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

2020 AATE/IFTE 'IF' Conference

2020 AATE/IFTE 'IF' Conference

The 2020 AATE / IFTE 'IF' Conference will be held in Sydney from 6 - 9 July 2020. The conference website is https://aateifte2020.org.au/ Program is now available here. Registration is now open. Promotional video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdDJCQONsUQ&feature=youtu.be As usual ETAQ will ...

Category:   National Conference
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Monday 6th July 2020
Venue:   Online


JCU Spectacular

"Double, double toil and trouble": Creative Writing and Macbeth Professional Development Workshops
Dr Emma Maguire and Dr Claire Hansen

In this double workshop PD session, join Dr Emma Maguire for a one-hour workshop on creative writing, and Dr Claire Hansen for a one-hour session on teaching Macbeth. Discover the essential e...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 25th July 2020
Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student (and teacher) event: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour blocks from 4pm - 5:30pm. Live discussions will primarily relate to Writing the Analytical Essay, but students will be free to ask questions about their selected texts....

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 9th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  Pre-recorded workshop open to registered participants, with live discussion from 11am - 12pm.
Final Preparation for the EA will explore: the advice provided in Writing the Analytical Essay; giving quality formative feedback to students; trouble-shooting common problems.
After the event: The pre-recorded teac...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 12th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


SCCC Resource sharing

Andrew Snee and the Senior English staff at  Southern Cross Catholic College would like to share some of the teaching strategies and modelling/scaffolding resources that have been implemented and devised for the demands of general English. From analysing representations of prejudice and alienation in literary texts to creating engaging im...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 17th October 2020
Venue:   Southern Cross Catholic College


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