Peter Botsman Award 2012

John Acutt

John Acutt began teaching English in 1985, teaching in Longreach, Blackall, Ipswich and Rosewood. He was Head of Department: English at Rosewood State High School from 1996 until 2002, when he took up his current position as Head of Department: English at Ipswich Grammar School.

As Head of Department, John is highly respected by past and present colleagues as a mentor who provides excellent support for beginning English teachers. He encourages a culture of collaboration and sharing resources within the department, as well as developing engaging and well-resourced units that allow for effective learning and work of intellectual quality from students. John supports innovation and creative contributions to excellent English teaching and learning from his team and provides multiple opportunities for professional development and renewal.

As part of his continuing professional capacity building, John completed his master’s degree in 2010, with a research project entitled Improving literacy outcomes for boys: Teachers' reflections on personal practices. He shares his wealth of experience and expertise at state and national conferences, including presenting a workshop on quest narratives at the 2008 AATE/ALEA conference, and another workshop on transitions at the 2012 AATE conference. John has also published articles in academic and practitioner journals.

In his spare time, John also writes scripts for plays and musicals, including the 2007 Ipswich Grammar musical, Hardboiled. He is currently working on the script for the 150th Anniversary musical in 2013 called The Russian Lieutenant.

His ongoing outstanding contributions to promoting excellence in English teaching, both within his school and the broader English teaching professional community, makes John a worthy recipient of the Peter Botsman Memorial Award.

Upcoming Events

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


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  This event will be re-scheduled for term 4 ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus
Venue Address:   176 Messines Ridge Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122


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