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

Grace Loyden & the new SATE

Grace Loyden will present a session on a aspects of the new SATE at Townsville Grammar School on Saturday 28th July 2018, starting at 9:00 am. Cost is $20 which is to be paid by the website. Download the flyer for all the details. ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 28th July 2018
Venue:   Townsville Grammar School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Townsville Breakfast Book Club

Grace Loyden is organising a series of Breakfast Book Clubs starting at 9:00 am on: Sunday 11 February - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Sunday 21 April - The White Earth by Andrew McGahan Sunday 5 August - Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood Sunday 28 October - We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Sunday 5th August 2018
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Venue:   Jam Corner Restaurant


State Conference 2018

State Conference in 2018 will address the theme Vision 2020: Seeing the future of English Teaching. Keynote speakers: Samuel Wagan Watson is an award-winning Indigenous poet and professional raconteur. Born in Brisbane in 1972, he is of Munanjali, Birri Gubba, German and Irish descent. Samuel's first collection of poems won the 19...

Category:   State Conference
Start Time:   8:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 18th August 2018
Venue:   Lourdes Hill School
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Masterclass - Unit 4

This event will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the syllabus for semester 4 in detail. English and Literature will be offered on Day One; English will be repeated on DayTwo together with EALD and Essential English. Participants may register for one day or both. Program will be available on Thursday 13 September. R...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 20th October 2018
Venue:   QUT, Kelvin Grove
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Beginning Teachers Day

The Beginning Teachers Day this year will be held on Saturday 27 October at University of South Queensland (USQ) Springfield campus. This day is designed to meet the needs of pre-service teachers, those in their first five years of teaching and more experienced teachers who are new to teaching English. The program will be available on...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 27th October 2018
Venue:   Springfield Campus of USQ
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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Rachael Christopherson
Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Number of years teaching:
25.  12 years at BGGS

Where else have you taught?
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Mt Alvernia College, Kedron (all girls)
Downlands College, Toowoomba (co-ed boarding with Ag Studies programme)

 

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