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

Understanding Shakespeare

Rob Pensalfini will present this workshop via zoom on Saturday 15 October from 9am till 11 am. For further information download the flyer . Details for joining the zoom meeting will be sent on Wednesday 12 October. As this message will be sent to the email address in the registration it is important that you use your own address, rath...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 15th October 2022
Venue: ZOOM
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Early Career Conference 2022: Writing our future?

Writing our future? - a conference presented by and for early career teachers  on Saturday 22 October at Wynnum SHS (tbc)

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2022
Venue: Wynnum SHS


External Examination Preparation

Registration Scroll down to register - but please do read this information Schools should register each teacher who will be using the materials.  Acting on feedback from last year, we will be making the materials available earlier this year. We will be running the External Examination Preparation as one package with more fl...

Category: Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 29th October 2022
Venue: Online
Phone Enquiries: 0455464000
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Writing our future in Essential English 2022

Writing our future in Essential English - a community of practice especially for teachers of Essential English on Saturday 5 November.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 5th November 2022
Venue: To be confirmed


Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculum

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: Friday 2nd December 2022
Venue: Town High, Townsville
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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