Peter Botsman Award 2004

Kay Elsden

Kay has been a teacher at Kelvin Grove State College for the past 29 years. During this time she has held the positions of teacher, senior teacher and acting Head of Department, the latter on many occasions. She has taught as many combinations and permutations of English to students in Years 8-12 as have been dreamt of during this time, including, most recently, English Extension.

Kelvin Grove was one of the initial trial schools for the Trial-Pilot syllabuses for both Senior English and English Extension and it is perhaps in these contexts in which Kay has been most visible to the wider English community. With Esmé Robinson, the Head of Department, she developed excellent resources and co-presented at seminars and conferences, demonstrating how current theory underpinning the teaching of English and English Extension could be realised in the classroom. Kay’s leadership in this area was and continues to be evident in her membership of the English Subject Advisory Committee and the State Review Panel for English Extension. She also convened the English Extension Sub-committee which was responsible for the writing of the syllabus for English Extension (Literature).

Kay’s contribution to English teaching in Queensland has been a reflection of her practices within the school. An extremely creative teacher who has been the recipient of a national teaching award, she values the individuality of her students, working to optimise their abilities. Self-reflective, she regularly seeks feedback and acts upon it, always seeking to refine her teaching and the learning experiences she provides. Kay’s generous spirit is evident in the way she shares her time and knowledge with both those she teaches and her colleagues.

This knowledge has been acquired through formal study and regular professional development through forums such as those presented under the auspices of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. The English Teachers Association has also played a significant role in her professional life through seminars, conferences and publications, such as Words’Worth and English in Australia, in which she has also been published.

A special professional love of Kay is the teaching of Shakespeare; she is currently an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association and regularly presents papers at national conferences.

We are booth privileged to have worked with Kay as her Head of Department. We are agreed that, because of her curriculum leadership, her excellence as a teacher and her commitment to subject English over her entire teaching career, Kay Elsden is a worthy recipient of a Peter Botsman Award.

Upcoming Events

May Masterclass 2021

THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ANALYSIS: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR PRACTICES? Teaching the process of analysing texts in order for students to produce a spoken or written response remains amongst the most exciting and difficult challenges we face as a community of English teachers. Most recently, the high-stakes nature of unseen examinations fo...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


JCU Spectacular

Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play.  The workshop will also explore learning activities for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. This event is ful...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar Day

A grammar workshop will be held at Elanora State High School  on Saturday 29 May 2021 to assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E). Also highly relevant to Years 11 & 12. This will be an updated re-run of the activity ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   Elanora State High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Voices in the past,Voice in the present

Nicole Broadley and Susan McCosker will present a workshop on Saturday 24 July 2021. The workshop will deal with two texts Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Stranger Things by the Duffer Brothers.  This presentation will be via zoom and will run from 9:00 till 11:00 am. For further information, download the flyer. Registrat...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th July 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 7 August as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. Date Claimer giving further information is available for download ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 7th August 2021
Venue:   St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


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