Peter Botsman Award 2006

Helen Rivers

Helen Rivers has been a classroom teacher at Ipswich High School for the past twenty-six years. In that time, she has shown exemplary dedication to her students, to the school, to her colleagues and to the teaching of English. 

Helen is an educator and teacher whose love of English continues to enrich the lives of countless students. Many of these students maintain contact with her long after their secondary education has been completed. Throughout her career, Helen has shown her commitment to educating students for life roles. She has sought to expand their horizons, to capitalise on their enthusiasm and to extend their creativity as much as possible. This dedication has involved organising numerous excursions, including many to both the theatre and the opera. These trips will remain a highlight for many students (and teachers) and Helen has never begrudged the time and frequent late nights after the extra trips to and from Ipswich that were required to ensure students’ safety.

As a teacher, Helen values professional development and is a most innovative practising teacher. If she has been to a conference and learned about a different approach then that is trialled in her classroom and shared with other teachers. She has played an integral and valued role in the development of the school’s Junior and Senior English programs. Helen has always displayed a strong commitment to Ipswich High students whose talents she strives to nurture and develop. 

Helen’s professional expertise has enhanced the knowledge and skills of her colleagues. She was a member of the reference group for the development of the 1994 Junior English Syllabus in 1990/1; a key teacher for that syllabus; a Further Literacy In-service Project tutor; an English review panel member for the last 15 years; the Chair of the Literacy Committee at Ipswich High for the past two years and is currently leading the development of the school’s Literacy Program. 

In addition to the above, Helen has provided long and dedicated service to the ETAQ Management Committee and is well remembered for the years she guided the In-service Committee and for her time as Vice- President.

Helen is a wonderful role model for all teachers and especially for English teachers.

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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