Peter Botsman Award 2003

 

Mary Swayne

After completing a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland, Mary commenced her teaching career at Bundaberg High School. This was followed with various periods at Woodridge High School and Bremer High School where Mary was Head of Department, English and Acting Senior Mistress. This was followed by some years with the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies involved in various projects associated with the Queensland Core Skills Test. After a period as Education Officer, Mary became Head of English at Oxley Secondary College, a position that she enjoyed for ten years. During this time she also completed a Masters of Educational Studies at the University of Queensland. Students at the University of Queensland and Griffith University then benefited from Mary’s wide experience and knowledge of English in her work as a tutor and sessional lecturer, and as a Project Officer with the Board of Teacher Registration. Mary is currently Head of Department at Kelvin Grove State College.

Throughout her career Mary has been a member of various committees and panels. These include being a District Reviewer on the English Extension Panel, the English State Review Panel including a year as Chair, the English Extension Syllabus Sub-committee of the English Syllabus Advisory Committee for the Junior and Senior English Syllabuses.

Mary has presented at many seminars and training sessions including a number for ETAQ, and has been involved in conference planning. In the past two years Mary has been a member of the ETAQ Inservice Sub-committee that plans and organises events such as the seminar today.
Mary has contributed to the promotion of English in other ways as well. She has served as a judge for many competitions, including the ETAQ, QIEU and Courier Mail Literary Competition.

An account of even some of Mary’s achievements makes it apparent that she is an accomplished teacher who enjoys a high regard professionally. This impressive list reveals a central dimension. Those who have worked with Mary in any capacity see her as an ardent lover of English, a sharing supportive colleague and mentor, and an inspirational, guiding teacher. She is spoken of with great affection and I think this is because the many who do so are returning the affection that Mary has for them.

I talked to Mary recently about her experiences and she told me about the various places she has worked. With the mention of each one her face lit up and those beautiful cabaret eyes (to quote a line from a Ross Clark poem) sparkled. Mary told me how she loved the students, loved the staff, loved the place.

I think it is appropriate that Mary is receiving this prestigious award at a conference titled, The heart of English, because Mary represents both the main connotations of that title. Through her deep knowledge and wide experience she is a part of the Heart of English and her contributions are part of the vital functions that disperse the lifeblood to the English teaching community. The reciprocal affection between Mary and those who work and have worked with her is heartfelt. Like many others, I have been guided by Mary’s wise counsel and soothed by her serenity, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved award.

Upcoming Events

Literature Spectacular

Graham Joseph from Ryan Catholic College will present a workshop designed for teachers who are thinking about introducing Literature, delivering Literature for the first time or looking to review their Literature course in the near future. In the first part of the workshop, we will explore a framework for delivering a Literature course that c...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th February 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


March Seminar 2021: Challenge and Change: Doing things differently

We are delighted to announce that we will be back with face to face professional learing events in 2021 - usual format but wtih some important changes: the March Seminar will be a full day event; the AATE-ALEA National Conference will be held in Brisbane in July and consequently there will not be a state conference. Other events for the year ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th March 2021
Venue:   Iona College
Venue Address:   85 North Road, LINDUM
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000


Grammar at Hervey Bay

A grammar workshop will be held at Hervey Bay State High School 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 conducted in both 2018 and ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 27th March 2021
Venue:   Hervey Bay State High School
Venue Address:   56 Beach Road, Hervey Bay
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 session will...

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


Grammar Day

ETAQ will be conducting another of the very successful grammar days on Saturday 29 May 2021.  If your school would like to host this event, please contact Admin Officer.

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   To be advised


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