maps, and to convey this in texts such as short stories.  Students can a...

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th February 2020
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address will be presented by Assoc. Professor Kim Wil...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Griffith University TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving into Analytical Writing

ETAQ will present a session on how to write an 'analytical essay' on Tuesday 28 April, at Aquinas College, Edmund Rice Drive, ASHMORE. In 2020, students will be required to write an 'analytical essay' in the external exam for General English. However, the term 'essay' is not used consistently across subject areas a...

Category:   Professional Development
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Tuesday 28th April 2020
Venue:   Aquinas College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session entitled  "Getting students assessment ready for Essential English" at Pimlico State High School, Townsville on Saturday 2nd May, 2020. Teachers will explore teh possible options for assessment in Units 1 and 2. In particular how to develop an assessment program which best prepares students for the t...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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