Peter Botsman Award 2016

 

Grace Loyden

Grace Loyden has made a significant contribution to English education in Queensland. Grace has spent the last decade teaching English in the outback town of Mount Isa. A Head of Senior English early in her career, Grace has had a significant role in mentoring beginning English teachers. In the isolated environment of north Queensland, she has worked tirelessly to keep herself abreast of research and development in English education, and has built capacity in her colleagues, by devoting hours of her own time to support her colleagues through moderation and professional learning communities. Grace has been the recipient of ETAQ bursaries, and often travels extensive distances to attend professional development in the area of English education. She has, indeed, worked hard to overcome the tyranny of distance.
Grace has also been very active in supporting her students in public speaking competitions as well as giving her students authentic writing opportunities by supporting them to write book reviews for journals on English teaching. She is a passionate advocate of her subject with students keen to show their appreciation of her work.
Grace is innovative in her leadership in English in her school. She has designed an elective using the structure of a Short Course in English that has resulted in supporting year 10 students many of whom are indigenous to pass English for the first time since enrolling in high school. She has also revolutionised the means of submission of multimodal assessment in her school, resulting in a dramatic increase in outcomes in both English Communication and Authority English. Grace has also been instrumental in a wide range of professional development around literacy in her school.
Grace's expertise has been recognized beyond Mount Isa as she has been a district review panelist for a number of years and is currently on the Expert Writing Team for the new English syllabus. She has been a QCS Test Writing Task Marker and has been a marker for the External Exam Trial for English.
Grace is currently studying her Masters in Education at QUT and is researching the extent to which tacit knowledge informs teachers' application of standards in English.
Her contributions to quality English teaching both in her own school and beyond make Grace Loyden a deserving recipient of this award.

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
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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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