Peter Botsman Award 1998

Pam Brennan

Pam Brennan needs no introduction to most of you, I’m sure. This year she has taken up a new position at the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies as a Curriculum Officer. However, it is in her previous role as Review Officer, English, that so many of us have become acquainted with her.  Her depth of knowledge of the 1987 syllabus and her interpretation of board policy, have served to reassure and direct many a nervous first year teacher, or novice subject master from the bush.

In the city, her influence has been even more widespread, with visits to high schools, the delivery of papers and workshops for ETAQ and talks to pre-service teachers at our universities.

Pam’s teaching career in Queensland began in 1968 at Mount Morgan SHS where she stayed for eight years, the last two as the inaugural subject master of English. Her penchant for trailblazing as the first subject master in schools was extended with stints at Yeppoon State High School and Capalaba State High, up until 1984 when she was whisked away by the Department of Education to present the English component of the Primary to Secondary Conversion Course.

Next, the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies got their clutches into her and they have been most reluctant to let her go. She travelled the state as part of an in-service team who spread the word on the nature of syllabuses, criteria-based assessment, board policy and on the development of work programs, both junior and senior.

Such a career as I’ve already detailed stands alone on its merits, but for us today it is her contribution to and through ETAQ which especially draws our respect. She has been a continuing member of ETAQ since 1969.

Her contribution as a member of the Management Committee began in 1981 and her active participation on the Executive and Management Committee continued until our AGM earlier this year when she stepped down.

She has held every major position on the committee (with the possible exception of treasurer – and, observing her taste in jewellery this may be a good thing for the association) and has been ever ready to step into the breach, when the occasion arises. Pam has provided the scaffolding to allow others to develop in roes and has then quietly stepped back – surely one of the most important skills of any good teacher.

Pam has held key positions with both our flagships – Inservice, from which we are all benefiting today and Publications, our chance for us all to stay in touch with each other. She has convened state conferences and edited Words’Worth.

In recent years, she has also had a key role as Branch Liaison officer, fostering ETAQ interest throughout the state.

Advocacy is something that Pam values and she has taken every opportunity to press home the importance of having a knowledgeable body of professionals to teach our students. She has represented us the members of The English Teachers Association of Queensland Inc, as our delegate to AATE meetings, defending ‘Queensland’ interests when required and contributing to national positions at other times.

Pam Brennan was the ETAQ nominee to the English Subject Advisory Committee of the Board in 1985-86 after which time she became a staff member at the Board. She continued her contribution to syllabus writing through her involvement as Review Officer. Pam was able to bring a broad perspective to committee discussions, based on her extensive contact with teachers at the chalkface.

Just as Pam enjoyed taking up the challenge of shaping the English learning and teaching as the inaugural subject master in not one, but three, high schools, we take pleasure in recognising her far reaching achievements beyond the classroom in this inaugural Peter Botsman Award.

Congratulations, Pam.

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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