Peter Botsman Award 2008

Jennyfer Bullen

Jennyfer Bullen has made a very significant contribution to English teaching in Queensland for over 20 years. After beginning her teaching career in NSW she taught English in a number of International schools in Papua New Guinea before moving to Queensland. Here she gained a Masters degree and taught English in a number of high schools. Her talents as an organiser were soon realised as she took on a number of leadership roles as acting Head of Department (HOD), English at both Craigslea and Albany Creek State High Schools.

Her commitment to the wider community of English Teaching is reflected by her continued membership of professional associations such as ETAQ. She served on the the association’s Management Committee for a number of years and filled a number of executive roles including those of Membership Secretary and Vice President. Her diligent efforts on the committee also included assisting with the planning, organization and conduct of conferences and seminars for English Teachers.

Jennyfer was appointed to Wavell State High School as the substantive English HOD in 1999 where she soon made her mark. Wavell became a trial pilot school for the 2002 Senior English syllabus and Jennyfer took on the role of Chair of the English District Review Panel for Brisbane North. U

Jennyfer’s ability to nurture her staff and promote their strengths meant Wavell was an invigorating place to be teaching English. Writers in Residence, Drama productions and speaking workshops became regular features of the school program providing students with valuable opportunities for educational enrichment related to subject English.  With nearly thirty staff, Jenny was always busy meeting the demands of her large department yet always had time to deal with individuals. Her concerns about the rigour of the subject and equity for all students led to the English Department’s reputation as one of the most organised in the school. She introduced Extension English Literature in 2001, one of the first schools to do so. Despite no longer being on the committee of ETAQ, Jenny ensured all her staff were funded to attend their seminars and State Conferences. She actively promoted the professional development of all her staff ensuring needs and interests were met.

Her extensive knowledge of the syllabus and her own implementation of it at Wavell were recognised when she was appointed as English SAO (Syllabus Advisory Officer) at the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) in 2004. In this role she was able to make a valuable contribution to a wider pool of English teaching colleagues but her skills were sorely missed by Wavell and the principal wanted her back after only two terms. Jennyfer’s contribution to the subject beyond her own school has continued through her membership of the QSA’s Syllabus Advisory Committee.

All those who have worked with Jennyfer are aware of her unending enthusiasm for, knowledge of, and pragmatism in the teaching of English and in relation to education generally. Her personable and caring nature is recognised by all those who work with her and those who have been taught by her. At all times, Jennyfer has the best interests of staff and students at heart. Her keen sense of humour, intellectual prowess and depth of knowledge means she inspires all those who are involved with her to rise up to meet her own high standards.

Jennyfer Bullen has made an outstanding contribution to English teaching in Queensland and has ensured those who work with her continue to share her passion. She is a very worthy recipient of the Peter Botsman Award.

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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