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

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 What is now proved was once only imagined&nbs...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Brisbane Grammar School
Venue Address:   Corner Gregory Terrace andCollege Road
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


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


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.  For those who are interested in offering a presentati...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 9th May 2020
Venue:   To be confirmed


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